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What is a collaborative R&D project ?

A collaborative project brings together several partners, at least three, either private or public sector organisations. Their respective activities must demonstrate a genuinely complementary nature, justifying the pooling of skills and doing so for the purpose of creating value.


As intended by the competitiveness cluster policy, a collaborative R&D project aims to create synergies between companies (micro-companies, SMEs or large groups) and research organisations such as laboratories, colleges or technical centres, based on R&D subjects or innovative products and with high value added.


For the partners, participating in a collaborative project involves :

  • Apportioning responsibilities and putting together a global budget ensuring that investment and R&D costs are shared.
  • Identifying tasks specific to each party’s know-how.
  • Jointly defining the conditions for sharing the scientific results and derived economic benefits, usually by establishing a consortium.


The work to put together project groups, comprising members with different working practices and know-how, is usually coordinated by clusters.


To obtain support from Elastopole, a collaborative project must :

  • Being defined as :
    • Experimental development : conducted using prototypes or pilot installations with a view to assembling all the information necessary for taking technical decisions with a view to producing new products, materials, devices, processes or systems or with a view to making substantial improvements to them.
    • Or applied research : aimed at identifying possible new applications resulting fundamental research or finding new solutions or enabling a company to achieve a determined objective chosen in advance.
    • Or fundamental research : contributing to the analysis of the properties of structures, physical and natural phenomena with a view to organising the facts produced by the analysis, using explanatory diagrams or interpretive theories.
  • Be relevant to one of Elastopole’s six areas of focus.
  • Prove the earnings potential of the economic or scientific results for the rubber and polymers sector and create sales and jobs.
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