SIM (Strategic Initiative Materials) is a non-profit organization looking to strengthen the competitive position of the materials industry in Flanders.
We are at the service of companies, knowledge and research institutions interested in innovative materials technology for applications in the field of energy & light, durable & sustainable structural materials and nanomaterials. The recyclability and sustainability in general of these material developments are a prerequisite.
Since 1 January 2017, SIM has been recognized as one of the seven spearhead clusters in Flanders for materials.
We boost world class, demand driven (pre)competitive R&D funding materials research & development by strengthening the scientific base and building technology platforms with increased valorization potential in relevant areas. How do we achieve this?
Materials R&D Funding
We want to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial markets by funding demand driven projects. In fact, you can think of us as a virtual research centre supporting existing research groups.
We try to maximize the interaction between industry and knowledge centres by generating an open innovative environment for close collaboration.
One Stop Shop for Materials Related Questions
We offer a one-stop-shop service for all questions on innovative materials. We provide you with relevant info or contacts that can help you with your materials challenge.
The following document describes the principles SIM follows to ensure good governance: SIM Corporate Governance Charter
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
SIM is committed to a fair and inclusive working environment in which diversity is an asset. SIM nurtures a culture of mutual respect and equality, fairness and inclusion for all, regardless of background, characteristics, preferences ... SIM implements and monitors the overall diversity and inclusion plan, in line with Horizon Europe's eligibility criteria on gender equality.
Read more about our commitment here.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The SIM Board of Directors is appointed by the General Assembly for a maximum of 5 years. Their mandate can be renewed without limits. The Board members are: