HOW WE WORK
SIM provides funding for materials R&D to demand-driven projects with the aim of advancing the materials industry in Flanders. Our focus lies on identifying opportunities and assisting consortia in establishing innovation projects, as well as on support and valorization opportunities. We work with integrated research programs consisting of several projects, within well-defined materials research themes. The research programs are carried out by a combined consortium of industrial and research partners working in close collaboration.
Important remark: companies that are partner in a research program pay an annual program contribution fee. Knowledge institutions do not have to pay the program fee but need to be a SIM-member.
The program contribution fee depends on the size of the company and whether the company is a SIM member or not. These are the current contribution fees (2018)*:
|Large companies||€ 9750||€ 8250|
|SMEs||€ 1200||€ 825|
Good to know
The decision process for supporting research programs consists of a two-step evaluation. In the first step, the program level is evaluated. In the second step, projects can be submitted in approved programs:
1. A program Call is opened:
A program call is opened for submitting program proposals. The program proposal contains the general outline of the technology roadmap, the valorization potential, the composition of the consortium and a brief summary of the projects in the pipeline. Eligible program proposals are evaluated by a group of international experts and a decision is made by the SIM Board of Directors whether or not to proceed.
2. The program proposal is approved:
The consortium can now submit detailed project proposals that follow the regular VLAIO procedure, after which again a decision is made by the SIM Board of Directors to fund the project or not. A project proposal contains a detailed work plan and task schedules for all participants, the detailed budget and the valorization route of the results specifically obtained in this project.