What makes a SIM membership beneficial to you?

Discover the potential of innovative materials and stay up to date with the latest developments

Strengthen your competitive position and set up innovation projects within materials technology together with other companies and knowledge institutions.

Enjoy support to boost your innovation. SIM-funding minimizes the risk associated with precompetitive research. In this way, mid- to long-term research for high risk/high potential subjects also comes within reach of smaller organizations.

Be part of an important network in innovative materials. SIM facilitates in bringing companies and knowledge institutions together. You’ll be able to meet researchers from different disciplines and organizations, as well as people from relevant industrial players. This puts you on the crossroads of technology domains, where real innovation can happen.

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More in-depth, practical benefits:

Free of charge for SIM-members:

  • open events organized by SIM
  • membership of user group of SBO-project
  • participation in a project outside a SIM-program (intercluster, related ...)

Reduced fee for SIM-members:

  • in yearly program contribution
  • on Events co-organized by SIM
  • to participate in Special Interest Group within SIM

Practical support for SIM-members:

  • Advise & assistance towards funding (regional/national/European): relevant calls & modalities
  • Scouting & roadmapping (external studies = paid service)
  • Support for cross-cluster and international collaboration


Working member

Working members can be one of the following categories:

  • Companies that effectively and to a significant extent participate in the SIM projects and that are involved in the development of SIM’s strategy
  • The five Flemish University Associations
  • Sector organization “Agoria”
  • (Flemish) knowledge institutions, collective centres and other (non-profit) organisations that participate in the SIM projects

Associated member

All companies, organizations and natural persons not belonging to the working members and that are accepted as SIM members.

Membership fee for companies:

  • Large companies: € 3.000 / year
  • SMEs: € 750 / year

Good to know: through the membership of SIM you receive a discount on the program contribution.

Membership fee for knowledge institutions:

  • 1 - 30 employees: € 750 / year
  • 31 - 50 employees: € 1500 / year
  • 51 - 100 employees: € 3000 / year
  • >100 employees: € 5000 / year


Why participate?
  • Access to SIM earmarked budget for projects
  • Build-up of knowledge and access rights on that knowledge in a domain relevant for your business
  • Legal & IP support (contract formats, IP discussions …)
  • Networking with the program parties
  • Program management carried out by program coordinator in collaboration with SIM
  • Representation & vote in the Program Steering Committee and Program IP Board
    • steering/selection of future project domains
    • roadmap exercises
    • front row seat on newest developments & innovations in program domain

  • Matchmaking & technology transfer events organized by SIM are free of charge
  • Scouting and road-mapping assisted & coordinated by program manager & SIM

SIM program contribution:

Large organization € 9750 € 8250
Small & medium-sized organization € 1200 € 825


SIM is acknowledged by the Flemish government as an official Flemish spearhead cluster. Do you want to benefit from SIM's unique services and expand your network? Then becoming a SIM member is an asset.

To be able to serve our members well, it is important to be aware of their needs and expectations. Interested in becoming a member? Send us your motivated request via this form:

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