Collective Industrial Research

CMT is a member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V.), an organization comprising 100 industry-based facilities pursuing collective industrial research. On the principle of "helping those who help themselves", the German Ministry of Projects of Economics and Technology (BMWi) provides supporting funds for projects.

Being application-based and conducted prior to the intrusion of competition, what is known as collective research falls between fundamental research and company-specific development of products, processes and services.  

Proposals for subjects for collective industrial research projects are prepared by the companies involved. As a rule, research is done in university institutes or research facilities. Within the constraints of the available budget, CMT’s technical-scientific committee selects those subjects for research that best correspond to the requirements of its members. CMT supports research facilities in making applications, runs a committee to keep an eye on the project and work in progress, and publishes a final report that makes the findings of the project accessible to all members. A list of completed and current projects involving collective research can be found on this website.

Apart from backing for collective industrial research by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, CMT also gives members access to other opportunities for receiving support. In addition, industrial research projects are also implemented without benefit of public funding.


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