No innovation without a business partner. As DLR itself is a research institution, commercial products, services, or processes are marketed exclusively by our co-operation partners, which include small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large industrial corporations.
No matter whether you intend to develop ideas for innovations together with us or are interested in one of DLR's product ideas – we have tailored a whole range of co-operation options for you. You are looking for a solution to a technical problem? Our staff will advise you on the DLR capabilities and technologies that will help you meet the challenge.
Science2Business (Sc2B) stands for strategic innovation partnerships between enterprises and DLR. These partnerships between research and business aim at preparing and realising future applications and technologies, which can then be marketed by partner companies as products, services, or processes.
To implement Sc2B, DLR concludes long-term partnerships with corporate groups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises to develop ideas and translate them into innovations on an on-going basis.
A co-operation partnership in which research and innovation activities are synchronised provides an optimum environment for technology development. In implementing a product, Sc2B partners profit from DLR's inventiveness and from access to its technologies. By listening to the needs of customers and markets at an early stage, DLR ensures that a technology transfer has every chance to succeed. This makes the Sc2B co-operation model a state-of-the-art approach to implementing innovations.
To facilitate the transfer of DLR technologies, we provide our co-operation partners with licenses to property rights, software, and knowhow at regular market terms. To prepare a technology transfer, DLR research findings may be put on the way to market maturity by, for example, developing a function demonstrator in a process that takes the partner’s and/or final customer’s needs into account. Under a joint development project, each partner makes an equal material and financial contribution, which reduces the marketing partner's development cost. Where marketing prospects are good, the cost of technology marketing will be borne by DLR. Another option is to commission DLR to carry out R&D assignments, such as technological improvements or feasibility studies, on its own. In each case, the objective is to establish DLR technology successfully on the market through a co-operation partner. Our job is to co-ordinate the drafting of customised agreements between our institutes and co-operation partners. Occasionally, we offer DLR’s property rights for sale.