Can we join a running program?
Yes, both academic and industrial parties can join a research Program that is already ongoing. There are “rules”, however.
- The Program Steering Committee can decide against taking up the new party in case they have legitimate reasons to do so, e.g. direct competition.
- Just like for the other Program parties, the new party has to provide added value in the Program Consortium. Either the new party participates actively in a new project, or it is committed to participating in future projects.
- All IP that has been built up in the program before the new party joins is treated as Background knowledge for the new party. See also Legal Aspects.