What is materials research funding?

Materials research funding can come from two major sources: corporations and government.

  • Research financed by government is mostly carried out at universities and research centers. Purely government-funded materials research is precompetitive basic research with a generic character. The results are publicly shared.
  • Privately funded materials research is mainly motivated by profit, less generic in character and closer to the market. Ideas are controlled by a single group.

SIM finds a middle way between these two extremes, reflecting SIM's mission and focussing on precompetitive, demand driven materials research:

  • Research is carried out by a mixed consortia of knowledge centres and industrial partners.
  • Both government (SIM and VLAIO, previous IWT) and industrial partners involved in the research projects provide the funding.