Collective research is R&D performed for the benefit of a broad target group of firms, especially of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Collective research is typically initiated by groupings of enterprises with common interests, such as associations, professional federations, clusters, and trade associations. It is frequently carried out by specialised research institutes or technological centres which work on behalf of a particular industrial sector.
The objectives of collective research are pre-competitive and often pre-normative, related for example to the development and preparation of (technical) norms and standards. Collective research may also involve the search for improved processes or materials of wide application in an industry. Collective research results are actively promoted and disseminated across the sector for exploitation.
You will find project examples illustrating the broad variety of collective research here.