Collaboration models

Our dedicated partnership and business development teams offer you a wide range of collaboration models, with the aim of finding the ideal solution for your needs.


If you need specific expertise or would like to use the best research infrastructures, you need to enter into a bilateral collaboration with LIST. We offer you four types of bilateral collaboration:

Service contract

For results that help you to achieve your innovation aims quickly: we share our highly-qualified experts with your company.
The service contract may also cover the provision of our infrastructure. You can access cutting-edge laboratories, equipment and methods to meet a specific need. Thus, you can make optimal use of our technological expertise, particularly in the fields of testing, measurement, analytics, innovation management, and method and software development. We offer an extremely wide range of standardised and customised services.
As part of the service contract, you bear all the costs but obtain quick results in return.

Collaborative project

This is a bilateral agreement in which LIST invests with you. We share our resources, expertise and infrastructure with our partner, but for a collaborative project, innovation costs are shared, and intellectual property is assigned to clearly identified contributors.

Strategic partnership

For outstanding and sustainable results that require various skills: we jointly define a framework agreement for a medium or long-term strategic R&D partnership based on your innovation roadmap. This is a bilateral agreement that may involve the recruitment of PhD students dedicated to your research project. Intellectual property is assigned to the contributors to the invention.

"Spin-off" or "licensing"

Technology transfer is an important part of the value creation process. It involves transferring technologies to the market by creating new companies (spin-offs) or by granting licences to existing companies. This is how LIST innovations are transformed into products, economic activity and high-quality jobs. The agreement may take the form of capital sharing, royalty sharing or licence purchasing.


LIST facilitates synergies between partners by bringing them together to share the benefits of its skills, talents and infrastructure. This collaboration model forms the cornerstone of LIST's innovation centres. The sharing of expertise, research and risks between partners throughout the value chain makes it possible to reduce costs for all parties concerned. All partners, as well as their own research teams, settle in at LIST and benefit from the unique advantages offered by LIST: an open research and technology infrastructure and first-rate talents.
How does it work? We implement a strategic programme. This is a multilateral agreement that involves the sharing of intellectual property between the various project partners.


Knowledge and innovation are increasingly recognised as important drivers of economic growth, social development and job creation.
We share our knowledge and know-how with researchers from all over the world, for example at international scientific symposiums and conferences, and with players from the public and private sectors, as well as with society as a whole. This knowledge sharing is rights-free and makes it possible to advance scientific research and education, which is something that we value particularly highly.


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