Modes of cooperation

Cooperative research can be organized in a number of different ways:

  • Framework agreements
  • Research contracts
  • Research consultancy
  • Educational services
  • Technology transfers
  • Third-party testing

The Framework Agreement is a legal instrument expressing a commitment on the part of the Politecnico and the client to cooperate in one or more areas of activity. Research contracts can then be drawn up for the work envisaged in the Framework Agreement.

Research contracts are agreements drawn up with public or private organizations which cover basic or applied research work with a specific goal which is limited as regards both its timeframe and content.

Consulting services are provided in areas where Department members’ professional experience and skills enable them to formulate expert opinions regarding technical or scientific questions and design-related issues, solve the client’s specific problems, or draw up test reports.

Educational services include organizing and providing courses, seminars, conferences and other teaching activities which do not already figure among the Department’s institutional duties.

Technology transfers consist of making the results of an existing investigation or study available to an outside client.

Third-party testing includes a range of engineering and scientific analysis and calibration services that involve issuing an official certificate detailing the results of tests and measurements on materials, equipment and structures of interest to the client, without formulating a specific opinion.

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