Our research projects are made in close contact with the industry. This has in the past been mainly international oil-gas companies, but engineering companies are showing a stronger interest in university research, also motivated in the point of recruitment.
This is how the Working Group is organized and how external parties can take part in the research activities.
We have a decentralized structure, where the research activities are initiated and managed from each laboratory. This gives a dynamic, bottom-up structure where large management bodies and centralized planning and budgeting procedures are avoided. There is no need for consensus and agreement between the participants on scope and budget of the activities, and the administration costs are kept low.
The benefits of coordination in a Working Group is that 1) the communication in the Working Group leads to complementarity in new activities rather than paralel work and 2) the results from all the activities in the Group (experimental data, computational models, software) are delivered centralized and coordinated to all participants.
Research tasks are initiated bilaterally and directly between each company and each laboratory, at any time. This ensures relevance for each participant, who can pursue their individual research priorities. The research tasks are typically at the level of one PhD or one PostDoc period.
Each participant finances each research task, typically a PhD or a PostDoc period at standard RCN rates. Participation can be proposed co-financed from the Reserach Council of Norway (RCN) when relevant calls are open. This is in particular useful for financing of the experimental costs.
Our normal deliverables are in the form of experimental data and computational models, described in progress reports, publications, PhD/MSc theses. If some of the activities have proprietary bindings, some filtering of the presentations may be necessary.
One yearly meeting in the Working Group assembles all participants, PhDs/PostDocs and supervisors and the main findings and results are shared. Detailed follow up of each task is organised individually with each participants (meetings, visits, reporting), the degree of direct participation can differ between each participant.