- The project must comprise a strategic programme of R & D activity requiring expertise and knowledge which the company currently do not have in-house.
- The University Partner must provide the relevant knowledge and expertise for the project.
- The company must be able to afford their proportion of the project costs and their own costs of participating. The company should also provide day to day supervision of the Associate on their premises.
- Companies should have been operating for at least two to three years and employ in excess of five people.
The project is delivered by a graduate, postgraduate or post doc who has been recruited jointly by the partners and specifically for the project.