Contract Research and Development Projects

In contract research and development projects we help customers to solve specific technological problems. The goal of a research contract is usually defined by each partner individually. Working out and implementing solution strategies is CAN’s job.

With its contract research CAN GmbH accelerates transfer of scientific know-how to practical applications and contributes to a broad utilization of new findings in nanotechnology. Especially for small and medium-sized companies without their own research department this type of cooperation is an important source of innovative ideas. CAN participitates in third-party funded research project or direct collaborations with companies and research centers.


Cooperative Research

In cooperative research projects CAN GmbH searches with its project partners for solutions to specific technological problems. The results – including possible trademark and patent rights – usually belong to the partner producing them. It is common practice to allow the respective project partners to utilize the results and possible trademark and patent rights. Work is done in teams made up of experts from all participating partners.

Cooperative research projects make it easy to share new ideas and check their practical feasibility relatively quickly and easily. The same interests allow partners in cooperative research projects to develop their own ideas using the know-how of other partners and in this way be able to assess the potential of a new idea more quickly.


Grant-Funded Research

To ensure CAN’s long-term competitiveness and develop new technologies, CAN GmbH cooperates in selected areas with specific partners in grant-funded projects. As a rule, funding is in the form of government grants. Examples are funding programs of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), European Union (FP7, EFRE), Volkswagen Foundation and German Research Foundation. The basis for applications and working in grant-funded projects is always a project proposal that goes far beyond the state-of-the-art and participating partners with the necessary scientific excellence. The results – including possible trademark and patent rights – usually belong to the partner producing them. It is common practice to allow project partners to utilize the results and possible trademark and patent rights.

CAN GmbH incorporates technologies developed in grant-funded products into other industrial collaborations, thereby ensuring transfer of the newly generated knowledge.

Dr. Frank Schroeder-Oeynhausen

management board

Dr. Frank Schroeder-Oeynhausen