JOIN THE GLOBAL INNOVATION FAMILY
BECOME A WAITRO MEMBER
THE LEADING GLOBAL NETWORK OF RTOs
Are you a public or private organization that is actively engaged in conducting research and development? – Apply for Full Membership
Are you an end-user and beneficiary of research and development or an organization that encourages and promotes research and development? – Contact us for Associate Membership
Becoming a WAITRO member in 2019 is free of charge, since the membership fees for this year are temporary waived. In 2020, the membership fee for every member will be USD 200 only. Please consider the constitutional structure of membership fees below that is currently suspended.
WAITRO is a membership organization. RTOs seeking membership do so on a voluntary basis. What members get out of WAITRO depends largely on what they put into it – please note the brief description of responsibilities and commitments of members below.
As part of the online application process, you will need to fill out an application form digitally. The following information is required: name of organization, acronym, organizational address, number of employees, annual budget, webpage, contact information.
The application will typically be reviewed by the WAITRO Secretariat within 2 weeks.
The Secretary General will welcome you to the Global Innovation Family, if your application for membership was approved. New members will be announced in WAITRO Newsletter.
Get started, use the innovation platform SAIRA, or join our programs and activities. Experience the true value of WAITRO through the use of our services and your active participation in programs.
If you have any questions or needs to get in touch about any aspect of the membership application process, please do so. We are happy to assist you.
SAIRA – THE OPEN INNOVATION HUB FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- Identify innovative technologies and partners within the leading global network RTOs
- Collaborate with researchers from across the globe that are looking for partners and technologies
- Participate in HORIZION 2020 consortia managed by Europe’s leading RTOs
- Participate in WAITRO sponsored workshops for project teams (WAITRO’s Innovation Accelerator)
- Get access to relevant information and open funding opportunities on a global scale
- Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by actively developing technological solutions with other WAITRO members
THE WAITRO INNOVATION ECOSYSYSTEM
- Respond to WAITRO’s Calls for Challenges and/or Project Ideas and find your WAITRO partner on SAIRA
- Apply for the WAITRO Innovation Award and win USD 25,000 pre-seed funding for innovative project proposals
- Benefit from WAITRO sponsored capacity development activities, learn from others and share your expertise and experiences (WAITRO Capacity Development Program)
- Receive information about best practices around the world in RTO management (WAITRO Benchmarking Activities)
- Participate in the biannual WAITRO Global Innovation Summits, network, experience outside of the box ideas and exchange knowledge
MOBILITY AND OUTREACH
- Send researchers to other member organizations or host WAITRO Fellows at your organization (WAITRO Fellowship Program)
- Promote your organization’s work to a global audience and present your organizational activities and achievements in the WAITRO Newsletter
SHAPING THE LEADING GLOBAL NETWORK OF RTOs
- Vote in the WAITRO General Assembly
- Eligibility for WAITRO Executive Board
- Eligibility for Regional Focal Point
TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
FULL MEMBERSHIP – RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS
Full membership shall be open to: “organizations (public and private) and laboratories that are actively engaged in conducting industrial and technological research and development.”
(IV. Membership – WAITRO Constitution)
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP – PRIVATE SECTOR AND ORGANIZATIONS
Associate membership shall be open to: “End-users and other beneficiaries of industrial and technological research and development, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”
“Organizations that encourage and promote industrial and technological research and are desirous of assisting the Association with financial support or otherwise advancing its aims.”
(IV. Membership – WAITRO Constitution)
Please contact the WAITRO Secretariat for Associate Membership. Get in touch!
NO MEMBERSHIP FEES IN 2019
Becoming a WAITRO member in 2019 is free of charge, since the membership fees for this year are temporary waived.
MEMBERSHIP FEES IN 2020
In 2020, the membership fee for every member will be USD 200 only.
CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE OF MEMBERSHIP FEES
The annual membership fee of a member organization depends on their home countries’ GNI per capita. The numbers used to calculate the contributions of full members are based on data published by the World Bank (Atlas Method).
|GNI PER CAPITA (USD)||
MEMBERSHIP FEE (USD)
1,000 to 1,500
1,501 to 2,500
MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMMITMENTS
As a member of WAITRO you are responsible to
- Fully adhere to the constitution of WAITRO
- Pay annual membership fee each year
- Inform the WAITRO Secretariat of any significant changes in the organization, such as change in contact person
In addition to the responsibilities, members are invited to commit to the following:
- Ensure allocation of time and human resources for the engagement with the network in order to contribute to the value of WAITRO
- Share information and good practices within the network
1. Industrial and technological research covering research and development and innovative investigations have been recognized as one of the essential requirements of the dynamic and successful industrial development at national and regional level. It is through the generation of new ideas and techniques and finding the means of exploiting new materials and processes that progressive industrial and consequently social advancement can be realized.
2. Many industrial and technological research institutes exist or have been established lately and are making a valuable contribution to the general industrial research effort. But it is realized today more than ever before that it is important for industrial research institutes and associations to create an effective liaison for the exchange of ideas, information and experience, and for co-operation, co- ordination and mutual support at regional and international level. In this manner industrial research and development (R&D) efforts would become more efficient, unnecessary duplication would be avoided and practical application of research findings would be promoted.
II. Name and Seat
3. The name of the Association shall be:
World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations. “WAITRO”
shall be its abbreviation in all languages. The seat of the Association shall be designated by the General Assembly.
III. Aims and Activities
4. The aims of the Association shall be:
a) to promote international networking between its members for the benefit of improved innovation capabilities;
b) to facilitate the development and bring advancements in the level and capabilities of member industrial and technological research organizations;
c) to identify fields of research where international or regional co-operation and possible external assistance is needed;
d) to foster and promote co-ordination and co-operation between member institutes and organizations;
e) to encourage and facilitate the transfer of research results and technical know-how between members;
f) to promote exchange of experience in research management with a view to improve the overall efficiency.
5. These aims may be implemented by the Association inter alia by:
a) facilitating meetings, seminars, workshops project development and sponsoring training programmes;
b) creating discussion forums, chapters, special interest groups and task forces;
c) serving as a link between research establishments and international associations andfederations;
d) acting as a spokesman of members in matters on which a common opinion is desirable;
e) providing assistance in finding financial sources in order to improve research facilities;
f) establishing a central information clearing-house for a systematic exchange of information on research organizations such as their programmes, expertise of research staff and research results achieved;
g) promoting programmes for the exchange of research workers and research facilities;
6.1 Full membership shall be open to organisations (public and private) and laboratories that are actively engaged in conducting industrial and technological R&D.
6.2 Associate membership shall be open to:
6.2.1 End-users and other beneficiaries of industrial and technological R&D, including small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
6.2.2 Organisations that encourage and promote industrial and technological research and are desirous of assisting the Association with financial support or otherwise advancing its aims.
6.3 Honorary membership shall be granted by the Executive Board to individuals whose contributions to the Association aims and objectives are considered significant and outstanding.
7. The Secretary-General shall accept and examine applications for membership to the Association. After examination the President and the Secretary-General will decide on the admission of the applicant.
8. The main organs of the Association shall consist of the General Assembly, the Executive Board and the Secretariat.
9. The General Assembly shall consist of all members of the Association who are in good standing. Members in good standing are members who pay membership fee annually. The General Assembly shall have the following functions:
a) decide on the number of members and structures of the Executive Board;
b) elect the President of the Association who shall also be the Chairman of the ExecutiveBoard;
c) elect two Vice-Presidents;
d) elect the and other members of the Executive Board;
e) review and approve the working programme and the global budget presented by theExecutive Board;
f) review and approve the report of the Executive Board on the activities of the Associationsince the previous meeting of the General Assembly;
g) decide and adopt amendments of the Constitution, By-Laws of the Association and theRules of Procedure of the General Assembly.
10. The Executive Board shall comprise the President, Vice Presidents, Regional Representatives and other members. The terms of office of the President, Vice-Presidents and Regional Representatives shall each be two years and the Board shall be under the chairmanship of the President of the Association. The first Vice-President shall be Vice-Chairman of the Board. The President and the Vice-Presidents must each come from different regions. The President and the Secretary-General shall not be from the same member organisation. Each member of the Executive Board shall have one vote at meetings of the Board. In case of a tie, the President will have the casting vote.
The outgoing President may serve in an ex-officio capacity as Past President and may participate in the meetings of the Executive Board.
11. A Secretariat shall be established with a Secretary-General recommended by the host, endorsed by the Executive Board and approved by the General Assembly as the responsible officer for the discharge of its functions under the guidance of the Executive Board.
13. The fees of the Association shall be set by the Executive Board and shall be approved by the General Assembly.
14. Special tasks undertaken in connection with special committees, chapters, studies or activities shall be funded externally by grants or special contributions if they have not been foreseen in the biennial budget presented by the Executive Board to the General Assembly.
VII. Conduct of Business
15. The Secretariat shall prepare at least every two years a plan of activities of the Association for review and endorsement by the Executive Board and submitted to all members for comment and amendment. This plan shall take into consideration, as far as possible, the activities planned and proposed by other national, regional and international bodies. The Executive Board is responsible for initiating and implementing any activities to be undertaken on behalf of the Association.
16. The Executive Board shall review, endorse and maintain, under directives from the General Assembly or on its own initiative, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, regulations covering the conduct of work.
17. Members shall be kept informed by the Secretariat on the activities of the Association.
VIII. By-Laws and Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly
18. The By-Laws and Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly shall be complementary to this Constitution.
19. A change may only be made in this Constitution if supported by at least two-thirds of the full members in good standing of the Association.
X. Dissolution of the Association
20. The dissolution of the Association can be effected only at a General Assembly meeting if supported by at least two-thirds of the full members in good standing.
These documents are accepted by the General Assembly of WAITRO during its fifth biennial meeting at Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17 October 1980 as revisions of the original editions of the Constitution and the By-Laws, approved at the Meeting of the Founding Members on 29 October 1970, Vienna, Austria and the original edition of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, adopted in the first biennial meeting of WAITRO, Juan-les-Pins, France, 24-27 October 1972. Further amendments to the Constitution and By-laws were proposed and accepted by the General Assembly during its eighth biennial meeting in Aarhus, Denmark on 26 September 1986 and again during its eleventh biennial meeting in Québec City, Canada on 16 October 1992.
This edition contains amendments to the Constitution, By-laws and Rules and Procedures of the General Assembly proposed and accepted by the General Assembly during its twentieth biennial meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 14 October 2010.
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