Connecting Knowledge with Opportunity, for good

SAIRA – The Open Innovation Hub for Sustainable Development

Matching Challenges and Solutions

WAITRO's Open Innovation Hub offers researchers at member RTOs a unique platform to develop and implement solutions that tackle challenges proposed by other member RTOs, companies, start-ups and governmental or non-governmental organizations.

Benefits for Researchers

As a researcher of a WAITRO member organization, you are able to use SAIRA and all its services for free. SAIRA bridges the geographical and administrative gap between market needs, local challenges, innovative business ideas, and your research capacities by offering easily accessible matchmaking tools. WAITRO’s Innovation Hub is different from other open innovation platforms: because we recognize that economic incentives fuel ideas, you are not required to surrender your intellectual property—if you bring an idea to the table, it remains yours. We provide registered users access to a pool of open funding opportunities to start developing your new projects today.

Two Roles, One Goal: Sustainable Development

SAIRA connects solution seekers with problem solvers to tackle challenges in all three dimensions of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental. As a researcher at a WAITRO member organization, you can step into the role of a Problem Solver proposing solutions or contributing ideas to challenges published by other researchers, companies, start-ups, and non-governmental or governmental organizations. At the same time, you are able to post challenges or project ideas yourself, as a Solution Seeker to find the right partner to implement your project idea. Register as a WAITRO MEMBER on SAIRA and collaborate in creative ways to solve sustainable development challenges.

SAIRA's Challenges

There are several tools you can use to take action and advance sustainable development. Propose solutions to Challenges or create your own project and reach out to potential partners.
WAITRO Challenges
Industrial Challenges
Start-Up Challenges
NGO/GO Challenges

Get directly in contact with researchers of WAITRO members around the globe. Upload your own project idea or challenge and find the right partners for your next endeavor or propose a solution to already uploaded project ideas or challenges.

Close the gap between market needs and technological know-how. Get connected to solution seeking companies and develop customized technological solutions by proposing your solution to Industrial Challenges.

Pave the way to transform innovative ideas into viable solutions that create sustainable business. Find innovative business ideas around the world and support solution-seeking start-ups in implementing economically sustainable solutions with your expertise in R&D.

Cooperate with solution seeking non-governmental (NGO) and governmental organizations (GO) and engage in projects that aim at contributing to sustainable development.
WAITRO Challenges

Get directly in contact with researchers of WAITRO members around the globe. Upload your own project idea or challenge and find the right partners for your next endeavor or propose a solution to already uploaded project ideas or challenges.
Industrial Challenges

Close the gap between market needs and technological know-how. Get connected to solution seeking companies and develop customized technological solutions by proposing your solution to Industrial Challenges.
Start-Up Challenges

Pave the way to transform innovative ideas into viable solutions that create sustainable business. Find innovative business ideas around the world and support solution-seeking start-ups in implementing economically sustainable solutions with your expertise in R&D.
NGO/GO Challenges

Cooperate with solution seeking non-governmental (NGO) and governmental organizations (GO) and engage in projects that aim at contributing to sustainable development.

Matchmaking in 5 Steps

Step 1

Define & Search

Solution Seekers define challenges or project ideas while Problem Solvers browse already published opportunities.

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STEP 2

Publish & Prepare

Solution Seekers publish challenges or project ideas while Problem Solvers identify challenges or project ideas of interest and prepare proposals.

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STEP 3

Submit & Receive

Problem Solvers submit their proposal, which Solution Seekers receive and evaluate.

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STEP 4

Choose & Get Accepted

Solution Seekers choose partners based on proposals and get Problem Solvers on board to start their collaboration.

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STEP 5

Collaborate & Share

Project teams collaborate and share success stories on SAIRA.

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Ready to get Started?

Use SAIRA and collaborate for sustainable development. While we hope to foster connections around specific projects, we have built in plenty of room for serendipity. Register on SAIRA as WAITRO MEMBER to establish partnerships that shape the future.