Two type of partners: Founding Partners and Associated Partners
Two categories, which correspond to two forms of involvement are defined: structural and by project . The structural involvement means in particular that the founding partners can participate in all cross activities of the center and jointly establish the governance of the center. The associated partners participate in certain activities as decided when creating certain project and join the center for the duration of the project.
The center may colaborate with other organizations which are not partner. For example, a company can outsource a research project at the center. The difference between an associated partner and a company that outsources a project at the center is that the first projects are carried out jointly, associated partners have members who work part or full time in the center, during the project, and may participate in other activities of the center, as decided at the inception of the project.
The term "founder" refers to the structural role of the partner; new founding partners can integrate to the center after the creation of it.
The founding partners jointly establish and implement the center governance, as presented in the Governance Section.
The expected operating mode once the Center has stabilized its activities is: the founding partners bring together researchers, experts, engineers, etc., part or full time, in the center's facilities, with a commitment to medium term involvement. These members are called permanent members of the center. The founding partners will also locate in the center's facilities other project members: associate members. (see People Section)
The founding partners contribute to the operating costs of the center. The contribution can be in kind: man hours, building, etc. and the amount of the contribution is decided by the Board of Directors at the time the founding partner joins the center and can be updated annually when establishing the annual budget of the center.
The decision to accept a new partner is taken by the Board of Directors. The new founding partners agree to comply with all terms, rights and obligations stipulated in the agreement concluded by the founding partners. This includes in particular a commitment to participate in the activities, and for the companies a financial commitment equivalent to that of the other founding partners. To reject a new partner a special majority is required and grounded reasons. Note that it will not be possible to refuse the participation of a state company (unless the commitments stipulated for participation and financial companies are not met)
The founding partners can participate in all cross activities of the center. Cross activities are those whose scope is not limited to specific projects, and include lectures in seminars, open sessions (not limited to the center) brainstorming, reading groups, living labs, use of shared platforms, etc.
The associated partners join the center by project. They are no part of center's governance but are informed of the overall strategy and activities. They can be invited to participate in the governance bodies to discuss issues relevant to them. Once a year they are invited to participate in these bodies to discuss the results of their participation and discuss the evolution of the established cooperation.
They can be incorporated into existing projects or propose new projects. They bring together researchers, experts, engineers, etc., full or part time in the center's facilities while the duration of the projects involved. These are associate members of the center (see People Section).
The associated partners contribute to the budget required for projects in which they participate, including the use of the center's resources. This contribution is agreed for each project and is decided by the Executive Committee.
The decision to accept a new Associated Partner is taken by the Executive Committee (see Governance Section) with unanimous vote. In cases where unanimity is not achieved, the Executive Director may request the Board of Directors to act as mediator in the dispute.