M2i gives universities access to a network of companies with challenging material innovation questions. By establishing partnership agreements between M2i and the universities, the research groups can define and carry-out first class materials research without the need to spend time on financial and contractual conditions
M2i gives universities access to a large network of industries and SMEs. Currently 33 industries are partner of M2i. These industries have a wide variety of material innovation questions which have been clustered in ten technology themes and can be divided into two main categories: high-performance structural materials and high-performance functional materials.
The M2i organization has been set-up in such a way that industries and universities can focus on the material innovation questions at hand. By means of partnership agreements between the university and M2i all financial and other contractual conditions for research projects are settled. The results of M2i’s research projects are shared with other M2i industrial partners through research cluster meetings, in quarterly progress reports and at the yearly M2i conference. A comprehensive set of guidelines and procedures for this information sharing is in place.