Evonik strengthens involvement of external partners in R&D


New approach to building networks with outstanding scientists

In mid-June, Evonik Industries again invited selected scientists from various universities, faculties and research institutes to submit solutions to three pre-defined problems. Scientists have until the end of November to take part in this Evonik Call for Research Proposals (ECRP). With this new approach, Evonik hopes to gather creative ideas and proposals that, ideally, can result in a joint research project.

'In light of ever shorter innovation cycles and increasingly complex innovation topics, we are looking to strengthen the involvement of external partners in our own research and development work,' said Dr Peter Nagler, Chief Innovation Officer of Evonik.

The speciality chemicals company gained its first experience with this format in 2013. 'For the most part, the feedback from the professors following the first ECRP was extremely positive. Almost all welcomed this new approach and expressed interest in taking part again,' says Dr Georg Oenbrink, head of the Innovation Networks & Communications department at Evonik.

Three proposals on the topic of methionine synthesis without hydrogen cyanide as building block were so good that the Health & Nutrition Business Unit intends to form a partnership with the professors involved. The contracts are currently under negotiation.

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The Health & Nutrition Business Unit again features among the three current ECRPs, with the search for a new technology for masking the taste of pharmaceutical ingredients and dietary supplements. Interested scientists from universities and research institutes can request the call for proposals and rules of participation at ECRP@evonik.com.