There are various variants of multi client and/or multi contractor work. Open collaboration with market near products needs tight non disclosure aggreements excluding background or previously known information from the protected intellectual property rights.(see also an example Collaborative Research and Development Agreement).
- The first step for collaboration is that the partners get known to each other - this might be facilitated by research directories like Network for European medium and large transport research facilities.
- The second step is the compatibility of the aims of the organisations at least in the segment the project is located.
- The personal preconditions comprise the ability to communicate (also with regards to the technical terms) and the willingness to share ideas and develop them further together in a possibly previously unknown direction.