Open Innovation for sustainable buildings

Research Partnerships

Drive and change the cycle of innovation through Open Innovation.

What is the biggest obstacle for R&D management? The lack of time.

The rate technology is being absorbed into the market is steadily increasing, and traditional, internal innovation processes are no longer able to keep up to the pace.


Following the principles of Open Innovation, innovation strategy is no longer individual and isolated, but a part of a broader, inclusive effort that takes place in cooperation with competitors, public research laboratories, suppliers, clients, etc…


NOBATEK/INEF4 has this collaborative approach deep in its DNA, that naturally leads to open and partnership-based research. We support the different players of the construction industry in developing new services as a part of broader Environmental and Energetic Transition, simultaneously reducing the time it takes for them to hit the market.

The collaborative aspect does not mean less control over the innovation developed, however: a consortium agreement sets the rules for intellectual property and subsequent exploitation.

What We Offer

NOBATEK/INEF4 has a vast, qualified and representative network of industry players. In a short time-frame and for a specified requirement, we bring together research organisations (both public and private) and businesses (start-ups, SMBs, Intermediate and Large Corporations) that have complementary skillsets in order to set in motion innovative projects.


We offer full support for innovative businesses in the construction sector for:

  • Set-up work (formalising needs and specificities, identifying potential partners, drafting consortium agreements)
  • Drafting contractual requirements and specifications
  • Securing co-funding
  • Project management
  • Research-product outcome strategy (intellectual property, operating agreements, licensing…)

Added value

  • Decreased risks associated with innovation
  • Gain time
  • Increased capacity to innovate
  • Interactions with other business ecosystems, notably the world of start-ups
  • Profit from new paradigms of collaborative work