Unlock Strategic Insights through Scouting for Industrial Users, Customers, R&D Partners, and Technologies

AiF- German Federation of Industrial Research Associations


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Service description

The scouting service empowers businesses and researchers, enhancing strategic decisions with data-driven insights. Evaluate your competitive landscape: Identify potential customers or partners for your product ideas, expertise, or technology. Uncover additional use cases for your existing technology beyond your current target audience. Key aspects include determining profitable directions for your product or R&D portfolio, identifying promising project partners suitable for collaboration, or understanding active startups in your local or technology area. Here's how the service begins: In the simplest case, start with a few keywords for initial orientation. The more detailed the input, the better the output. Detailed technology descriptions from your website or customer information yield more qualified results. This input forms the basis for an AI-driven analysis and, importantly, the evaluation of selected databases, meta-tag searches, and semantic source queries. Reports, customized and including contact details upon request, enable efficient matchmaking. This identifies relevant technologies and development partners for R&D challenges. Additional information on use cases, benefits, and user-friendly technology descriptions can be requested with a click, supporting decision-making. Contact details are displayed directly, aiding EIC partners in developing and successfully commercializing new products faster, without incurring high search costs. The Scouting module can be tailored to your specific needs, and AiF is ready to support you in implementing insights with additional services and a network. The goal is to help you successfully commercialize new products efficiently and cost-effectively.

Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Financial requirements

Negotiable (individual, reduced rates for Beneficiaries applicable).