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The benefit of the Funding opportunity review : the Rohm & Haas example

Anne Dufermont, Director Government & Industry Affairs, Rohm & Haas

For what reasons Rohm & Haas is interested by European funding programmes?

Rohm and Haas Company is a group specialised in chemical industry, established at an international scale. Notably specialised in industrial processes and in chemistry for food and food-related, packaging and water, Rohm & Haas is an actor involved in research and innovation in those chemical industry fields. However, those speciality fields in which Rohm & Haas conducts its researches are hugely expensive. Lire_La_Suite

For what reasons Rohm & Haas is interested by European funding programmes?

Rohm and Haas Company is a group specialised in chemical industry, established at an international scale. Notably specialised in industrial processes and in chemistry for food and food-related, packaging and water, Rohm & Haas is an actor involved in research and innovation in those chemical industry fields. However, those speciality fields in which Rohm & Haas conducts its researches are hugely expensive.

Thus, the support of European funds for specialised research is an important component, even crucial, for some fields and for the development of new projects and sectors of research.



You called on Welcomeurope to develop a review of opportunities to identify Community, national and regional funding possibilities in Europe for your projects. Why did you call on an outside organisation?


The identification, the follow up and the adequacy between technical parameters of European calls for proposals as for regional calls for projects from one part; and technical and financial criteria inherent to developed projects (photovoltaics, nanotechnology for example) from an other part, requires an important knowledge of European funding programmes and of their mechanisms. Clearly, only a consultant as Welcomeurope is able to help us to achieve this research efficiently.


Effectively, it seems that we could not be able, according to our structure and various business potentially interested by these funds, to get such complete and targeted results without the contribution and the practical knowledge of Welcomeurope expertness.



What are your feelings about this first experience? Does it comfort your idea that a company as yours could be involved in European projects ?


This experience was very rewarding and called upon humbleness as well. We noticed the multiplicity and the complexity of available funds, at the European level. We awaked that the support of a consultant such as Welcomeurope is essential for the “identification/anticipation” phase for Rohm & Haas projects and opportunities of European funding programmes.


Thus, we are comforted to involve ourselves more concretely and more precisely in projects financed by the European Union.





At last, according to you, what can European grants bring for a company such as Rohm & Haas?


European funds allow obtaining financial support which may be crucial for the development of new projects and research sectors as well as a speciality industrial technical network. The concept of networking is very important because a network is essential and useful for the pursuance of projects but also for identifying new partners hips, parallel or more specific, in the research fields favoured by Rohm & Haas.

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