An associate member is one which is not entitled
to be part of either the patent nor the
scientific papers published on the variety
created. It is meant to companies, research
centers, universities, NGO's, etc which cannot
make a direct contribution to the project due to
their lack of proven expertise on the
technologies involved, namely DNA, sugarcane,
and energy canes.
Still, the associate member can participate in
all steps of the research and development,
receive confidential douments regarding the
technologies used, and thus learn quite a good
deal on technlogies still largely unknown in
To this end, the associate member is expected to contribute financially to the project.
The size of the contribution depends on the size
of the company: the fee for SME's is EUR 3000, and
for large companies ranges from EUR 20.000 to 100.000
depending on their involvement and expectations.