Company Membership

Who can join?

Any company carrying out R&D in Europe in support of its own business activities. And also by invitation, any company supporting the effectiveness of this R&D.

EIRMA VIP+ programme

Member-led industry association established in 1966 under the auspices of the OECD. EIRMA is the preferred cross-industry network and place for important R&D subject matters. It is the European open exchange of best practices in research, development and innovation for a sustainable world.
EIRMA is a central enabler of connections and influence among leading European industries, EU policy makers, major European initiatives and EU and international alliances.
EIRMA influences the R&D ecosystem in Europe. Its mission is to make European R&D and Innovation centres lead in generating sustainability solutions for the Economic, Societal and Business Challenges of the future. EIRMA activities are open to non-European corporations that have R&D activity and interest in Europe.

▶ Be part of a unique meeting platform and network of European technology leaders.

▶ Experience human-to-human collaboration among peers of leading European industrial players in finding solutions for shared challenges.

▶ Visit industrial sites of member companies and gain insights on how influential R&D decision makers operate.

▶ Join an industrial multisectoral association with active members of over five decades.

▶ Benefit from joint activities with industrial associations from US, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Australia and more.

▶ Leading companies in technology and industrial sectors with European focus.

▶ Technology management position holders: CTO, R&D, CVC, IP, Knowledge Management, Digitalization, Value Chain, HR and more.

▶ Managers who need broader exposure to technology companies and opportunities.

▶ HR executives in charge of corporate talent management and leadership growth.

▶ Executives in charge of innovating operational strategies, such as diversification of Production and Supply Chains.


Sharing, education and collaboration of best-practice management solutions (Practical Implementation) among major industrial players with a focus on Research and Innovation Technology Management position holders: CTO, R&D, CVC, IP, Knowledge Management, Digitalization, Value Chain, HR.

Networking and interaction with very senior people who direct significant R&D projects in Europe.

Special Interest Groups and Taskforces, lead and participate in programmes such as KM, Digitalization, IP, AI, Safety, Security, Industrial Innovation Metrics, Environmental, etc.

CTO and CVC annual forums.

Visits to member company major sites and innovation facilities, unique EIRMA membership advantage.

Members’ surveys and ability to benchmark vs. the Industry.

Online platform to connect industry and investments with broad based EU innovative technologies.


New technologies: EIRMA’s expansion into IOT, Life Sciences Technology, AI, Genetics, Robotics, etc.

Access to innovative SMBs and Growth Startups to expand to new technologies and hubs of innovation.

EIRMA’s relationships with Research Universities and Academic Associations.


Educational Programmes: enrich management talent experience by peer-to-peer sharing of industrial best practices in an environment of trust and openness (Chatham-House-Rule).

Development Programmes for management talent to prepare for R&I leadership positions.

Ongoing support groups: interactions among programme participants and practitioners.

Low carbon footprint: access to many activities directly from your home base.


Influence Policy Makers – EU Stage, Programmes and Collaboration: take part in activities and position papers for: EC, Innovation Council, Green Deal, Deep Tech, Club of Rome, etc. to help direct investments in the innovation of EU industry.

Exposure to major European themes of innovation (e.g., Responsible Innovation and Green Deal) and learning from members’ corporate experience.

Exclusive speaking opportunities reserved for EIRMA members in European events.

European showcase for exceptional individuals and major accomplishments.



Annual Conferences and
onsite events hosted by members


Onsite hosted by Members and online


Activities with international
sister organisations
and enabling international
industry collaboration


SIG's: KM, AI, Digitalization, IP, Safety

Member only SIGs,
Hosted onsite by members
and intimate exchange of best practices


Topical sharing of experience and
topical activities to produce
reccomandations and
position papers


Collecting data from
members and providing
benchmarking insights


Recorded interviews with
member experts and
topics of shared interests


Member Subject Matter
Experts guidance on Best
Practices and Education
for research team-leads


Exclusive meetings
among global leaders of
industry (EIRMA),
Government and Business
(2021 focus: Responsible


EIRMA driven activities
such as position papers,
and current TF:
Responsible Innovation


Collecting data from
members and providing
benchmarking insights



EU Horizon 2020
Programme to attract
deep technology to European
Innovation eco-system

EIRMA: Industry interface to ATTRACT projects

EIRMA: enabling CVCs activities

EIRMA is an ATTRACT Board Member


EC project
EC bridges between
members and EC projects
and contracts


EC programme os JRC
Joint Research Centre

Guiding policy alignement
with World trends

EIRMA members exposed
to qualified R&D

EIRMA facilitates member



FLOWW: generating
relationships among
VC's, Industry, Deep Tech

Currently testing CERN and ATTRACT projects

UCOM: chalenging
Univiersities with
innovation and
ndustry needs


Exchange for R&I



Sponsored by EIRMA,
Spinverse, Orgalim


Reserved for EIRMA in EU


And budget allocations


Access to all programmes

Membership fee provides access to unlimited participants from the company.

Revenue-based Fee Structure.

 Opportunity for individual membership of former VIP+ members.

  EIRMA association Digital Badge.


Conferences: Generally hosted by EIRMA members (when travel is feasible), for discussion, exchange of practices and networking. Selection of main themes by member requests, such as “post pandemic planning with environmental consciousness”.

Forums: EIRMA facilitates unique platforms for CTO and CVC professionals to exchange themes and practices of main importance for their roles and responsibilities.

W-FIRA: World Federation of Industrial Research Associations. Initiated by EIRMA in 2013 to develop cooperation among international organizations to advance innovation leadership worldwide: IRI - USA, JATES - Japan, KOITA – Korea, ANPEI - Brazil and more

Special Interest Groups (SIGs): EIRMA facilitates unique and intimate cross-industry best practice exchanges on-site and online. Designed for executives who are charged with company-wide specialized responsibilities such as: Knowledge Management, Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, Digitalization, Data Safety and Work Environment Safety.

Webinars and Workshops: Activities to enable sharing of knowledge and experience and cross-education among members.

Taskforce: Certain activities produce recommendations and position papers, such as Responsible Innovation.

Surveys: Creating and sharing benchmarks and cross-interest actual themes

Podcasts: Recorded interviews with member experts on topics of shared interest, accessible only to members.

Practical Training: Leveraging EIRMA’s members’ practical knowledge to deliver industrial, as opposed to theoretical, powerful best practices to research team-leads and managers, who enjoy continuous network of support

Club of Rome is the meeting point of Heads of States and Governments, UN administrators, high-level politicians, diplomats, scientists, economists and business leaders with global reach.

Influencing EU policies and budget allocations: EIRMA and its members are regularly called to represent European Industry in policy making programmes and committees, such as GLORIA, Club of Rome, etc.

ATTRACT: CERN initiative to draw and select deep technologies in the service of European innovation ecosystem. EIRMA is the industrial representative member of ATTRACT’s Project Consortium Board and the interface to European deep technology projects. EIRMA’s participation in ATTRACT allows CTOs and CVCs full awareness of the most innovative and pre-selected EU deep technologies. ATTRACT is funded by EU Horizon

GLORIA: Global Research and Innovation Analysis. EC periodical project to provide global statistical analysis and trends to EC policy makers, facilitated by the EC-JRC (Joint Research Centre) and OECD. EIRMA members contribute data into the research and serve as the industrial reviewers of the reports

Digital Platform – FLOWW: Digital platform to generate ongoing mutual interests and contacts among VC’s, Industry and Deep Tech projects, including CERN-ATTRACT projects

Digital Platform – UCOM: EIRMA platform to enlist and challenge universities and their research capacity to support the needs of industry for practical innovation.

Marketplace: EIRMA’s internal exchange among members for R&I resources to assist the movement of talent and equipment

CTO Award: Annual recognition programme by Industry for Industry to promote excellence in individual innovators. Sponsored by EIRMA, SPINVERSE, ORGALIM.

Speaking opportunities on EU Stage: reserved for EIRMA members in EU events and EIRMA programmes.


Individual Membership

People with significant professional experience relevant to EIRMA's mission and are also willing to contribute to our work are eligible to become an Individual Member of EIRMA. Membership in this category is by invitation only, based on a proposal by the Representative of a member company. Individual Membership is not available to anyone employed by a company that is itself eligible for membership.

How to join as an individual Member?

Prepare your references from a member company and contact the EIRMA Operations Team at [email protected].

Membership Applications

EIRMA Membership Application is open to any company carrying out R&D in Europe in support of its own business activities.

Application Form

Please complete the Membership Application   and return it by e-mail to [email protected].

Representative and Alternates

Our member companies are represented by an official "Representative" and its "Alternate". Their role is to be the primary contacts with the Association. It is therefore important to nominate one voting Representative and up to two Alternates who will be involved in the EIRMA activities. These delegates should hold leadership positions within the company's research and technology function.