From the submission process to privacy policies, you'll find all the answers to your Open Innovation questions here

  • How does the submission process work?

    The submission process is quick and easy. Create an account on the Clariant website, give a short non-confidential description of your idea (a possible solution or unmet need within the Open Innovation Focus Field), attach any documents you have, and you're ready to submit! The submission process should take not more than 3 minutes. Start the submission process here.

  • If my submission does not fit into one of the focus fields, can I still submit it?

    Typically we are interested in submissions related to the current Open Innovation Focus Field. You can read more about our current Focus Field here. If you have an idea related to another topic outside of the current Open Innovation Focus Field, please refer to our Technology Platforms in case it fits to one of those four areas.

  • What type of business deal or benefits could result from my submission?

    Your submission could benefit in several ways if we consider it to be a good fit to our current Open Innovation needs. These areas include funding, business or technical mentorship, access to industry and regional markets, and use of our upscaling facilities. If we think collaboration could be mutually beneficial, we will approach you with an appropriate proposal. These proposals will be made on a case-by-case basis.






  • What information does Clariant need in order to evaluate my submission?

    In the initial stage we are only interested in non-confidential information. Your submitted data should give us an overview of your idea, so we can determine whether it fits into our portfolio, and whether we can help you realize the idea. To do so we need at least the title and a short description of your idea. Start the submission process.

  • Does it matter whether my idea is patented or not?

    It doesn't matter whether your idea is already patented or not as we can foresee several different collaboration approaches. The collaboration approach will be selected on a case-by-case basis and agreed upon by both parties. Please keep in mind that all your submissions have to be non-confidential.

  • Will Clariant sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before I share my input?

    The initial exchange will always be on a non-confidential basis. Once we agree on sharing confidential information a Non-Disclosure Agreement will be the first step.
  • Who will review my submission, and how long will it take?

    After your submission we conduct an initial check to see whether it applies to our overall criteria. Then, we distribute the submission internally to our dedicated experts who will have a closer look at it. Our goal is to give you initial feedback within 15 working days.

  • Can I delete or modify my idea after submission?

    Yes, you are always able to request to have your submission deleted by logging into your user dashboard. For modifications we ask you to simply submit a new submission using the same submission number (ID#).


If we still haven't answered your question, feel free to get in touch with us.

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