The role of CANEUS is to provide organizational leadership, coordination, technical support, and expertise for the collaboration by its Members on high-risk, high-cost MNT projects and initiatives. CANEUS provides a smooth and efficient MNT development pipeline by organizing supply chain type partnerships among its Members. CANEUS will also assist in the brokering of the intellectual property that is integral to CANEUS projects.
CANEUS establishes an “innovation environment” where the issues of confidentiality, regulatory compliance, and intellectual capital value are all addressed and the terms of member interaction are pre-established thereby allowing for the free form collaboration by the exclusive membership.
While CANEUS provides the organizational framework, Members, in addition to paying membership fees, are expected to dedicate their separate technical and human resources, not only to the leadership of CANEUS, but also to the initiation, development and completion of CANEUS projects. To this end, Members must participate in the preparation of, and agree on, CANEUS work plans and allocation of CANEUS resources, and fund individual projects in which they are interested in order to take MNT technologies from proof-of-concept to systems-level prototypes.
In order to participate in CANEUS development work, members must sign a Membership Agreement, pay the annual dues, and collaborate on high-risk, high-cost projects that directly improve the Member’s own business or institution.
The initial focus of CANEUS is on MNT technologies for Aerospace applications. CANEUS provides organizational leadership, coordination, technical support and seed money for pilot projects. To facilitate orderly development collaboration, Members must reach agreement on CANEUS project plans and related mutual interests before a CANEUS project is initiated. Members are expected to propose projects and, if they are approved by the CANEUS Project Review Committee (under the direction of the Board of Directors), to participate in the development and completion of projects.