The Collaboration Concierge Service is the TCC's program for helping an organization with unmet technical challenges find potential partners and providing assistance in the formation of new collaboration partnerships.

This program is open to any organization – to submit Collaboration Requests (looking for partners) or Collaboration Responses (proposing solutions).

Organizations submit Collaboration Requests (using a supplied form) to the TCC. The request describes the problem to be solved, along with critical items such as the potential for sharing of Intellectual Property or how the collaboration could be funded. While collaborations created by Requests may be fully funded by the submitting organization, responders may also be asked to include a proposal for how the collaboration could be funded as part of their Response.

New Requests are submitted for review by the TCC, which will provide advice on improvements on the request before the request is accepted by the TCC. The Request will then be posted on the TCC’s website and included in a TCC News announcement. The TCC may form an expert panel to review new Requests and provide advice on potential solutions or partners. Presentations on open Collaboration Requests may be made at relevant TCC workshops.

Any organization can submit a Collaboration Response (using a supplied form). The TCC will review submitted responses, provide advice on improvements, and then forward the proposal to the Requesting organization. The TCC will work with the Requesting organization on forming an effective partnership, that will both find solutions to the challenges and establish a path to market for those solutions.

Prior to TCC workshops, the TCC may issue a Call for Requests in a specific technology area; those requests will be highlighted at the workshop, helping to bring together organizations that may have solutions or could participate in a partnership to address the requests. The TCC waives Collaboration Concierge Service fees for Requests submitted in conjunction with a TCC workshop.

Fees for using the Collaboration Concierge Service program are:

  • For organizations submitting a Request:
    • $1,000 per Collaboration Request
      • Fee waived for TCC Full and Partner Members
    • $20,000 Success Fee per Request, upon execution of partnership agreement based upon a Collaboration Response
      • Fee waived for TCC Partner Members and for Full Members with a 3 year membership commitment
  • For organizations submitting a Response:
    • $250 per Collaboration Response, with the first response FREE per organization
      • TCC Community Members get a second free response
      • TCC Full and Partner Members are not charged for responses