Membership

To maintain a sustainable network it is crucial that the majority of all members are in some way active in the network. This means that SNOWMAN aims to have at least 80 % of its members participating in its calls and 90 % of the members active in either the call or in any of the task teams.

The SNOWMAN network allows three forms of membership:
–       Full members
–       Affiliate members
–       Observers

Full membership

Conditions

  • Membership is only open for research funding organisations or knowledge dissimination funding organisations or administrations or any other organisation that can support the mission of SNOWMAN
  • Membership is on an organisational level
  • Membership commences with the signature on the Letter of commitment
  • Membership is possible for a minimum of one year
  • The annual fee is affixed by the NSG. This fee is to be paid in cash. In exceptional cases it is possible to pay in kind. A request to pay in kind is to be approved by the NSG.
  • Termination of the membership has to be in writing to the secretariat. The fee paid is not returnable.

Rights

  • Appointment of Advisory group members
  • A seat in the SNOWMAN Network Steering Group
  • A vote in the election of the NSG chair
  • All task teams are open for participation
  • To initiate a call or another task
  • Participating in updating the SNOWMAN Research Programme
  • The right, not the obligation to participate in the annual call
  • If the member is participating in a Call, a seat in the Call Steering Committee
  • Participation in all SNOWMAN meetings
  • Access to all research results from all SNOWMAN projects
  • A vote in the election on themes for (international) knowledge dissemination activities
  • A platform for working on knowledge dissemination

Affiliate membership
Affiliate membership is in principle time-limited, i.e. for the duration of a call.
Affiliate members will be regularly (annually) encouraged to acquire full network membership starting after one year.

Conditions

  • Membership is only open for research funding organisations or administrations
  • Membership is on an organisational level
  • Membership is possible for a maximum of one year, after that period the affiliate member has to decide to become a full member or an observer
  • Free membership, unless the member wants to participate in a call. Than a contribution for the secretariat cost will be charged.

Rights

  • Participation in a call
  • If the member is participating in a Call, a seat in the Call Steering Committee
  • Participation in SNOWMAN meetings on invitation
  • Access to all research results

Observers
Additional funding organisations may be invited by the NSG for any specific meeting.

Co-funders
Organisations (public or privately owned) that can financially support the mission of SNOWMAN, without becoming a full member of SNOWMAN, can become a co-funder.

Conditions

  • co-funding is linked to a specific event or task
  • the support (financially or in kind) is fixed before the event in mutual agreement
  • the advertisement is proportional to the input and can never imply to become the dominant party

Rights

  •  visibility in advertising the event