We receive many offers of collaboration, the majority of which we have to turn down. We do this partly because we are busy already doing research and disseminating the findings to our Corporate Sponsors. We also turn down requests because we are fiercely independent, and must maintain the world’s trust in that independence (and hence credibility).
We are inspired by industry problems, but we don’t allow any sponsor(s) to direct our research.
If we were to accept financial support and/or data it would be under the following conditions: (1) the sponsor(s) have no say in which data we can collect (2) the sponsor(s) have no say in how we analyse any data, and (3) the sponsor(s) have no say in which papers we can publish, and no papers are to be vetted by sponsors*.
* We can protect the names of corporations and other private information in our papers and reports.