The first level in the SOLIDWORKS Partner Product Program is becoming a Research Associate. This is required to become a Certified Solution Partner and to achieve Gold Product certification.
Who can apply?
Companies that have, or plan to have, a product or service for sale to the SOLIDWORKS customer base.
Research Associate participation is limited to two years. After this time, SOLIDWORKS expects that you have launched your product, have commercial customers, and have submitted an application to become a Certified Solution Partner. If, for some reason, you have a change in plans or are otherwise not able to release your product to the SOLIDWORKs community within two years, the relationship simply ends. You are welcome to re-apply to the SOLIDWORKS Partner Product Program at any time.
There are three (3) steps in the Research Associate application process. It is recommended that you complete the steps in the order provided. Once you have completed all three steps, SOLIDWORKS will conduct an internal application review.
Download and complete the Partner Program Application Questionnaire. Carefully complete the questionnaire as your responses will be used in the overall evaluation of your application and the review process. Your application will not be considered until the questionnaire has been received.
Email the completed Partner Program Application Questionnaire to Partners@solidworks.com.The email subject line must include: Research Associate Application Questionnaire + [your Company Name].
Complete and submit the online Research Associate Application and Partner Program Agreement. Applicants are required to accept the Partner Program legal terms and conditions in the agreement and agree to ship their product to SOLIDWORKS or to demonstrate its conformance with the program.
Note: Research Associate-level applications are processed on a first-in, first-out basis.
The time it will take us to determine that your product has the potential to support our mission of addressing the needs of the SOLIDWORKS community is highly variable. Please be advised that applications can take up to several months for us to process. Thank you for your patience.
Note: Advancing to levels in the SOLIDWORKS Partner Program beyond the Research Associate level requires completing additional application tasks, in addition to reviews and approvals by SOLIDWORKS.
If you attempt to contact us regarding the status of your application, we thank you for your interest in working with us. Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide status updates. Following our review, you will receive notification from the SOLIDWORKS Partner Program whether your application has been accepted or declined.
Thank you for your patience.
As a Research Associate you will received the following benefits:
- A copy of the latest version of SOLIDWORKS to use during the R&D phase of your SOLIDWORKS-compatible product.
- Gain access to the SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API) support team and resources for assistance as you develop your product.
- Obtain a user name and password to access the Partner Desktop—a secure web site with partner marketing information, technical resources, and online store where you may purchase additional SOLIDWORKS licenses.