15 Jul 2020This position paper is addressed to both localised and distributed Research Infrastructures (RIs) in physical science and engineering with a representative volume of activity on nanoscience and nanotechnology. A set of original recommendation on how to better engage with industry are provided. The conclusions take in consideration the previous literature on the topic and the recommendation matured from relevant public stakeholders, policy makers and similar initiative. In particular, this paper presents the return of experience and the lessons learned from the NFFAEurope consortium and synthesises some of the main conclusions emerged in the context of relevant selected workshops organised with partner institutions focused on this topic.
29 Jan 2020This report describes the main work carried out to date in the Networking workpackage (WP11). The main activities planned in the original NFFA concern: - ORGANISATION AND DEFINITION OF A TECHNICAL LIAISON NETWORK TO ASSIST THE USER ACCESS TO THE NFFA FACILITY - THE DEFINITION OF A PROPER NFFA-EUROPE BRANDING - THE OUTREACH ACTIONS TO PROMOTE THE NFFA ACCESS AND IMPROVING THE VISIBILITY OF THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES AND OF THE MAIN OUTCOMES, BOTH FOR INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA - AN ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAMME - A COORDINATED SURVEY SPECIFICALLY DEVOTED TO DEFINE A SUITABLE METADATA SET FOR NANOSCIENCE Furthermore, a set of extra activities will be reported in the domain of nanosafety and outreach for general pubblic which were not specified in the original proposal, but that emerged as a strategic element for the success of the proposal during the mid-term review.
26 Nov 2019Incentivised knowledge transfer (IKT) is provided within the context of actions in subtask 11.5.3. IKT is available to industrial users when they request an experiment, which presents a level of uncertainty. In this case, the facilities can decide to grant a feasibility access to the user and run a rapid measurement, which can clear the doubts and help identifying the most appropriate way to proceed. This access mode has been established to reduce the risks associated with industry experiencing long feasibility and pilot studies and enable a following peer-review or proprietary access. This second report on the incentivised knowledge transfer and feasibility work with industry aims at describing the use of this tool by the partners of the NFFA consortium. This report will give also an update of the actions already initiated and described in the first report. The main conclusion of the present report are the following: a) IKT was mainly established as a risk mitigation strategy to support the TNA access or, when needed a confidential access for large Companies (SME can already demand the results to be confidential). b) An advertising campaing have been put in place to outreach the industrial community, and the IKT was a key element of the NFFA strategy to engage with industry. c) Some IKT accesses have been realised along the project, but relatively limited with respect to the budget available. d) This is the proof that the transnational (TNA) programme worked very efficiently and that this access mode was adequate to satisfy the industrial need. Furthermore, some suggestions are provided with reference to the impact of this tool with respect to the partner operations and the possibility to use this tool to better support the overall strategy of NFFA engaging with industry.