On March 1, 2018, Dr, Barbara Milow, DLR, followed the invitation of the European Commission and participated in the workshop “Towards a European approach on Industrial Research Infrastructures” which took place in Brussels.
The workshop gathered stakeholders engaged in bringing research to the market, e.g. representatives of H2020 NMBP pilot projects as NanoHybrids. Now, the workshop report has been published by the EC.
The European Commission states that access to new technology and products testing and validation infrastructures, including regulatory compliance services, is essential to accelerate the technology transfer and access to emerging markets. However, investment and maintenance costs of such infrastructures, in most cases, is high. SMEs, industrial start-ups, as well as traditional system suppliers, cannot afford these costs but need access to existing infrastructures.
Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation target primarily industry, SMEs in particular, and provide access to technologies and services for TRLs further up in the research and innovation value chain (from TRL 4 to 7).
EU Member States and the EC are aiming to support Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation that are open, shared, and accessible. The workshop aimed at discussing about the future role of Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation. It presented a general overview on existing initiatives and discussed the needs of industrial users.
The workshop report “Towards a European approach on Industrial Research Infrastructures” summarizes the results, formulates eight key messages and suggests follow-up actions.
More information on Research Infrastructures and European Research Infrastucture Policy here.