The concept of industry as a full partner of Research Infrastructures (both as supplier and as user) should be proactively put in practice; this implies to promote a more extensive partnerships on joint research and development projects, addressing the development of advanced technologies, as well as specific activities fostering collaboration such as innovation, training and exchange programmes.
Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs/ICOs) of Research Infrastructures play an essential role for stimulating effective and tighter links with industry as suppliers or users. Mutual learnings among ILOs/ICOs and exchange of information on various aspects such as: awareness and communication strategies, procurements activities, industry requirements and marketing of new technologies developed for their facility, will help to raise the level of innovative actions arising from Research Infrastructures and maximise the impact of their activities.Scope:
Proposals will aim at establishing a European network of Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs/ICOs) of pan-European research infrastructures, including ESFRI landmarks and projects, as well as of other relevant world class research infrastructures of European interest. ILOs/ICOs, with different degrees of experience and representing a broad range of scientific domains should be actively involved in the action. Proposals should address:
The development and maintenance of portals providing information on research infrastructures' calls, tenders, future needs and technology transfer opportunities, could also be considered.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.Expected Impact:
This activity will:
Industry Liaison Officers (ILO) are officially appointed by the Member States and Associated Countries to stimulate the collaboration among the national industry and the international research infrastructures, providing advice on business opportunities, R&D collaborations, call for tenders and industrial services.
Industry Contact Officers (ICO) are research infrastructure staff in charge of developing business relations with all potential industrial suppliers of innovative components or services as well as encouraging the economical use of their facility by private players.