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Developing the Croatian Underwater Robotics Research Potential (CURE)
Start date: 01 Apr 2009, End date: 31 Mar 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The project aims at reinforcing the Croatian S&T potential in underwater robotics (underwater systems & technologies) through a coherent set of measures. Measures are focused toward: supporting and mobilization of human and material resources; developing strategic partnerships with well known research centers in EU; dissemination of scientific information and research results; facilitating communication between UNIZG-FER Laboratory for underwater systems and technologies (LabUST), and research entities having similar scientific interests in EU and also other stakeholders in the region; improve LabUST responses to socio-economic needs of the country and region especially related to Adriatic Sea. The ultimate goal of CURE is to prepare ground for R&D integration of the LabUST into the FP7 program. Integration may find its way in terms of R&D proposals, scientific cooperation or business contacts based on technological innovation. The project will also create additional visibility and impact for running projects in creating and supporting relevant public relations (PR) so as to facilitate dissemination, transfer and exploitation of project results, stimulate and encourage the participation of regional organizations in the EU R&D program. To ensure the project’s objectives, work packages (WP), tasks (T) and deliverables (D) have been carefully planned according to call objectives. Work packages have clearly defined timing and impact. Expected impacts are in upgrading the RTD capacity and capability i.e. the human potential, the number of new researchers and training of research staff, improvement of research management, strengthening the research infrastructure and the quality of research, enabling better integration in the ERA. Partnership with research groups in EU will contribute to regional capacity building and will improve LabUST underwater robotics research potential."
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