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EUROPRACTICE Training, CAD and prototyping services for European universities and research institutes (EUROPRACTICE 2013)
Start date: Jul 1, 2013, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project aims at continuation of the current EUROPRACTICE 2012 service.\nThe current EUROPRACTICE 2012 Service project, part of the 7th Framework and ending on 30 June 2013, is widely recognized as a world-leading service offering state-of-the-art CAD tools and microelectronics-based technologies to universities and industry. Today, through the EC funding of the EUROPRACTICE 2012 project, 650 European Academia (515 universities and 135 research centers) have access to this Service. Continuation of this service is considered indispensable (strong support letters from 130 Academia) as universities need to be able to renew their annual CAD licenses for continuing support of their research and training courses and need to get further IC prototyping services for their EC-funded research projects. The proposal covers 3 years of full operation (1 July 2013 until 30 June 2016).\nThe objectives are offering access to CAD tools for training and research, and access to advanced IC and More-than-Moore technologies for prototyping.\nAs a broker, EUROPRACTICE negotiates low cost conditions with the most popular industry-standard CAD vendors for educational use and non-commercial research within the 650 European Academia. EUROPRACTICE has negotiated with several foundries agreements to buy or share low cost MPW (Multi Project Wafer) runs in order to offer low cost prototype possibilities to universities and research institutes in advanced IC and More-than-Moore technologies. Also discussions will continue with other European "service" providers, initiated by EC funded projects, in order to make them available to the Europractice member Academia. As such, the IC service will be further extended with prototyping possibilities in MEMS and Photonics-like technologies.\nDedicated training courses, developed by the partners either through previous EC-funded projects like IDESA and STIMESI, or by themselves, will be organized for the benefit of the 650 institutions.
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