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Phase 2: Supporting new alliances

Work Package 3

The main aim is to deliver a radical shift from approaches based on passive studies and events towards the development of a pro-active open innovation environment based on proven scientific principles which will deliver integrated solutions in terms of speeding up commercialisation readiness, adaptable open innovation methodology, a portfolio of practical implementation measures and training and dissemination activities in support of dramatic acceleration of value creation through MNT manufacturing. To achieve this, the objective of WP3 is to adopt relevant open innovation approaches to the MNT sector by taking account of:

• The leading markets requirements and needs (market pull)
• The strengths of the MNT industry value chain
The expected major contributions of the open innovation approach that will be considered within this WP are as
• To shorten the development cycle of MNT products by up to 50%;
• To achieve significantly faster industrial commercialisation of research results by up to 25%;
• To increase by 25 %, the private investments and support for young companies (start-ups, spin-offs);
• To support the knowledge transfer from university to industrial production and the market by creating a network
• regional clusters and SME’s international alliances;
• To double the Europe’s patent filing in MNT by overcoming the problems of identifying the commercial potential of research and of aligning MNT-research with industrial needs;
To implement the necessary steps towards achieving these goals, the project will identify best open innovation practices, organise focus groups for key application areas to identify technology demonstrators that represent future high impact MNT-enabled products and use these as case studies around which external organisations will be invited to form interdisciplinary teams. This will generate an environment for “open concurrent engineering” in order to define the paths to production of these demonstrators.

Work Package 4

• To identify one (or more) topic areas around which multiple partners can support and enhance the competitiveness of the EU industry and economy for the introduction and adoption of multi-functional miniaturized products in a range of sectors (for example, biotechnology, energy, medical opto-electronics etc.).
• Study the potential future financing mechanisms that may be available to support the development of the topic areas beyond the life of the CSA. This will include the projects themselves and the joint coordination of the projects
• Obtain commitment from the core partners and other stakeholders to progress the development of the projects at the end of the CSA, and to agree to joint coordination to maximize the impact and gain mutual benefit from future collaboration.
• Develop joint communication and dissemination routes during the CSA such that they can be easily replicated and continued at the end of the funding of the current CSA, and to ensure value added activity from collaborations instigated during the project.