SPI promotes collaboration, knowledge transfer and the creation of new alliances between european R&D institutions

09 May 2012

The kick-off meeting of the project “InnoMatNet – Networking of Materials Laboratories and Innovation Actors in Various Industrial Sectors for Product and Process Innovation” took place on May 3rd and 4th, at the premises of SPI Porto. The consortium of this project, that is financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation), is led by SPI and includes a total of eleven organizations from seven European countries (Portugal, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Norway). 

The main goal of this project is to promote collaboration, knowledge transfer, and the creation of new alliances between materials researchers, industry (particularly the creative industry), and other innovation actors, in order to facilitate the development and marketing of new processes and products using innovative and environmentally sustainable materials. 

To achieve this goal, a database of key European stakeholders in the area of materials will be developed, and the gap between stakeholders’ needs and the existing offer of tools that support their product or process innovation will be identified; Best practice case studies of collaboration between materials researchers and industrial entrepreneurs will be developed; A website will be created as a focal point for information, dissemination and as a networking platform; and networking and training events will be organized in different European countries.