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2.1 MATERIALS ENGINEERING
Targeted research action on polymer materials - TRA ON POLYMER MATERIALS
The general aim of this Targeted Research Action (TRA) is to secure added value to EC funded research projects. The TRA is set up to help participants in complementary projects, covering different technologies of the programme, to co-ordinate their activities around a specific objective. As such, the action is of importance to a wide range of industries made up of users and producers - including SMEs - as well as research centres and universities.
The main objective of the TRA on Polymer Materials is to establish an efficient interface between the related RTD projects on Polymers supported by the EC.
In particular the TRA aims at:
- providing a European forum for the development, dissemination and exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and ideas relating to all aspects of Polymer Materials and their industrial processing;
- accelerating the dissemination and exploitation of research results;
- improving the synergy and co-ordination of research being carried out in the EC programmes;
- inform EC RTD programme planners about technological trends and research needs and priorities for the future;
- supporting socio-economic targets by scientific and technical excellence.
The approach to meet objectives includes the following activities facilitating the transfer and dissemination of technology and expertise:
- cluster meetings and network steering meetings and annual TRA workshops, where all projects will be represented;
- publication of quarterly bulletins, project database containing non-confidential project information both as a hard copy and on the WWW;
- publication of an annual TRA report with project achievements and results from the workshop and meetings;
- round table meetings with representatives of industry, government and society;
- co-ordination of activities with related TRAs.
European dimension and partnership
The added value of implementing the network can be classified in three categories: the (research) consortia/partners, the programme and the Community.
- For the partners in the projects increased exchange of mutually relevant information on technological aspects for future exploitation;
- For the programme a better coherence between running projects;
- For the European Community in general strengthening of industrial competitiveness will result in the development of sound and proven scientific and technological frameworks, and increased dissemination of quality information to European producers and converters of polymers.
The TRA on Polymer Materials is a real trans-European initiative. It consists presently of 27 different research projects, where industrial enterprises, universities and research organisations from many European countries are active.
The TRA stimulates the creation of scientific knowledge infrastructures. Transfer of new technological results from one market sector to another can offer new potential. The chances for industrial application of new technological know-how is increased by a network approach. Special attention will be given to involve SMEs, which would have only limited opportunities to obtain information on polymer research without the network.
Contract Brite-Euram Nr: BRRT-CT97-5025
1 404 400 ECU
1 December 1997
30 November 2001
EC scientific officer
Salvador CERVERA MARCH
E3T Consult BV
Air Liquide SA Paris (FR)