We aim to provide an umbrella and coordination function for the raw materials related research activities across the relevant ETPs and national technology platforms across the raw materials value chain in order to increase synergies and facilitate uptake of research results and innovation.
-It will encourage diversity and capacity building as well as transfer of knowledge and innovation capability. It will provide a contact point for the KIC.
-It will consolidate the network of people involved in the different Horizon 2020 and other projects and initiatives and will provide a platform for identifying gaps and complementarities and bridge where necessary.
-Advise the European Commission and National governments of future research needs and tools to stimulate innovation and assist in reviewing the EIP SIP when necessary.
We plan a two-step approach: 1st phase 2014-2015, 2nd phase 2016-2020 (after reassessing our commitment and submitting an updated one in the 2015 call for commitments).
The ETPSMR will expand its brokering (1st event held in Dec. 2013) to a larger group of ETPs in April 2014. It will continue with a foresight seminar involving a range of ETPs and academics in Autumn 2014 followed by another brokering event which will be held annually.
From 2015 onwards the ETP will:
- hold two annual events (one reporting on progress of projects and brokering, the other foresight oriented),
- have small incubation cells and SME brokers to stimulate innovation.
It will further keep a close relationship with ERA-MIN in order to ensure synergies and coordination.
Close contact will be maintained with other relevant ETPs involved in the field of raw materials in order to best coordinate the various activities and support each other’s commitments – in particular the commitment led by the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform, also under Action area I.1 of the EIP SIP, which the ETP SMR fully supports and with which we have agreed close interaction.
The impacts are three-fold:
1) Brokering across ETPs, ERA, and other national activities will create cross-sectoral and cross value chain research and innovation.
2) Foresight seminars will enable to take stock of achieved research and innovation results and forecast directions for future research and assist in reviewing the SIP.
3) Incubation cells and SMR brokerage will drive and complement the innovation agenda.
Ultimately, we expect many European research leaders will be participating along with international interest, whilst cross fertilization and supply chain cooperation will be achieved.
Other innovation outcomes:
- Better involvement of supply chain partners.
- Better involvement and uptake of innovation through SMEs and feedback on future research and innovation needs.
- Better EU cohesion in research and capacity building across the EU.
Leader and coordinator, providing a communication channel in between the members of the ETP SMR and also with the raw materials community and the stakeholders (other ETPs, policy makers (EU & national public institutions), industry, public, etc.). To ensure alignment of these activities with the EIP SIP. To coordinate and play an active role in communication and dissemination activities.