InnoMatNet is a new project funded under the NMP (Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies) theme of the EC 7th Framework Programme.
InnoMatNet aims to advance the goal of an innovation society by developing a flexible approach that establishes teams of innovators, which link materials labs with industry (particularly the creative industry), as well as other innovation actors, providing support to help them bring new products and processes to market.
The project will identify the key stakeholders in the area of materials research in Europe, the gap between their needs and the existing offer of initiatives and tools that support their product or process innovation. Best practice case studies of collaboration between materials researchers and industrial entrepreneurs will be developed, aiming at identifying best-performing business models to bring "communities" together.
This will provide the basis for determining the priority focus of the flexible approach to train and network the key stakeholders.
A project website will be created as the focal information and networking platform for European material researchers and industrial entrepreneurs, as well as other relevant actors, in order to constitute teams of innovators able to close the loop from the labs to a product or a novel industrial process, using innovative and environmentally sustainable materials (low carbon, energy saving, recyclable, "green").
Networking and training events will be organized in different European countries, aiming at bringing together all the right actors for new alliances and brokering collaboration between materials research and industrial entrepreneurs. Summer schools will also be organized to educate interested students and train young researchers and engineers active in the field.
The networking activities and interactive approach will allow the creation of the new alliances required for improving the coordination of high quality research.
To achieve these goals the project has gathered organizations that allow it access to different actors in the innovation process.
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is a partner in InnoMatNet.