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MATCH Report Summary

Project ID: 646031
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MATCH (The Alliance for Materials way to the creation of the MATerials Common House - MATCH)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The MATCH Project (MATerials Common House) intends, through a qualified and assorted representative group of the European Materials community, to propose an activity for the creation of a strong, reliable, sustainable, open and inclusive network where any European Materials players (from Industry, Research, University) could feel comfortable and can gain real value for her/his own interest and expectations as far as Materials R&D&I is concerned as a sustainable pillar for all.
The MATCH consortium intends to promote the integration of concerted and strategic challenges of regional and European needs in the field of Materials R&D&I, as a cross cutting element to boost European growth.
The MATCH consortium, which includes the top representatives of A4M initiative, intends to be in line to efforts and achievements from the MatVal project, the first step through which a set of actions were taken, allowing to have a better European picture of the Materials’ community and their responsibility to promote the multiKet EC concept and boost Europe to global prominence in Science and Technology.

The overall objective of MATCH is to contribute to create the conditions for an effective integration among academia (research institutes, universities and scientific infrastructures) and enterprises (industry and SME`s) by a new way of thinking: a cross-sectorial, value chain encompassing partnership for networking in Materials Research and Innovation in Europe.

The MATCH project work is focused in 4 main objectives crucial for the promotion of European sustainable development and innovation actions:
• the enlargement and effective improvement within the existing Materials network at EU level;
• the multidisciplinary connection of Materials to a plethora of fields relevant for European growth and where concerted management actions are needed;
• the integration with existing and/or promotion of new Materials networks at National and Inter/Regional levels;
• the integration of EU and national and regional networks in a sustainable (long-lasting) effectively aligned network hubs.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The main work performed and the main results achieved are to contribute
1. To integrate the diversity of ideas in Materials developments across the main Materials R&D&I organisations to create synergy and an integrated Materials R&D programme for Europe.
During this period it has been facilitated the integration of the ECP4 (polymers and composites Network) and EMMC (European Materials Modelling Council) and EMIRI (Materials for Energy Initiative) with EUMAT (The European Materials Platform).
2. To create the conditions for a genuine collaborative and coordinating environment among different stakeholders for Horizon 2020 Materials related initiatives and policies.
It has been promoted different workshop (eg. EMIRI Materials for energy Worskhop 21/10/15 and 27-28/06/16, ECP4 Match Workshop in plastics and composites 17/09/15 and 18/05/16, Match Brussels Workshop 22/01/16, LUBMAT, Lubrication, materials and maintenance 7-8/06/16, Match Plastipolis fórum event 28/06/16) to establish defined Materials Road Map activities
3. To ensure that the Value Chain based concept acts as main driver for a credible integration of resources and players.
Crosslink interation between materials developers and end users from automotive, aeronautic, health, construction, energy has been achieved, addressing the different sector requirements and involving stakeholder actors.
4. To identify the key research and technology developments where materials are required to meet the challenges of the 21st century across all major sectors whose innovation strategies rely on availability of novel advanced functional and structural materials.
Two main sectors have been addressed in EUMAT with defined material strategies: materials for energy (EMIRI initiative) and materials for health.
5. To identify the cross-cutting materials research and innovation support infrastructure needed to enable European industries to be globally competitive (eg. promotion of hubs within the airbus concept, promotion of a European Cluster to address the needs of the SMEs, in Surface and materials sectors (AMMS), promotion of European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) and European Materials Characterization Council (EMCC)).
6. To speed up time to market by promoting industrial exploitation of materials research.
By generating succesful proposals in new programms, such as Fast Track for Innovation at high TRL (eg. BELEADFREE) and transforming results from EU Project in further EUREKA (eg. VACUUM LUB), EUROSTARS (eg. SUPERWEAR) or ERANET Projects ((eg. MERANET JOLIE and MANUNET Brakesqueal) and by creation of spin off companies as a result of EU Projects (eg. ATTENT2).
7. To identify the need for backup and tools for a sustainable transformation of European industry. Creation of a data base for research projects to identify the main stakeholders in Europe by research topics (WP6). Creation of a excell file related to financing programms (WP5)..
8. To raise public awareness of the socio-economic benefits of emerging advanced materials technologies, particularly those addressing sustainable technologies and processes, low/free carbon transportation, sustainable energy generation, medical materials, electronic materials and materials for the modern built environment. This will include the identification of alternatives to current materials security issues (need of nanotechnologies and medium/long term thinking on materials substitution). Contribution to ellaboration of the Road Map, of EUMAT identifying not only technological challenges but also, the main socio economic benefits and societal challenges, specially EUMAT Chapter 1 related to Materials Modelling. Contribution to ellaboration of the Road Map, of EMIRI, Materials for Energy, contributing specially in the needs of Solar Thermal Energy. Contribution in the Road map of ECP4, mainly in the chapter of Plastic and Composites challenges in renewable energy.
9. To pull together all the key materials technologies and supporting infrastructure to advise the Commission about the priorities for Horizon 2020. Contribution of the definition of topics for next EU Call 2018-2020. Collaboration in the EMMC Materials Modelling workshop for topics definition, and complementary definition of a topic in materials modelling from EUMAT. Contribution to EU Projects evaluation (eg. BBI Biobased industies call)

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The work carried out during the first period of the MATCH project has been directed to establish a comprehensive networks focusing on complementary stakeholder areas to enable promotion of connections between the scientific creativity represented by academia (research institutes, universities and scientific infrastructures) and the enterprises (industry and SME`s) to focus on market needs (products and technology innovations or implementations), to which will add wealth creation and employment opportunities.
An expected impact is a better organized, more coordinated and effectively communicating materials R&D&I community gathering national, regional and European stakeholders should emerge. This multi-storied Materials Common House, founded upon the value-chain concept, will bring added value to industries and societies in Members States and Europe as a whole.
These high level objectives will be tackled through the whole life of the project and through a set of multi sectorial actions that will bring together all main creators covering the broad spectrum of the Materials community.
By the Match project may be identified niches of scientific and technical expertise spread across Europe that may be connected via hubs (with the ability to have an inter-regional European dimension, physically or virtually) to promote a long range vision of sustainable hubs, and also to answer to European cohesion demands.
By this project the pillar of a sustainable development and innovation action can bridged across different sectors (e.g.: energy, life science, technology of information and communication, security, cultural heritage, transports, avionics, metallurgy, food, agricultural, environment, raw materials, building construction, textile, wood/paper, photonics/spintronics) and the integration of players along the Value Chain can make a defining contribution to improve the speed toward the market for European Innovations and specifically to those innovations that address the Societal Challenges.
The MATCH consortium worked to gather major stakeholders in materials research and innovation in Europe, both in the core group (six ETPs forming the Alliance for Materials A4M, EMRS, FEMS and NoE with strong materials agenda) and through the group of External Partners, covering a broad set of fields where materials are essential for their developments.
Different tools are developed within MATCH (International landscape scenario, projects data base, financing programs contacts, Materials observatory, links with European, National and regional hubs).
Therefore a strong broad impact is expected to MATCH all these strengths together to make accessible to key industrial sectors (transport, construction, health, machinery sectors) in which MATCH will be a mentor of change and promoter of initiatives to consolidate basis of future progress and sustainable growth in Europe.
Moreover, this critical mass of stakeholders and the ambitious MATCH work plan described in the work packages have an impact on an improved synergy amongst major stakeholders in materials research and innovation and efficient implementation of ETP’s Strategic Research Agendas and Roadmaps.

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