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NANOSENS Report Summary

Project ID: 316194
Funded under: FP7-REGPOT
Country: Romania

Periodic Report Summary 2 - NANOSENS (Upgrading the capacity of NIRDTP to develop sensing applications for biomedicine using magnetic nanomaterials and nanostructured materials)

Project Context and Objectives:
The National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics (NIRDTP) is a very promising European research organisation as demonstrated by its research activities and associated results in the fields of nanoscience and microsystems.
The overall aim of the NANOSENS project is to upgrade the research and innovation capacity of NIRDTP to the highest European level in microsensors for medical applications and biosensors based on magnetic nanoparticles and nanowires. NIRDTP’s existing scientific expertise and facilities will be further developed through a range of research and innovation capacity building activities. The activities will increase NIRDTP’s visibility, society/regional responsiveness and innovation potential for the most advanced topics of microsensors and biosensors.
The general objectives of the NANOSENS project are to:
(1) Increase NIRDTP’s strategic partnership;
(2) Increase NIRDTP’s research and innovation capability;
(3) Increase NIRDTP’s scientific visibility.
These objectives will be reached through specific activities supported by the NANOSENS project. Central to the activities are twinning partnerships with six specialist research organisations:
(1) Sheffield Centre for Advanced Magnetic Materials and Devices within the Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield, UK (SCAMMD);
(2) Department of Materials for Information Technologies in the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Spain (ICMM-CSIC);
(3) Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores para os Microsistemas e as Nanotecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal (INESC-MN);
(4) Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group in the Institut Català de Nanotecnologia, Barcelona, Spain (ICN);
(5) Solid State Physics group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK (UGLA); and
(6) Materials Science Electron Microscopy Department at the University of Ulm, Germany (UULM).
NIRDTP will increase its human potential by hiring seven experienced researchers and one IP and innovation manager, as well as organising know-how exchanges and trainings for existing and new staff with twinning partners. NIRDTP will increase its technology potential by purchasing a scanning Auger nanoprobe equipment, upgrading its RF sputtering equipment with laser ablation capabilities, and purchasing a gel electrophoresis system. Finally, to ensure its research quality and innovation capability, NIRDTP will be ex-post evaluated by a team of international, independent experts nominated by the Commission.
Project Results:
In the first 36 months of the project, 23 outgoing and 12 incoming twinning visits took place. All the outgoing visits have been made by young researchers from NIRDTP.
The first 2 bilateral seminars (M12 and M23) provided opportunities to identify new subjects for project proposals to be submitted to Horizon 2020 and related calls. 5 international project proposals have been submitted following these discussions: 1 proposal with ICMM-CSIC under the 2014 Joint Call of the M-ERA.NET programme; 2 proposals in Horizon 2020 – one within the H2020-SEAC-2015-1 call with INESC-MN and the other one within the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 call with ICMM-CSIC; and 2 proposals in the EURONANOMED II Call 2015 and M-ERA.NET 2016 Call, respectively, both with INESC-MN.
NIRDTP recruited 7 international researchers with profiles that correspond to the NANOSENS research topics. They have been involved in R&D projects connected to the relevant research topics.
In terms of upgrading the existing micro-nano facilities, 2 out of 3 equipment sets have been purchased and installed, whilst for the third one, the tender procedure was completed, the contract was signed and a partial payment has been made.
The dissemination and promotion of the NANOSENS project and NIRDTP in Romania and across the EU have been maximised by adopting a multilateral approach: through the NANOSENS website, http://nanosens.phys-iasi.ro/, which is regularly updated; through a Market Research Report, which has been finalized at the beginning of the 2nd reporting period, with the aim to help NIRDTP to identify and exploit R&D opportunities in medical applications and biosensors R&D services; through 3 dissemination workshops, attended by participants from companies, research and academic institutions, and in which special attention was paid to industry and SMEs in order to attract them to this emerging field; through the participation of NIRDTP researchers in international conferences/events; through promotional materials, e.g. posters, leaflets, newsletters, which have been prepared, displayed and distributed during the NANOSENS project meetings and organized events, as well as during other events attended by NIRDTP researchers; and through the cover story in the Romanian Magazine “Market Watch”, October-November 2014 issue [No. 169] (http://www.marketwatch.ro/revista/arhiva/).
In terms of the intellectual property and innovation capacity building plan, NIRDTP has recruited the Intellectual Property and Innovation manager (IPI manager), who has fulfilled the activities for the first 36 months of the project by training the NIRDTP’s staff in IPI matters and working on NIRDTP’s draft IP capacity building plan and innovation policy.
An IP workshop, with 36 participants, including experts from the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM), has been organised to describe current best practices in IP management and capacity building, so that NIRDTP management and research scientists are now familiar with how to submit an invention disclosure form. An innovation workshop, with 48 participants, including the President of the Romanian Association for Innovation, a former Director of OSIM, and the Director of the Technology Transfer Office from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, has been organised to increase the use of research results and protect innovation, and enhance innovation management from the conceptual stage of research.
The NANOSENS Evaluation Board, comprised of 3 international, independent experts appointed by the Commission, has started the ex-post evaluation of the overall research quality and innovation capability (including management and infrastructure) of NIRDTP. During their first visit to NIRDTP, the experts were introduced to the current state of the project and provided with all the necessary documents and information. They got acquainted with the research directions, infrastructure and human resources of the institute, along with its organization system.
Potential Impact:
The research topics approached in this project are at the forefront of the scientific research and multidisciplinary, addressing a broad range of issues ranging from fundamental physics to nanotechnology processes and microscopy techniques. Scientific results generated have been and will continue to be published in various journals and communicated in various scientific events. All this will contribute to the further improvement of the scientific environment in NIRDTP, spurring new research ideas, and giving new opportunities of scientific collaboration with the strategic partners and other scientific groups in European projects.
The twinning actions with six strategic research partners will lead to novel collaborative work and project applications in Horizon 2020 topics of mutual interest, conference presentations and publications; training of NIRDTP researchers in the partner organizations.
The opportunity to upgrade and acquire its own state-of-the-art equipment, combined with the scientific expertise gained as a result of the twinning actions, will allow the NIRDTP researchers to effectively approach scientific and technological topics situated at the forefront of scientific knowledge. This will highly increase NIRDTP’s scientific prestige, which will become an attractive research environment.
These factors will facilitate another major component of this project, namely the reintegration of Romanian scientists working abroad in academic positions and in industry. This will be also helpful in reducing the negative effects of the brain–drain.
The development of the Intellectual Property and Innovation Capacity Building Plan will help manage and protect NIRDTP's intellectual property as well as to build its innovation capacity.
The NANOSENS project will also help to address the main priorities identified in several recent Romanian government strategy and policy reports: the National Strategy for R&D and innovation, the National R&D policy, and the general strategy of NIRDTP.
There is a strong synergy between NANOSENS and projects funded through structural funds. Thus, NIRDTP has recently finalised the project entitled Euroregional Advanced Research Centre for Sensors and Sensor Systems based on Magnetic Micro and NanoMaterials (MAGNESENS) (www.phys-iasi.ro/magnesens/), which received an EU contribution of 4.5 million euro. Moreover, NIRDTP is currently a member in the consortium which includes the National Institute of Research and Development of Materials Physics from Bucharest and other research and higher education institutions from Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, which is preparing an application for a new project to be submitted to the next call for projects to be financed by structural funds. This proposal aims to establish a national cluster of research infrastructure with key regional points in Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, the main academic and research centres of Romania, taking advantage of the recently upgraded research facilities and equipment of all the consortium members, as well as of the expertise of their research staff. This will contribute to both regional and local development, by making the infrastructure acquired with structural and EU funds (NANOSENS) and the knowledge of NIRDTP staff available to other regional and local players, e.g. regional and local SMEs and large companies with interests in the sensing industry, as well as to other local and regional research and academic institutions. The ties between NIRDTP and these organisations have become even closer following the NANOSENS dissemination workshops which have been organised in October 2014, May 2015 and April 2016.
List of Websites:
http://nanosens.phys-iasi.ro/

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Record Number: 199740 / Last updated on: 2017-06-21
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