The strategic objective of the RAINS project (within the function of Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area) is to raise the RTD standards in a specific research field not only nationally, but through ongoing cooperation, partnership and sharing of scientific/technical expertise with similar institutions throughout Europe. The overall objective of RAINS is to support the integration of a leading Romanian institute - the 'Petru Poni' Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (PPIMC) - in ERA as a centre having a critical mass enabling it to spread excellence in knowledge-based multifunctional polymeric materials. Having identified areas requiring further improvement within the PPIMC, e.g. participation in Framework Programmes, research personne l and trained administrative personnel, S&T infrastructure, RAINS is aimed at adapting the research potential of the institute to wider societal and economic needs both at regional/national and European levels; strengthening the cooperation with region al/national and European partners; increasing the competitiveness and participation in FP projects; disseminating information and facilitating communication between various scientific, educational and industrial bodies in view of full integration into the ERA; increasing the attractiveness of the research careers for young people to reduce the 'brain drain'; promoting full integration of women into the socio-professional environment.To accomplish the objectives and to ensure the long lasting of RAINS result s, a set of specific measures have been defined. They are focused on hiring and training of young researchers and administrative personnel, improving work/life conditions, upgrading/renewing the S&T equipment, fully connecting PPIMC to national RTD env ironment and to ERA through personnel exchange, disseminating information, transferring new knowledge etc.
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