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Reinforcement of research capacity in software development and innovative collaborative design and engineering in Serbia and Montenegro

Final Report Summary - RRCSD INNCODE (Reinforcement of Research Capacity in Software Development and Innovative Collaborative Design and Engineering in Serbia and Montenegro)

The strategic objective of RRCSD INNCODE project is reinforcement of S&T potential at Mechanical Engineering Faculty Kragujevac (MFK) in area of software and services, innovative collaborative engineering environment development, and to establish a competitive research infrastructure for efficient application at national, regional and EU level towards integrative and enhanced ERA. That would make necessary preconditions for MFK to become a leading Centre of Excellence in area of information technologies and of product and process virtual development within the region of Western Balkan.

Specific objectives

1. To realise modernisation of research infrastructure and working environment, through upgrade and renewal of S&T equipment and organisational harmonisation of three research workgroups - RWGs: software development, information technology and virtual engineering;
2. To realise researchers training programme at laboratories and institutes of EU networking partners and to increase their mobility in scope of European Research Area (ERA);
3. To strengthen the networking and research integration of MFK with existing EU and regional partners and also with new ones;
4. To disseminate research results and achievements and to create efficient mechanisms for its exploitation at national, regional and European level, through organisation of three thematic workshops, specialised e-courses, participation at international conferences, connection with EU networks of knowledge and technology, etc.;
5. To increase attractiveness of R&D occupations and local job opportunities for young researchers, resulting in diminishing of brain drain phenomena, by providing modern working environment and their training and mobility within EU centres.

Key issues

The RRCSD INNCODE project will improve communication between EC and MFK. It will also enhance cooperation of MFK with industry sector in a WBC region and with governmental decision-making bodies. This is clearly going to contribute to achievement of objectives. Reinforcement of MFK to its full potential will require the close collaboration of numerous regional and state organisations, local governments and R&D centres. MFK with EU partners will be able to cover all important topics of the project and help stabilisation and reinforcement of the research potential of Serbia and Montenegro.

Technical approach

The general structure of the work plan timely distributed within the whole duration of the project provides the means for a logical sequence of activities that can result in the achievement of the project objectives. The work plan is organised in seven work packages (WPs):
WP1 - Coordination and project management
WP2 - Reinforcement of S&T equipment
WP3 - Development of modern organisational / management system for harmonisation of RWGs
WP4 - Training and retraining of researchers
WP5 - Strengthening the networking and research integration
WP6 - Increasing local job and career opportunities for young researchers
WP7 - Dissemination and exploitation of the research and project results.

As a result it is expected that MFK will be a recognised member of the European Network Institutions working in the field of information society technology and sustainable development. At the end of the project MFK will be a Centre of Excellence with well established connections to the high-edge research centres in Europe with a significant impact at economic and social environment in Serbia and Montenegro and surrounding region, as an efficient support to growing demands. An enhanced participation of MFK and industrial partners, including SMEs in other EC Framework Programme areas, is expected, with a long-term sustainability effect on the development of MFK.

Expected achievements / impact

According with consultation with EU partners and after identified needs of MFK for advanced and modern S&T equipment and software that should enable state-of-the-art and unique research facilities in fields of virtual manufacturing, virtual reality, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and water quality monitoring, detailed techno-economic analysis of equipment and software has been done, in order to make proper selections. The management board has accepted list of selected equipment, which is presented in this deliverable, with techno-economic characteristics. Deliverable provides information about equipment and software for virtual manufacturing, virtual reality, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and water quality monitoring, as anticipated within project.

Altogether the expected achievements and impact of RRCSD INNCODE activities will be:

- a large mobilisation of facilities and human resources and reinforcement of equipment making MFK an attractive partner for European centres and participation in EC Framework Programmes;
- introduction of new modern IT technology that will increase the research potential at the regional level;
- extended networking will: i) increase the research capacity of the country, ii) improve the dissemination of the results and iii) strengthen connections between scientists for applications to EC FP calls;
- Job opportunities and specialisation in European laboratories will encourage the young scientists to consider the possibility to have a scientific carrier in Serbia and Montenegro, leading to a decrease in the 'brain drain';
- Increased attraction for science of young people and raising public awareness on the societal role of science in the improvement of the life quality. Expanded visibility, collaboration with SMEs, and regional R&D centres should contribute to better use of the research results for the benefit of the social and economical environment;
- the increased participation to EU programmes;
- establishing new contacts and collaborations that will continue after the end of RRCSD INNCODE with major multi-side beneficial effects beyond the frame of the current project.