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Hungarian network of excellent centers on nanosciences

Final Report Summary - HUNN (Hungarian Network of Excellent Centers on Nanosciences)

HUNN project set the aim to substantially contribute to the integration and strengthening of the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of nanotechnologies, nanosciences, knowledge based multifunctional materials and New production processes and devices (NMP), by means of specific support actions to be carried out mainly in Hungary. The performed actions stimulated, encouraged and facilitated the participation of relevant research organisations from Hungary in the activities of the NMP priority area at European level.

The main objectives of the project were:
(i) to mobilise existing Hungarian human and material resources in the NMP field in order to create a Hungarian NMP network and the virtual national nanocentre (HUNN-NC);
(ii) to promote and facilitate its networking with similar well-recognised centres in the Member States and other AC and NIS countries; and
(iii) to increase the rate of success of Hungarian participation in the Commissions Research and technological development (RTD) programmes in the NMP area, all goals leading to the integration of Hungarian NMP active institutions into ERA.

The major HUNN activities were realised through seven main workpackages, most of them involving the collaboration of several partners, both Hungarian and the supporting foreigner ones:
- creation of the virtual HUNN-NC;
development of research and innovation strategies;
- transnational and national technology transfer;
- promotion and facilitation of Hungarian participation in European projects/programmes;
- dissemination of scientific information, IPR, communication;
- education and training;
- management.

Following accurately the timing of the various tasks and the activity-plan, all tasks planned for the project, were fully carried out.

The main results of the HUNN project were:
1. Agreement on setting up a nanotechnology platform starting from the achievements of the current project, thus aiming at the continuation of the HUNN work beyond the project's lifetime (with Hungarian financial support).
2. Excellent integration of the Hungarian partners facilitated by the mobility schemes, sharing facilities and equipment joint events, etc.
3. Agreement on HUNN research and innovation policy, taking into account mainstream research topics, and existing Hungarian knowledge and experience in the field.
4. Support given to originally not planned/foreseen programmes, e.g. fostering education of students (HUNN summer school).
5. Increased participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) programme: several FP7 calls have been addressed (more than a dozen submitted proposals), with at least three successful outcome.
6. Establishment of a list of bridging multidisciplinary courses and a list of interested stakeholders in nanotechnology. Databases on existing educational and training resources were set up including the lecture and training courses offered at Hungarian universities.
7. The two Technology transfer days (TTDs). These have been organised in two different locations (Miskolc and Budapest) and were attended by about one hundred and fifty persons. At the TTDs, besides scientific presentations, poster sessions, and round table discussions, new contacts have been established, possibilities to start joint projects have been discussed and joint proposals (to be submitted) have been agreed on.
8. Broad dissemination of the HUNN project, its individual Hungarian partners, as well as the obtained results. HUNN was presented through oral presentations, posters and flyers, at several international conferences, workshops and seminars.
9. Agreement on HUNN educational policy on PhD degree.
10. Preparation of a textbook on nanosciences.

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