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ERA Chair for emerging technologies and innovative research in Stretchable and Textile Electronics

Project description

Serbian institute sets sight on smart garments

Wearable technology is set to supercharge the catwalk. Our clothes are becoming smarter with the integration of stretchable electronic circuits into textiles. The STRENTEX project’s ERA Chair action aims to boost the research potential of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad (FTN) in Serbia. Building on a network of existing international, regional and national partners, as well as SMEs and stakeholders, the project will contribute to the development of patches to monitor health, sensors in baby slings, theranostic wound dressings and other similar products. A wider aim of the project is to strengthen the economy of Serbia and Europe.


The motivation behind this Project is to create a point of excellence of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad (FTN), Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, to continuously advance state-of-the-art research, technological innovation and contribution to broader social goals, in the field of Stretchable and Textile Electronics. The Project is set in the framework of the ERA Chair action to simultaneously reinforce the research potentials of the FTN and to create cutting-edge dynamic and sustainable research environment. With the support of the network of existing international/regional/national partners, SMEs and stakeholders, research results will be fruitfully exploited and provide a move from flexible/bendable to stretchable products, defined by the needs of society. These products with a high future market potential, such as human monitoring patches, sensors in baby slings, theranostic dressings, will enable a move from “technology push” to “market pull” and will facilitate involvement of the ERA Chair into “Industry 4.0” revolution. STRENTEX project envisages the following activities: (1) ERA Chair establishment – ERA Chair holder appointment and employment of his/her team members; (2) Implementation of structural changes in FTN, for sustainable excellence; (3) Raising research profile of the FTN and its staff, thanks to ERA Chair; (4) Boosting FTN’s innovative capacities and capabilities; (5) Dissemination, communication and exploitation activities. Thanks to this Project, disparities in terms of research and innovation performance between Serbia and innovation leaders in EU will be significantly decreased. Far-reaching effects of the STRENTEX will be creation of world-class working environment and favourable eco-system for flourishing centre of excellence and innovative start-up companies, strengthening of the Serbian and European economy.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 475 500,00
21000 Novi Sad

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Србија - север Регион Војводине Јужнобачка област
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 2 475 500,00