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INCOMERA Report Summary

Project ID: 618103
Funded under: FP7-NMP
Country: Belgium

Periodic Report Summary 2 - INCOMERA (Innovation and Commercialisation in the NMP thematic area)

Project Context and Objectives:
INCOMERA is an ERA-NET funded under FP7 and focused on innovation actions and use of the Structural Funds. This ERA-NET is a network of funding agencies coordinated by the Region of Wallonia (Belgium) that encourages transnational networking and coordination of national research programmes through joint calls with partners from different Member States and regions and that also maps existing research potential and carries out foresight activities. The network consists of 22 partners from 13 countries and 11 regions representing governmental R&D&I funding bodies and addressing SMEs within each region's Smart Specialisation Strategy.
The concept of INCOMERA is that each region is free to select its own innovation priorities and streamline public funds in technological fields in order to address SMEs/projects with Technology Readiness Level 4 and upwards. As an overall strategy, INCOMERA aims to detect and financially support those research results in the area of 'Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing' (NMBP) that are likely to (1) provide solutions for innovative products, processes or services; (2) analyse and assess the lessons from the measures supported in various Member States in order to exploit the research results and provide operational guidance for successive steps, paying particular attention to the use of ERDF, in the context of Smart Specialisation Strategies.
The network also aims to develop synergy-friendly actions for supporting transnational/regional cooperation of SMEs with a view of enhancing commercialization/productivity plans of the actors and launching three joint Calls for Proposals to fund innovative industrial research projects close to the market.
The three main objectives are:
1. To detect and financially support NMP research results likely to provide solutions for innovative products, processes or services : INCOMERA will search, detect and identify recent (NMP related) projects that have been successfully concluded and will contact the project coordinators to raise awareness of the INCOMERA support opportunity. A key important aspect here is to support industrial projects with the maximum possible market diversification or transition or modernization. This is only possible through a trans-regional/national cooperation and will allow beneficiaries to re-establish their market position or even create a new one. Such a strategy must foster at cross-sectoral and cross-regional cooperation that is an efficient way for generating ideas for new innovative applications and diversified integrated solutions.
2. To analyse and assess the lessons from the measures taken and supported in various Member States to exploit transform research results : INCOMERA will perform a thorough analysis of regional/national policies for supporting innovation, first to identify best practices and secondly to provide guidance for their transfer/adoption to other regions. The best practices identified will be evaluated collectively together with the success stories (in terms of commercialization) that will be identified. Furthermore, the best practices identified will be cross-mapped with regional innovation policies, while the role of key stakeholders will be analysed so that to draw definitive conclusions on the regional conditions that affect their efficiency. Best-practices will also be sought outside Europe, especially in the US and Asian countries.
3. To provide operational guidance for supporting efficiently the successive steps between research and innovation, paying particular attention to the use of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), in the context of Smart Specialization Strategies : In order to maximize the efficiency of the projects that will be supported, INCOMERA will support the systematic exchange of information and good practices using an Online Platform. Operational guidance will be provided to regional authorities, funding agencies and all stakeholders responsible for strategic research decisions, implementation of innovation services etc.
Project Results:
In WP1, we proceeded to the identification and analysis of suitable funding programmes and tools within and outside (UK, Scandinavian countries...) the consortium for the support of exploitable research outcomes ; and to the analysis of measures and tools at European level that support innovation (ETPs...) including funding schemes (ERDF...) in order to identify best practices. Updated versions of three deliverables (D1.2, D1.3, D1.4) were developed during the second period.
Work package 2 builds upon the outputs of and results achieved within WP1 and provides, in itself, the fundaments for WP3 by delivering the contents and directions of joint activities & joint calls. The overall objective of WP2 is to define a common “playing field” for cooperation and coordination based on exploitation of RDI results from on-going and future NMP projects. During the second period, the consortium applied the joint strategy developped earlier and identified potential NMP projects.
The overall objective of WP3 is to prepare the successful implementation of the joint calls and some other joint activities in trans-national co-operation to support innovation. During the second period, the Call procedures were improved and, particularly, the Call changed from a two-stages to a single-stage process. In the second Call for proposals, 18 proposals were submitted online, out of which 17 were eligible. The funding agencies proceeded to the regional/national eligibility check and 8 proposals were finally evaluated by external experts. At the end, 5 proposals were recommended for funding.
WP4 : The main objective of the work package is to monitor each component of the project, in order to make an analysis and provide feedback that will be used for improvement. During the second period, the monitoring of the following elements: call procedures and secretariat; implementation of funded projects following the transnational calls; online platform with all of its functionalities and capitalization of NMP projects; has started. Monitoring of these key aspects si ongoing and will allow the consortium to determine what the actual impact of these activities is. All partners have been involved by providing both input and feedback regarding the various tasks and deliverables of the WP.
WP5 aims at coordinating the network and managing the contract, and also aims at ensuring internal and external communication about the project and dissemination of project’s results. The 2nd Call flyer was printed out and the 3rd Call flyer was prepared. Three Newsletters were produced, two informing about the 2nd and 3rd Call launch and one informing on the 2nd Call results. INCOMERA was represented at various events including the MANUFUTURE 2015 in Luxembourg and INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During the first event, INCOMERA had a booth in cooperation with Manunet and Synamera Programmes and, with Manunet and M-ERA.Net during the second event.
Potential Impact:
The INCOMERA project subscribes to the overall objective of the FP7 NMP work programme 2013 which aims at generating knowledge to ensure the transformation of the NMP sector from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry sector through supporting the development of applications at the crossroads of different technologies and disciplines.
In terms of impact, this project will namely contribute to optimize investments made by the partners over the last years in NMP research, such as the NMP ERA-NETs and to fund new projects aimed at the exploitation of research results through the 3 calls for proposals that will be launched in WP3.
Sharing and disseminating good practices in supporting downstream research activities among regional and national research funding agencies lies at the core of this project. This review of good practices will contribute to support policy development and learning for Horizon2020 and the future regional programming (2014-2020) which aim at complementing one another in the coming years.
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