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AMICI Report Summary

Project ID: 731086
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AMICI (Accelerator and Magnet Infrastructure for Cooperation and Innovation)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2018-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Many scientific Research Infrastructures based on particle accelerators or superconducting (SC) magnets have been built in the past decade, or are under construction in Europe, in various fields ranging from fundamental physics to applied sciences. Other ones are in advanced design or early construction in the world. Their construction demands high technology systems built to unparalleled quality standards, and spans all the necessary activities of research, development, fabrication, assembly and verification. Such projects trigger innovation, and can only be possible through the realization of a large and distributed accelerator and SC magnet Technology Infrastructure (TI). The objective of AMICI is to engage the TI currently dedicated to European science-based accelerators and large SC magnets with a new, efficient and sustainable collaboration model. AMICI aims at transferring the knowledge and know-how of research laboratories to industry and creating new products and new applications of direct benefit to society. Industry would access a pool of technical platforms such as test benches, clean rooms and assembly halls including the equipment and associated human expertise, keeping European industry at the forefront of the international competition. This will be achieved by fostering collaboration initiatives and opportunities between Industry and the TI that include: development of key technology prototypes, test and verification of industrial products, professional training and apprenticeship, harmonization and standardization studies.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In WP1, the participation of industry to the project has been organized. The main goal was to consult representatives of industry, from both large enterprises and SMEs, to define the best way to associate them to the AMICI project and provide support to the TIs for the following interactions. A list of ILOs was setup for AMICI that was used first to introduce the ILOs with the AMICI project and, then to extend the invitation to European Industry to participate in the ‘AMICI Partner and Industry Days’ meeting.
The main achievement has been the organization of a ‘AMICI Partner and Industry Days for Scientific Technology Infrastructure’ meeting which took place in Padua, on April 18-19 2017. The meeting gathered 83 participants, with roughly half being from industry (mainly from the countries of AMICI project partners but also from Spain and Denmark) and half from academic institutes. At the end of the meeting companies were asked to fill a questionnaire aimed at collecting feedback on the topics that had been discussed during the previous sessions and, expressions of willingness to participate in the activities. The collected answers clearly indicate that there is a common strong appreciation among companies of the scientific and technological support that the TI provides to industry, and the key role this support plays for promoting the development of European high-tech industry. The companies that have expressed their wish to receive information are now included in the project mailing list, while the ones that showed interest in participating in specific activities have been invited by the task leaders to join the relevant working groups.

In WP2, Key Technology Areas have been identified by considering the targeted performances of the future projects, the state of the art of the requested technologies and the R&D effort made by accelerator and SC magnet communities. The agendas and the scientific roadmaps of the accelerator and SC magnet based Research Infrastructures in Europe and worldwide have been analyzed. The future large projects or the upgrade of existent ones have to be identified and classified by field of applications.In order to investigate the sustainability of a distributed broad network of European Technological Facilities and high-tech European Industries, a census has been made among the 10 AMICI Technological Facilities requesting information about how the TFs provide components and tests of equipment for the build-up of the large Research Infrastructures and how such work is organized and financed.

WP3 has investigated and defined the conditions of eligibility for an accelerator or superconducting magnet European infrastructure to be eligible in the core group of large European Technological Infrastructures. The selection should be based on technical spread, accessibility, innovation and industrial opportunity criteria to avoid clustering a too large number accelerator and magnet based facilities, and to allow for strong integration and impact of TI activities. It has also investigated a coordination model for the use of the considered major TIs, including defining standards for the use by external users. Coordination is seen as providing assistance in searching for R&D partners, supporting the selection of objectives (outlining trends, future tasks), and fostering the definition of standards commonly used in the accelerator community.
Existing bi- or multilateral agreements between AMICI members and with other partners were analyzed.

In WP4, the company in charge of the Accelerator market Survey has been selected and the specification and scope of the surveying process defined. Data collection commenced during summer 2018 with partner organisations and industry. A coordinated data collection regarding magnet supplier’s current interaction and future requirements of Technological Infrastructures through means of web-based questionnaire Tools was organized. Data collection from Industry comm

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

By mid-2019 the AMICI project will have explored and assessed all the means to ensure that European industry:
- will have a clear information about the strategic science and technology roadmaps for the future accelerator and superconducting magnet-based Research Infrastructures worldwide and therefore they will be in a strong position to compete on the global market,
- will have a simplified and supported access to the most adequate technical platforms thanks to the stronger and optimized integration model established among the large existing technological facilities,
- will benefit from the integrated ecosystem that will foster innovation based on cutting-edge tools and developments allowing them to enhance their visibility and competitiveness in new markets,
- will overcome their technology development barriers and further develop commercial opportunities within the Research Infrastructures and wider societal markets,
- will profit from the information exchange, definition of harmonized and standardized procedures and access to databases, which should lead to cost reduction in the long term.

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