European projects for innovation support
The Einstein Telescope will open a new window on the Universe through the observation of gravitational waves. Its infrastructure will be buried 300 meter below the surface to reduce human-, wind- and ground-induced vibrations and movements. The Interreg project E-TEST is a very important step of the Einstein Telescope, as it will be a proof of concept, both on the prototype side and on the geological side.
E-TEST will build a prototype – a large suspended mirror at cryogenic temperature (10Kelvin) – to validate the telescope’s technology.
E-TEST will also run an underground study to map and model the geology of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
This will allow to define the optimal design and location of the future Einstein Telescope.
This project is a major scientific breakthrough but will also have a significant economic impact on the SME of the EMR.
11 partners in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
The E-TEST project will be coordinated by the University of Liège through the Interface Entreprises / the Knowledge Transfer Office of ULiège (Annick Pierrard, senior Interreg Project Manager), led scientifically by researchers from ULiège (Professors Christophe Collette, Jérôme Loicq and Frédéric Nguyen), and managed by a consortium of 11 partners in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany:
University of Liège (Aerospace & Mechanical Research Units (A&M) and Urban and Environmental Engineering (UEE) / Faculty of Applied Sciences / Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) / UR GEOLOGY / Faculty of Sciences / STAR Research Institute), Fraunhofer ILT, RWTH Aachen, UHasselt, KU Leuven, NWO-I/Nikhef, UniBonn, NMWP Management GmbH, KNMI, Maastricht University and UCLouvain.
This consortium will also be complemented by a network of satellite partners including the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, the University of Ghent, the University of Antwerp and the University of Mons.
In addition to university partners and research centres, a significant number of Belgian, German and Dutch companies are supporting this initiative, which will have a strong economic and social impact in many sectors.
The E-TEST project is carried out under the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with €7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Walloon Region contributes to 40% of the funding of the Walloon partners in this project.
By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union invests directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
Annick PIERRARD - Senior Interreg Project Manager - Interface Entreprises-Université de Liège / The Knowledge Transfer Office of ULiège
Christophe COLLETTE - Research Unit Aerospace & Mechanics Faculty of Applied Sciences
Jérôme LOICQ - Research Units Aerospace & Mechanics / STAR Research Insitute / Centre Spatial de Liège
Frédéric NGUYEN – Urban and Environmental Engineering (UEE) Research Unit - Faculty of Applied Sciences
KIC Raw Materials
ULiège is founding member (core-partner) of the KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community), founded on the initiative of the EIT (European Institute for Technology), and part of the CLC (Co-Location Center) West Europe.
The KIC includes more than 100 partners, which are mainly large companies, universities and research centres.
The Urban & Environmental Engineering (UEE) Department and, in particular, the GEMME unit, is the main operator of this partnership.
Busybee is a project developed as part of the Eurogio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) with 5 Belgian partners (ULiège, PIMW, Univ.Hasselt, Katholieke Univ. Leuven, DSP Valley VZW) and 4 Dutch partners (Univ.Maastricht, Technische Univ. Eindhoven, Stichting DSP Valley).
The objective of this project is to transform more innovations into new products and to lead them to the market in order to reinforce the commercial activity of SMEs and to have a direct economic impact within the EMR zone.
This project, which is aimed at the TRL (Technology Readiness Level) levels 4 to 6, is submitted in collaboration with the EarlyTech projects (ET, TRL from 1 to 3) and Innovation2Market (I2M, TRL from 7 to 9) in order to effectively support businesses, regardless of their technological needs.
Boost4Health started out in May 2016 and has for objective to facilitate the internationalisation of European SMEs within the field of life sciences/health through the construction of a favourable ecosystem and a dedicated support programme. For this, the partners will need to implement a support mechanism for SMEs from the health sector into their strategies of European partnerships and internationalisation.
The SMEs will thus be able to benefit from:
- Mobility aids
- Aid in exploring a new market
- Access to the European network for the validation of health products
- Individual support from a specialised "coach" for international development
- Event programmes in order to facilitate partnerships
Contact: Annick PIERRARD
WearIT4Health stems from a former project from Interreg IVA Top Technology Cluster (TTC) having for objective to create new collaborations between research institutions and SMEs, late 2014.
The objective of the WearIT4Health project is the creation of a portable multi-sensor monitoring device that is comfortable for hospitalised patients and compatible with the IT infrastructure of hospitals in the Euregio Meuse-Rhin.
The project is based on a solid consortium bringing together actors from different regions of the Euregio Meuse-Rhin; their knowledge and know-how are high level and complementary. The monitoring device that will be developed will record vital medical data continuously and analyse it to help the health care team make the most appropriate decision for the patient. The final TRL of the monitoring device will be TRL 5 level or beginning of TRL 6 level.
Contact: Annick PIERRARD
IN FLOW is an innovative 3 year-R&D project involving 4 leading partners from the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) (University of Liège, Maastricht University, Sirris, DWI-Leibniz Institut für Interaktive Materialien) for the formulation, characterisation and engineering of biochemical products. Its main challenge is to introduce new (bio)degradable packaging technologies for the fast and cheap formulation of active ingredients in pills or creams, for example. The methodologies applied will allow companies to create new products with high potential for, among others, the health care and personal care industry.
The current knowledge (TRL3) is partly the result of a previous Interreg IV-A BioMIMedics project involving strong collaboration between 3 of the partners. The IN FLOW knowledge and technology (TRL6) will enable public and private actors to introduce their products more rapidly to the market. The technology uses state-of-the-art devices and know-how developed in-house to create new (bio)degradable formulations encapsulating an active ingredient. These capsules can be used in end products such as pills, for application areas in the health, nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
The IN FLOW project is carried out within the framework of the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with €2.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union invests directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
Contact : Annick PIERRARD
IMPACT is a project developed within the framework of the Euregio Meuse-Rhin with the support of the INTERREG V Euregio Meuse-Rhin cooperation programme, Wallonia and Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft.
IMPACT relies on a Euro-regional network of partners from the academic, industrial and cultural communities, including:
- The Liège Theatre
- the University of Liège
- the Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
- the Expertise Center on Digital Media - Iminds
- the PXL Hogheschool –MAD Faculty
- the KulturBetried Stadt Aachen
- the Regina e.V. – RWTH (Aachen)
- the Chudosnick Sunergia Eupen
- the Jazz Maastricht and
- Maastricht University - UNU MERIT.
Formalised in June 2016, the IMPACT project aims to federate in the long term a cross-sectoral network of actors from the industrial, research, training and cultural realms, with a view to developing a sustainable platform whose main objective is to foster an innovative R & D policy based on the innovation potential of each.
Three main axes
This platform will develop its activities around three main axes:
- Euroregional laboratory for research and development in the Arts, Sciences and Technologies.
- Collaboration between artists, researchers and companies.
- Presentation and demonstration of the prototypes in the IMPACT Forum (Fall 2017 and 2018)
- IMPACT Training Centre
- Workshops, Open Labs and training programmes for various audiences (children, young adults/students, professionals)
International Arts, Sciences, Technologies forum
IMPACT Forum 2 editions (2017 and 2018)
Contact: Alain BOUFFIOUX
FoodNexus is a European consortium of more than 70 partners, universities, multinationals, SMEs, and research centres active in the agri-food sector and bringing together the strongest European skills in the sector.
The consortium's mission is to strengthen competitiveness and agri-food innovation in Europe, while helping to solve food-related challenges: food security, sustainability, health security, and health.
This consortium, coordinated by Unilever, represents the largest partnership of the agri-food sector in Europe, and covers the entire value chain. The partners involved in Foodnexus are, among others: Cargill, Friesland Campina, Heineken, Barilla, Eurofins, Danone, INRA, Novozymes, Chr. Hansen, the University of Wageningen, the University of Bologne, l’INRA, the University of Ghent, the University of Liège…
Business Opportunity Support System upgrade for strengthening European innovation ecosystem
Academia and private sector have joined their forces in order to strengthen the connections between education, research and business. Business Opportunity Support System upgrade for strengthening European innovation ecosystem (BOSS) project is funded with the support of the European Commission.
In today’s fast-changing society, marked by the turbulence of the economy, changeable funding conditions, technical progress, and globalization, the connections between education, research and business have become increasingly important. In order to bridge that gap, academia and private sector had recognized the need for stronger connections between education, research and business by fostering entrepreneurial mindset from teachers, researchers all the way to students.
BOSS platform aims to do the following:
- To develop Open Educational Resources in a form of Business Opportunity Self-Assessment methodology, Business Opportunity Development Planning Tool, appropriate educational material in different format, and open, automatized and web-based Business Opportunity support system (BOSS platform);
- To stimulate teachers’, researchers’ and students’ ability to initiate and carry out entrepreneurial projects, ranging from opportunity recognition to opportunity exploitation.
- To strengthen existing business opportunity, support system at partner organizations by incorporating innovative OER into existing practices, which secure efficient transfer of ideas to market and encourage university-industry collaboration;
Members of the consortium : The University of Belgrade (Belgrade, republic of Serbia), Meta Group SRL (Rome, Italy), The University of Liège
Contact : Olivier Van der Elstraeten
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