Nanoscience foundries and fine analysis for Europe (NFFA-EUROPE)

European Union

Status: finished project
Contract Number:
654360 - NFFA-Europe - RIA

The goal of NFFA-EUROPE is to enhance European competitiveness in nanoscience research and innovation. This is a crucial and growing field of modern science, technology and a ubiquitous node in the value chain of manufacturing and services. Research on the fundamental properties of matter at the nanoscale, as well as on the design and engineering of functional nanosystems, requires access to many knowledge- and capital-intensive infrastructures. These infrastructures enable controlling the synthesis of nanomaterials, the nano-characterization of their properties and the advanced research on their dynamic and functional behaviour that is central to the creation and smart deployment of advanced nanomaterials.


The overall objective of NFFA-EUROPE is to implement the first integrated, distributed research infrastructure as a platform supporting comprehensive user projects for multidisciplinary research at the nanoscale extending from synthesis and nanolithography to nanocharacterization, theoretical modelling and numerical simulation, through a coordinated open-access to complementary facilities. The integration and the extension of scope of existing specialized infrastructures within an excellence network of knowledge and know-how will enable a large number of researchers from diverse disciplines to carry out advanced proposals impacting science and innovation. The full suite of key infrastructures for nanoscience will become, through the NFFA-EUROPE project, accessible to a broader community extended to research actors operating at different levels of the value chain, including SMEs and applied research, that are currently missing the benefits of these enabling technologies.
NFFA-EUROPE has four key objectives:
» To integrate the skills and laboratories of 20 partner institutions across Europe, including nano-foundry and nano-characterization laboratories linked to Analytical Large Scale Facilities (ALSFs), and an all-new theoretical facility making possible the combination of experiments and theory, whose synergy is of fundamental importance in nanoscience. European scholars and engineers, working for universities, government or business-oriented laboratories, will be able to access state-of-the-art instrumentation,
protocols and methods including fine analysis.
» To create the first overarching Information and Data management Repository Platform (IDRP) for nanoscience, defining a metadata standard for data sharing as an open collaborative initiative within the framework of the Research Data Alliance1 (RDA). The nanoscience data repository, through a suitable open-data access policy, will be a novel and unique instrument for knowledge transfer.
» To train a new generation of nano-scientists from different disciplines that will be able to effectively exploit the tools and the methods required for their research, becoming advanced users of the existing and upcoming large-scale facilities.
» To improve the use of existing resources by optimising operation and building synergies and complementary capabilities amongst the European infrastructures and minimise duplication of investments.

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1.- CNR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IT
2.- CEA Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives FR
3.- CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique FR
4.- DESY Stiftung Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy DE
5.- EPFL École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne CH
6.- ESRF Installation Européenne de Rayonnement Synchrotron EU
7.- FORTH Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas EL
8.-ICN2 Fundacio Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia ES
9.- Juelich Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH DE
10.- KIT Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie DE
11.- LU Lunds Universitet SE
12.- Promoscience Promoscience S.r.l. IT
13.- PRUAB Parc de Recerca Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ES
14.- PSI Paul Scherrer Institute CH
15.- STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council UK
16.- TUG Technische Universität Graz AT
17.- TUM Technische Universität München DE
18.- UMIL Università degli Studi di Milano IT
19.- UNG Univerza v Novi Gorici SI
20.- UPV/EHU Universidad del País Vasco /Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea ES


Angel Rubio
Yann Pouillon

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