Project results are expected to contribute to all the following expected outcomes:
- enhanced and increased society’s long-term and consistent problem-solving capacity and evidence-based policy making in areas of sustainable materials and green transition, including a better understanding of socio-economic implications, through the provision of innovative, customised and efficient RI services;
- development of a world-class European research and technology ecosystem underpinning the development of materials and materials processing and the related value chains;
- optimum exploitation of R&I services relevant for materials research for a circular economy;
- enhanced competitiveness of current and emerging industries through the availability of the most advanced research and technology infrastructures R&I services;
- breakthrough research and innovation in materials development and materials processing;
- materials enabling products with increased durability and/or reusability;
- cross-fertilisation and a wider sharing of knowledge and technologies across the various disciplines that contribute to materials for a circular economy;
- enhanced socio-economic impact of investments in research infrastructures from EU countries and from the European Structural and Investment Funds.
This action brings together several complementary and interdisciplinary key research infrastructures relevant for materials research and innovation for a circular economy. The facilities will provide coordinated and integrated transnational and/or virtual access to technically advanced instrumentation and scientific methods in a user-friendly way. The facilities will also jointly develop and provide specific service workflows that are relevant for the R&I activities. The services should address different TRLs and they should be relevant for stakeholders along the whole value chain and in view of possible industrial applications. The facilities will provide training for their use including for services such as materials modelling, data mining, and experiment design.
Proposals aim at supporting the provision of trans-national and/or virtual access to researchers as well as training for using the infrastructures, and activities to improve, customise and integrate the services the infrastructures provide, so as to facilitate and integrate the access procedures and to further develop the remote or virtual provision of services.
Access provision activities will also contribute to address the objectives of European initiatives, such as the Circular Economy Action Plan and the EU Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy, to tackle critical issues such as materials design, processing, recycling, and recovery in a cradle-to-cradle cycle.
23 September 2021