Facilitating open innovation in micro and nano technology by providing open access to a pan-European toolbox called EUMINAfab

M. Kautt, S. M. Anson, V. Saile, S. Scholz, P. Fugier, V. Lambertini, E. Abad, F. Dirne, H. Loeschner, R. K. Leach

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Abstract

EUMINAfab is a European Research Infrastructure (ERI) in the context of European initiatives such as the anticipated technology platform for micro and nano manufacturing (MINAM) or nanofuture. EUMINAfab is funded as a 4 year project by the European Commission (EC) in the frame of FP7 " Capacities". In first instance, EUMINAfab integrates the scientific and technological skills of 10 partners from 8 countries to create a Pan-European toolbox for micro and nanotechnologies for structuring and characterizing a multitude of functional materials. This toolbox is open to external users from industry and academia on a proposal basis. It offers open access to 36 installations from 8 leading European micro and nano centers, 4 of which are from industry. EUMINAfab aims at lowering barriers that are mainly faced by small and medium enterprises, which - for several reasons - tend to be reluctant in exploiting the promises of emerging technologies such as multimaterial micro and nanotechnologies. In the midterm the consortium will develop advanced access modes to state-of-the-art micro and nano technologies and offers specific technical solutions to its users, thus representing a new route to open innovation for its users. The EC supports transnational access to EUMINAfab's installations by reimbursing access costs of the installations and the travel expenses of its users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages11-24
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conferences on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture, 4M/International Conferences on Micro Manufacturing, ICOMM - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 23 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conferences on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture, 4M/International Conferences on Micro Manufacturing, ICOMM
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period23/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • EUMINAfab
  • European research infrastructure
  • Multimaterial micro and nanotechnology
  • Open innovation

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