The Alliance for Materials way to the creation of the Materials Common House – MATCH project kicked-off
23.02.2015, Brussels. MATCH project funded by European Union kicked-off in January 2015 and is set to carry on for 30 months. The project is part of the Horizon 2020 programme and was initiated to strengthen and deepen the Alliance4Materials strategy with a further increased stakeholder network. The project is coordinated by Italian Centro Sviluppo Materiali and the consortium consists of 18 partners from nine countries representing the six related European Technology Platforms and several major European material research organisations.
The objective of MATCH is to create a strong, reliable, sustainable, open and inclusive network where any European Materials players from industry, research and university could feel comfortable and can gain real value for their own interest and expectations as far as Materials R&D&I is concerned as a sustainable pillar for all. Moreover, the consortium is set to promote the integration of concerted and strategic challenges of regional and European needs in the field of Materials R&D&I, as a cross cutting element to boost European growth.
The original initiators of A4M initiative are six European Technology Platforms with a strong material agenda in their respective strategies: EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC (textile), ESTEP and SMR (sustainable resources), integrated by the two main European materials associations which joined later: E-MRS and FEMS. In 2010 these ETPs joined forces to link their strong materials research agendas and coordinate their activities in this area – an unprecedented move to improve the way materials innovations are being developed in Europe. The Alliance for Materials (A4M) was created. With the project preceding MATCH, MatVal, an EU-funded project started in 2012, A4M entered its first implementation phase by creating the conditions for a significant enlargement of the network to include all sectors active along the value chains. It brought together the relevant stakeholders from the European materials community - for a real integration of voices and visions.
MATCH focuses on main targets that are crucial for the promotion of European sustainable development and innovation actions. MATCH takes the Societal Challenges as a starting point and makes a projection of the recommendations in the advanced materials arena to identify research domains which are of strategic relevance to the potential solutions of the present and future Grand Challenges. Needs of different industrial sectors in Europe can be expressed in common R&D priorities by designing and implementing one integrated R&D programme for advanced materials under the coordination of the NMP Theme in cooperation with the Energy, Transport and Environment Programmes, among others. The logic behind this strategy is based on a common observation that end users of the same advanced materials can be found in different industry sectors thus attempting to avoid duplication and divergent efforts; merging efforts will accelerate the readiness technology level towards the market need. Consequently, joining the forces of different industry sectors, disciplines and the corresponding EU programme will compensate with more versatile and publicly acceptable R&D priorities and a stronger funding system, which is a prerequisite for the real breakthroughs.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646031.
The Centro Sviluppo Materiali (Centre for Development of Materials) was founded in 1963 as research centre of the Public Italian Steel Making Industry. Employing about 300 persons (and about other 50 as external collaborator), CSM is today a fully private leading centre for applied research with extensive experiences for the development and application of innovative materials and steel components. CSM carries out research and development in close collaboration with Government, European and International supporting institutions, agencies and industries. Moreover, CSM collaborates with many national and international universities. CSM is also involved in technology transfer operations, consisting mainly in the design and development of innovative pilot plants and software prototype, improving the process production, reducing the environmental impact and developing materials and products. Among more than 80 active European contracts are running at CSM.
CSM relies on a consolidated and very experienced group of people with more than ten years of experience in preparing, managing and coordinating EU projects. This team includes persons with four years of direct experience in EU Commission as scientific officer in the directorate Industrial Technology of DG RTD. The large CSM portfolio of EU projects is a reason for having a reliable and robust financial structure and the experience of managing financial and administrative aspects of many different EU projects from different programmes (e.g. FPs, EURATOM, RFCS, EDA, JTIs).