Material – Innovation – Future

FLAME is the new project involving 11 Central European regions from 8 European countries for supporting the material sciences actors in exploiting their research and commercial potentials. Materials sciences and engineering (MS&E) are significant innovation drivers within the Central European area and thus crucial for competitiveness and economic growth.

However, in all participating regions companies, especially SMEs, are facing the barriers when working together across national borders and also lack of market transparency regarding active players in the broad field of materials science.

Within the FLAME project the partners will experiment innovative co-operation modules that facilitate the information flows and interactions among the regions. Their aim is to unlock the full potential of all types of enterprises ranging from start-ups, spin-offs and high-growth ‘gazelles’ to traditional enterprises, micro-enterprises and family SMEs and enabling them to bring MS&E knowledge and technologies to the market, to internationalize their value & supply chains and thereby improve their growth potential. The project will implement a brand new cooperation model: the Future Lab, that will help to make better use of local and regional potentials, kick-start innovation in the MS&E sector and support regional development.

FLAME at a glance
Full name: Future Laboratory for the Diffusion and Application of Innovation in Materials Science and Engineering
Priority: Innovation
Duration: March 2010 - February 2013 (36 months)
Partners: AREA m styria GmbH (coordinator) – Austria; Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Material Science and Engineering – Poland; Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Nuremberg and Central Franconia – Germany; Centre for Material Analysis Lauf GmbH – Germany; Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian academy of Sciences – Hungary; INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd – Hungary; Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Prešov Regional Chamber – Slovakia; TIC Technology Innovation Centre Ltd – Czech Republic; TIA Public Agency for technology of the Republic of Slovenia – Slovenia; Innovhub – Italy; Giacomo Rumor Foundation Veneto Productivity Centre – Italy


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