INSTM a success in the world of research

INSTM is a leading research organisation, both in Italy and Europe-wide. Since 1992, it has played a valuable role with respect to the funding agencies, while providing a "one-stop-shop" for its affiliates, enabling them to access funding for their activities. It has also participated actively in promoting its preferences regarding areas of research to be considered for funding.

To date, the Consortium has participated in hundreds of projects, most of them Italian, and so has contributed significantly to Italy's scientific progress, its research quality and its innovative capabilities. At European level, and since its beginnings, INSTM has been involved in several projects. These have been evenly distributed between the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and H2020 Framework Programmes: long-term initiatives through which the European Union has developed and met the needs of its research policies, and which also form the main instruments for funding European level projects.

Of INSTM's European projects, the majority concerned "Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New production technologies" thus naturally involving Europe's three Networks of Excellence: Molecular Approach to Nanomagnets and Multifunctional Materials (MAGMANet), Integrated Design of Catalytic Nanomaterials for a Sustainable Production (IDECAT) and Nanostructured and functional polymer-based materials and nanocomposites (Nanofun-poly). Their Europe-wide activities were coordinated by INSTM, the only Italian organisation to have been selected for this role.

INSTM is already playing an active role in developing proposals in the areas of "Sustainable Technology for Resource Efficiency by the Process Industry" and "Critical Raw Materials". These themes were prepared by the European Federation of Chemical Industries (CEFIC), and other European organisations within the ambit of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), one of main instruments for preparing and managing European calls, proposals and projects.

Its active participation is strategic to reinforcing INSTM's presence in the European Union's European Research Area (ERA), and in improving Italy's potential for success and participation in European research projects. And of course INSTM will be supporting its affiliates'project proposals, helping them gain access to capabilities, structures and funding that would be difficult if not impossible to obtain if they were individual research groups.

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