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ACENET

Coordination and cooperation in the field of applied catalysis – ERA-NET for applied catalysis in Europe


Participants

13

Countries

10

Calls

1

Projects

6

Objective

Applied catalysis is one of the fundamental pillars of green chemistry: the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. More than 80% of the processes in the chemical industry depend on catalytic technologies. The design and application of new catalysts and catalytic systems are simultaneously achieving the dual goals of environmental protection and economic benefit. They have been ubiquitous enabling technologies behind s...

Applied catalysis is one of the fundamental pillars of green chemistry: the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. More than 80% of the processes in the chemical industry depend on catalytic technologies. The design and application of new catalysts and catalytic systems are simultaneously achieving the dual goals of environmental protection and economic benefit. They have been ubiquitous enabling technologies behind significant economic growth in recent years and are involved in products ranging from the hydrogenisation of oils and fats, catalytic cracking, plastics and polymers, petrochemicals to low temperature laundry products etc. The catalytic process and technology markets amount to some EUR 15 billion. Applied catalysis and new catalytic technologies will be very important for the sustainability and cost-efficiency of products and processes. They offer benefits such as clean, low hazard, waste free manufacturing of chemicals, polymers and pharmaceuticals, the utilization of biomass and recycled materials, low energy household products, food manufacturing etc.

The ACENET ERA-NET brought together the most important European national programmes and funding schemes in this field. The objective was to jointly bring a transnational dimension and greater coherence between the various national research programmes and policies.

Mapping

The four year ERA-NET project was launched in 2004 to develop a coherent vision and strategy for applied catalysis focused on industrial innovation. It seeks to identify the gaps and requirements in knowledge and technology, develop a strategy to effectively address these challenges and, finally, to promote pan-European implementation of potential solutions. As part of its work programme the ACENET ERA-NET has set out to:

• integrate processes between the national research funding...

The four year ERA-NET project was launched in 2004 to develop a coherent vision and strategy for applied catalysis focused on industrial innovation. It seeks to identify the gaps and requirements in knowledge and technology, develop a strategy to effectively address these challenges and, finally, to promote pan-European implementation of potential solutions. As part of its work programme the ACENET ERA-NET has set out to:

• integrate processes between the national research funding organisations, as a result of sharing good practice and infrastructure;
• increase efficiently in research by promoting interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing;
• provide a framework for the education and qualification of young scientists following an inventory of real and genuine training needs.

It aims to achieve this through:
• the systematic exchange of information and good practices;
• common agreement on, and joint implementation of, efficient and effective joint management processes, mechanisms and procedures;
• coordination and cooperation between existing research programmes;
• the formulation and establishment of new transnational research programmes and initiatives;
• the development of the necessary tools and activities for communication and information exchange;
• the development of a framework for a European education and training programme.

The important next phase for ACENET was to analyse available roadmaps and define possible technology and scientific gaps, and identify approaches to solutions. The consortium submitted a new ERA-NET project under the NMP work-programme of the European Commission Framework Programme 7 (FP7). The overall aim of the new project was to enhance and better structure coordination and cooperation between innovation-driven research programmes in the area of applied catalysis and related sustainable chemical research. This project was successfully evaluated and initiated under the name CAPITA ERA-NET and can be seen as the continuation of ACENET.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
ACENET - 2007 1 Feb 2007 0 6 4,500,000
 
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