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Georgian Technical University is the main and largest technical university of Georgia. It is located in the capital city of Tbilisi. A university building viewed from overhead resembles the hammer and sickle form. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.12M | Year: 2013

The overall aim of the SECURE-R2I project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership Countries (EPC) on bridging the gap between research and innovation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6. Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies. The research domains encompassed by Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies are broad. From the perspective of FP7 thematic priorities, they include ICT; Security; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials (NMP); and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). These research domains also form the basis of important economic sectors in the EPC, with many potential benefits for the EU, but which also need European support to increase their exploitation. Addressing this issue, the SECURE-R2I project will assist R&D and innovation (RDI) organisations in EPC via a range of knowledge and technology transfer activities with the support of European specialists. The activities include: Networking between EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 6: It consists in mapping EPC RDI organisations and organising brokerage events to stimulate cooperation; Analysing the tech transfer opportunities and bottlenecks of EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 6: It consists in surveying these organisations and holding discussions with representatives of government, industry, government and intermediary bodies; Exchanging best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses and intensive summer schools in Europe; Twinning via R2I pilot projects: Each EPC research partner in the consortium will twin with another consortium partner who will support them to implement a bilateral R2I pilot project; Providing innovation support services to selected, high-potential EPC (and European) RDI: The activities will consist in coaching and advisory services on innovation and tech-transfer.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.12M | Year: 2014

The overall aim of the SUAFRI-EPC project is to bridge the gap between Agri-Food research and innovation in Eastern Partnering Countries (EPC), by bringing together all actors of the knowledge value chain and raising their awareness on how to uptake research results into innovation. The SUAFRI-EPC is supporting the Agri-Food sector and community in EPC by developing the basis for an efficient Research to Innovation - R2I process with the support of European partnering specialists. The project will consist in the following activities: Networking between Agri-Food actors: Mapping EPC Agri-Food actors at different level of the knowledge value chain and organise brokerage events; Analyse the potential for cooperation and knowledge transfer in the field; Exchange best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses ; Implement a R2I pilot project in three (3) targeted EPC countries with a European partner: - R2I Topic A in Armenia: Production methods to optimise economical and environmental sustainability in aquaculture and apiculture sectors; - R2I Topic B in Belarus: Development of consumer preferences for fish and seafood. - R2I Topic C in Georgia: Wine production optimisation using bio-technologies and zoning techniques. Innovation support services to EPC (and European) Agri-Food organisations willing to receive hands-on support for their RDI activities. The SUAFRI-EPC project aims also to cooperate with other European projects and initiatives targeting EPC countries, under Cluster joint activities. Cluster activities will consist in organising and contributing to joint event, exchange of information and support current projects and the successors of: BILAT-Ukr*aina, INCONET CA/SC and INCONET-EECA.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SST.2010.5.2-2. | Award Amount: 9.35M | Year: 2011

A sustainable and efficient freight transport in Europe plays a vital role in having a successful and competitive economy. Freight transport is expected to grow by some 50 % (in tonne-kilometres) by 2020. However rail has, in many areas, been displaced from a dominant position as road transport services have grown and developed in capability and levels of sophistication that have not been matched by rail service providers. SUSTRAIL aims to contribute to the rail freight system to allow it to regain position and market and the proposed solution is based on a combined improvement in both freight vehicle and track components in a holistic approach aimed at achieving a higher reliability and increased performance of the rail freight system as a whole and profitability for all the stakeholders. The SUSTRAIL integrated approach is based on innovations in rolling stock and freight vehicles (with a targeted increased in speed and axle-load) combined with innovations in the track components (for higher reliability and reduced maintenance), whose benefits to freight and passenger users (since mixed routes are considered) are quantified through the development of an appropriate business case with estimation of cost savings on a life cycle basis. In fact, a holistic approach to vehicle and track sustainability has to be taken, since improvements in track design and materials alone are not enough as demands on the rail system increase. Contributions from the different topic areas (vehicles, track, operations) will be demonstrated on real routes, offering geographic dispersion as well as differences in type, speed, and frequency of traffic. A strong multidisciplinary consortium committed to concrete actions aligned toward a common outcome has been grouped for the achievement of the challenging objectives of the project with a balanced combination of Infrastructure managers, freight operators and Industry, including Large and Small enterprises, with support from Academia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-5 | Award Amount: 631.96K | Year: 2013

NANOMAT-EPC aims to support the deployment of societally beneficial nano- and materials technologies in European Partnership countries (EPC), in order to increase exploitation of their scientific results and contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Consequently, NANOMAT-EPC aims to develop knowledge and technology transfer in nano- and materials technologies for healthcare, clean energy and environment applications. The project will be implemented by a well-balanced consortium of nine partners four EPC partners and five EU partners. In order to stimulate the knowledge and technology transfer, NANOMAT-EPCs mission is the following: i. Map and promote organisations involved with nano- and materials technologies in EPC; ii. Organise brokerage events in the EPC to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer in nano- and materials technologies; iii. Organise workshops in the EPC to identify nano- and materials knowledge and technology transfer opportunities; iv. Implement pilot nano- and materials technologies deployment projects. The pilot projects will be bilateral between the EPC and European partners and based on education, training and exchange of scientists as follows: a. Deployment of high conductivity zirconia anodes in solid oxide fuel cells (IPMS and UB) b. Deployment of hybrid CNT/graphene electrodes for supercapacitors (BSUIR and Cleancarb) c. Deployment of nanosensory devices for environmental monitoring using picosecond laser technology (GTU and PSUD) d. Deployment of magnetic nanoparticles for medical applications (IPR-NAS and LZH) v. Produce report with recommendations on how to exploit to nano- and materials knowledge and technology transfer opportunities in EPC.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: NMP.2012.2.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.60M | Year: 2013

The aim is to develop a heat resistant steel with a 100000 hour creep strength of 100 MPa at 650C. This allows increasing the thermal efficiency of fossil power plants to over 50%, which is 30% higher than the present standard in most existing power plants. The CO2 emissions are reduced accordingly. The consortium combines the expertise of a steelmaker, two utility companies, an engineering consultant company from Ukraine and eight research organizations and universities from EU and Eastern Partnership countries. The idea is to exploit the Z phase as a thermodynamically stable strengthening agent in martensitic creep resistant steels. Previously the Z phase has been considered as detrimental, since the coarse Z-phase particles that develop during long time service in high-chromium steels hardly contribute to the strength while growing at the expense of the fine, strengthening nitride particles. However, high chromium contents around 12% are needed, since the current 9% chromium steels do not provide sufficient oxidation resistance at 650C. Hence the challenge is to control the precipitation of the Z phase in 12% Cr steels such that fine Z particles are formed, which are stable for long times. An important aspect is that the beneficial microstructure should be established also by the post-weld heat treatment. To achieve the goal, test melts containing different alloying elements are prepared and subjected to different heat treatments. Welding consumables and processes are also tested. Since a purely empirical alloy development is time consuming and costly, the process is supported by microstructural investigations on an atomic scale. Similarly, multiscale modelling methods are developed and applied to Z-phase strengthened steels. Modelling not only enhances the fundamental understanding of the strengthening and degradation mechanisms, but also provides design tools and lifetime estimation methods for the safe and reliable operation of future power plants.

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