Research infrastructure - utilisation and collaboration :

Industrial pilot projects for the utilisation of neutron and photon based techniques at large-scale infrastructures - Autumn 2019

Closed 20 November 2019

In this offer, we support three types of project initiatives that build competence around industrial utilisation of advanced analytical techniques as those under development at MAX IV and ESS in Lund. The proposals should be based on a need for at least one Swedish company and be conducted in collaboration expertise in neutron or photon based technologies at large scale facilities.

The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

Pilot projects that build expertise around industrial utilisation of neutron- or photon based technologies

Who can apply?

Legal entities. At least one project partner must be a Swedish registered company (or a company with an establishment or branch in Sweden). At least one additional project partner must be a different Swedish organisation that contributes with relevant expertise in neutron- and/or photon based experiments.

How much can you apply for?

SEK 100 000-500 000 depending on what kind of project (se below).

The total budget for the call for proposals is SEK 10 million.

Important dates

  • What is this offer about?

    Through the "Research infrastructure – utilisation and collaboration" programme, Vinnova wants to strengthen the Swedish innovation system by contributing to capacity building and increased understanding of how the use of advanced research infrastructures can respond to industrial and societal needs. With this particular call for proposals we want to support industrial innovation work and encourage Swedish companies to better see the possibilities of advanced neutron- and photon based experiments within their respective areas of application.

    The project proposal should be based on the needs of at least one Swedish company which is also a participant of the project. The project activities must be related to the verification of how neutron or photon-based techniques can be applied in order to meet a company’s problems or development needs. Planning and implementation of experiments, as well as interpreting the results, should be carried out in active collaboration with appropriate expertise in neutron- and/or photon based techniques

    The project consortium shall therefore also include at least one Swedish participant organization that assists with such expertise.

    Note that the offer does not address applications where the techniques are already an established tool for the company. Project activities should aim at confirming added value that is not to consider as already verified for the company.

    The call for proposals consists of three different share offers, A-C

    Below is a summary of the offer. For complete instructions, see the call for proposals document further down on this page.

    A) Preparatory projects for survey and planning

    The proposal should be based on a hypothesis regarding how photon or neutron-based technologies can meet the company's needs. Project activities can include identification of available technologies, methods and relevant experimental stations in specific research infrastructures, as well as method selection and planning of experiments.

    Each project can apply for a maximum grant of SEK 100.000
    The maximum project period length is 3 months.

    B) Pilot experiments at large scale research infrastructures for neutron and photon techniques

    The call for proposals funds experiments at MAX IV as well as at international large-scale research infrastructures for neutron and photon-based techniques. All types of access for experimental/beam time are allowed and beam time is also an eligible cost. Approved project activities apart from the experiment itself include:

    • Design of experiments, including necessary method development or adaptation of the relevant experimental environments/setups
    • Sample production and sample preparation, directly connected to conducting the experiment
    • Cost of travel and subsistence in connection with the implementation of the experiment
    • Analysis, treatment and interpretation of measured results/data, including comparisons with existing results from more established analytical techniques or modelling
    • Planning for how the results can be developed after the project.

    Each project can apply for a maximum grant of SEK 500.000.
    The maximum project period length is 18 months.

    C) Development projects for improved post-experimental analysis and industry-relevant data management

    The project proposal should be based on already obtained data/results from a previously performed experiments using photon or neutron-based techniques, where the company has participated in defining the problem and execution. The project activities should include development work, with a clearly descibed hypothesis, for example establishing or adapting data processing methods to industrial application.

    Each project can apply for a maximum grant of SEK 300.000
    The maximum project period length is 8 months. 

    How to apply

    To apply for funding, you need to complete an application form in our application portal, Intressentportalen. The form contains questions about your project, project members and budget.

    Allow enough time to complete the application

    Please keep in mind that it takes time to make an application. Filling in all the templates can take several days, since they are based on analyzes you need to do. Therefore, start the application well in advance. You can start filling in data, save and continue at a later time. Even when the application is complete, you can at any time unlock the application and make changes right up until the call closes.

    What happens after the call has closed?

    Once your application has been registered, we'll send a confirmation email to the person responsible for the user account, as well as to the project manager and the company signer. Please note that this may take a few hours after the call has closed.

    After the closing date, you can't register any new information. You may only add information to your application if we ask for it.

    Who can read your application?

    Applications submitted to us become official documents. However, we don't disclose information about business operations, inventions or research results if it can be assumed that someone will suffer economic damage if we do.

    This means that we must disclose the documents if someone requests them. However, we can black out information if we believe it could cause economic harm if disclosed.

    How we handle official documents and privacy

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    08-473 3189

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