Better Innovation Support to SMEs (INNOSUP)
Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA) will nurture and harness the growth and innovation potential of SMEs working across European food chains, bringing together four complementary and mutually dependant sectors; food, energy, water and key enabling technologies (KET). VIDA will strengthen current and develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains within the food production and processing industries through a combination of direct and indirect innovation actions, as well as support and capacity building measures.
Cluster go international (ESCP - 4i)
The project was based on the ambition to strengthen cross-border cooperation and internationalisation of project partner - SME towards Europe and specific third countries - by supporting the establishment of an European Strategic Cluster Partnership in the emerging industry of advanced packaging and providing high-standard added value services. During the project, the relationships among partnership clusters were strengthened and important knowledge was acquired that was used for the preparation of the joint internationalization strategy plan and supporting services for internationalisation. As suitable legal structure for the partnership and supportive services was chosen the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG).
The purpose of this project is to foster cross-sectoral cooperation between the European clusters in the partnership and their SME members, as well as to support their SME members in going international (Canada, China, USA) and positioning them in the advanced smart packaging global value chain. This will be done through the establishment of an AdPack EEIG formed by 6 European clusters which bring together different competencies to apply a cross-sectoral approach for the development of the advanced smart packaging global value chain. Nanoprogress is the project coordinator.
The project “Innovation and development in cluster excellence and cooperative partnerships” (INNO-DROP) is based on the ambition to strengthen cluster management excellence leading to sustainable long-term cross-cluster and cross-border cooperation.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
Nanoprogres (2010 - 2013)
This project was focused on joint research (SME, R&D institutions) mainly in the field of application of nanofibrous structures into biomedicine. Within the project lifetime, new methodology for production of core/shell nanofibers was developed and tested. Base on this methodology new equipment was build and new structures produced. These structures were tested for bio-medical application in the field of tissue engineering for regeneration of bones and skin tissues. Main output of the project was new methodology for production of core/shell nanofibers, three new equipment for production of core/shell nanofibers, knowledge about the polymeric solution recipes, technological conditions and know-how from application of the core/shell nanofibers for drug-delivery, skin regeneration and bone regeneration. Nanoprogress was the project coordinator.
Nanoprogres II (2012-2014)
This project was focused on joint research (SME, R&D institutions) of nanofibrous structures in the field of biomedicine and industry. In biomedicine, the project built on the knowledge from previous R&D project where the main focus was development and in vitro and in vivo testing of improved functionalized skin covers and bone fillings with very positive results. Three equipment for industrial use were designed and build, first for production of core/shell nanofibers and two based on novel AC electro spun technology (internationally patented) for a production of composite nanofibrous yarn. Furthermore, a closed-cycle AVAC unit was developed to be used with this equipment. New methods for introduction of dust particles into the nanostructures were tested as well. Nanoprogress was the project coordinator.
Research and development of applications of functionalized nanofibrous structures including coaxial structures and intelligent nanofibers (2015-2018)
This project focuses on joint research (SME, R&D institutions) in three areas. First area focuses on the qualitative parameters of nanofibrous scaffolds for human, veterinary and food applications, second area focuses on development of composite materials with integrated nanofibrous membrane and functionalized nanofibrous structures for industrial application and third area on research and development of functionalized nanofibrous structures including the core/shell structures into biomedical application, biosensors and dietary-supplements. Nanoprogress is the project coordinator.
Technology development of R&D cluster centre (2015-2018)
This project focuses on improvement of current technological infrastructure of the cluster situated in the Technological centre. Two electrospinning devices for production of composite nanofibrous yarns base on AC electrospinning are being improved for straightening the adhesion of nanofibers on the surface of supporting yarn and continuity of the process. New device for production of non-woven nanofibrous structures base on AC electrospinning is being developed and other testing equipment will be designed and purchased. Nanoprogress is the project coordinator.
Development of cross-cluster cross-border collaboration in new emerging industries (2016-2017)
This project focused primarily at developing of cross-border research and business cooperation with complementary clusters to create a value chain in emerging industries, selecting target markets and key partners, improving PR and marketing to enhance international awareness and rank amongst excellent clusters Europe by winning the gold label within the European Cluster Excellence Initiative.
Development of the cluster activities and processes (2016-2017)
The project was focused on the improvement of the cluster management and internal and external processes in order to be able to go through the first assessment of the cluster excellence and get the gold label. Within the project duration, the web pages were significantly improved, new PR materials were prepared, such as cluster members catalogue, catalogue of nanofibrous structures and informational leaflets, many events were organized and visited and management processes were consolidated. At the very end of the project, the gold label of cluster excellence was achieved.
Recovery of multi-spectrally polluted waters (2016-2019)
The aim of this project is to develop a variable modular water purification system, including the individual modules from which the resulting system will be composed. The variable modular system will be applicable to a wide range of waters with different concentrations and the nature of the contamination. An important innovative element of this system will be a high degree of flexibility and versatility, including the possibility of rapid deployment to different types and levels of contamination / pollution.
Research and development of specifically functionalized nanofibrous structures for wider range of applications (2017-2020)
This project builds on the knowledge gained in the previous joint research and development in the nanotechnology sector and by its activities it is complementary creating synergic effect. It focuses on three main research areas. First area is the research of primary materials and methods for their modification for preparation of advanced functionalized nanofibrous structures. Second area represent the research of lightweight textile composites with integrated nanofibrous structure and the last area is represented by research and development of combined material based on nanoparticles from biological material obtained from stem cells.
The development of technological infrastructure of the cluster Nanoprogress (2017-2018)
Main objective of this project is to extend the technology base of cluster Nanoprogress. The project includes design and delivery of the laboratory equipment for preparation of 3D cotton-like nanofibrous structures from polymeric and inorganic materials. This equipment should extend the range of application of these structures for example in the area of ultra-sorption of heavy metals, biomedicine applications, applications in energetic, catalysis and others.