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EC to invest 15 million in development of LU Institute of Solid State Physics Excellency Centre

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia is the only scientific institute in the Baltic Sea region that has been granted support from the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020 programme ‘WIDESPREAD 1-2014: Teaming’.

The project assessment process was performed in two stages. During this process, ten best projects were selected by a multinational expert committee from a total of 169 submissions. In the end, Latvia’s submitted project CAMART2 – Modern Materials Research and Technology Transfer Centre – earned 5th place.

The goal of the Excellence Centre is to strengthen LU CFI and Latvia’s position on the international arena and European scientific space. This project has high importance for the development research, industry and economy in Latvia and the entire Baltic Sea region. LU CFI Excellence Centre will perform Open Access Laboratory development, which has an invaluable importance for raising the level of commercialization of research and innovations in Latvia. Publicly financed academic and research institutions in the Baltic Sea region will be able to use new laboratories. The same applies to innovation-focused companies, as BNN was informed by the University of Latvia.

In cooperation with the University of Latvia, the project will help improve training of specialists in the field of nano-materials, photonics and high technologies. The Excellency Centre will create an environment for students, researchers and businessmen to cooperate, create new value-added products and found new companies.

The funding to be allocated by the European Commission for the development of LU CFI Excellence Centre is EUR 15 million. This funding is intended to cover all expenditures related to the establishment of the Excellence Centre for seven years. In addition, it is planned to invest more than EUR 16 million from EC structure funds to establish the centre’s scientific infrastructure.

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