The Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIPs) are an internal call of proposals for researchers of the Institute for the developement of high-risk exploratory projects of interdisciplinary character to generate cutting-edge research in the application areas of clean & secure energy, smart & sustainable electronics and smart nanomedicine.
FIP projects aim to reinforce the internal links and scientific critical mass of ICMAB researchers, and to contribute strengthening the international leadership of the Institute in the area of functional materials.
Continuing the Strategic Vision for the Severo Ochoa programme FUNMAT ("Smart FUNctional MATerials for social grand challenges"), the ICMAB opened in 2016, 2017 and 2018 three calls for Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP), which finished by the end of the Severo Ochoa first call programme, i.e. by the end of 2019.
The researchers of the Institute were able to propose innovative and risky ideas with potential to end up in the market, "proof-of-concept" trials based on previously obtained results or novel ideas for radically new technologies.
With the new Severo Ochoa Programme FUNFUTURE ("Smart Functional Materials for a Better Future"), we opened a new round of FIP projects, and in the call of 2020, 7 projects started, in novel and risky ideas and in technologies that can go close to the market.
The FIP projects run for 1 or 2 years and can be individual or collaborative (between researchers of different research groups, or between ICMAB reserachers and reserachers from other reserach centers, hospitals or companies).
With the new FUNFUTURE Severo Ochoa, in the 2020 call we financed 7 FIP projects:
In total, during the FUNMAT Severo Ochoa period, we financed 24 FIP projects, distributed among the different research lines (RL) as following: 6 for RL1, 2 for RL2, 7 for RL3, 2 for RL4 and 7 for RL5.
Important outputs of the FIPs are already detected, including strong generation of internal synergy, high risk of ideas incentivized and enhanced competitiveness.
Some of the outputs include more than 30 publications, over 70 presentations in conferences, 15 training contracts, 12 new projects, 10 dissemination activities, 2 patents, 4 contracts with the industry and 6 new established collaborations.