During the period March 2012 to September 2016, Beta provided Project Technical Advisors (PTAs) to the European Commission. The PTAs were assigned to projects funded by the nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP) theme of the European Seventh Framework Programme for research and innovation. They provided supplementary technical expertise to the European Commission and monitored the progress of the research projects. They also provided advice to projects on reporting, contractual issues, project management and exploitation. All the PTAs had direct experience of European collaborative research, either as previous participants in projects or as evaluators of proposals.
Initially providing the European Commission with 40 PTAs, this network expanded to 63 experts from 16 different European countries. A total of 261 NMP projects had a Beta PTA assigned to them, with a total investment of 1.117 billion euros.
The pool of PTAs spanned a broad spectrum of technology areas including chemistry, manufacturing engineering, materials science, nanotechnologies, semi-conductor technologies and smart coatings. The PTAs provided projects with a valuable resource by combining their technical knowledge with project management experience and contributed significantly to the success of the projects they were assigned to.
Richard Ball, Associate
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