In July 2023, the European Commission published a policy report “Open Innovation Test Beds for Advanced Materials: Examples and lessons learnt from one type of Technology Infrastructure”. The document contains recommendations that aim to improve the visibility, functionality, efficiency, and sustainability of the test bed model, and to help establish an interconnected innovation ecosystem that will make this instrument crucial in the support of the European Green Deal and the Twin Transition. FlexFunction2Sustain project is mentioned in the report as a good practice example.
Open Innovation Test Beds (OITBs) address the challenges of the industrial transformation by providing support to the scale-up and diffusion of technologies. The core services provided by OITBs are to develop, test and upscale technology to advance from validation in a laboratory to higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) prior to competitive market entry.
OITBs potential users are mainly industrial players, especially SMEs, which seek support to develop and integrate innovative technologies towards commercialisation of new products, processes and services, whilst ensuring feasibility and regulatory compliance. More information can be found in the Explanatory Note on OITBs.
Under Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 the Commission invested €319 million in supporting Open Innovation Test Beds. Discover the results pack on how Open Innovation Test Beds accelerate European innovation.
Download the full report here: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/0aaf1e05-2082-11ee-94cb-01aa75ed71a1/language-en