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H2020 projects with Belarus participations retained for funding (by February 2020)


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Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Mikhail Korzhik

MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

International and intersectoral mobility to develop advanced scintillating fibres and Cerenkov fibres for new hadron and jet calorimeters for future colliders

(01.03.2015 – 28.02.2019)

Currently, new concepts are being considered for hadron and jet calorimetry in high energy physics experiments, in order to improve the energy resolution of these detectors by a factor of at least two. This is a prerequisite for future studies at the high luminosity, large hadron collider as well as at future electron and proton colliders. Amongst the few concepts being proposed, scintillating and Čerenkov fibres are considered very promising candidates.

The INTELUM project will be a 4 year project funding international, industry-academia exchanges to develop micro-pulling-down crystal growth and other new types of fibre technology. This new fibre production technology has the potential to enable fast, low-cost, manufacture of heavy crystal scintillating fibres.

In order to prove the new fibre technology concept, two key technical issues will be addressed during the project:

  • demonstrate feasibility of producing between 20-200km of fibres with consistent quality and well defined production costs,
  • demonstrate sufficient radiation hardness of the fibres that the degradation of their optical properties is below 10% at 1 MGy level.

This ambitious project will be undertaken by a truly international consortium of sixteen institutes and companies, many closely linked to the Crystal Clear Collaboration. The project will also lead to important impacts in other domains such as functional medical imaging and homeland security.




B.I.Stepanov Institute of Physics,

Dr. Alexander Starukhin

MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Metallocomplexes of macrocyclic compounds for photonic devices

(01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018)

The key objective of the METCOPH multidisciplinary project is to intensify and consolidate cooperation between several research groups from member states and third countries on topics within the field of fundamental interdisciplinary science. The project combines the basic ideas of organic chemistry, solid state physics, photochemistry and spectroscopy of metallocomplexes of macrocyclic compounds (MMC) for applications in quantum information processing, sensing, switching and amplification.

The project aims at focusing mutual efforts of five research groups with extended and complementary competence in their respective research fields and at gathering multidisciplinary and complementary expertise in chemical engineering and investigation of spectroscopy and photochemistry of MMCs for future design of photonic devices (e.g. organic light emitting devices – OLEDs, light emitting electrochemical cells – LECs, sensors, light emitting transistors) based on above mentioned compounds. The physical and chemical mechanisms of manipulation of optical response for these novel compounds will be revealed and analyzed with involving diverse spectroscopic approaches including steady-state and transient absorption, site-selective high-resolution luminescence, Raman scattering, atomic force microscopy and single-objects detection methods at different temperatures ranging from 1.2 K to ambient temperature.

The expected results involve fabrication and chemical/photophysical characterisation of MMCs based on various core metals and incorporating various functional organic ligands. One of the key technologies will rely on driving optical transistor with CW and pulsed lasers and will make use of simultaneous excitation of singlet and triplet states of the metallocomplexes of macrocyclic compounds. The new information gained for these newly synthesized MMC systems will have impact on the engineering of novel functional MMCs for application in nanotechnology and photonic devices.





Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of the NAS of Belarus

Dr. Nikolai Olekhnovich

Incl. Institute of Technical Acoustics

Dr. Vasily Rubanick

MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

TUneable Multiferroics based on oxygen OCtahedral Structures

(01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018)

The main objective of the project is development of new lead-free multiferroic materials for prospective application in forms of films and/or arranged layers in which the cross-coupling (magnetic-dipolar-elastic) can be tuned by both internal and external factors. This objective is to be achieved through preparation, investigation, and optimization of two kinds of Bi-containing oxygen-octahedral (BCOO) systems with paramagnetic ions involved: metastable perovskites and layered double hydroxides (LDHs).

The characteristic feature of such materials is a possibility of supplementary control parameters in addition to temperature and external electric/magnetic field. Polarization in such metastable perovskites is easily switched by application of external pressure (or stress in the case of films). Electric and magnetic characteristics of BCOO LDHs are tuned through appropriate anion exchanges. It makes these characteristics dependent on environment conditions: humidity, pH, and presence of specific anion species. The BCOO materials of both mentioned groups are of interest as new and unusual multiferroics. No LDH materials have been considered as potential multiferroics so far, while the metastable BCOO materials proposed in this project have not been obtained before. Besides, a tuneability and high sensibility of their properties to external impacts make them promising for applications in sensors.

Exploration and development of such materials require consolidation of specialists of complementary expertise in Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science, with access to and skills in using specific and unique equipment and facilities. Therefore, formation of an interdisciplinary network of teams with different scientific culture and ensuring the effective knowledge & expertise transfer is important objective of the project. Advance in development of the BCOO multiferroics has potential market opportunities for R&D SME involved in this project.





Institute of Physical Chemical Problems,

Belarusian State University

Dr. Syargei Poznyak

MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Development of Smart Nano and Microcapsulated Sensing Coatings for improving of Material Durability/Performance

(01.01.2015 -31.12.2018)

The scientific concept of the project is built on the fact that the injection of spin-polarized electrons from magnetic materials through nanosize interlayers with various conduction types causes a radical change of the charge transport and magnetic properties of the system as a whole. The use of thin interlayers between magnetic films makes it possible to form tunnel barriers for the control of the spin polarization degree of conduction electrons. Central to the project is the application of the ferrimagnetic double perovskite Sr2FeMoO6 with a very high spin polarization degree.

Using dielectric interlayers with a pre-determined thickness, one can control (suppress or amplify) the spin-polarized currents. The use of a porous silicon substrate makes it possible to preserve the charge carrier spins over rather long distances (up to a few micrometers). In the case of superconducting interlayers, the electron tunneling is provided by the presence of multiple Josephson tunnel junctions.

On the base of the above-stated information, Sr2FeMoO6-dielectric (or -superconductor) multilayered films and porous structures based on the “porous Si-Sr2FeMoO6” system will be created. Investigations of their microstructure, phase and elemental composition will be carried out. A special attention will be given to the studies of the interfaces between layers. Electrical, galvanomagnetic and magnetic properties of the structures in a broad range of temperatures and magnetic fields will be investigated as a function of the size parameters (interlayer thickness, diameter and surface density of pores).

It is planned to develop device prototypes functioning on the base of the spin polarization. Elaboration of technological and design schemes for the production of device prototypes with various degrees of spin polarization and types of tunnel junctions will be carried out.





Belarusian State University

Dr. Sergei Karpushenkov


MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

MULTI-functional metallic SURFaces via active Layered Double Hydroxide treatments

(01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018)

The main objective of the proposal is development of active multi-functional surfaces with high level of self-healing ability on the basis of Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) structures formed on different industrially relevant metallic substrates. The main idea of the project is based on “smart” triggered release on demand for functional organic or inorganic anionic compounds intercalated into intergallery spaces of LDHs. The active functionality is achieved via controllable substrate-governed growth of LDH architectures on Al, Mg and Zn based alloys. The functional anions such as corrosion inhibitors, biocides, drugs, or hydrophobic agents are introduced into the intergallery spaces during the growth of LDH or upon a post-treatment stage. The release of the functional agents occurs only on demand when the respective functionality is triggered by the relevant external stimuli such as presence of anions or local pH change.

The proposal focuses on two main applications, namely aeronautical and automotive. The active LDH treatments can bring significant benefits when applied in these situations. The respective relevant substrates are chosen as the main objects of interest: Mg alloys for both applications; Al alloys for both transportation industries as well; galvanized steel as a main material for automobiles. Moreover, the suggested surface treatments, especially the one with active self-healing ability, are also considered for light-weight multi-material structures which are prone to fast galvanically-induced corrosion. The increase of the fault tolerance and reliability of hybrid designs is aimed in this case. The suggested surface treatments can offer possibility for fast implementation of the process at industrial level.

The main expected impacts are related to the improvement of the life cycle of the light-weight structures utilized in transport industries via optimization of the maintenance schedules and increasing the fault tolerance.




Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere

Dr. Tatyana Lyadnova

ICT-33-2014 — Trans-national co-operation among National Contact Points

ICT-LEIT Programme,

Coordination and Support Action (CSA)

Trans-national cooperation among ICT NCPs

(01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018)

Idealist2018 continues to support the activities of a network of the ICT national contact points (NCPs) for Horizon 2020. The network involves more than 65 ICT national partners from EU and non-EU Countries, such as Associated States, Eastern European Partner Countries (EEPC) and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and emerging countries like China, Brazil, India, and South Africa. It is active since 1996

Ideal-ist offers

  • high expertise in proposal writing and project management
  • long-standing experience in EU Framework programmes
  • a unique quality labelled partner search tool to connect newcomers and experienced researchers
  • an international Quality team to support proposer e.g. to better focus proposals
  • Ideal-ist information services : Newsletter, press releases, Work Programm information
  • Brokerage events to pre-schedule meetings at big events.





Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Polina Kuzhir


MSCA-RISE-2014 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Collective Excitations in Advanced Nanostructures

(01.10.2015 – 30.09.2019)

This project aims to develop, fabricate, theoretically and experimentally study carbon based nano-circuits which are able to generate, detect and process broadband electromagnetic (EM) signals. The carbon nanoscale EM sources can be based, in particular, on Cherenkov radiation emerging when electrons move inside carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or between spatially separated graphene sheets. The frequency of the Cherenkov radiation depends on the CNT radius and chirality or on the distance between graphene sheets.  The performance of carbon EM nano-emitters is determined by the electron momentum relaxation time, which can be determined by measuring the generated THz and microwave fields. The frequency of the emitted EM radiation can be tuned by acoustic waves that provide distributed feedback for the EM wave. As well, the effects originating from strong coupling between material excitations in carbon-based structures and confined optical modes of microcavities will be investigated. The formation of polariton modes and their collective properties will be analyzed theoretically. Another set of problems to be considered in the proposed research is associated with the quantum mechanics and quantum optics of carbon-based nanostructures. We will look at excitonic and plasmonic collective effects in CNTs (especially narrow-band quasi-metallic ones, where excitonic effects are largely overlooked) and in few-layer planar Weyl materials such as graphene, silicene and germanene. We will also study collective photonics phenomena stemming from the quantum nature of light and look at sophisticated arrangements of carbon-based and other nanostructures in arrays or placing them in microcavities, thus utilizing the significant expertise of some of the participating groups in quantum optics aiming eventually at a design and feasibility study of novel advance-nanostructure-based optoelectronic devices including microwave, terahertz and light generators, detectors and frequency modulators.




Institute of Physics, NAS

Dr. Anatoly Chaikovsky

INFRAIA-1-2014-2015 — Integrating and opening existing national and regional research infrastructures of European interest

(Research Infrastructure)

Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure

(01.05.2015 – 30.04.2019)

ACTRIS-2 addresses the scope of integrating state-of-the-art European ground-based stations for long term observations of aerosols, clouds and short lived gases capitalizing work of FP7-ACTRIS. ACTRIS-2 aims to achieve the construction of a user-oriented RI, unique in the EU-RI landscape.

ACTRIS-2 provides 4-D integrated high-quality data from near-surface to high altitude (vertical profiles and total-column), relevant to climate and air-quality research. ACTRIS-2 develops and implements, in a large network of stations in Europe and beyond, observational protocols that permit harmonization of collected data and their dissemination. ACTRIS-2 offers networking expertise, upgraded calibration services, training of users, trans-national access to observatories and calibration facilities, virtual access to high-quality data products. Through joint research activities, ACTRIS-2 develops new integration tools that will produce scientific or technical progresses reusable in infrastructures, thus shaping future observation strategies.

Innovation in instrumentation is one of the fundamental building blocks of ACTRIS-2. Associated partnership with SMEs stimulates development of joint-ventures addressing new technologies for use in atmospheric observations. Target user-groups in ACTRIS-2 comprise a wide range of communities worldwide. End-users are institutions involved in climate and air quality research, space agencies, industries, air quality agencies.

ACTRIS-2 will improve systematic and timely collection, processing and distribution of data and results for use in modelling, in particular towards implementation of atmospheric and climate services. ACTRIS-2 invests substantial efforts to ensure long-term sustainability beyond the term of the project by positioning the project in both the GEO and the on-going ESFRI contexts, and by developing synergies with national initiatives.





United Institute of Informatics Problems, NAS

Sergey Kozlov

H2020-EU.1.4. — EXCELLENT SCIENCE — Research Infrastructures

(GEANT – H2020-Adhoc-2014-2020)

Research and Education Networking – GÉANT

(01.05.2015 – 31.08.2016)

The overall objective is to provide a stable environment for the implementation of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, which will deliver world-class services with the highest levels of operational excellence.





United Institute of Informatics Problems, NAS

H2020-EU.1.4. — EXCELLENT SCIENCE — Research Infrastructures

(GEANT – H2020-Adhoc-2014-2020)

Research and Education Networking – GÉANT

(01.05.2016 – 31.12.2019)

GN4-2 is the proposed project for the second Specific Grant Agreement under the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015.This second phase of implementing the FPA will raise European research to the next level by promoting scientific excellence, access and re-use of research data. It will also drive European-wide cost efficiencies in scientific infrastructure by promoting interoperability with other e-infrastructures on an unprecedented scale.

The FPA objective for the GÉANT Partnership is to contribute to effective European research by making Europe the best-connected region in the world. GÉANT must offer European researchers the network, communications facilities and application access that ensure the digital continuum necessary to conduct world-class research in collaboration with their peers, regardless of geographical location.

GÉANT will maintain the operational excellence of the established GÉANT services, while achieving economies on the costs of the backbone network. The reliable, secure and state-of-the-art network services offered to researchers and other network users across Europe will remain exceptional. Massive data-transfer capacities required by extreme-scale instruments and by the penetration of big data in many areas of science will be prototyped with due consideration to the specific security and deployment challenges.
Trust and identity is also prioritised with the introduction of a scalable operational model and with user requirements addressed in close concertation with the AARC and proposed AARC2 projects.

GN4-2 developments are also guided by the vision of a future where a set of coherent and integrated European e-infrastructure services will offer convenient, seamless access for end-users through a common service catalogue, and facilitating the adoption of services offered by new e-infrastructure developments, such as the European Open Science Cloud.




Belarusian State University,

Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences,

Prof. Larisa Titarenko

REFLECTIVE-10-2014 — Mobilising the network of National Contact Points in Societal Challenge 6

Societal Challenge 6 – CSA

Transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) of Societal Challenge 6 'Europe in a changing world — inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies' (SC6)

(01.02.2015 –31.01.2019)

NET4SOCIETY4 will be the transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) “Inclusive, innovative, and reflective societies” in Horizon 2020. NCPs are set up to guide researchers in their quest for securing EU funding. NET4SOCIETY4 will further develop the current NET4SOCIETY network of SC6 NCPs (former NCPs for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities), which was first established in 2008 and includes currently around 80 SC6 NCPs from Europe and beyond.

NET4SOCIETY4 will ensure that all SC6 NCPs have the relevant knowledge and skills for their work and can offer professional, high-quality and tailor-made services to applicants. All nominated SC6 NCPs (also non-beneficiaries) will have access to information and capacity building tools such as workshops, NCP Info days, trainings, webinars, factsheets or newsletters.

NET4SOCIETY4 foresees targeted activities to support applicants in SC6. The project will facilitate interdisciplinary and international consortium building through the organisation of brokerage events, through a dedicated partner search service and through a research directory of SC6 key players. In addition, NET4SOCIETY4 will organise expert meetings e.g. on “impact” of SC6 research and disseminate the meetings’ results to NCPs and applicants.

To support the successful implementation of “embedding” Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in all parts of Horizon 2020, NET4SOCIETY4 will carry out surveys on the integration of SSH in Horizon 2020. The project will publish success stories and factsheets on “embedding”, as well as a document listing funding opportunities for SSH in all of Horizon 2020.

NET4SOCIETY4 will organise two large conferences in the thematic area of SC6 to provide visibility to the funding programme and the possibility to discuss future research needs. Various promotion activities enhancing the visibility of NET4SOCIETY4 services and the SC6 in Horizon 2020 will underline these efforts.





Belarusian National Technical University

Prof. Simeon Kundas

MSCA-RISE-2015 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

People for tHe eurOpean bioENergy Mix


The development and adoption of renewable and sustainable forms of energy has become a major priority for Europe and is an important theme in H2020. Research into new, energy-related technologies to reduce Europe’s reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels is a critical need, and requires more newly qualified people in areas such as renewable-energy infrastructure management, new energy materials and methods, as well as smart buildings and transport. Bio-energy is particularly relevant to the Work Programme, because it is at the crossroads of several key European policies – from the Strategic Energy Technology Plan Roadmap on Education and Training (SET-Plan) to the European Bio-economy Strategy for European Food Safety and Nutrition Policy. So far, technological development has concentrated on using crops and wood for fuel, energy and industrial products. These conventional bio-resources are, however, limited, and the use of nonconventional, currently unused or under-utilised bio-resources provides the best possibility for the growth of the bioeconomy. However, European development in this priority field is failing to keep pace with demand due to a lack of qualified personnel, a lack of cohesion and integration among stakeholders, and poorly developed links between professional training and the real needs of industry. Based on seven work packages the Phoenix RISE project will address these issues by exploiting the complementary expertise of its partners and creating synergies between them through the targeted secondments of staff to advance research and innovation knowledge in bio-energy research. Phoenix is an international, interdisciplinary, cross-sectorial project, bringing together a total of 16 partners: 14 from the EU (5 companies and 9 academic organisations) and two Third-Country academic partners to enhance its collective research excellence and create new, post-graduate-level research training in key disciplines that support the provision of bio-energy.




Belarusian State University

Prof. Nikolay Poklonski

MSCA-RISE-2015 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Nanomaterials-based innovative engineering solution to ensure sustainable safeguard to indoor air


The overall project idea is on contribution to European culture and creativity through developing technological readiness of the breakthrough engineering solution for indoor air safeguard via inter-sectoral European and international cooperation, knowledge sharing, broad skills development and mobility of researchers and innovation staff.

Under NANOGUARD2AR it is expected to build new and enhance existing network of international and inter-sectoral cooperation in the form of joint research and innovation activities between the project Partners with multidisciplinary skills and complementary competences in nanomaterials, physics, civil engineering, chemical engineering, green chemistry, microbiology, environmental protection, indoor air quality control and safety. It will significantly strengthen the interaction between academic and non-academic sectors within MS/AC Countries France, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine and Third Country the Republic of Belarus in the field of the innovative nanomaterials engineering application for the environmental protection.

The main objectives of the NANOGUARD2AR project are to develop and design, test, validate and demonstrate an innovative nanomaterials-based “microbial free” engineering solutions and responsive system [NANOGUARD2AR system] for the indoor air safeguard to support concept of green buildings.

To achieve this goal the NANOGUARD2AR project will explore the use of nanomaterials (NMs) as photosensitizers coupled with advanced air-curtains technology and innovative interactive dark operating oxidizing composite materials being able to generate adsorbed hydroxyl radicals without any external energetic excitation. The emphasis of the project activities is on the proof of the concept of the innovative nanomaterials-enhanced air-barrier engineering solution towards efficient and sustainable protection of the indoor environment from microbial contaminations (fungus, fungal propagules, bacteria, their spores and germination).





Belarusian State University

Prof. Nikolay Poklonski

MSCA-RISE-2015 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Advanced Humidity to Electricity Converter

(01.12.2015 – 31.11.2019)

The HUNTER project will develop revolutionary power devices that convert humidity into electrical charge (hygroelectricity), thereby contributing to the European technology and creativity through joint R&D and R&I multisectorial and international cooperation activities supported by knowledge sharing. The devices will harvest electricity from atmospheric humidity and supply a current, such as solar cells capture sunlight and generate electrical power. The successful realization of the project is assured by implementing a coordinated network of knowledge sharing in materials science, physics and chemistry; by solidifying the state-of-the-art understanding in nanoelectronics and by applying bottom-up nanoengineering approaches via an international and inter-sector collaboration of highly qualified researchers from Portugal, France, Finland, Ukraine, Belarus and USA. Both technological (nanoelectronic device fabrication) and fundamental (charge transport mechanisms) issues will be assessed by this multidisciplinary consortium.

The successful realization of this project will lead to scientifically substantiated principles for the development of a new generation of functional materials and, consequently, to the creation of advanced nanoelectronic devices.

Within the HUNTER project, the consortium will implement research/innovation activities by means of functional secondments and organizing training courses, workshops and summer schools aimed at sharing knowledge, acquiring new skills and developing the careers of the consortium members. Sharing the culture of research and innovation, the HUNTER project will allow applying recent advancements in nanotechnology and materials science to the realization of the creative idea of Nikola Tesla (1932) of “capturing electricity from the air”. This vision will be performed in practice by innovative “humidity-to-electricity” devices, which will enhance the range of known renewable energy sources by a new atmospheric humidity source.




Institute of Nuclear Problems,

Belarusian State University

Prof. Sergey Maksimenko

Dr. Polina Kuzhir



Graphene-based disruptive technologies

(01.04.2016 – 31.03.2018)

This project is the second in the series of EC-financed parts of the Graphene Flagship. The Graphene Flagship is a 10 year research and innovation endeavour with a total project cost of 1,000,000,000 euros, funded jointly by the European Commission and Partnering Projects at regional, national or transnational level.






Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere

Olga Meerovskaya

INT-02-2015 — Encouraging the research and innovation cooperation between the Union and selected regional partners – proposals targeting Southern Mediterranean Neighbourhood, Eastern Partnership



EaP Plus
STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS

(01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019)

The project 'STI International Cooperation Network for EaP Countries Plus (EaP PLUS)' aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the EaP countries and EU MS and enhance the active participation of the Eastern Partnership countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Building on the results of the predecessor FP7 project 'IncoNet EaP', the project will eliminate remaining obstacles to EU-EaP STI cooperation through a number of innovative and targeted actions:

  1. strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the association to Horizon 2020;
  2. stronger interaction between researchers & participation in H2020, i.e. Info days, cooperation with scientific diaspora, and grants for networking;
  3. promotion of the research-innovation interface supporting communities of excellence, i.e. co-patenting analyses, clustering schemes, promotion of the technology platforms concept to EaP countries;
  4. optimal framework conditions and increasing coordination in policies and programmes through training seminars for STI policymakers, increased coordination and synergies between policies and programmes of EU/MS and EaP, i.e. JPIs, COST, national programmes;
  5. communication and outreach through innovative actions.





Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Mikhail Korzhik



INFRAIA-1-2014-2015 — Integrating and opening existing national and regional research infrastructures of European interest

(Research Infrastructure)

Advanced European Infrastructures for Detectors at Accelerators

(01.05.2015 – 30.04.2019)

The AIDA-2020 project brings together the leading European research infrastructures in the field of detector development and testing and a number of institutes, universities and technological centers, thus assembling the necessary expertise for the ambitious programme of work. In total, 24 countries and CERN are involved in a coherent and coordinated programme of NAs, TAs and JRAs, fully in line with the priorities of the European Strategy for Particle Physics.

AIDA-2020 aims to advance detector technologies beyond current limits by offering well-equipped test beam and irradiation facilities for testing detector systems under its Transnational Access programme. Common software tools, micro-electronics and data acquisition systems are also provided. This shared high-quality infrastructure will ensure optimal use and coherent development, thus increasing knowledge exchange between European groups and maximising scientific progress. The project also exploits the innovation potential of detector research by engaging with European industry for large-scale production of detector systems and by developing applications outside of particle physics, e.g. for medical imaging.

AIDA-2020 will lead to enhanced coordination within the European detector community, leveraging EU and national resources. The project will explore novel detector technologies and will provide the ERA with world-class infrastructure for detector development, benefiting thousands of researchers participating in future particle physics projects, and contributing to maintaining Europe's leadership of the field.

Networking Activities (NA) have been selected for the application of novel technologies still in early R&D phase in which active brainstorming is still needed.

The AIDA-2020 Transnational Access (TA) programme includes key facilities for beam tests (CERN,DESY), irradiations (UCLouvain, KIT, JSI, UoB, CERN: IRRAD & GIF++) and detector characterisation (RBI, ITAINNOVA).

Joint Research Activities (JRA) are focused on advanced R&D with emphasis on detector qualification, on quality insurance and on infrastructures leading towards large scale production.





SYMPA, Educational-Research Institution “Center for the Study of Public Administration”

Dr. Inna Romashevskaya

INT-08-2015 — The European Union and the Eastern Partnership


Innovative, inclusive and reflective societies/INT8

The EU and Eastern Partnership Countries: An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment

(01.05.2016 – 30.04.2019)

Ten years after its inception, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has fallen short of accomplishing its mission. The war in Ukraine and the rising tensions with Russia have made a re-assessment of the ENP both more urgent and more challenging. EU-STRAT will address two questions: First, why has the EU fallen short of creating peace, prosperity and stability in its Eastern neighbourhood? Second, what can be done to strengthen the EU’s transformative power in supporting political and economic change in the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries?

Adopting an inside-out perspective on the challenges of transformation the EaP countries and the EU face, EU-STRAT will

  • develop a conceptual framework for the varieties of social orders in EaP countries to explain the propensity of domestic actors to engage in change;
  • investigate how bilateral, regional and global interdependencies shape the scope of action and the preferences of domestic actors in the EaP countries;
  • de-centre the EU by studying the role of selected member states and other external actors active in the region;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the Association Agreements and alternative EU instruments, including scientific cooperation, in supporting change in the EaP countries;
  • analyse normative discourses used by the EU and Russia to enhance their influence over the shared neighbourhood.
  • formulate policy recommendations to strengthen the EU’s capacity to support change in the EaP countries by advancing different scenarios for developmental pathways.

EU-STRAT features an eleven-partner consortium including six universities, three think-tanks, one civil society organization and one consultancy. This consortium will achieve the research and policy relevant objectives of the project by bringing together various disciplinary perspectives and methodologies and strengthening links with academics and policy makers across six EU member states, Switzerland and three of the EaP countries.





B.I.Stepanov Institute of Physics, NAS

Dr. Sergey Kilin

FETOPEN-1-2014 — FET-Open research projects


All Solid-State Super-Twinning Photon Microscope

(01.03.2016 – 31.10.2019)

The goal of the project is to develop the technology foundation for an advanced optical microscope imaging at a resolution beyond the Rayleigh limit, which is set by the photon wavelength. The proposed microscope technique is based on super-twinning photon states (N-partite entangled states) with the de Broglie wavelength equal to a fraction of the photon wavelength. Such microscopy technique will comprise building blocks for object illumination, capturing of scattered twinning photons and data processing. Based on advanced group-III nitride and III-V alloy epitaxial growths and wafer processing techniques we will build the first solid-state emitter of highly entangled photon states, utilizing the cooperative effect of Dicke superradiance (super-fluorescence) emission. Single-photon avalanche detector arrays with data pre-processing capabilities sufficient for capturing high-order field correlation functions of scattered twinning photons will be developed. A dedicated data processing algorithm for extracting the image of an illuminated object from the statistics of scattered twinning photons will complement the hardware. The project goal is to demonstrate imaging at 42 nm spatial resolution using 5-partite entangled photons at 420 nm wavelength. This quantum imaging technology will open the way for compact, portable, super-resolution microscope techniques, with no moving parts and no requirements to the optical properties of the sample.




700 399


Vladimir Linev

Ms. Alexandra Petkevich

BES-08-2015 — Supply Chain Security topic 1: Development of an enhanced non-intrusive (stand-off) scanner


Multi-Energy High Resolution Modular Scan System for Internal and External Concealed Commodities

(01.05.2016 – 31.07.2019)

MESMERISE will develop and test a High-resolution non-intrusive scanner up to TRL 5 able to automatically detect and identify both internal and external concealed commodities being entirely independent of human operator interpretation and training and based on two complementary technologies: ultra-low-dose Multispectral Xray transmission and Infrasonic interrogation.

A novel x-ray detector, in addition to a higher imaging resolution, captures 256 channels of spectroscopic information, allowing a step change in material identification. Crucially, this level of resolution has the potential to enhance the detection of narcotics and explosives concealed in the body — a highly complex problem with currently available equipment.

A second subsystem for detecting externally concealed items based on a novel, intrinsically safe, technology (infrasound near-field acoustic holography) is entirely new to security screening. Low-fq MEM Micro-technology shall also be exploited to provide an automated version of non-contact pat-down.

Both sub-systems will be able to work independently, or together to provide complementary information and improve the detection of externally concealed objects. Automated algorithms for both subsystems and, through data fusion techniques, for the combined system will identify chemical substances, recognise pattern and detect anomalies with100g threshold in any part of the body, including prosthetic elements or plasters.
A big manufacturer of body scanners, SMEs, Univs, R&D centres, end-users and a diverse and high quality external advisory board, with a broad international contribution and connection to US counterparts provides a straightforward exploitation route.
Acceptance by society will be promoted by communication activities highlighting its non-contact nature, non divest condition and the absence of the requirement for operators to view explicit images through automated detection making MESMERISE intrinsically respectful of dignity and privacy.




Polotsk State University

Dr. Sergey Peshkun

SEAC-1-2015 — Innovative ways to make science education and scientific careers attractive to young people


Science Technology Innovation Mathematics Engineering for the Young

(01.09.2016 – 30.11.2019)

In an effort to bring science and society together in Europe, and consequently increase the continent’s international competitiveness, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education must be more relatable to European youths to raise their interests and involvement in STEM careers. This project proposes an educational platform with multi-level components, designed and developed on the base of a well-researched pedagogical framework, which aims to make STEM education more attractive to young people from age 10 to 18 years old. Universities, schools, teachers, students, parents, business and media partners come together to complete a circle in which STEM becomes a part of the daily life of youths through an educational portal that also prepares them for future careers.

The socially motivational platform for emotional and educational engagement, herein referred to as the STIMEY (Science, Technology, Innovation, Mathematics, Education for the Young) platform, will combine:

  • social media components and entrepreneurial tools (present),
  • robotic artefacts (the future),
  • radio (the past)

to educate, engage and increase the youth’s interest in STEM education and careers. The platform, with individual e-portfolios, will be designed to tap into the children’s curiosity and motivations from a young age. The platform will take into account the specific needs of girls and boys, to be attracted and stay with STEM in a social collaborative environment with serious gaming and healthy competition among peers.

The platform will give teachers the necessary modern tools to deliver STEM education in an attractive and engaging manner in-class, while also following up on students’ progress even outside of class.





National Academy of Sciences of Belarus/

Center for System Analysis and Strategic Research

Dr. Natalia Yankevich


BG-05-2016 — ERA-NET Cofund on marine technologies

Maritime and Marine Technologies for a New ERA

(01.12.2016 –30.11.2021)

The overall goal of the proposed Cofund is to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies and Blue Growth. The realisation of a European research and innovation agenda needs a broad and systematic cooperation in all areas of waterborne transport, offshore activity, marine resources, maritime security, biotechnologies, desalination, offshore oil & gas, fisheries, aquaculture etc. covering all relevant maritime and marine sectors and regions for a sustainable development of the maritime sector. Research and innovation activities in these fields cannot be tackled either at national levels alone, or solely by a single sector. Coordinated actions are required for the maritime industry to strengthen Europe’s position in this important and complex economic field in a global market. The proposing consortium will organise and co-fund, together with the EU, a joint call for trans-national research projects on different thematic areas of Blue Growth. Furthermore, additional joint activities that go beyond this co-funded call are planned, in order to contribute to the national priorities as well as to the Strategic Research Agenda of JPI Oceans and WATERBORNE. With the cooperation of ERA-NET MARTEC and JPI Oceans, a broader variety of topics with a larger amount of funding will be available for the trans-national projects. Moreover, the focus of development in MarTERA is given to technologies (instead of sectors) due to their potentially large impact to a wide range of application fields.
The proposal responds to the topic ERA-NET Cofund on marine technologies of the work programme 2016-2017 of the societal challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bio-economy) under Horizon 2020. Thereby it also contributes to the overall EU objective of building the ERA through enhanced cooperation and coordination of national research programmes.




National Academy of Sciences of Belarus/

Center for System Analysis and Strategic Research

Dr. Natalia Yankevich

GV-12-2016 — ERA-NET Co-fund on electromobility

ERA-NET Cofund Electric Mobility Europe

(01.10.2016 – 30.09.2021)

In collaboration with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association, European countries and regions will set-up an ERA-NET Cofund to further promote electric mobility in Europe. Electric Mobility Europe builds on the experiences, networks and results of Electromobility+ and is designed to take transnational e-mobility research and policy exchange to the next level.

With a two-track approach, the initiative will link research and policy practice in support of electric mobility at the European level.
The first of two pillars of Electric Mobility Europe will fund innovation projects focussing on the application and demonstration of e-mobility with the objective of advancing the mainstreaming of the electrification of mobility in Europe. The initiative will bring together about 30 million EUR for supporting applied innovation projects, including up to 10 million EUR of co-funding provided by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.
In 2016, the initiative will issue a call for project proposals addressing the key areas of electric mobility:

  1. System integration (transport, (sub)urban areas)
  2. Integration of urban freight and city logistics in the e-mobility
  3. Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications
  4. Public transport
  5. Consumer behaviour and societal trends

In addition to funding innovation and demonstration projects, the ERA-NET Cofund Electric Mobility Europe will establish a second pillar of activity. The network will provide a platform for cooperation and exchange of information and experiences among participating countries and regions. In this context, know-how will be shared on setting conducive conditions for the development of electric mobility in Europe (e.g. on charging infrastructure). The network will support this by facilitating suitable means of cooperation such as workshops or seminars in order to exchange or coordinate required actions, in attunement with the European Green Vehicle Initiative Association.




United Institute of Informatics Problems, NAS


H2020-EU.1.4. — EXCELLENT SCIENCE — Research Infrastructures

(GEANT-CABLE-2015 — Europe Brazil Cable 1)

Building Europe Link with Latin America

(01.05.2016 – 30.04.2019)

The BELLA-S1 proposal aims to provide for the long-term interconnectivity needs of the European and Latin American research and education networks, and answers the call for transatlantic connectivity to Latin America in the H2020 Work Programme 2014-15. The objective will be to strengthen connectivity to Latin America ensuring very high capacity, cost benefits and the shortest possible route, whilst stimulating diversity over the transatlantic segment. The objective will be met in two phases: phase one will procure an indefeasible right of use for a portion of the spectrum of a direct submarine telecommunications cable between Europe and Latin America; phase two will deploy one or more wavelengths, as required, on the spectrum procured to interconnect the GÉANT and RedCLARA networks, and provide for the intercontinental connectivity needs of the European and Latin American research and education communities.




Belarusian State Technological University

Prof. Viasheslav Vikhrenko

MSCA-RISE-2016 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange


Effects of confinement on inhomogeneous systems

(01.01.2017 – 31.12.2020)

The objective of the project is determination of universal features and specific properties of various systems spontaneously ordering into spatially inhomogeneous structures (mobile ions in solids, ionic liquid mixtures, soft-matter and biological systems), with special focus on effects of confinement. There is striking similarity between properties of the above systems despite different interactions and length scales of inhomogeneities. The fundamental relation between structural inhomogeneities and mechanical and thermodynamic properties is not fully understood because the exchange of knowledge between the solid-state, liquid-matter, soft-matter and biophysical communities is limited. Theoretical and simulation approaches developed by 3 EU MS + 1 AC + 2 TC groups are closely connected or complementary. We use mean-field, liquid-matter, DFT, integral equations, field and collective-variables theories, molecular simulation approaches, and experimental methods of electrochemistry. We will share our experience in constructing/modifying, solving and verifying experimentally models for different complex systems. The new results and theoretical approaches will help in future studies of various inhomogeneous systems. The first work package concerns systems spontaneously forming ordered patterns, from thin films on solid surfaces through particles on interfaces to biological membranes and arid ecosystems. The pattern formation can be exploited in innovative technology. In the second work package we will investigate ionic liquids/ionic-liquid mixtures, especially near charged surfaces and in porous media, and mobile ions in intercalation compounds. Mobile ions and ionic liquids in porous electrodes are potentially important in innovative electrochemistry. EU/TC knowledge transfer will be by joint theoretical, simulation and experimental studies. Open workshops will be organized. Long term visits of young researchers and joint supervision of PhD students are planned.




Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Polina Kuzhir


MSCA-RISE-2016 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange


Graphene 3D
Multifunctional grapheme-based nanocomposites with Robust Electromagnetic and Thermal Properties  for 3D-Prining Applications

(01.01.2017 –31.12.2020)

Graphene 3D project proposes highly innovative pathway for the development of optimized, multifunctional graphene-based polymer composites and structures with desired properties for specific applications, based on combination of three main approaches: (i) controlled processing and material’s characterization; (ii) robust nanocomposite design; and (iii) modeling/optimization of nanocomposite cellular structures with predefined properties. Graphene 3D methodology will result in two major outcomes: Multifunctional nanocomposite material for 3D printing application, as well as Optimized and experimentally validated, 3D printed nanocomposite cellular structures with tunable electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical properties. To reach the goal, the proposal will pursue the following main objectives: (1) to develop an effective processing technique for graphene-based polymer nanocomposite; (2) to correlate processing variables with final micro and nanostructure features; (3) to obtain highly improved nanocomposite properties (electrical, electromagnetic, mechanical, thermal); (4) to propose robust design tool for optimizing process-structure-property-performance parameters, resulting in optimized nanocomposite formulation for 3D printing application; (5) to design nanocomposite-based cellular structures with optimum configuration (structure, geometry) and tunable multifunctional characteristics in view of predefined performances; (6) to prove the design concept by fabrication and experimental validation of both nanocomposite material and 3D printed cellular structures that achieve unique properties. Project research & innovation ideas will bring up the research results from TRL 1-2 to TRL 3-4, with potential for application specified towards high power electronics. Graphene 3D will create a Joint Laboratory on graphene-polymer research for knowledge share in a multidisciplinary international/inter-sectoral consortium having long-term implication.




Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics

Dr. Ivan Bodnar

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

International cooperation for the development of cost-efficient kesterite/c-Si thin film next generation tandem solar cells

(01.11.2017 – 31.10.2021)

Photovoltaic (PV) is recognized as one of the main renewable energy solutions for fulfilling the targets defined by the EU Energy Roadmap 2050 and the SET Plan. Most of the current commercial PV devices are formed by single junctions, and more complex device concepts allowing a significant increase in device efficiency (well beyond the theoretical limit in the 30%-33% range) are still mostly limited to expensive III-V technologies.

INFINITE-CELL proposes extending the very high efficiency tandem device concepts to emerging thin film PV technologies with high potential for reduction of costs and avoiding the use of critical raw materials. Within this context, the aim is to establish and consolidate an International and Intersectoral Cooperation between 6 EC/AC Academic Institutions (IREC, SINTEF, CNRS, UAM, IAP-ASM, HZB), 2 European Companies (SUNGA, MET), and 4 non EC/AC Academic Institutions (MASCIR, BSUIR, UM5, UWC), for the development of cost-efficient photovoltaic tandem devices based in the combination of wide band-gap kesterite absorbers (Cu2Zn(Si,Ge,Sn)(S,Se)4) as top cell, and low cost c-Si thin film as bottom cell. Thanks to the combination of the know-how generated in previous and successful FP7 projects (PVICOKEST (269167) and EUROSUNMED (608593)), INFINITE-CELL targets to develop stacked and monolithically integrated kesterite/c-Si thin film devices with efficiencies of 15% and 20% respectively, using only fully sustainable materials and processes.

This will be possible through de definition of a very impacting Research Plan and a very ambitious Plan of Secondments, where 293 PMs will be exchanged among the partners. The seconded researchers will be immersed in an International and Intersectoral environment for the development and improvement of their networking, scientific, writing, effective communication, and time management skills, warranting the consolidation of a high level scientific community in Advanced Tandem Solar Cell.




The Research Institute Of Physical Chemical Problems, Belarusian State University

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange



Multiscaled Smart Metallic and Semiconductor Electrodes for Electrochemical Processing and Devices

(01.01.2018 – 31.12.2021)

Demand of “smart” electrodes/systems has recently increased due to significant role of various devices/equipment based on these electrodes — urgent needs of present and forthcoming human activities. The multi— and interdisciplinary project SMARTELECTRODES is proposing elaboration of advanced systems covered under umbrella of “smart” electrodes which will be involved and play significant roles in several important electrochemical/electrophysical applications as catalysis/electrocatalysis, sensoring, thermoelectrics, electrowinning, electrochemical machining and electrospark alloying. The development of multiscaled (from nano— to macro-; from nanodot to volumized 3D-) metallic and semiconductor electrodes and integration of them into working systems/equipment is the main target of SMARTELECTRODES. The project is well-balanced, highly innovative R&D training network, which aims:

To develop long lasting collaborations between four academic (Vilnius University, Lithuania; Institute of Applied Physics, Moldova; Northeastern University, USA; Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems of BSU, Belarus) and two companies (JSC Topaz, Moldova and JSC “Electronics Treatment Technologies”, EPT, Lithuania);

To develop new electrodes (based on chalcogenides, iron group metals and “technological” electrodes) by well-established institutions;

To increase career perspectives of each participant that will lead to benefit of each member and partnership as a whole.

Partners will be complimentary involved into realization of the proposed research. The research tasks will be implemented through multidisciplinary Work Packages devoted to the fabrication, adapting and investigation of electrodes/materials, also they include the activities towards training and management. Namely, advanced training will be provided to the seconded staff through well-integrated programs, including workshops and conferences.




Francisk Skorina Gomel State University

Prof. Vladimir Gaishun

SSPA Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS of Belarus

Dr. Igor Troyanchuk

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Transition metal oxides with metastable phases: a way towards superior ferroic properties

(01.12.2017 – 30.11.2021)

The main objective of the project is development of complex transition metal oxides with perovskite-like structure having improved and controllable (multi)ferroic properties. The mentioned materials are manganites and ferrites with optimal composition having distinct magnetization, polarization, (magneto)transport properties or magnetoelectric coupling. The idea of the project is to utilize reduced structural stability of these oxides which increases their sensitivity to external stimuli. Improved functional properties of these oxides can be controlled via modification of the chemical bond character, structural parameters, stoichiometry, defects etc. The reduced stability is associated with the metastable structural state formed in the vicinity of the phase boundaries, while this state presumably consists of coexistent nanoscale regions of the adjacent structural phases. There are two ideas to create metastable state: the first one – to design ceramics via chemical substitution and post-synthesis treatment by high pressure and/or thermal cycling in gases to induce nanoscale regions, the second one assumes chemical routes synthesis of films and ceramics. Besides the fundamental interest of the phase transitions and related phenomena affecting properties of the oxides the applicants consider them to be effective materials for electronic applications (as sensors, magnetic memory elements, filters etc.). Research of these oxides requires consolidative efforts of specialists in different scientific areas — Materials Science, Theoretical Physics, Solid State Physics etc. as well as an access to unique equipment and facilities. Another important objective of the project is a formation of interdisciplinary network of teams and specialists with different scientific backgrounds which will ensure effective transfer of actual knowledge and skills. Development of the transition metal oxides with controllable properties has promising commercial opportunities for the involved SME.




SSPA Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS of Belarus

Dr. Mikalai Kalanda

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Physical principles of the creation of novel SPINtronic materials on the base of MULTIlayered metal-oxide FILMs for magnetic sensors and MRAM

(01.01.2018 – 31.12.2021)

The main goal of the project is the elaboration of research and development principles and technology, as well as creation of novel nanoheterostructures for application in spintronic devices, first of all, in magnetic field sensors and magnetoresistive random access memories. The key research and technological aspects are focused on the formation of layers and/or nanosized grains of a ferromagnetic material with an ultimate degree of conduction electron spin polarization, separated by dielectric interlayers. The main research, technological and innovation aspects of the work are aimed at an increase of the devices’ sensitivity to magnetic fields thanks to the high degree of spin polarization and to the magnetoresistance due to electron quantum tunneling through dielectric barriers.

The proposed creation methods of the device prototypes can be rapidly implemented in the automotive, electronic and biomedical industries by means of a rather simple technology, which makes them attractive for the industry across the EU, as only the standard technological equipment is used. The new generation spintronic devices to be developed in the present project will possess high sensitivity, speed performance and low energy consumption.

The project aims as well at the creation of a stimulating and interdisciplinary training partnership, with actors from the academia and private sector, promoting the exchange of ideas, methods, techniques as well as enabling an accelerated technology transfer from science to industry through a continuous collaboration between the stakeholders. Working on spintronics demands strongly innovative and interdisciplinary skills, since there is a lot of pressure from the private sector to develop new original solutions for the modern devices. Training of the high-level personnel possessing complementary interdisciplinary skills is thus a key issue.




B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Development of GRASP radiative transfer code for the retrieval of aerosol microphysics vertical-profiles from space measurements and its impact in ACE mission

(01.03.2018 – 28.02.2022)

This project deals with reducing the uncertainties associated with the knowledge of aerosol microphysical vertical profiles worldwide through the use of new space-borne measurements. This objective links with the goal of the last IPCC 2013 to reduce uncertainties in aerosol direct effects, particularly in the knowing of absorption profiles. The approach we plan to develop is the development and applicability of the Generalized Retrieval of Atmosphere and Surface Properties (GRASP) for new space borne systems. GRASP has been already applied successfully to the POLDER/PARASOL system providing column-integrated aerosol microphysics and absorption. However, the new LIDAR space-borne sensors open new possibilities. To that end, we plan to study the details in constraints of the current techniques for the retrieval of aerosol microphysics from multi-wavelength lidar alone (known as the 3b+2a configuration), and will make evaluation studies versus in-situ instruments from large field campaigns such as DISCOVER-AQ and SEACR4S from NASA or SHADOW from the University of Lille. However, lidar measurements are difficult and usually presents low signal-to-noise ratio, particularly during daytime. We plan here to develop a joint inversion that uses combine measurements of lidar and polarimetric space-borne systems. Such approach is the core of the upcoming Aerosol-Clouds-Ecosystems (ACE) NASA mission. The development of this task will involve the use of synthetic database simulated using the NASA GEOS-5 model which will be used as reference. Different configurations of lidar and polarimeters will be studied to invert microphysical parameters. The results of this task will be also used for defining cost-effective ACE mission. Also, joint inversion will be evaluated using experimental measurements on NASA field campaigns that include airborne lidar systems such as HSRL-2 and Airborne Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (ACATS) and polarimeters such as the Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric




Belarusian State University

Dr. Sergey Poznyak

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Multifunctional Polymer Composites Doped with Novel 2d Nanoparticles for Advanced Applications

(01.05.2018 – 30.04.2022)

NANO2DAY is aiming at the development of advanced multifunctional composites with outstanding electronic and mechanical properties by incorporation of novel MXene nanosheets into polymer matrixes. The project will firstly go forward to the rational design and systematic exploration of MXene-polymer nanocomposites for wearable electronics and advanced structural components for airspace applications. This will be achieved by i) intersectoral consolidation and sharing of knowledge and expertise of 11 members from Europe and USA working in different areas and ii) collaborative research on the development and assessment of novel materials, including technology, characterisation, modelling, and validation. The concept explored in the project accounts for finding and extending the application potential of MXene-doped polymers and validation of their effectiveness compared to well-known graphene-doped polymers. The innovative aspects followed in the project are based on up-scaling of novel technologies for “close-to-industrial” synthesis of MXenes and MXene-doped polymer masterbatches and implementation of MXenes into design of structural polymer composites, including FRPs. NANO2DAY will essentially contribute to the integration of scientific insights into innovation-based industrial environment and successful implementation of novel advanced materials into practical applications.




Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

MSCA-RISE-2015 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Periodically bent crystals for crystalline undulators

(01.01.2016 – 31.12.2019)

The PEARL project aims at advancing the technologies for manufacturing of high quality Periodically Bent Crystals (PBCr). The PBCr developed in the course of this project will be utilised for the construction of novel light sources of high-energy (hν≥102 keV up to GeV range) monochromatic electromagnetic radiation by means of a Crystalline Undulator (CU) [1]. The technological and experimental part of this project will be accompanied by the complimentary advanced theoretical research utilising modern theoretical, computational and modelling methods accomplished with high performance computing techniques. A broad interdisciplinary, international collaboration has been created in the frame of FP7 PIRSES-CUTE project, which was focused on initial experimental tests of the CU idea and the related theory, for review see [1]. This project has been successfully completed in March 2015 and left the matter experimentally validated to a degree that is tantalising, requiring further experimentation. In particular CUTE elucidated the demand on manufacturing PBCrs of an exceptional lattice quality, their experimental characterisation and exposure against the high quality beams of ultra-relativistic electrons and positrons for the observation of the strong coherent effects in the photon emission process. PEARL will focus on solving the whole complex of the important technological, experimental and theoretical problems aiming to achieve the major breakthrough in this important research area. The PEARL international collaboration is extended with respect to CUTE and involves the new partners with the essential, necessary, complementary expertise and experimental facilities. The PEARL research programme is highly collaborative and requiring numerous exchange visits between the involved laboratories, joint workshops and conferences. Therefore, RISE type of project is the most suitable for strengthening of this very essential, ongoing, international collaborative research.




Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Novel 1D photonic metal oxide nanostructures for early stage cancer detection

(01.01.2018 –31.12.2021)

The project CanBioSe targeted to strengthen international and intersectoral collaboration, sharing new ideas and knowledge transfer from research to market and vice versa in the field of nanostructured metal oxide optical biosensors for cancer cells detection. Interdisciplinary project research and innovation goals are targeted to develop a new portable tool for early stage cancer detection which can solve on of important health challenges in EU society. One dimensional (1D) polimer nanofibers will be deposited by electrospinning technique. Photonic nanomaterials, based on metal oxide based nanostructures (ZnO, ZnO/Al2O3 nanolaminates, Au/ZnO and ZnO/Au) will coat the 1D nanofibers. Metal oxides and Au nanoparticles will be deposited with Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and electrophoresis, respectively. Bioselective layer will be formed by immobilization of specific antibodies on the biosensor surface. Photoluminescence and optical spectroscopy will be used for recording of the biosensor signal. Biosensor testing will be performed on cancer cells (human chronic lymphocyte leukemia (CLL) leucosis and acute lymphoblastic leucosis). The biosensor will be integrated with microfluidic system in order to minimize dimensions and simplify the use of the detection system. The project partners will provide research and training activities in the fields of nanotechnology, surface functionalization, bioengineering, microfluidics and biosensor testing, market analysis and commercialization. Provided research and management training to experienced researchers and early stage researchers will strengthen their personal skills and CVs via new scientific papers and conference theses and strengthen a development of EU research human resources. Long lasting collaboration between partners, based on co-supervising students and preparation of novel collaborative project proposals is foreseen. Dissemination of the project results to scientific society and wide auditories is foreseen.




Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere

Dr. Tatyana Lyadnova

INFRASUPP-8-2014 — Network of National Contact Points

Research Infrastructures Consortium for Horizon 2020

(01.12.2014 – 31.05.2019)

The National Contact Points perform valuable services in guiding and supporting national applicants in preparing proposals for Horizon 2020 funding. We expect that through an enhanced transnational cooperation and networking between National Contact Points for research infrastructures, a higher quality of their consulting services and thus of proposals and projects can be achieved. Therefore, the specific objective of RICH (Research Infrastructures COnsortium for Horizon 2020) is to facilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs for research infrastructures with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that make up the constituency of the Research Infrastructures Part.

By involving 11 formally nominated National Contact Points RICH will be able to will extensively involve the NCPs that have decided to become “associated partner” also thanks to the setting up of a liaison office.

Concretely, activities of RICH towards this goal include, amongst others, multi-level trainings and tripling schemes, experts seminars, simposia and wide promotion of Transnational Access and Service (TAS) as well as a wide range of other communication and dissemination tools and platforms.

RICH work programme is designed to achieve an improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe, thereby helping simplify access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of proposals submitted.




Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere

Ms. Katherine Skuratovich

MSCA-NCP-2017 — MSCA National Contact Points

Network of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action National Contact Points for the mobile scientific and innovation community

(01.03.2018 – 28.02.2021)

The National Contact Points (NCPs) play an important role in assisting potential applicants and project beneficiaries during their journey through the Horizon 2020 instruments. According to the EC Guide on the NCPs principles, they are responsible for raising awareness about available funding opportunities; advising and training potential applicants in the preparation, submission and follow-up of their grant proposals; providing support during the project execution as well as giving feedback on difficulties in the programme implementation. Thus, the NCPs constitute the main interface between the Programme and the R&I community in Europe and beyond, as well as between them and the EC. Basing on such a position, Net4Mobility+ aims at strengthening the consistency and professionalism of the NCPs for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – part of H2020 supporting international and intersectoral mobility and researchers’ career development. The consortium of 19 beneficiaries and 6 associated partners representing the Member States, Associated and Third countries will execute a set of activities tailored to the nature of MSCA and to priorities and capacity of the entire NCPs network, including needs of the “widening countries”. The focus on sharing expertise and good practices, transfer of knowledge to less experienced NCPs, joint support provided on a daily basis, enhancing knowledge and skills, broadening tools and methodology will facilitate the improvement of the overall professionalism of NCP services across and outside Europe. Outcomes of project events (training, twinning, seminars), jointly developed materials (guides, recommendations) and communication and dissemination platform (website, social media) will result in lowering entry barriers for newcomers, simplifying access to MSCA calls and raising the quality of applications. For reaching the project objectives and ensuring the impact, the consortium will work closely, keeping high management and quality standards.




Belarusian State University

Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

MSCA-RISE-2017 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Contributions to codimension k bifurcations in dynamical systems theory

(01.04.2018 – 31.03.2022)

The overall project objectives are to produce new knowledge in the area of codim k bifurcations for continuous and discrete (smooth and non-smooth) dynamical systems and provide training in this area of research to early stage researchers. More exactly, we plan firstly to study degenerate two-dimensional Bautin bifurcation for the case when the second Lyapunov coefficient equals zero. Secondly, we aim to study degenerate four-dimensional Hopf-Hopf bifurcations. The degeneracy arises in this case when one or more of the nine generic conditions needed in obtaining a normal form fail to be satisfied. The third and fourth objectives are to study other codim k bifurcations in smooth and non-smooth dynamical systems arising from other bifurcations which bear or not a known name in the literature. In particular, we will focus on discontinuous piecewise differential systems, respectively, continuous and discrete non-smooth dynamical systems resulting from modelling oscillators with impacts. A number of about 40 researchers (30 ERs and 10 ESRs) will contribute to achieving the project objectives by a networking approach based on about 225 months of secondments. Two types of secondments are planned, one for research and another for training. The training is of type training-through-research. During the research secondments, the project ERs will perform research for achieving the planned project tasks and will support ESRs on their training. The training secondments are dedicated to ESRs. Apart from the planned training, the ESRs will participate also to the project research. They will receive specific research tasks from their local managers to contribute to the project research objectives.




B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Dr. Dmitry Mogilevtsev


Sub-Poissonian Photon Gun by Coherent Diffusive Photonics

(01.10.2018 – 30.09.2021)

The goal of the project is to deliver deterministic compact sources of highly non-classical states, from sub-Poissonian light to multi-mode entanglement, all utilizing a solitary technological platform. The project will build their working prototypes and develop the technology foundation for applications of these sources in an advanced optical imaging and metrology. The proposed sources will be based on a novel paradigm in photonic devices: diffusive coherent photonics operating with dissipatively coupled photonic circuits. The project will demonstrate that light can flow diffusively retaining coherence and even entanglement, be effectively equalized, distributed in a controlled way or even localized in perfectly periodic structures by means of dissipative coupling. Such unique light propagation regimes will be realized with the help of a photonic analogue of a tight-binding lattice using coupled waveguide networks in linear and non-linear glass materials. These coherent photonic devices will be fabricated by ultrafast laser inscription, and the dissipative coupling implemented by mutually coupling each pair of waveguides in the chain to a linear arrangement of waveguides. Efficient quantum diagnostics methods will be developed to verify the source characteristics and to assess their technological readiness. We expect coherent diffusive photonic devices to find applications in photonic networks and in a range of metrology tasks, potentially also for simulations of complex quantum dynamics. The project goal thus is: 1) to implement a family of compact sub-Poissonian photon guns, capable of robust generation of mesoscopic non-classical and entangled states; 2) to perform a feasibility study of their applications in entanglement-enhanced imaging and atomic clocks aiming at the 2 times better clock frequency stability.





SSPA Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS of Belarus

Dr. Oleg Ignatenko

Belarusian State University


Development and design of novel multiFUNctional PEO COATings

(01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022)

The main objective of the proposal is the development of multi-purpose, multi-functional surfaces via environmentally friendly plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) treatments. In an intelligent way the weakness of the PEO process (the inherent porosity due to the discharges forming the coating is often responsible for poor properties) is used to functionalize the coating using the open pore structure as a reservoir for nanocontainer or to bring particles with certain functionalities deep into the coatings (fast pathways). The main targeted functionalities, are enhanced fault tolerance and active protection against corrosive damage as well as improved tribological behavior. Moreover, to extend this typical field of applications of PEO treatments and address additional industries and aspects (e.g. 3C, ecological), a set of less common functionalities, such as photocatalytic, magnetic, thermo— and electroconductivity will be added. This is challenging and goes far beyond the state-of-the-art introduction via post-treatments. To deal with such sensitive materials, changes in the power supply are required and this is addressed as one of the key points in frame of the project as well.

The essential key of the project is the formation and development of an interdisciplinary R&D partnership, where participants from both academia (5) and private sector (4 SME) participate, promoting and sharing their ideas, expertise, techniques and methods to solve this demanding challenge. This partnership will be beneficial for all participants, since new PEO hardware, environmentally friendly processes and applications important for industry are developed, evaluated and promoted by the research institutions via presentations and publications of the obtained results. Laboratory based training and intersectional transfer of knowledge are the key aspects of the FUNCOAT project, so the partnership gathers the topmost competences to carry out the suggested research program.




Research Institute of Physical and Chemical Problems of the Belarusian State University

Sergey Kostiuk


Heavy metal free emitters for new-generation light sources

(01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022)

Organic heavy metal free fluorescent materials show exceptional potential for use in new-generation light sources, such as organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) and organic lasers. It is anticipated that these new materials will enable organic electronic devices to be constructed with higher efficiency, simpler device structures, lower fabrication costs, and reduced environmental impact.

Amongst the different types of materials currently being investigated, two show particular promise:

• Fluorescence materials exhibiting thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) for use in OLEDs in displays and lighting devices.

• Fluorescent materials with low thresholds for amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) for use in organic lasers in spectroscopy and telecommunication. However, in order to develop these materials for commercial industrial use, several challenges still remain to be overcome,


• Theories explaining TADF and ASE are still in their infancy.

• Organic material samples need to be extremely pure (>99.5%). Consequently, new synthesis routes need to be developed.

• TADF emitters for OLEDs have lifetimes that fall well short of industry requirements.

• Fluorescence emitters for lasers need high available optical gain, solution processability and narrow emission spectra with high efficiency.

• Properties of TADF and lasing materials are very sensitive to structural changes.

Thus, the overall goal of the MEGA project is to help develop organic heavy metal free fluorescent materials for commercial use by tackling these challenges. In order to develop the new materials, the following S&T objectives will be targeted:

• Objective 1: Screen compounds with TADF or lasing properties by means of molecular modelling

• Objective 2: Synthesise most promising compounds with TADF or lasing properties

• Objective 3: Characterise most promising compounds with TADF or lasing properties

• Objective 4: Test materials in device structures to meet industry requirement.




SSPA Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS Belarus

Olga Fedotova 

Belarusian State University

Oleg Romanov     



Advanced theoretical network for modelling light matter interaction

(01.03.2019 – 28.02.2023)

The ATLANTIC project is aiming at developing a network of advanced theoretical modeling of laser-matter interaction that will foster the development of novel theories by bridging the mathematical descriptions within a consortium of scientific groups who have pioneered these formalisms. These physical models address in details the timescales from the attosecond to the microsecond and the spatial scales from the nanometer to the millimeter, providing accurate but partial predictions of experimental data in a disjoint manner. Connecting the respective formalisms of these communities will enable to address phenomena that remained unexplained so far and to achieve beyond state of art capabilities.

First activity will be directly interfacing the simulation results provided by participants using mathematical parametrizations generated from first-principle concepts to the large spatial scale models, enabling to predict the consequences of laser-triggered quantum effects within an efficient simplified formalism.

The secondment periods will be used to develop hybrid theories made possible by training research staffs and novel generations to mutually understand and contribute to the development of each others theoretical descriptions.

Interdisciplinarity is at the core of this project as it will be bridging several fields of science: ultrafast phenomena,nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, quantum chemistry, materials engineering, and laser-materials processing.

Within the action, novel formalisms will be developed and emerging applications such as harmonic generation,THz wave generation, laser nanostructuring, materials functionalization, complex materials engineering, compound materials science might be further elucidated (described), and young specialists will be trained.




Association “Education for Sustainable Development”

Anatoly Muravyev


SwafS-14-2018-2019-2020 — Supporting the development of territorial Responsible Research and Innovation

Territorial Regional Responsible Innovations Fostering Innovative Climate Action

(01.01.2019 –30.06.2022)

TeRRIFICA – Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action – will create a comprehensive overview on the state of the art of climate change adaptation research, tangible climate action and climate change adaptation examples, related policies as well as communication strategies and methods at different levels of complexity. Through its cocreative multi-stakeholder approaches the project will identify opportunities, drivers and barriers of implementation.

It takes into account challenges for the acceptance and feasibility, technological and regulatory constraints in six pilot regions in Spain, Germany, France, Serbia, Poland and Belarus. The selected pilot regions cover the diversity of climate change mitigation approaches in Central– South, East – West, urban – rural, EU – non-EU settings. The

project will define and adapt innovative communication strategies, dialogue actions and formats. Through Living Lab methodologies, different stakeholder-groups (with a particular focus on regional authorities and policy makers) will be integrated as co-creating and actively participating partners. This will lead to recommendations, procedures, tools and methodologies that are appropriate to the different roles and objectives of these parties and which will consider the key policies of RRI and integrate Sustainable Development Goals.

TeRRIFICA will set up tailored roadmaps and key performance indicators for the implementation of developed methodologies and climate change adaptation activities in regional practice. Customised capacity building for the different stakeholder groups will be offered. Field trips to local and regional promising activities related to research and regional innovation, and broader stakeholder engagement with feedback loops will be organised to learn from these examples of innovation and create input for the next stages of development.





Belarusian State University,

Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences

Prof. Larisa Titarenko

H2020-EU.3.6. — SOCIETAL CHALLENGES — Europe In A Changing World — Inclusive, Innovative And Reflective Societies

National Contact Points (NCPs) Network of Societal Challenge 6 'Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies' (SC6)

(01.02.2019 – 31.08.2020)

Net4Society5 will be the transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) “Inclusive, innovative, and reflective societies” in Horizon 2020. NCPs are set up to guide researchers in their quest for securing EU funding. Net4Society5 will further develop the current Net4Society network of SC6 NCPs (former NCPs for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities), which was first established in 2008 and includes currently around 90 SC6 NCPs from over 55 countries in Europe and beyond.

Net4Society5 will ensure that all SC6 NCPs have the relevant knowledge and skills for their work and can offer professional, high-quality and tailor-made services to applicants. All nominated SC6 NCPs (also non-beneficiaries) will continue to have access to information and capacity building tools such as workshops, SC6 NCP Info sessions, trainings, webinars, factsheets or newsletters.

Net4Society5 foresees targeted activities to support applicants in SC6, with a special focus on those countries that have been participating at low levels in the programme up to now. The project will facilitate interdisciplinary and international consortium building through the organisation of brokerage events, through a sector specific partner search service and through a research directory of SC6 key players. In addition, Net4Society5 will organise a regional Info day and proposal check event in a country that has been participating at low level in the programme up to now.

To support the successful integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in all parts of Horizon 2020, Net4Society5 will publish success stories and factsheets on “SSH integration”, as well as a document listing funding opportunities for SSH in all of Horizon 2020.

Various promotional activities enhancing the visibility of Net4Society5 services and the SC6 in Horizon 2020 will underline these efforts.




Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Polina Kuzhir


MSCA-RISE-2018 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Dirac Semimetals based Terahertz Components

(01.03.2019 – 28.02.2023)

This project aims to provide theoretical and experimental basis, to perform proof of concept experiments and to build prototypes of the thinnest ever alignment–free components of the THz photonics. Being based on 2D Dirac semimetals (graphene, silicene, germanene) and metamaterials paradigm, the fabricated lenses, filters and polarizers will be capable to outdoing the existing ones in terms of performance, footprint and tunability in lab-on-chip integrated solutions. The project relies on solid theoretical background that will enable calculation of the constituent parameters of 2D semimetals with account for defects, doping, stacking, strain and external fields using ab initio and tight binding approaches. The advances in nanoelectromagnetics will be employed to reveal physical phenomena underlying the response of both individual Dirac semimetal based metaatoms and their arrays in the THz spectral range. From the experimental side, the DiSeTCom will feed into the development of feasible and easy to use techniques for fabrication of metasurfaces based on graphene/silecene/germanene that will lead to prototype of tunable THz passive components with unprecedented performance. Robust design and sensitivity analysis will allow us to develop revolutionary THz devices thereby contributing to the European technology and creativity through joint R&D and R&I multisectorial and international cooperation activities supported by knowledge sharing. The consortium will implement research/innovations by means of functional secondments and organization of training courses, research and industrial workshops aimed at knowledge and technology transfer, wider professional networking, acquiring new skills and exploitation of project results by European THz industry. Implementation of the DiSeTCom will bring in considerable enhancement of the potential and future career prospects of the researchers involved via well balanced profiles and world-wide professional network of the consortium.




Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Dr. Mikhail Shuba

MSCA-RISE-2018 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Terahertz Antennas with Self-amplified Spontaneous Emission

(01.06.2019 – 31.05.2023)

The project aims at studying the feasibility of Terahertz range emitters, with two main objectives:

OB.1 – to investigate novel principles for nanoantennas, based on quantum effects enabling self-amplified emission in the THz range;

OB.2 – to create a network of competencies on quantum and nanoelectronics, which includes academic and non-academic players, sharing knowledge and expertise retained by the partners.

Several types of nanostructured materials will be investigated, such as graphene nanoribbons and graphene/polymer sandwiches, with embedded mesoscopic structures, or atomic chains (e.g., transition metals dichalcogenides and graphene dots and their chains) with interatomic coupling.

First, new promising physical mechanisms will be studied, enabling the excitation of mesoscopic structures via shot noise, Rabi and Rabi-Bloch oscillations, and direct interband THz transitions induced by optical excitation. Then, new effective methods for mesoscopic systems will be developed, based on integral formulations that overcome the limits of the methods available so far. Finally, the project will design and implement specific experiments with the aim of observing and demonstrating the proposed physical mechanisms, and of providing proof-of-concept of the proposed THz devices. The final goal is that of bringing these novel solutions from Basic principles and Technology concept (TRL1-2) to experimental critical function and characteristic proof of concept (TRL3).

A strong training and dissemination activity will be carried out, aimed at sharing competencies and expertise. Special emphasis is to be given to the interactions between theoretical and experimentalist Academic partners. The partners will transfer each others competencies and know-how in fields such as nanotechnology and quantum physics, in antennas and circuits modelling and design, in material and device fabrication and in experimental characterization.




Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus

Ms. Tatiana Prannik

MSCA-RISE-2018 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

New Market: an exploration into the changing nature of business environments, informal barriers and emerging markets in the post-Soviet region

(01.07.2019 – 30.06.2023)

The past ten years have seen several changes in post-USSR business environments. From Kazakhstan to Belarus, and eventually Uzbekistan in 2016, a growing number of post-USSR republics have gradually begun economic reforms to allow foreign businesses to operate in their territory. These declared intentions, however, are sometimes contrasted by non-official, or informal, barriers into domestic and regional markets. Indeed, from rampant corruption to the necessity to get protection from local oligarchs, entering post-Soviet markets involves several risks. New Markets addresses the current limited existence of clear instructions that could enable new, and existing economic actors to gain an overview into the hidden risks associated with business activities in the post-Soviet region. Our research follows a three stage approach:

First, we will conduct a review of policy measures adopted in the past 10 years (2008-2018) to liberalize the markets in our target countries. Our analysis will compare three countries that have fully opened to foreign investors already in the early 2000 – Estonia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan — with three countries that have only recently shown a more cooperative attitude — Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. We will survey the major mechanisms, and policies, adopted in these six countries to evaluate how they have ended up affecting the business environment.

Second, we will conduct an empirical evaluation of the measures adopted for improving the business climate in the target countries. This will be done through a national survey of core business actors in each country

Third, building upon results of the second stage, we will map challenges and opportunities in the region comparing macro and micro perspectives and testing government-led decisions against their results.




United Institute of Informatics Problems, NAS

GEANT-2018-a — GÉANT Partnership projects (a)

Horizon 2020: H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 (Topic [a] Research and Education Networking)

(01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022)

The GN4-3 is the proposed project for the third Specific Grant Agreement under the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015. This third phase of implementing the FPA is proposed to last 48 months and is a natural continuation of the work in GN4-2, building on the results and maintaining the overall objective of helping to raise European research to the next level, promoting scientific excellence, access and re-use of research data.

GÉANT’s world-class, high-speed backbone provides seamless and secure connectivity with 42 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), reaching over 50 million users in 10,000 institutions across Europe, and more than 100 countries worldwide through links with other regions. The core backbone is capable of multiple 100 Gbps transmission over each fibre link, and Terabit connectivity can be achieved by a single node. The safe and rapid connection of users to each other, to the increasing amounts of data generated by research, and to the high-performance computing capacity required by collaborative research form the foundation of the GÉANT partnership.

GÉANT services offer convenient, fast and reliable access to European High Performance Computing facilities, cloud services for the research and education community, access to scientific data and publications and other services from the European e-infrastructure providers, whenever and wherever needed.

The structure of the present proposal emphasises updating existing services in line with requirements of the user community. This complements the proposed companion project GN4-3N, an ambitious programme increasing the footprint of the backbone network at the same time as improving its capacity, resilience and flexibility with the aim of offering 100Gbps network access to many more GÉANT partners and significantly diminish the digital divide.




United Institute of Informatics Problems, NAS


Horizon 2020: H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 Topic [b] Increase of Long-Term Backbone Capacity

(01.01.2019 – 31.12.2022)

The GN4 Phase 3 Network (GN4-3N) proposal for part b of the third Specific Grant Agreement (SGA3(b) is made in response to the H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 (Topic [b] Research and Education Networking) call, received 17 October 2018, under the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015. It is proposed to last 48 months to implement, as the call requests, a very ambitious restructuring of the backbone network operated by GÉANT in order to provide equal access to clouds and other e-infrastructure services in the European research area and beyond.  It will improve the overall resilience and reliability of the GÉANT network significantly and offer a base for future improvements in access, transmission speeds and capacity wherever needed.

The outcome of GN4-3N project will offer uniform network access and choice of services to many more partners, eliminating the ""digital divide"" wherever technically and economically feasible.

This project proposal is based on technical and economic studies carried out during 2017-2018 in the GN4-2 project which have given the Consortium clarity on the resourcing, financial and effort, needed to realise the huge ambition of this undertaking.  It exclusively covers the engineering, procurement, acquisition and installation of the new backbone network. The day-to-day network operations as the elements of it is commissioned is the responsibility of the teams described in accompanying the GN4-3 project.

The GN4-3 and GN4-3N proposals are intimately connected through common teams and the technical, management and procurement expertise built-up over previous GN projects. This is what makes this ambitious proposal realistic. GN4-3N and GN4-3 have simply had to be proposed as distinct projects, due to the different funding model (with no depreciation) to be used in GN4-3N project.




Belarusian State University

Prof. Nikolay Poklonski


MSCA-RISE-2019 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Self-sufficient humidity to electricity Innovative Radiant Adsorption System Toward Net Zero Energy Buildings

(01.11.2019 – 31.10.2023)

The SSHARE project will develop innovative self-sufficient envelope for buildings aimed at net zero energy, thereby contributing to the European technology and creativity through joint R&D and R&I multisectoral and international cooperation activities supported by knowledge sharing. Envelope is a combination of two breaking through technologies HUNTER-Humidity to Electricity Convertor and Advanced Radiant Panel for Buildings that will cool or heat the building depending on the time of year imitating perspiration of living beings using only atmospheric humidity as both thermal and electric energy supply. Successful realization of the project is assured by implementing a coordinated network of knowledge sharing in materials science, chemistry and mechanical engineering; by solidifying the state-of-the-art understanding in nanoelectronics and energy efficiency, and by applying bottom-up nanoengineering approaches via an international and inter-sector collaboration of highly qualified researchers from Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and intergovernmental organization Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Russian Federation. Both technological (panels fabrication) and fundamental (renewable energy) issues will be assessed by this multidisciplinary consortium. The successful realization of the project will lead to substantiated principles for the development of a new generation of building materials and hence to the creation of net zero building. Within the SSHARE project, the consortium will implement research/innovation activities by means of secondments and organizing training courses, workshops and summer schools aimed at sharing knowledge, acquiring new skills and developing the careers of the consortium members. Sharing the culture of research and innovation, the SSHARE project will allow applying recent advancements in nanotechnology science and mechanical engineering to address ""Plus Energy Houses"" EU 2050 concept.




Institute of Mathematics, NAS

MSCA-RISE-2019 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Spectral Optimization: From Mathematics to Physics and Advanced Technology

(01.04.2020 – 31.03.2024)

The aim of the proposed project SOMPATY is to strengthen the European research ties to CIS countries in Asia Minor, Central Asia, and to the European CIS country Belarus. SOMPATY focuses on an intensive staff exchange, which will lead to collaborative research and training between universities and research organizations from: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. All participating institutions have a strong research focus on spectral optimization and its applications to nano-technology, life sciences, and quantum mechanics. The core research task is organized in four Work Packages. Additionally there will be a Work Package devoted to training, dissemination and communication and a Work Package for the overall project management.

Four eminent project events (one per year) are scheduled. Each includes a scientific workshop, a summer school, proceedings in open access format, and public outreach activities in Minsk (2020), Tashkent (2021), Almaty (2022) and in Baku (2023). The Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, as the recently associated EU country Ukraine will serve as a hub.




Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarusian State University

Prof. Victor Tikhomirov


MSCA-RISE-2019 — Research and Innovation Staff Exchange


Novel Light Sources: Theory and Experiment

(01.04.2020 – 31.03.2024)

The N-Light project aims at providing the breakthrough theoretical and experimental advances for the virtual computational design and practical realisation of novel gamma-ray Light Sources (LS) operating at photon energies from ~100 keV up to GeV range that can be constructed through exposure of oriented crystals (linear, bent and periodically bent) to the beams of ultrarelativistic charged particles. An interdisciplinary research programme will combine theory, computational modelling and design of the crystals with the desired properties with the related technological and experimental developments. The N-Light research and technological programme will also address all the aspects of the processes accompanying the crystal exposure to irradiation by the beams that will be analysed on the atomistic level of detail. A broad interdisciplinary, international collaboration has been created in the frame of FP7PIRSES-CUTE and H2020RISE-PEARL projects, which were focused on initial experimental tests of the crystalline undulator (CU) idea, production and characterisation of periodically bent crystals and the related theory. The current proposal aims at making the decisive steps towards practical realisation of the novel gamma-ray LSs such as CUs, crystalline synchrotron radiation emitters, and many others. The synchrotron radiation effect can be achieved by the propagation of a beam of ultrarelativistic charged particles through an oriented bent crystal in the channeling regime. A CU is a periodically bent crystal with exceptional lattice quality within which the beam exhibits the channeling motion. These LSs can emit intensive radiation in gamma-ray region. Additionally, the CU-based gamma-ray LS has a potential to generate coherent radiation (the FEL type) with wavelengths orders of magnitudes less than 1 Ångstrøm, i.e. within the wavelength range that cannot be reached in existing LSs based on magnetic undulators. Such LSs will have many applications in the basic science.





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