CLEAN

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2019
31 March 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center - IBG

Coordinator

Dr. Serhat Tozburun

Budget

€ 157,355

Programme

H2020 Marie Curie Actions

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

This research action is an interdisciplinary effort including endoscopic device engineering, mechanical and material engineering, tissue mechanics, modelling, biology, and cancer. For this reason, in the scope of the project, besides international scientific publications, it is considered to contribute to the habit of generating a multi-disciplinary working environment.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Therapeutic failure in superficial tissues, such as the mucosal tissues of the gastrointestinal tract, is essentially a result of the depth of inadequate therapeutic effect that causes glandular persistence in some regions. Therefore, there is a need for an endoscopy device that safely, efficiently, single-session and reliably removes the abnormal mucosal tissue layer over large areas. Endoscopy technology developed within the scope of the project has the potential to answer this problem. More interestingly, with our technology, it will be possible to extend the same concept to other endoscopy therapy applications such as colon polyps. This is a feature of the project that will bring diversity to the public health benefit.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The project for the development of advanced technology brings three innovative aspects:

(i) Well-confined therapeutic depth.

(ii) The ability to scan a large mucosa surface in a single-session.

(iii) Therapeutic capsule design for diagnostic applications.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Dr. Tozburun will be one of the few scientists bringing external expertise and cutting-edge research ideas to the ERA particularly in the field of optical science and engineering for diagnosis and therapeutic applications.

Human capital development

Within the scope of this project, it will contribute to the formation of human resources to be involved in R & D studies that produce new technologies in the field of medical diagnosis and treatment at the international level.

ISLAM-OPHOB-ISM

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2019
31 December 2023

Turkish Partner(s)

İstanbul Bilgi University

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Ayhan KAYA

Budget

2,3 Million Euros

Programme

ERC

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

In this research project funded by ERC; Prof. Kaya will build on the work he has been doing for decades on trying to understand the reflexes developed by Muslim youth and native youth living in the Europe. The main aim of the project is try to understand these two social groups with a single scientific lens / perspective and to criticize the culturalist paradigm.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The project claims that young people, whether indigenous or immigrant-origin, respond to similar threats such as deindustrialization, isolation, denial, humiliation, precariousness, insecurity, and anism, which have different reflections on globalization, in a similar way. These responses tend to be radicalized in the face of current socio-economic, political and psychological disadvantages. While a number of indigenous young groups are shifting to right-populism, a number of Muslim youths are shifting towards Islamic radicalism. In the past, young groups, which tend to be radicalized in similar socio-economic, political and psychological conditions, use the discourses of leftist ideologies, today they are interested in the right populism or solemn religious discourse.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The research project lies in an intersection between political science, sociology, anthropology and psychology. The project has a team of well-known European scientists from Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands in the Advisory Board and Ethics Committee. The field work will be carried out in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France and the information will be collected through in-depth interviews with indigenous groups of young people and Morocco-origin/Turkey-origin young people living in different cities of these countries. The results of these project is expected to provide a paradigmatic transformation in the studies of youth, radicalization and marginalization.

Human capital development

Throughout the lifetime of this project, in addition to the Principal Investigator, a political scientist PostDoc researcher and a social  physchologist PostDoc researcher will be employed. The project team also consists of six international consultants and three ethics committee members who are well-known in their respective fields. Also five five PhD students from the EU countries and Morocco , will be employed for the field research starting from 2020.

Automating Timed Automata Design

Start Date and End Date

01 August 2018
31 July 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

Middle East Technical University

Coordinator

Dr. Ebru Aydın Göl

Budget

157 845 Euro

Programme

Horizon2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are everywhere, from autonomous vehicles to medical devices to smart buildings. Designing such CPSs that achieve complex tasks is a tedious and error prone process. During the design, high-level specifications describing desired functionalities, safety measures, physical properties and restrictions, and optimality criteria have to be considered. Furthermore, as people’s life may depend on CPSs, their correctness is of critical importance. This IF project aims at developing new theory and novel academic tools to make possible the design of such systems in an automated way from a set of given descriptions and specifications with optimality and correctness guarantees.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Errors emerging in the design and development of critical systems can lead to serious loss of life and property. The loss of satellites, aircraft and train accidents are among the most striking examples in this regard. The expansion of the use of the autonomous and smart systems necessitates improvement in the design process. This project will contribute to this by automating part of the desing with correctness guarantees.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Everyday use of CPSs is becoming increasingly widespread with the expansion of the market on the smart systems/products. This project aims at simplifying the process of designing such systems. Consequently, the product design processes will accelerate and the design cost will reduce.  Furthermore, it is planned to apply the results on a practical example in collaboration with an SME at METU Technopark.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The project will help Dr. Ebru aydın Göl, after studying and working in the USA, to build up her reputation in Europe and to form new research collaborations with European researchers, which will be followed by the initiation and development of joint grant proposals. Furthermore, the research and project management skills that she will gain from this IF project will strengthen the new proposals that she plans to prepare upon the successful completion of this project.

Human capital development

Smart Cholesterol-Mopping Polymer Nanoparticles in Niemann-Pick Disease Type C

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2018
31 March 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

Istanbul Technical University

Coordinator

Dr. Antonino Puglisi

Budget

145,845 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Synthesis, characterisation and activity of smart polymer nanoparticles (‘NanoMops’) as a cholesterol-mopping, cyclodextrin-based, therapeutic agents in Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC)

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), also known as “childhood Alzheimer’s”, is a rare genetic disorder caused by the accumulation of cholesterol mainly in the brain. In the European Union (EU) NPC has an incidence of 1 per 100,000 people. Cyclodextrins (CDs) have recently gained considerable attention as a potential therapeutic intervention in the treatment of the disease. The project addresses an important question that needs to be answered urgently and will contribute to the treatment of the neglected disease in line with the Horizon2020 health goal of providing better and more effective therapies. Moreover, this project’s expected results may also contribute towards the treatment of other neurodegenerative disorders exhibiting impaired cholesterol metabolism such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The project will reach out to industry (secondment at Cyclolab a world-leading R&D company researching CD derivatives – Hungary) in order to have a multiple knowledge-transfer effect and where I will also gain an inside viewpoint into marketable CD-based products.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

During the project the researcher will collaborate with the International Niemann-Pick Disease Alliance (INPDA), networking internationally with 14 non-profit NPC group members and supporting hundreds of families though which he would like to make his contribution to influence policy-making and raise awareness about NPC internationally and in Turkey.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Currently, there is no effective treatment for NPC which present itself with challenging symptoms imposing a major burden upon patients, health services and society. Further understanding of the condition and how it may be treated is urgently required to address the unmet needs of this patient community.

The improved exercise of professional skill

This interdisciplinary proposal is designed to build on researcher's specific skillset in organic synthesis of CD derivatives by providing the researcher with advanced training in polymer chemistry. At the same time, this project will take him on a personalised professional development journey into the field of biosciences where he will learn about a range of bio-assays.

Human capital development

Together with the supervisor. the researcher have formulated a customised Personal Career Development Plan which will strengthen his professional independence while reinforcing his professional maturity during the fellowship helping him to head decisively towards the establishment of his own research group.

Microwave Diagnosis of Breast Cancer with Open Ended Contact Probes

Start Date and End Date

08 May 2017
07 May 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Istanbul Technical University

Coordinator

Dr. Tuba Yılmaz Abdolsaheb

Budget

157 845 Avro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

This action proposes to carry out research in open ended contact probe (OECP) technique to lay out foundation work for development of two new applications: an automated surgical margin detection device for breast cancer treatment and an automated microwave biopsy probe for breast cancer diagnosis. While the envisioned applications require a single and highly accurate measurement, OECP technique suffers from high error and low repeatability dielectric property measurements. The error mostly stems from the current mathematical approach utilized for the dielectric property retrieval which may converge to local minimum and can magnify the measurement set-up based errors. This research will first target the existing error by proposing robust mathematical retrieval approaches. Next, application based modifications will be investigated with new probe structures. Finally, further error minimization will be achieved by introducing classification algorithms. Developed techniques will be validated with animal experiments. The outcomes of this research will greatly contribute to the innovation of new medical devices that can be utilized for breast cancer, representing one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer type among women.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Breast cancer is second cause of cancer related deaths among women. Today, about 12% of women are at high risk of breast cancer development during their lifetime. The project will contribute to breast cancer research through development of medical devices that can be utilized during treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Through the project, the researcher will gain an expertise on microwave dielectric spectroscopy with open ended contact probes. More importantly, the interdiciplinary nature of the project will enable the researcher expand her network and thus leading submission of new projects.

Human capital development

This project will allow the researcher to become independent by extending her network, publication/grant track record, skill sets, and more importantly, through joining an innovation oriented host organization, the researcher will gain expertise in phases that enables the research to be transformed into innovation.

Imaging Cells Electronically

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2018
31 January 2023

Turkish Partner(s)

Bilkent University
 

Coordinator

Dr. Mehmet Selim Hanay

Budget

1,5 Million Euros

Programme

European Research Council
 

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The project proposes to redesign and utilize resonant electrical sensors in a radically different way to obtain images of cells in a microfluidic channel. The technique proposed can also multiplex on-chip cytometry greatly, accomplish low-cost and high-throughput single-cell transit-time characterization, obtain not only the electrical but also the geometrical size of analytes, determine the dielectric permittivity of analytes, in addition to capturing 1D profile or 2D images of cells. At the basic science level, the project will enhance our understanding of the interaction of electromagnetic fields and living matter at the single cell level and may provide new insights on cell motility, growth and mechanics

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

With the help of his project, an detection method for early diagnosis of cancer can be developed

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The team of researchers will work on a brand new detection method and gain experience in interdisciplinary research projects.

Human capital development

Several postdoctoral researchers and PhD students will be employed within the scope of this project

EIROS

Start Date and End Date

08 March 2016
08 March 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

ROKETSAN

Coordinator

TWI

Budget

7.993.169,00 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

In EIROS, high structural performance, self-healing, ice and erosion resistant multi-functional nanocomposites will be developed. State of the art solutions do not include all the properties simultaneously. It is possible to obtain ice and erosion resistance by using paints or coatings, but it is considered to be more advantageous to design bulk materials exhibiting the mentioned properties. This idea lies behind the formation of the partnerships in EIROS; sectors such as aerospace, space, wind energy and automotive all showed interest.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Icing at the leading edge of airplane wings is a tremendous problem in aerospace sector. Active and passive solutions are currently used to prevent icing but more durable and cost-effective solutions are still being searched for. Icing on cryogenic tanks of space launch vehicles is very critical and severe precautions are taken to prevent it. Enhancement of mechanical properties, ice resistance and self-healing properties are believed to be very valuable in manufacturing next generation composite cryogenic tanks. Wind turbines with increased efficiency are possible with EIROS due to ice and erosion resistance as well as mechanical enhancement. In automotive sector, replacement of metal parts with ice and erosion resistant composites will result in huge weight savings and decrease in fuel consumption.

Life cycle assessment, recycling and environmental sustainability will be subject to consideration in several work packages of Project EIROS. Effects of nanomaterial synthesis, integration of nanomaterials into composites and industrial scale-up processes on health and safety will be evaluated deeply throughout EIROS. Procedures based on the mentioned subjects will be designed for life cycle analysis and best practice safety guidance.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Scientific outputs of EIROS are based on nanotechnology, whereas products are based on the integration of nanomaterials to industrial applications. Present industrial processes are not suitable for direct integration. Therefore, innovation in industrial processes have utmost importance and studies related to this subject will be carried out by partners in space, aerospace, wind energy and automotive sectors.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

As also seen from the consortium structure, EIROS addresses several different sectors and plays an important role in the development of human capital. By EIROS, EU jobs in high value manufacturing sectors of aerospace, space, energy and automotive will be secured and low cost products and services to the society by the benefits of cost effectiveness approach of EIROS will be provided.

Development of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Vaccine

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2017
31 December 2022

Turkish Partner(s)

Cumhuriyet University, Kafkas University

Coordinator

Public Health Agency of Sweden (Sweden)

Budget

6 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus is a neglected emerging pathogen, which causes widespread and fatal epidemics in humans in Europe including Turkey, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Today there is no licensed approved vaccine against CCHF virus. The CCHFVaccine project aims to build a multidisciplinary research network able to deliver vaccine candidates against CCHF virus, methods, procedures eligible for clinical trials with a special focus on prevention this disease. It will also fill gaps in CCHF virus research on immunology and vaccinology and address the bottleneck for vaccine development for viral emerging epidemics. Scientific data obtained from the researches of the Project will be published in the respected scientific journals and contribute to the scientific reputation of our country.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Natural epidemics and outbreaks of emerging viral epidemics are growing problems internationally. CCHFVaccine Project will deliver tools for countering the threat of the CCHF infection in Europe and endemic areas of the world.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

This Horizon 2020 project will lead to the development of both human and animal vaccines for CCHF disease, which is the important zoonotic infection in Turkey and other endemic countries and will help reducing the mortality and economic loss due to this disease. To achieve this overall aim, an intensive work plan will be put in to link this project to public health bodies, non governmental organisations and vaccine companies.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The financial support from the project budget will contribute to the development of laboratory facilities.

The improved exercise of professional skill

Young researchers involved in the project will be sent to the other Project centers in different countries to develop their knowledge and skills.

Human capital development

Within the scope of the Research Laboratory carried out by Professor Nazif ELALDI in the Advanced Technology Institute at Cumhuriyet University, a team of consisting of 2 researchers, and a doctorate student are working under the project.

TankRob

Start Date and End Date

31 May 2016
31 October 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

INTEGRITY NDT MÜH. SAN. TİC. LTD. ŞTİ. 

Coordinator

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED – INNOTECUK / Birleşik Krallık (UK)

Budget

2,828,495 €

Programme

 H2020 - FTI Pilot

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

It is estimated that 20% of storage tank accidents are caused by cracks or raptures on the tank structure. The majority of the bulk liquids stored in these tanks include crude oil and derived products which are extremely hazardous to the environment; a spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate a million gallons of water. Storage tank NDT inspection is very costly and degrading to the environment. Tank operators need to clear and vent the tank in order for human inspectors to enter it.

 

Our vision is clear; we aim to redefine storage tank NDT inspection by commercializing TankRob, a leading-edge NDT inspection robot capable of in-service operation and 100% surface coverage thanks to a specially designed surface changing mechanism. TankRob’s operation has already been demonstrated in water tanks and its performance indicates tremendous potential. We now need to finalize the system’s commercial version, obtain the necessary certifications and validate its performance in oil storage tanks.

 

Our vision is clear; we aim to redefine storage tank NDT inspection by commercializing TankRob, a leading-edge NDT inspection robot capable of in-service operation and 100% surface coverage thanks to a specially designed surface changing mechanism. TankRob’s operation has already been demonstrated in water tanks and its performance indicates tremendous potential. We now need to finalize the system’s commercial version, obtain the necessary certifications and validate its performance in oil storage tanks.

 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

FIBFAB

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2016
31 December 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

YÜNSA YÜNLÜ SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.

Coordinator

AIMPLAS (Spain)

Budget

1.7 Million €

Programme

H2020 FTI Pilot

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

FIBFAB project aims to industrialize and launch successfully the production of biodegradable and sustainable polylactic acid

(PLA) based fabrics (wool/PLA and cotton/PLA) for the applications in casual (men and womenswear), protective and

workwear clothing, and to overcome current limitations of PLA fibres as real alternative to current fabrics (wool and cotton

with polyester fibres).

Main FIBFAB project innovations are:

- To obtain a final clothing product 100% bio-based and biodegradable that meets the mechanical and performance

requirements of the textile sector

- To improve the current poor thermal resistance of PLA fibres to meet the requirements in several clothing applications by

adding additives to enhance the final PLA crystallinity.

- To improve the extrusion process for PLA fibres and especially the mechanical spinning process

-To introduce in the textile market yarns and fabrics produced from PLA fibres combined with cotton or wool.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Theory and Empirics of Asymmetry

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2017
28 February 2022

Turkish Partner(s)

Bilkent University

Coordinator

Assoc. Dr. Refet GÜRKAYNAK

Budget

1,3 Milyon Euros

Programme

Horizon2020 ERC

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The aim of the TEA project is to understand the asymmetry in the financial markets and to develop appropriate economic policies accordingly. With our current economics theories and empirical methods, it is not possible to understand asymmetrical market policies which behave differently during periods of expansion vs stagnation or in response to good news vs bad news. As a result of this research, the aim is to learn how asymmetry manifests in the world we live in and how better economic policies can be made depending on this understanding.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The entire team working on this project is able to organize international conferences about the project and this facilitates the participation of the team in the international research networks. As a result, throughout this project the research outputs will be disseminated, a significant contribution to the economy policy will be given, research methods will be developed and young researchers will gain expertise in the international research arena.

Human capital development

Two faculty members, a postdoctoral researcher and three doctoral students are employed within the scope of this project

In-chip microstructures and photonic devices

Start Date and End Date

30 September 2015
30 September 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University

Coordinator

Dr. Onur TOKEL

Budget

145,846 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

This project aims to demonstrate a new type of silicon device, that is “in-chip” or buried elements. We realize this by, first, creating laser-induced, controlled subsurface modifications deep inside silicon, without damaging the wafer above or below. Then, we exploit nonlinear laser interactions to create micrometer features with high control in three dimensions, and use them as building blocks for proof-of-concept optical and MEMS-type devices.

 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

As every electronic consumer is probably aware, in recent years, the computer clock rates have not been increasing as they used to. This is due to a fundamental problem in heat removal. The faster the processor runs, the more heat it generates, and this excess heat forces the industry to cap processor speed. A possible solution is suggested as using a cooling liquid, that is passing directly inside the wafer, close to hot spots. However, there was no method to fabricate such cooling channels. We have recently demonstrated a potential solution to this problem, among others, by fabricating functional subsurface elements (Tokel et.al., Nature Photonics, 11, 639, 2017). The proof-of-concept microchannels are shown to cool wafer surfaces rapidly. For further information, please visit the webpage.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Silicon is the crown jewel of electronics, si-photonics and photovoltaic industries. The new capability of creating subsurface microstructures with lasers is expected to open new and exciting applications, including various functional optical and mircoelements, and facilitate further electronic-photonic integration.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

The aim of the Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowships is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers. Dr. Tokel is a good example for this aim, as he has started to work at Bilkent University Physics Department as an Assistant Professor after his fellowship, and he continues to contribute to European Research Area. 

DynaHUBS

Start Date and End Date

01 August 2016
31 July 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Lojika Field Labs

Coordinator

Lojika Field Labs

Budget

1,42 Mn €

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

DynaHubs is a peer-to-peer solution working in a very similar way to carpooling.  It is in fact a cargo/package pooling operation. DynaHubs does not bring more vehicles to the neighbourhood. It makes use of vehicles already going there. 

DynaHUBS provides virtual meeting points that form a Physical Internet on the existing transportation infrastructure, enabling users to:

  • Switch between different modes of transport,
  • Cancel unnecessary journeys,
  • Shorten routes, and
  • Share capacity between vehicles, goods and people within the 'Physical Internet'.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Computational Simulations of MOFs for Gas Separations (COSMOS)

Start Date and End Date

01 October 2017
30 September 2022

Turkish Partner(s)

Koç University

Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Seda KESKİN AVCI

Budget

1.5 Million Euros

Programme

Horizon2020 ERC

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The main objective of the project COSMOS is to build a metal organic framework (MOF) library and use molecular simulations to assess adsorption and diffusion properties of gas mixtures in MOFs. Results of simulations will be used to predict adsorbent and membrane properties of MOFs for scientifically and technologically important gas separation processes. The project aims to obtain the fundamental, atomic-level insights into the common features of the top-performing MOFs and establish structure-performance relations. These relations will be used as guidelines to computationally design new MOFs with outstanding separation performances for CO2 capture and H2 recovery. These new MOFs will be finally synthesized in the lab scale and tested as adsorbents and membranes under practical operating conditions for each gas separation of interest. Combining a multi-stage computational approach with experiments, this project will lead to novel, efficient gas separation technologies based on MOFs.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Global warming and climate change is one of the most important problems of our world. According to our current knowledge, CO2 emmission is one of the main causes of the global warming and global warming in turn causes seasonal changes and, consequently , is expected to cause life-threatening health and enviromental problems. One way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to separate this gas with high selectivity from other gases. The identification of new materials to achieve this will play a major role in reducing global warming and related problems. The project aims to design new materials detailed at atomic scales that will be extremely effective in capturing and separating carbon dioxide and will radically change existing gas separation technologies.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

In the course of the project COSMOS, a group of highly skilled researchers will be working on the modeling of MOFs. The group is expected to be internationally recognized for designing and selecting nanoporous materials for specific applications.  

Human capital development

Currently, one postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students are employed within the scope of the project.

Bio-Macromolecules from Municipal Solid Bio-Waste Fractions and Fish Waste for High Added Value Applications

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2017
31 December 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

MİNE PLASTİK VE ENDÜSTRİYEL ÜRÜNLER VE SERT MADEN VE KİMYA LTD ŞTİ.

Coordinator

AIMPLAS (SPAIN)

Budget

6.5 Million Euro

Programme

Ufuk2020 Gıda Tarım Denizcilik Biyoteknoloji

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Rest raw materials from fish processing industries and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) will have a second life as plastics, barrier packages, edible coatings and flame-retardant additives. One of the main aims of the DAFIA project is to prove that it is possible to make a 100% bio-based flame-retardant polyamide.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

DAFIA aims to tackle the challenge of bioconversion of non-agricultural waste (in this case, residues from fish processing as well as OFMSW) into biomolecules for industrial applications (in this case, coatings for the food industry, flame retardants for the automotive and electronics industry, and polymers for various industries including the automotive industry). This is part of the H2020 industrial leadership pillar to speed up the development of technologies that will underpin tomorrow’s businesses.

Flame-retardant polyamide is currently used in the automotive industry, and a bio-based alternative is of interest to reduce the industry’s dependence on petroleum. Promoting bio-based products is part of the European Union’s strategy towards the sustainable re-industrialisation of Europe. Nucleic-acid-based flame retardants are also of interest for their sustainable sourcing of phosphorous. Phosphate rock, used to make the popular flame retardant ammonium polyphosphate (APP), has been listed as a critical raw material.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

DAFIA will develop innovative processes at pilot scale in three main areas: pretreatment of fish residues and OFMSW to allow them to be used for more purposes, fermentation to make intermediate chemicals (for polyamide synthesis), and production routes to various end products (formulation of flame retardants, polymerisation of monomers to polyamide and formulation of fish-waste derived edible coatings and barrier packaging).

This project has the potential to greatly impact the fish-processing and waste treatment industries as well as the chemicals and polymer industries. In particular, it is expected that DAFIA’s new FR additive will replace ammonium polyphosphate (APP) in many of its current applications, using similar dosage.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2017
31 May 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Coordinator

EXERGY LTD

Budget

12.3 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Environment and Raw Materials

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The project aims to develop and implement a business model that will increase the recycling percentage of composite materials used in the automotive, furniture and construction sectors.

The final product design which will increase the recycling rate; the development of the materials that will realize this design; and the manufacturing process will form the three main pillars of the project.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

In Europe, 2.7 billion tons of waste were generated in 2010. Only 40% of this could be reused.  This rate is much lower in the rest of the world. Most of the reused material consists of minerals.  In addition to this recycling of plastic and wood raw materials is low.  This project aims to increase the recycling of wood and plastic raw materials with the business model it will develop.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

As a result of the project, eco-innovative product design is targeted. Accordingly, the final product will be redesigned to be eco-friendly, economical and easy to recycle by considering all the supplies.

Improvements targeting supply chains will also be made in the collection of waste materials and in the acquisition of these waste materials to the production process.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

If the model tried in the project is successful and can be put into practice in Turkey, it is evaluated that the composite material used in automotive, furniture and construction sector in Turkey will have a positive impact on the recycling rate.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The project will develop partnerships with leading European universities, chemical producers, composite producers, end product producers and stakeholders specializing in waste material management. By establishing links with strong research networks, it is aimed to develop know-how having a commercial value and new collaborations in scientific and technological field.

Human capital development

Along with the international project execution skills, these partnerships will provide serious knowhow transfer.

From Nanonetwork Applications to Nervous System Disorders

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2014
28 February 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Koç University

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Özgür Barış Akan

Budget

1.75 Million Euros

Programme

Horizon2020 ERC

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The aims of the MINERVA project are to develop a nano-network simulator to pre-detect nervous system disorders that stem from communication problems and to develop nano-implants with communication capacities to help finding a cure for currently incurable spinal cord paralysis.

The project will try to understand the human body which is a large- scale communication network of molecular nanonetworks composed of billions of nanomachines, through communication and network theories.

The work carried out within the scope of the project and the targeted basic outputs can be summarized as follows:
 

  1. The communication theoretical foundations of nanoscale neuro-spike communication channels between neurons. Theoretical modelling and channel parameters based performance based analysis of the nano-conduction between a single receiver and a single transmitter (in other words a pair of neurons) will be performed.  These analyzes will be repeated with various neuron types that are different in design, thus,  investigating noise affecting communication, error probability in information transmission, reliable communication speed, delay in information transmission and communication capacity. This will reveal the basic limits of these performance metrics
  2. Examination of multi-terminal neuro-spike nano-conduction channels and nerve nano-grafts: Multiple access, relay, and broadcast and neuro-spike channels are analyzed by modeling nano-graft networks. In the first time, the link, media access, information steering, and reliable information dissemination mechanisms of a nano network in the human body are being investigated.
  3. Verification of models and design of nervous nano-network simulator:  Verification is made by comparing the designed neuro-spike channel and network with experimental human body data obtained in the physiology literature. The aim is to developing a nervous nano-network simulator with the help of validated models and experimental physiology data. This simulator, which will be a first, can be used in the development of the research and treatment methods of the basic causes of neural diseases that caused by communication problems, such as MS, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
     

Finally, within the scope of this project the first nanoscale bio-inspired communication system for ICT-inspired neuro-treatment for spinal cord injury will be developed, i.e., nanoscale artificial synapse, which will mimic neuron behaviour by realising both electrical and nanoscale molecular communications.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

As a result of the interdisciplinary approach covering communication engineering, basic sciences and nanotechnology emerging from the MINERVA project, advanced telecommunication technologies for communication problem based nervous system diseases and the next-generation detection and treatment methods will be pioneered. Furthermore, this project will pave the way for the realisation of emerging nanonetwork applications with significant societal impact, e.g., intra-body networks for health monitoring, drug delivery, chemical and biological attack prevention systems. The project will help develop the future ICT-inspired treatment techniques for communication related neural disorders.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

One post-doctoral researcher, 7 doctoral students and 1 graduate student are employed within the scope of the project.

Smarter Grid: Empowering SG Market Actors through Information and Communication Technologies

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2015
31 December 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

  • Elektrik Dağıtım Hizmetleri Derneği Başkanlığı (ELDER)
  • AYDEM Elektrik Dağıtım Anonim Şirketi

Coordinator

Intracom Telecom (Greece)

Budget

3.7 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Requirement of energy sustainability and environmental worries force the power systems about technological development. Nowadays in Europe for covering of these environmental requests, first goal is generalization of RES and DG  on the other hand strengthening of smart grid customers and making this subject standard. For developing of these projects main duty is operating of communication infrastructure and ICT tools. In this project, from 7 different country, 11 institutions, companies and universities are working together.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Thanks to the widespread use of ICT, the Smart Grid enables bidirectional communication and power exchange between suppliers and consumers, transforming the traditionally passive end-users into active players (Active Customer Participation). At this early stage, it is important to understand and involve consumers in order for them to successfully assume their new role as active participants in the electric power system. The SmarterEMC2 delivers technology that supports SG services with significant benefits for the consumers. As an example we mention at this point the financial benefits for the consumers. The majority of revenue from DR programs flows to end users and stays within the local communities and builds local businesses. 

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The project implements and demonstrates innovative technologies for Demand Response services, for the operation of Virtual Power Plants and for the monitoring and control of Microgrids via an Energy Hub platform. These technologies will be demonstrated in relevant environment and their successful validation will pave the way for productification and market uptake.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

The project brings together scientists and technologists with various different background knowledge and complementary skills. Their collaboration and exchange of knowledge and good practices is of paramount importance for the achievement of the project objectives. By the end of the project, not only the we will have evidence of the impact of the implemented technologies but also the collaborating research groups will have acquired an extended set of skills and foreground knowledge. 

Building Capacity in the Field of EGNSS in Eastern European and Mediterranean Countries

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2015
01 July 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

T.C. Ulaştırma, Denizcilik ve Haberleşme Bakanlığı

BİTES Savunma Havacılık ve Uzay Teknolojileri 

Coordinator

ESSP – European Satellite Services Provider

Budget

€ 1.9 Million

Programme

Horizon 2020 Space

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The overall project concept consists of building capacity in the field of multimodal applications, especially focused on aviation using EGNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) in different Eastern European and Mediterranean countries. These countries are located at boundaries of the EGNOS SoL coverage area with limited experience of EGNSS; the projects will promote the development of multimodal applications, building on the lessons learnt in this and previous European R&D activities. The present EGNOS service coverage reaches the northern fringe of North Africa and the eastern fringe of Turkey. This means that BEYOND target countries can already experiment and prove the use of EGNOS, and/or are likely have a medium-term

perspective of the EGNOS coverage.

 

Capitalising on the lessons learnt and the knowledge acquired through past and on-going projects, BEYOND continues what was already initiated in the target countries/regions, and puts in place an intensive/extensive programme of activities/actions, tailored on the specific needs/maturity and addressing both aviation and non-aviation domains.

 

With relation to the call’s objectives, the ultimate goal of BEYOND is threefold:

 

  1. Promoting the use of EGNSS and growing the interest towards EGNSS outside EU (i.e. in EU neighbouring countries), and thus possibly stimulating investments in relation to EGNSS;
  2. Preparing them towards an optimal adoption of EGNSS, and thus contributing to the growing of know-how, capacity and knowledge in relation to EGNSS outside EU;
  3. Supporting networking and liaisons between EU and non-EU players (from different sectors industry, institutions/authorities and research/academia/university – and communities - aviation and non-aviation), thus creating the basis for cooperation, the establishment of relationships possibly evolving into business opportunities.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Towards a paleotsunami chronology in the southern Aegean and Levantine seas, Eastern Mediterranean (EASTMED-PALEOTSUNAMI)

Start Date and End Date

24 June 2016
23 June 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Middle East Technical University

Coordinator

Dr. Ulaş Avşar

Budget

157,846 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

In 2004 and 2011, the World witnessed the devastating consequences of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Tohoku (Japan) tsunamis. We realized once again how seriously tsunamis can threaten our lives and infrastructures, and how vital tsunami hazard assessment studies are to reveal especially the recurrence of tsunamis by means of paleotsunami investigations. In the Aegean and the Levantine seas (Eastern Mediterranean), although the historical records report 17 damaging tsunamis during the last 2500 years, the geological records of the paleotsunamis revealed so far in the region are far from providing information useful for reliable tsunami hazard assessments. EASTMED-PALEOTSUNAMI Project aims to take a significant step forward towards constructing paleotsunami chronologies in the eastern Mediterranean by investigating the sedimentary sequences of six lagoonal sites located along the south-western and southern coasts of Turkey. In this way, as it has successfully been done for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment analyses, valuable information for tsunami hazard assessment analyses will be gathered, and the level of tsunami risk for the countries in the eastern Mediterranean will be better understood.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

In contrast to many other natural disasters, tsunamis can cause significant damages at highly distant locations. For example, the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, which was triggered off-shore Japan, caused damage at the harbours in Crescent City (California) that is 7500 km away from the triggering location of the tsunami. Another tsunami-induced hazard is the contamination of groundwater and agricultural soils due to sea water inundation, which can significantly reduce crop production during post-tsunami periods. The experiences from the 2004 Sumatra tsunami reveals that soils tend to recover to pre-tsunami levels within 6 months to 1 year; however, groundwater models imply that contamination can persist for 10-15 years. Tsunamis can also severely affect coastal ecosystems, where we obtain the significant proportion of our total sea food. High-energy waves are generally able to substantially alter the nursery areas for fish and benthic organisms, as well as the nutrient balance in the water. These impacts can extend through the entire food chain in coastal ecosystems for decades. In summary, besides casualties, tsunamis can cause physical damages on our cities and infrastructures, as well as they can unfavorably influence our food production. At this point of view, determination of the recurrence intervals of past damaging tsunamis in the eastern Mediterranean is important, because the region contains two huge agricultural areas like Nile Delta and Çukurova, and Suez Canal that is extremely important for international maritime transportation.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Fate and Toxic Effects of Silver Nanoparticles and Its Transformation Products in Soil Applied with Biosolids

Start Date and End Date

24 February 2017
30 April 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Istanbul Technical University

Coordinator

Dr. Emel Topuz

Budget

145,846 Euro

Programme

Ufuk2020 Marie Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The state of the art in land spread of biosolids through the investigation of the toxic effects and bioaccumulation of silver nanoparticles and its transformation products in soil organisms will be advanced.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The outcomes of the projects could be used to educate and encourage the farmers for the usage of the wastewater treatment sludge as fertilizer in the agricultural applications. The encouragement of the reuse of the treated sludge as an alternative to the chemical fertilizers will provide benefits to waste reduction and green chemistry issues. 

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The outcomes of the project will contribute to the industrial innovation in terms of the design of safer silver nanoparticles for the environment.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Project outputs will enable necessary actions to propose the maximum allowable concentration of silver nanoparticles in wastewater treatment sludges to the guidelines for biosolids applications 

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Ministries and municipalities can use the outcomes of the project to educate farmers about the efficient agricultural applications and to inform the consumers about the safety of agricultural products amended with wastewater treatment sludge. 

The improved exercise of professional skill

The project will enhance the abilities of the researcher to apply ecotoxicological studies and to convert th scientific research outputs to the practical applications of public needs. 

Human capital development

The coordinator of the project will gain the experience of working independently in scientific research.

Variable Rate Fertilizer System

Start Date and End Date

01 May 2016
30 October 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

GEOSYS GIS, Regional Planning, Electronics, Informatics, Engineering, Consultancy Services Ltd.

Coordinator

GEOSYS GIS, Regional Planning, Electronics, Informatics, Engineering, Consultancy Services Ltd.

Budget

50.000 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

By the end of H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 project, GEOSYS has realized a feasibility report to expand the current version of variable rate fertilizer system: TARGIS®-VRA to the European market.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Global trend in agricultural demand and production is related to the increase in global population. According to the United Nations, the global population will be 9 billion by 2050. Changing trends make issues regarding food crisis and security a global focal point. The yields of major grains grow lower than the increasing food demand. Increasing production increases the ecological and economic burden of agriculture. The burden will continue unless yield levels don't continue to grow. Despite restrains, with the support of changing technologies, agricultural practices shift to a “precision farming” standard. Digital technologies, data driven innovation, geographical information system technologies, cloud based and connected machines add-up to the agricultural value chain.
With TARGIS®-VRA, our variable rate application & precision farming system for traditional/ retro-fitted tractors, a farmer can save 25% of fertiliser for each agricultural season, without sacrificing from yield. No extra machinery investment, training and implementation periods for customers will be necessary to switch their current business model into higher technological devices.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Traditional/conventional tractors and implement systems are not compatible with technologic equipment needed to practice precision farming. High technology solutions are expensive, complex and require much more training and high skills for efficient use.
The objective of TARGIS®-VRA, variable rate fertilizing system, is to bring a next generation precision agriculture technology to the farming industry and allow farmers all over the world to exploit their traditional, legacy machinery in the modern interconnected environment, achieving huge benefits in their production.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Within the scope of the project it will be possible to establish soil fertility and fertilization maps. In this context, efficiency analysis study and agricultural production and planning studies at national scale can be held. These studies will be able to provide decision support infrastructure for the preparation of national agricultural policies, taking updated and rational values into consideration.

The improved exercise of professional skill

TARGIS®-VRA, designed and developed with national know-how and resources, is in line with the needs of our country's farmers. Moreover, the product has been tested in the field for its technical and practical aspects. Because TARGIS®-VRA is compatible with traditional and conventional agricultural machinery, it will be possible for farmers to achieve accessibility and applicability with low investment budgets.

Human capital development

Electronic Procurement Management System

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2016
30 November 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

İhale Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Coordinator

İhale Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Budget

50.000 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

By this project, concept design of Electronic Procurement Management System (E-ProMS) has been done. Market survey, economic feasibility has been completed and customer needs have been analysed.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Public procurements are about 15% of GDP for every country in EU members and also in Turkey. EU members are spending about 2 trillion Euro in every year. So every step and precaution for saving is quite important. On the other hand, suppliers for both public buyers or private sector buyers, need to get profit to survive however profit margins drop continuously in global economic environment. As a result either public or private sector buyers need to buy smarter, faster and in better conditions as sellers need to reach to right buyer at right time.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

By the project, buyers can reach more seller in a very short time comparing to the conventional methods, get business intelligence and analytics for sellers, also every buying or selling transaction is in faster, more auditable and better conditions. The project is also creating a business environment without document and real time trackable processes.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Phase 1 project has proved that data mining and procurement management solutions on public procurements can cause saving on public budget.

The improved exercise of professional skill

Project team has change to work on multidiscipline project and increase know how.

Human capital development

Zebrafish as a model for understanding mechanisms of Wnt/ -catenin signaling via discovery of new pathway modulators and in regeneration of adult central nervous system

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2015
01 February 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute

Coordinator

Doç. Dr. Güneş ÖZHAN

Budget

150,000 Euro

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Two master students will present their work and graduate on June 2017. There is also a significant scientific contribution to a PhD thesis. Moreover, a scientific publication will be submitted as an outcome of the research which has been performed during the course of the project.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The programme enabled the grantee to perform some service procurements which are hardly possible to be paid by any other TUBITAK programmes.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The grantee of this project has gained experience in writing, reporting and management of an international project. In addition, the outcomes of this project will be used by the grantee to publish her work in an scientific journal.

Human capital development

The grant has been used for funding of two master and one doctoral students.

Energy efficient FPGA accelerators for emerging big data applications

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2016
28 February 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University

Coordinator

Dr. Mustafa ÖZDAL

Budget

157,845 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The basic idea is to use an abstract interface that allows a domain expert to describe an application as a set of serial functions defined per vertex and/or edge.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Today, prominent hardware and software companies are investing in data center solutions that integrate FPGAs with CPUs, and significant energy consumption and performance improvements have been demonstrated for several data center applications. The main barrier for wide spread adoption of FGPAs in data centers is the cost of programming, which typically requires months of development time by hardware designers. This makes it unaffordable for small-to-medium software companies to effectively utilize the available FPGAs. The purpose of this project is to lower this barrier for emerging graph analytics applications for knowledge discovery and machine learning.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The purpose of this project is to lower the cost for emerging graph analytics applications for knowledge discovery and machine learning.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

According to a recent NRDC report, the worldwide electricity consumption of data centers is as much as the electricity consumption of the whole countries such as Spain or Italy. Running some of the compute-intensive tasks on customized hardware such as FPGAs can significantly reduce the energy requirements. 

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The proposed template will hide from users many low level implementation details such as parallelization, pipelining, synchronization, memory access optimization, race and deadlock avoidance, etc. This will help bridge the gap between high level application descriptions and costly hardware implementations.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The proposed template will hide from users many low level implementation details such as parallelization, pipelining, synchronization, memory access optimization, race and deadlock avoidance, etc. This will help bridge the gap between high level application descriptions and costly hardware implementations. Our preliminary architecture simulations have shown that the proposed graph processors can achieve significantly better energy efficiency than general purpose processors.

Human capital development

The goal is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers at all career levels by creating opportunities for cross-border and cross-sector mobility. Key activities shall be to encourage experienced researchers to broaden or deepen their skills by means of mobility by opening attractive career opportunities in universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs and other socio-economic groups all over Europe and beyond.

Quantifying and Protecting the Privacy of Genomic Data

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2016
31 March 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University

Coordinator

Dr. Erman Ayday

Budget

157,845 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

 This project will be a significant step towards understanding the privacy risks on genomic data of individuals and protecting the privacy of genomic data. It will also provide a new vision for security and privacy of health-related data in general and will find many implications in other domains such as banking and online social networks. The results of the project will also have an impact on future policies and legislation about protection of health-related data. 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Algorithms and techniques that will be developed throughout this project will also have applications to security and privacy problems in other domains. Many countries in Europe are currently motivating their researchers to come up with solutions to securely store and manage health-related data. This project will provide a new vision for protection of healthcare data, and hence motivate other research groups to invest more into this line of research.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The outcomes of this project will increase competitiveness in Europe in the field of data security and privacy. The outcomes will also be relevant to the lives of citizens of the ERA by accelerating the pace of genomic research, and hence resulting discoveries and advances in new therapies.  By knowing that privacy of their genomic data will be guaranteed, individuals will be more open to being cooperative in genomic research by donating their genomes. Similarly, using the techniques that will be developed, getting detailed consent from individuals for every research activity will also be not necessary. Furthermore, the proposed project will be the first step towards holistic privacy for health-related data in general. 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Overall, the results of this project will provide a new vision for the storage and utilization of genomic and other health-related data. They may also lead to development of new legislation, regulations, and policies for storage and handling of genomic data. By providing provable security and privacy for genomic data, the outcome of this project will also boost genomic research by motivating individuals to consciously donate their genomic-related data for research without having to worry about their genomic privacy.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Dr. Ayday will share results with researchers from other disciplines (e.g., law, medicine, policy making) to get their opinion and inform them about such solutions. By doing so, for example, policy makers or lawmakers may take these results into account for future policies or legislation. Dr. Ayday will also contact hospitals and bioinformatics companies about the project results, and hence he will make sure that proposed solutions reach to the end-users.

The improved exercise of professional skill

Dr. Ayday also plans to collaborate with the industry, especially with hospitals, e-government service providers, and medical research laboratories, for the deployment of the techniques that will be developed in this project. He already has such experiences with the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), Lausanne Biobank, and Sophia Genetics (a clinical genomics company). Such partnerships will open up new academia-industry collaborations for the host and provide job opportunities for the graduate students.

Human capital development

Dr. Ayday will introduce new teaching programmes for both undergraduate and graduate students, and hence the host organization will start graduating trained students and experts on security and privacy. The project will also provide new research directions for several undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Students (via working on different parts of the project or via the results of the project), general public (by becoming more privacy-aware), other faculty members and other researchers (that Dr. Ayday will collaborate with), the field of security and privacy, and genomic research will benefit from the resultsa

Control of Triboelectricity from Micro to Macro

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2016
28 February 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University

Coordinator

Dr. Tarık BAYTEKİN

Budget

157,845 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The project aims to eliminate the excess static charge from polymer based (MEMS) using this approach by incorporating antistatic and anti-sticking properties to these micro devices for the first time.

ESD will be eliminated in these micro devices using the same approach based on the scavenging of excess electrostatic charges. It will be possible to extend the lifetime of these micro devices by eliminating problems such as sticking, (charged) particulate contamination due to e.g. wear, and ESD that mainly arise from tribocharging.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

This proposal aims to deal with those related to tribocharging (frictional electricity), which has been overlooked so far. Tribocharging is a very common event causing value losses due to electrostatic sticking and electrostatic discharging (ESD) problems in many industrial manufacturing processes such as static cling of powder materials in drug processing, ESD problems in electronics.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) is the technology of micromachines up to 100 micrometers in size. In the era of minituarization, MEMS represents a huge and rapidly growing market, which will exceed $20B by 2020 and Europa constitutes about 20% of the total world market.However, the technology struggles with some problems preventing its fast development.

This proposal aims to deal with those related to tribocharging (frictional electricity), which has been overlooked so far. Tribocharging is a very common event causing value losses due to electrostatic sticking and electrostatic discharging (ESD) problems in many industrial manufacturing processes such as static cling of powder materials in drug processing, ESD problems in electronics.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

The goal is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers at all career levels by creating opportunities for cross-border and cross-sector mobility. Key activities shall be to encourage experienced researchers to broaden or deepen their skills by means of mobility by opening attractive career opportunities in universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs and other socio-economic groups all over Europe and beyond.

The Role of Urbanization in Female Empowerment: the Turkish Case in Comparative Perspective

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2016
31 March 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University

Coordinator

Dr. Kursat ÇINAR

Budget

157,846 Avro

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

There have been significant advancements in the project. 3 articles (2 of which are co-authored) are completed and currently under review in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) journals. Dr. Kürşat Çınar also had two presentations (on February 26, 2016 and November 29, 2016) in Bilkent University’s Interdisciplinary Courses for Political Science, International Relations, and Economics majors. These presentations have reached approximately 300 students. Furthermore, Dr. Çınar participated in the Gender Equality workshop held by the Alliance of Turkish Research Universities and observed and participated by the TUBITAK staff on November 4, 2016 in Middle East Technical University. There are still ongoing subprojects under the auspices of the project.

 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting Dr. Kürşat Çınar has created a research team at Bilkent University to fully engage with the state of female empowerment in Turkey and study the ways to enhance it. To this end, the research team has started conducting a field research throughout Turkey, which covers in-depth interviews and focus groups with members of female cooperatives. Female cooperatives have found to be one of the major drivers of female empowerment throughout the world and the researchers at Bilkent University under the project study the opportunities and challenges faced by the women’s cooperatives in Turkey. The findings of the research will then be shared with the Ministry of Customs and Trade and the Ministry of Family and Social Policies so as to set agenda for our country and hence elaborate the status of women in economic, social, and political realms.

 

The improved exercise of professional skill Female empowerment is perceived both as a policy tool for the betterment of overall welfare of the societies, as well as a policy target both in Europe and throughout the world. However, women still lag behind men in education, economic affluence, and political representation in many countries, even in some of the most “developed” ones. Modernization, industrialization, and urbanization bring about several advantages for many women such as better education and livelihoods, better say for themselves and their children, and fairer political representation. Yet, urbanization remains insufficient to eradicate the extant problems that women have faced and creates new challenges and obstacles for many. The proposed project argues that female empowerment is a multi-faceted, multi-level phenomenon that calls for such a research strategy and hypothesizes that urbanization has a complex effect on female empowerment. To better understand the concept at hand and pinpoint the ways to enhance it, the project incorporates country-, local-, and individual-levels of analyses. The project also combines the strengths of quantitative and qualitative techniques to offer a fuller picture about female empowerment.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The project aims to shed light on the dynamics behind female empowerment, specifically focusing on the role of urbanization in the areas of education, economy, and politics by putting the case of Turkey in a comparative light with clear implications for Europe.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Female empowerment is not a phenomenon that relates to or benefits women only. Female empowerment unleashes the full potential of societies and improves overall welfare. Unfortunately, female empowerment in Turkey is subpar in social, economic and political realms. For instance, while female labor force participation rate is 50.3 in the world, 50.8 in the European Union, 52.1 in high income countries, 47.9 in middle income countries (Turkey is a member of the last group), female labor force participation in Turkey is 29.3 (Source: World Bank Development Indicators http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.TLF.CACT.FE.ZS). Female empowerment stands as a vital source for fulfillment of our nation’s human potential. This project aims to uncover the ways for women to improve and self-actualize themselves in the areas of education, economics and politics and hence pinpoint the means for the fulfillment of societal welfare via scientific outputs (such as publications, public meetings). This is the most fundamental and ultimate goal of this project.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The proposed research aims to make novel contributions to the feminist studies, urban studies, development studies, and democratization literatures and enhance the competitiveness of European research. In addition to its academic merit, the project also has policy implications aimed at policymakers for future policies and projects, as well as the society at large which could be implemented throughout Europe.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The proposed project argues that female empowerment is a multi-faceted, multi-level phenomenon that calls for such a research strategy and hypothesizes that urbanization has a complex, non-linear effect on female empowerment. To better understand the concept at hand and pinpoint the ways to enhance it, the project incorporates country-, local-, and individual-levels of analysis. The project also combines the strengths of quantitative and qualitative techniques to offer a fuller picture about female empowerment.

Human capital development

Female empowerment is not a phenomenon that relates to or benefits women only. Female empowerment unleashes the full potential of societies and improves overall welfare. Unfortunately, female empowerment in Turkey is subpar in social, economic and political realms. For instance, while female labor force participation rate is 50.3 in the world, 50.8 in the European Union, 52.1 in high income countries, 47.9 in middle income countries (Turkey is a member of the last group), female labor force participation in Turkey is 29.3 (Source: World Bank Development Indicators http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.TLF.CACT.FE.ZS). Female empowerment stands as a vital source for fulfillment of our nation’s human potential. This project aims to uncover the ways for women to improve and self-actualize themselves in the areas of education, economics and politics and hence pinpoint the means for the fulfillment of societal welfare via scientific outputs (such as publications, public meetings). This is the most fundamental and ultimate goal of this project.

Directional Channel Modelling for FM Bands

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2016
01 April 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

İstanbul Şehir University

Coordinator

Assoc Prof Mehmet Kemal ÖZDEMİR

Budget

157,845 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

  • Develop Contemporary FM Band Channel Models
  • Support relay channeling for longer coverage
  • Verify the models via the measurements

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

This novel research will fulfil the general objectives of the call program “Excellent Science" and "Industrial leadership" as it lays down the groundwork for potential future wireless systems, which are vital for the long-term success and excellence of Europe. The development of the channel models will always be a top priority for the wireless research as long as wireless generations are developed. As the novel research will be one of the first that will introduce standard directional channel models for the FM Band, new opportunities for the governments and the cellular operators to offer new efficient services in this precious band will arise. Especially when used by public safety services, large coverage areas will be provided, which in turn will have a direct impact on the safety of the civilians across the whole Europe. Therefore the objective of “Science with and for society” will also be met.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

This novel research will

(a) have Europe to continue to dominate in directional channel modeling in a precious band, FM, since Europe with the initiatives in COST channel modeling is already in the leading position in the world,

(b) enable innovative devices to be developed in this band, and hence giving Europe a leading edge, (c) enable a connected Europe with less number of base stations, due to large coverage of the FM Band,

(d) have the lawmakers or the frequency regulation agencies to re-think the utilization of the FM Band

(e) provide alternative economical wireless access schemes for the third world countries which are typically rural.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The models will be based on the specification of directional channel impulse response functions, large and small channel effects. The measurement campaigns will be carried out via channel sounders. Thus, we will have the first standard directional channel models of the FM Band.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The newly introduced models will then be validated through field trials, and will be able to support the parameters of the contemporary wireless systems with multiple antennae.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The directional channel models will be developed through (i) geometrical (ray tracing) and (ii) tapped delay line (parametric stochastic modelling) approaches by considering 2-D (time and angular) channel impulse response. The models will be based on the specification of directional channel impulse response functions, large and small channel effects. The measurement campaigns will be carried out via channel sounders. Thus, we will have the first standard directional channel models of the FM Band.

Human capital development

The goal is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers at all career levels by creating opportunities for cross-border and cross-sector mobility. Key activities shall be to encourage experienced researchers to broaden or deepen their skills by means of mobility by opening attractive career opportunities in universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs and other socio-economic groups all over Europe and beyond.

Personal Technologies for Affective Health

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2017
31 December 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Bogazici University

Coordinator

Lancaster University (UK)

Budget

3.8 Million Euro

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

AffecTech will contribute towards four significant outcomes:

(1) wearable systems for capturing emotion regulation

(2) applications for understanding emotions and their regulatory processes

(3) interactive tools for training adaptive emotion regulation strategies

(4) theoretical contributions to emotion regulation research in real life 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Personalized health is a European priority and one of the strategic research areas for Horizon 2020. This Project advances the state-of-the-art of personal health technologies for affective disorders, estimated to be the highest ranking cause of disease by 2020. It marks a significant shift from the current technologies capturing emotional responses whose understanding usually requires physicians’ input, to low-cost self-help technologies for visualizing, exploring and regulating emotions. 

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Within the project duration of 3 years, the Department of Computer engineering of Bogazici University will develop mobile and wearable self-help technologies for capturing emotions and their regulation in real life.  For example, personal electronic stress assistants will be developed which continuously monitor the stress level in daily life and proactively suggest how to better deal with stress.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Thanks to this Project, early stage researchers will be trained by very experienced researchers. By the end of the Project, 15 Phd students / researchers will have been trained up to 36 months in the related research topic. 2 of those researchers will be trained at Boğaziçi University.

Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2012
01 January 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Hacettepe University

Coordinator

Dublin City University (Ireland)

Budget

€ 3,8 Million

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The project has;

  • Enhanced and developed IBSE teaching and learning materials by incorporating inquiry assessment strategies and frameworks;
  • Partnered with teachers to identify and implement assessment strategies and frameworks to evaluate key IBSE skills and competences in the classroom;
  • Provided teacher education programmes on inquiry and assessment of inquiry for pre-service and in-service teachers in IBSE;
  • Supported teachers to share experiences and practice of inquiry approaches to teaching, learning and assessment – by supporting a community of practice;
  • Promoted the use and dissemination of inquiry approaches to teaching, learning and assessment with national and international stakeholders. 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

The overall aim of the SAILS project was to promote and facilitate the use of inquiry based approaches in the teaching, learning and assessment of science across Europe with second level students.

Mathematics and Science for Life

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2013
01 January 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Hacettepe University

Coordinator

Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg (Almanya)

Budget

€3.3 Million

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Inquiry-based learning connected to the world of work prepares students for active citizenship and lifelong learning.  Inquiry based learning (IBL) aims to develop and foster inquiring minds and attitudes that are vital in enabling students to face and manage uncertain and quickly changing futures. Fundamentally, IBL is based on students adopting an active, questioning approach and on teachers supporting students in taking this approach and using it for developing content knowledge and content related skills as well as for developing skills that are nowadays labelled as 21st century skills. In addition, to enforce the benefits of IBL and make science and mathematics more meaningful to students, the use of rich vocational contexts – from the World of Work (WoW) – is advocated.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Mascil project was received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. During the four-year mascil lifetime (2013 – 2016), 18 partners from 13 countries had worked together to achieve project goals. The project aims to:

  • foster a teaching culture in which real-life contents from the world of work engage students to pose questions, explore phenomena and develop inquiring minds, thus enabling them to manage future challenges.
  • promote a widespread use of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in mathematics and science in primary and secondary schools.
  • establish a connection between  mathematics and science education and the world of work.

Mascil offers  professional development for teachers and teacher educators, free- to-use classroom material fostering inquiry-based learning in connection to the world of work and supports for teachers’ European-wide networking with an e-learning and a communication platform.

Human capital development

Coordinating European Research on Molecular Communications

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2015
31 May 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Koç Üniversitesi

Coordinator

Waterford Institute of Technology, UNITED KINGDOM

Budget

€ 500,000

Programme

Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies 

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The CIRCLE project aims to harmonize islands of research in Molecular Communications across Europe by providing a structured research agenda to accelerate convergence and advance breakthrough research within the area. Theoretical and experimental investigation into an intra-body sensor network enabling the networking together of advanced tumour treatment techniques for diseases like cancer will be developed. The combined detection and treatment techniques include circulating tumour cell (CTC) detection in the blood stream, injection of genetically modified bacteria into the tumour mass, real time monitoring of the tumour evolution and bacteria transcriptome, proteome, and concentration in time and body organs, thus leading to a plethora of highly disruptive treatment techniques to be developed. In addition,

  • Harmonized research methodologies and techniques within the area of Molecular Communications.
  • Breakthrough advances in molecular communication research through focused critical mass.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

​Scientific progress towards a Key Enabling Technology for future bio medical applications for biological systems including humans will be possible with this project.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

This project will pave the way for industry engagement with impact on innovative medical solutions.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

European Network of National Schizophrenia Networks Studying Gene-Environment Interactions

Start Date and End Date

01 May 2010
01 May 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Ankara University, Omega Contact Research Organisation

Coordinator

Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Budget

11.6 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The aim of European Network of National Schizophrenia Networks Studying Gene-Environment Interactions (EU-GEI) is to identify, over a 5-year period, the interactive genetic, clinical and environmental determinants, involved in the development, severity and outcome of schizophrenia in a large cohort of patients, siblings, and controls.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Predictive Model-based Decision Support for Diabetes Patient Empowerment

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2016
31 July 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

SRDC Software Research & Development Consultancy

Coordinator

TNO – Applied Scientific Research Organisation (The Netherlands)

Budget

5 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The main objective of POWER2DM is to develop and validate a personalized self-management support system (SMSS) for Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes patients that combines and integrates:

  • a decision support system (DSS) based on interlinked predictive computer models; KADIS, T2D-Marvel, and state-of-the-art risk scores.
  • automated e-coaching and advice functionalities based on Behavioural Change Theories; and

real-time personal data processing and interpretation.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The approach of POWER2DM is motivated by the following needs to improve existing diabetes care and prevention services and approaches:

  • Need to overcome limitations of existing DSS solutions that do not sufficiently target patients and have a limited focus mainly concentrating on Blood Glucose Control
  • Need to reduce the gap between evidence-based findings and diabetes care in general practice
  • Need for self-management interventions that are able to maintain efficacy over longer periods of time
  • Need to reduce time delays involved in finding optimal therapy

Need for research on complex evidence-based models used for patient-targeted decision support

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The extent to which POWER2DM will reach these objectives and empower diabetes patients to become co-managers of their own health will be evaluated in 3 pilot studies in 3 different European countries; Germany (IDK), Netherlands (LUMC), Spain (SAS).

Pilots will evaluate the system both in terms of the clinical and cost effectiveness of new diabetes care approach and technologies used. In this respect, we are expecting improvements in diabetes care process and prevention of diabetes and its complications. 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The project influence the research in Turkey regarding chronic disease management and behavioral change issues. We are planning to engage with the new PCP project,  PROEMPOWER (http://www.proempower-pcp.eu/), coordinated by Ministry of Health Turkey, which aims to realize a disease management platform for Diabetes.  

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The public health organizations in Turkey may benefit from the new diabetes care approach and technologies of the POWER2DM project to improve the care processes including the Family Practitioners and other healthcare organizations. 

The improved exercise of professional skill

 New diabetes care approaches may improve the exercise of special professional skills like Diabetes Nurse or Health Behavior Change coaches.

Human capital development

 The increasing number of applications and care programs in chronic disease management, patient empowerment and behavioral health change may improve the human capital development (application developers, physicians, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, etc).

Engaging the EGI Community towards an Open Science Commons

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2015
31 August 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM

Coordinator

Stichting EGI (The Netherlands)

Budget

€ 8 Million

Programme

Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The mission of EGI-Engage is to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons vision, where researchers from all disciplines have easy and open access to the innovative digital services, data, knowledge and expertise they need for their work. EGI-Engage will expand the capabilities offered to scientists (e.g. improved cloud or data services) and the spectrum of its user base by engaging with large Research Infrastructures (RIs), the long-tail of science and industry/SMEs. The main engagement instrument will be a network of eight Competence Centres, where National Grid Initiatives (NGIs), user communities, technology and service providers will join forces to collect requirements, integrate community-specific applications into state-of-the-art services, foster interoperability across e-Infrastructures, and evolve services through a user-centric development model.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

EGI-Engage will accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for computing, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

European Plate Observing System Implementation Phase Project - EPOS IP

Start Date and End Date

01 October 2015
30 September 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Kandilli Rasathanesi

T.C. Başbakanlık Afet ve Acil Durum Yönetimi Başkanlığı

Coordinator

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, ITALY

Budget

€ 18.4 Million

Programme

Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

EPOS Project aims to understand the working mechanism behind earth system and to getting insight on natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flood, landslides, tsunami.

From a scientific research perspective, EPOS will inform about the driving forces of global tectonics and associated Earth surface dynamics. EPOS will provide open access to geophysical and geological data, and to the most advanced modelling tools, while promoting crossdisciplinary approaches to Earth science studies.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Earth science data can contribute to more effective decision making in multiple ways. Information can be used to identify emerging problems, trends and changes and monitor ongoing situations. EPOS services will help managers make well-informed decisions based on accurate scientific data. Similarly, problems can be anticipated based on forecasts and analysis of future trends.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe 4th Implementation Phase Project

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2015
30 April 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Ulusal Yüksek Başarımlı Hesaplama Merkezi (İTÜ UHEM)

Bilkent Üniversitesi

Coordinator

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH - JUELICH, GERMANY

Budget

€ 15 Million

Programme

Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

PRACE Project aims sustaining persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. Scientific and engineering modelling and simulation require capabilities of supercomputers. The project will enable application codes for PRACE leadership platforms and prepare for future systems, notably those with architectural innovation embodied in accelerators or co-processors, by investigating new programming tools and developing suitable benchmarks.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Supercomputers serve all scientific disciplines with leading edge services for scientists from academia and industry.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Implant hearing aid that can produce its own energy

Start Date and End Date

01 July 2016
30 June 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Middle East Technical University

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Haluk KÜLAH

Budget

2 Million Euros

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The title of the project FLAMENCO stands for "A Fully-Implantable MEMS-Based Autonomous Cochlear Implant". With the method developed in the FLAMENCO project a brand new page will be opened in the cochlear implant technology. Besides electronics engineering and medicine, researchers from mechanical engineering and biology fields will also participate in this project. The proposed device is the first fully implantable self-powered cochlear implant, mimicking the natural hearing, and it eliminates the major drawbacks of conventional implants. The implant will contain a next-generation ultra low-power interface electronics.  Moreover, the system level integration of the implant will be beyond the current state-of-the-ar

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

FLAMENCO introduces a fully implantable, autonomous, and low-power cochlear implant. The implant will establish an important progress for the hearing-impaired people.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Eight researchers are renumerated with this ERC Grant in Turkey.

New Hope for Heart and Vascular Disease

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2014
31 December 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Bilkent University

Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Ebru ERBAY

Budget

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

METARNAFLAMMATION basic research project was the first ERC project to be accepted in the field of life sciences from Turkey. The project aims to develop new drug targets for the treatment of arteriosclerosis and heart attack based on molecular biology. The project is important for the identification of molecular nods where metabolism and the immune system intersect.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

METARNAFLAMMATION project will be useful for elucidating the molecular pathology of many complex diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and arterosclerosis. This ERC project will lead to the development of drugs for cardiovascular diseases, which are the primary causes of mortality in Turkey and will help reducing the economic loss due to these complex diseases.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

3D Printers Will Become True in Nanometric Resolution

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2014
31 May 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Bilkent University

Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Fatih Ömer İLDAY

Budget

2 Million Euros

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

In the "Nonlinear Laser Lithography (NLL)" basic research project, it is aimed to nanostructure the materials by spontaneous formation mechanisms in 2 dimensions and then in 3 dimensions by using ultrasound laser pulses and microplasma jets.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The NLL project will develop a technique that could potentially be a leading technique in nanoelectronics that includes technical nanoelectronics, high-tech glass, etc. In addition, as a candidate for revolutionary 3D printer technologies, starting from the nanometer scale with ultrasound laser, the synthesis of 3-dimensional structures and the development of ultrafast laser technology in Turkey will be supported.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Development of Nano-Porous Materials for the Production of Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs)

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2012
01 February 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Arçelik A.Ş.

Coordinator

Dr. Yusuf YUSUFOĞLU

Budget

100,000 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

It’s aimed to develop cost effective novel porous core materials with high thermal insulation properties that can be used as core insulation filler in VIPs. The proposed work demonstrates novel methods for the development of mesoporous materials with high density of pores and large surface areas. With the proposed novel methodology, the pore size of core insulation materials can be controlled, which is very crucial parameter in the performance of the VIPs. Thermal conductivity of VIPs produced in this study are 3.9 mW/m.K and the cost of VIPs is reduced approximately 75%, which will help for the widespread usage of VIP for applications in cold appliances and building insulations. Moreover, 30% energy savings can be obtained when these VIPs are applied on the refrigerators. Since VIP can reduce energy consumption significantly, this project will contribute for developing much more energy efficient cold appliances. 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The aim of this project is to develop new generation of Vacumm Insulation Panels (VIP), which has approximately 10 times higher thermal resistance than the conventional insulators. The rapid depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the increase in green house gas emissions necessitates the development of technologies which enable efficient utilization of current energy sources. In the European Community, more than 30 % of the total energy consumption is made in buildings and refrigerating appliances are one of the biggest power consumer in many households at which typically make up over 15 % of total residential electricity consumption. In this regard, there is a big potential for VIP technology, which can directly contribute in the reduction of energy consumption in refrigerating appliances and buildings. For instance, in refrigerating appliances, each year 60 billion kWh could be saved (after replacing old cold appliances with new energy efficient ones), which is production of about 6 nuclear power plants. Needless to say, VIPs provide excellent thermal resistance properties that can enhance the energy efficiency of the insulating systems and have a big impact on reduction of green house emissions and will contribute to efficient utilization of energy resources.

VIP-based systems are thinner and their recycling is economically attractive; therefore the resource intensity will be lower than the conventional solutions. This project will be complementary with the European Union objectives and contribute EU to achieve 20% energy saving target in 2020. The proposed study will also contribute to Kyoto Protocol, aimed at fighting global warming.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Arçelik has provided full support at all stages of the project and Dr.Yusufoglu had a chance to establish his research group at Arcelik R&D Center with the help of Marie Curie Grant. He obtained a full-time permanent position and he started working full-time as a senior specialist at Arcelik R&D Center. Starting by 2016, Dr.Yusufoglu has promoted to Technology Team Leader at Polymer&Chemicals group (Arçelik R&D Center, Material Technologies Department) after obtained successful and outstanding results from his research. Currently, Dr.Yusufoglu has 7 scientist, 6 technician and 5 project engineers in his research group. 

To help the re-/integration of the fellow, Arçelik provided a detailed orientation program (lasted 10 days) and Dr. Yusufoglu took various career development and education programs such as 6 Sigma Black Belt and TRIZ.  A long term career build plan was established to maintain the stability of the researcher in Arcelik. Moreover, Arçelik also gives special importance to “Turning Technology into Business (TTIB)” program, which helps to bring people from varios disiplinse to create disruptive innovation in Arçelik. With the helps of this program, innovative cultures are created in Arçelik and TTIB program also contributed very much to the Marie Curie project studies.

Arcelik owns more than 1/3 of the international patent applications from Turkey and Patent Office team supported the project at all stages. As a result, Dr. Yusufoglu published 6 patents and 2 International Papers during the project studies. By using the outcomes of this project, Arcelik built a new manufacturing plant, in which 25 employee are working, and started to produce its own VIPs for refrigerators. An optimized combination of VIPs with other energy efficient technologies can allow Arcelik to create cost-effective solutions that meet the growing pressure from energy legislators through improving, increasingly stringent energy requirements. 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

By using the outcomes of this project, Arcelik built a new VIP manufacturing plant and 25 employees have started to work in this plant. Moreover, a master student, who has been working as a project engineer during the project, was hired as a “R&D Specialist”.

Dissecting the structure and function of centriolar satellites: Key regulators of the centrosome/cilium complex

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2016
31 May 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Koc University

Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Elif Nur FIRAT KARALAR

Budget

1.5 Million Euros

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The long term research goal of CentSatRegFunc is to elucidate the biogenesis of centrosome/cilium complex and the control mechanisms that regulate their structure and function. Centrosome/cilium complex has crucial roles in both organismal and cellular level. In line with this ultimate goal, centriollar satellites, which the principal investigator has previously shown to have important roles in the biogenesis and function of centrosomes, will be investigated in detail. Although centriollar satellites have been identified more than 50 years ago by electron microscopy studies, the function of these structures in a cell is still unknown. During 5 years of this project, the aim is to biochemically and functionally characterize these granular structures.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Structural and functional abnormalities of the centriolar satellites and the centrosome/cilium complex is linked to a variety of human diseases including cancer, kidney diseases, obesity, blindness and mental retardation. Therefore, the successful completion of this project will lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these diseases.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Industrialization and Urban Growth from the Ottoman Empire to today's Turkey: A Comparative Perspective

Start Date and End Date

01 October 2016
30 September 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Koc University

Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Erdem KABADAYI

Budget

1.5 Million Euros

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

UrbanOccupationsOETR project aims to measure and map dynamics of industrialization, economic development and urbanisation from the late Ottoman Empire to today’s Turkey (1850-2000).

The project will adopt an inter-disciplinary approach with a comparative perspective and will focus on the dynamics of industrialisation, urbanisation and their accompanying changes in occupational structures and residential and migrational patterns. This project can be seen as an attempt to bring Ottoman/Turkish history into the newly emerging field of digital humanities. In this respect, it will use advanced techniques of spatial data and multiple correspondence analysis in conjuncture to answer long debated research questions and to formulate and work on new ones by taking an unprecedented step forward towards establishing a digital research infrastructure for the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey

In addition, this project will re-define industrialisation in its connection with urbanisation from a spatiotemporal analytical perspective. The end goal is to understand the regional and temporal differentiations of economic development.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Within the scope of the project, one postdoctoral researcher, 5 PhD students, 2 graduates and an undergraduate researcher are employed.

Market Selection, Frictions, and the Information Content of Prices

Start Date and End Date

01 May 2016
30 April 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Koc University

Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Alp ATAKAN

Budget

1 Million Euros

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Prices provide incentives which guide production, investment and consumption decisions. Since these decisions determine the allocation of resources, prices that accurately reflect preferences and beliefs are integral for economic efficiency. INFORMATIVEPRICES project aims to understand how new information is impounded into prices in large markets, which markets produce prices that more accurately reflect current beliefs and where better-informed bidders trade. Such questions are addressed within a game-theoretical auction model where individuals can self-select across multiple markets which are heterogeneous in terms of institutional detail. Some questions that the project would like to investigate includes:

  • How do market frictions affect information aggregation if bidders can strategically choose between markets?
  • What are the mechanisms through which market imperfections disrupt information aggregation?
  • Which market’s price is a better statistic for market participants’ information?
  • Which market attracts better-informed bidders?
  • Do prices aggregate beliefs more accurately in good times?

Initial findings suggest that the proposed framework can be really fruitful in addressing these questions.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Fuel Optimization with Predictive Drive Train Control and Modelling

Start Date and End Date

01 September 2016
31 August 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

Ford Otosan
Okan University

Coordinator

ERTICO Intelligent Transport Systems Europe (ERTICO)

Budget

5.5 Milllion Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Transport

Scientific Outputs

  • Fuel consumption optimization of heavy duty vehicles
  • Development of drive train for heavy duty vehicles
  • Energy efficiency increase by 20% under Euro VI standards
  • Consolidation of drive train control with intelligent transport systems on a global scale
  • Real driving trials for different cases and scenarios

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Global trends evolves into automated and smart driving systems with utilization of cloud data sources, advanced computing, modelling and simulation. OptiTruck project will fundamentally try to achieve global scale dissemination by developing comprehensive assessment and methodology for the main target of integration of heavy duty vehicle drive control mechanisms and intelligent transport systems.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

  • Integration of innovative drive train to intelligent transport systems for heavy duty vehicles
  • Driving test regarding real life conditions: road topography, traffic conditions, transport missions, and vehicle configurations
  • Utilization of cloud-provided data and high performing computing tools for modelling and simulation for before real life tests
  • Fuel consumption optimization via drive train control and calibration

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Under the scope of OptiTruck project, application of intelligent transport systems onto heavy duty vehicles and drive train control mechanisms for fuel efficiency will be developed. After the outcomes of the OptiTruck start to emerge, enormous contribution on national research context is expected via innovations and technology development on heavy duty vehicle intelligence and drive train.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Especially intelligent transport systems are among most valuable asset of OptiTruck project to public domain where not just for heavy duty vehicles but for all modes and all types of vehicles with growing interest and tendency towards intelligent transport systems. By the way, intelligent transport systems are wide area including infrastructures, traffic management and importantly ‘smart’ vehicles. All those are beneficial for public domain and public services.

The improved exercise of professional skill

Ford Otosan and Okan University is going to acquire advanced powertrain development and intelligent automotive technologies abilities respectively. Under the umbrella of powertrain technologies and intelligent transport systems, comparative methodology development encapsulating demonstration and wide evaluation, real time cloud data, modelling - simulation, high performance computing are professional abilities that can be harvested from OptiTruck project.

Human capital development

Ford Otosan is expected to enhance its engineer's and technician's capability focusing on fuel efficient power train development consolidating with its previous expertise on it.

Okan University is expected to expand its researcher expertise which is previously on passenger cars into new domain of heavy duty vehicles.

FIspace Business Collaboration

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2013
01 September 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Arçelik, Koç Sistem

Coordinator

Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO Foundation)

Budget

20 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Information and Communication Technologies

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Companies are to provide a highly efficient and highly traceable solution that enables sharing of data on the cloud simultaneously without requiring investment in additional information technologies, and the implementation of many innovative applications. In particular, studies on the design of Security / Privacy & Trust architecture, which is sensitive to the creation of a platform that can be integrated with corporate applications on the "Public Cloud", which is one of the important strategic areas, which is based on open systems, has been carried out. By providing the Public Cloud over the service center in Turkey, extremely critical technological achievements have been achieved in terms of its use in the corporate environment.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

It is important to optimize the storage and transportation activities, which are the most important and complex areas of supply chain in the world, planning agriculture, food, logistics and transportation operations in the international market in the future internet environment. The solution realized is global scale in Food, Agriculture, International Logistics and Transport is the first platform to use the cloud infrastructure.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Small and medium-sized companies operating in the field of Information and Communication Technologies in Turkey and Europe will be able to develop institutional applications on this platform and spread it to users network in many countries, especially European countries. Developing applications aimed at supporting the SMEs to be in a position to cope with their international competitors, especially by allowing the institutions and organizations in the relevant sectors to serve in a fast, efficient, safe and most economical way.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Automotive EGNSS Receiver for High Integrity Applications on the Drive

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2016
31 December 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

INFOTECH Bilişim ve İletişim Teknolojileri ve Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ

Coordinator

Mario Boella Research Institute

Budget

€ 2.9 Million

Programme

Horizon 2020 Space

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The aim of InDrive project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative but close-to-market solutions for semi-automatic driving that heavily relying on accurate and high-integrity satellite navigation. InDrive will demonstrate the future use of mass-market Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), targeting automotive applications with high demands for integrity and will create a framework that specifies the requirements for data acquisition, signal tracking and data fusion in order to guarantee the proper handling of positioning data. This approach introduces an innovative integrity framework, allowing the applications to comply with their specified false alarm rates.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The general idea of InDrive project is the development of an automotive enhanced positioning platform, based on the integration of GNSS and other on-board sensors that is able to meet the requirements of safety critical applications in the context of autonomous driving and driver assistance.The next evolution of this concept is the deduction of automated manoeuvres based on this information. In a cooperative GNSS based ACC or Platooning the adoption of the integrity concept will result in a dynamic adaption of the distance between subsequent vehicles in order to follow the regulations of safety distances between vehicles.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia

Start Date and End Date

02 January 2012
01 January 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Istanbul Technical University

Coordinator

Budget

€ 4.3 Million

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

In order to achive gender equality in Higher Education and Research,FESTA has focused:

  • to ensure that change is implemented in the partner institutions through awareness raising for the individual and for the organization.
  • to increase transparency and inclusivity in the formal  and informal decision-making and communication processes in a research unit (team, department, faculty, etc.);
  • to enable/create an enduring transformation of the organizational culture that should favor a more active participation of women in all the decision-making and communication processes
  • to make visible the perceptions of excellence in hiring processes in science and engineering research institutions and how they affect gender imbalance
  • to minimize the negative effect of gendered interactional patterns
  • to gain a deeper understanding of resistance against structural change towards gender equality.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

FESTA has been advancing women’s academic careers in two ways: 1) they will become more fully integrated in the community and therefore more motivated for an academic career and 2) the visibility of their specific value to the research community will be improved.It is aimed through the project that female researchers encouraged to staying and making a career in Academia, organizational environments where the competence of all employees are valued and fostered and a well-functioning working environment that welcomes a diverse group of employees at all levels.

Support of Patient Empowerment by an Intelligent Self-management Pathway for Patients

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2012
31 January 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, SRDC Software Research & Development Consultancy

Coordinator

Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)

Budget

4.2 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

By this project mobile phone named EMPOWER and e-Health application which can be used via computer has been developed. Also, ın the scope of this project, 12 articles related with the usage of ICT in clinical trials for diabetes has been published.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Procuring Innovative ICT for Patient Empowerment and Self-management for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Start Date and End Date

10 January 2016
31 March 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health

Coordinator

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health (Turkey)

Budget

4,3 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Scientific Outputs

The scientific and technological solutions, infrastructures, and systems which can meet the needs that were specified in the proposal text that was presented to the European Commission by the project consortium do not exist yet. ProEmpower is a project granted by the European Commission, and it will accept bidding offers globally, creating a competitive environment in the ICT sector, and encouraging use of information and communication technologies in healthcare services. Since the tender procedures will continue step by step, information and communication technologies will develop even before the conclusion of the project.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The prevalence of diabetes as well as the prevalence of complications among those who have diabetes are increasing globally, putting growing financial burden on healthcare systems. No infrastructure or systems exists that can facilitate early diagnosis of diabetes, training of new patients by ancillary healthcare personnel, meal and dosage control, monitoring of sleep and exercise patterns by the patients, prevention of complications, and sustainability of a communication platform between the doctor and the patient. Not only will ProEmpower meet these needs but also it will contribute to the promotion of public health, and incite global market by developing the ability of ICT sector to react to the needs of healthcare systems.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The products that are needed and planned to be procured by the project consortium do not exist yet. ProEmpower will encourage innovation and competitiveness in global industry while looking for procurement of these solutions.  

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The successes that are gained in the clinical pilots of the project may increase the investments for information and communication technologies in national and global health policies, and may prioritize the use of these tools.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

ProEmpower will contribute to the e-transformation program of Turkey, and disseminate the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare sector. 

The improved exercise of professional skill

The ability of the healthcare professionals to use ICT tools will improve as a result of clinical studies.

Human capital development

The financial resources which will be granted to the sub-contractors will enable them to create new job openings.

Lighter and Cost-Effective Aircraft Production

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2008
01 September 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI)

Coordinator

Airbus Operations

Budget

65 Million Euro

Programme

FP7 Transport

Scientific Outputs

Production process optimization for RTM and composites could be counted among scientific outputs of this project.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

  • Expansion of composite material utilization on aviation sector
  • Weight reduction for airplanes
  • Cost reduction of composites
  • Optimization of airplane design, production, simulation, test and production
  • Cost reduction in aviation

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

  • Aircraft composite fuselage assembly time reduction by 50%
  • Reduction of design to test time by 20%
  • Production of enhanced panels for airplane fuselage
  • Production of RTM windows
  • Overall airplane weight reduction by 10%
  • Reduction of metal structures use on airplane
  • 5% cost reduction via development cost enhancements

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

At the end of MAAXIMUS project, it is expected that national research policy will better digest the importance of composite and RTM use in aviation.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

With development of RTM and composite technology for aircraft production, added value is created and utilized by aircraft producers, airline trasporters etc.

The improved exercise of professional skill

  • RTM production capability
  • Enhancement on existing composite production abilities,
  • Faster production of aircraft fuselage
  • Competitiveness advantage
  • Cost reduction by composite use

Human capital development

Human capital able to take roles in RTM production will be ready for further projects and serial production. Besides technical capability of workers on composites will be enhanced through this project.

Imagining Europe from the Outside

Start Date and End Date

17 November 2017
18 November 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Koç University

Coordinator

Antwerp University

Budget

2.4 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Between 2010 and 2013, a unique and rich database consisting of a survey data with 8000 respondents, 360 in-depth interviews and observations was gathered and analyzed by the collaboration of eight partnering institutions. Koc University team was responsible of the data collection in four selected research areas in Turkey, Emirdağ (Afyon) as high emigration region, Dinar (Afyon) as low emigration region, Fatih as the region with immigration history and Van Merkez characterized by a specific human rights situation.

The most important finding is that migration to Europe is no longer an aspired life project in Turkey. Contrary to the established perception in Europe, the majority of the respondents prefer to stay in Turkey over going abroad. Respondents generally perceive human rights and democracy in Europe positively. However, negative perceptions such as xenophobia and discrimination against foreigners in Europe prevailed regarding the treatment of Turkish citizens in Europe.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The project provides a unique and comparative insight on how Europe is perceived from outside the EU, in countries such as Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Ukraine. The findings and the comparative mixed-method methodological approach contribute to the study of perceptions, aspirations and intentions with regard to international human mobility.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Based on data collected in four migrant sending countries, the need to promote human rights, transparency, econonomic opportunities, equal gender opportunities prevailed.  High numbers of persons aspiring to migrate never translates into actual immigration because there is a discrepancy aspirations to migrate and capabilities to migrate. Rather than policies discouraging migration to Europe, the data has revealed that people's changing perceptions of own country and Europe  can have an impact on their aspirations. In this respect, Eumagine project advocates mobility as a universal human right.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The comparative research methodology implemented in the Project provided a significant contribution to the professional skills and abilities of the researchers in the field.

Human capital development

Thanks to the academic "help" of "perception" studies , academic human resources improved substantially.

Large Area Molecularly Assembled Nanopatterns for Devices

Start Date and End Date

01 July 2017
27 January 2013

Turkish Partner(s)

Selçuk University

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK (İrlanda)

Budget

4.7 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Programme Materials and Manufacturing Technologies

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

-Around 50 papers from the project were published,

-Over 75 scientific presentations

-Organized 2 international DSA meetings

- Contributed to the ITRS Roadmap for Emerging materials

-NANODOTS –A method for providing a nanopattern of metal oxide nanostructures on a substrate (Application No. 11189329-2222). -An antimicrobial food package (Application No. P10939EP00).

-Software image analysis.

-Sub-wavelength light diffraction techniques.

-Desk top multipurpose nano-imprint lithography module.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

-Nanopattening methodology was developed for the creation of sub 10 nm feature size patterns over large areas (up to 8”).

-Line and pillar patterns were realized.

-A directed self-assembly techniques were integrated into manufacturing scale processes to realize functioning devices.

-Chemically designed/tailored silsequioxane films could be coupled to a nanoiprint method to generate topographically ordered substrates to define precise pattern alignment and orientation.

-New, block copolymer materials of controlled structure, dimension and function were synthesized and patterns at these were defined.

-New metrology was developed to allow quantification of pattern defectivity.

-Novel plasma etching techniques were used to transfer the pattern to the substrate surface and the device performance demonstrated. -Innovative characterisation techniques capable of studying both long and short range structure were developed.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

-Nanopattening methodology for the creation of sub 10 nm feature size patterns over large areas (up to 8”).

-New, block copolymer materials of controlled structure, dimension and function were synthesized

-New block copolymer patterns were defined.

-New metrology was developed

-Novel plasma etching techniques were used to transfer the pattern to the substrate surface and the device performance demonstrated.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

-Technology roadmaps for nanopatterning and metrology

-The development of inexpensive self-assembly based nanotechnologies for the semiconductor industries and ultra-fine patterning

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Development of nanopatterning technology and new block copolymer patterns for electronic industry

The improved exercise of professional skill

The academic groups involved in the project have significantly increased their scientific reputations

Human capital development

2 post-docs and 2 PhD students involved in the project

Mitigation of risk and control of exposure in nanotechnology based inks and pigments

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2012
01 April 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Yeditepe University

Coordinator

Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje Transporte Y Logística (ITENE) - Spain

Budget

3.5 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Programme Materials and Manufacturing Technologies

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

11 oral and poster conference presentations, 7 National, 4 International. 4 articles published in Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) expanded journals.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The aim was to reduce the adverse effects of nanomaterials used in inks and pigments. The grand challenge was to design suitable surface chemistry for nanomaterials used in the ink and pigment industry for their safe and sustainable use.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Development of safer nanomaterials used in inks and pigments.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The route of toxicity for AgNPs and ZnO NPs was clarified, which can help to policy maker for decision making.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

Development of safer and more advanced inks and pigments.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The researchers involved with the project gained experience about the nanomaterial safety.

Human capital development

2 post-docs and 2 PhD students involved in the project.

Linking Genetic Resources, Genomes and Phenotypes of Solanaceous Crops

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2016
28 February 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Batı Akdeniz Agricultural Research Institute

Coordinator

ENEA (Italy)

Budget

6.8 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Food Agriculture Maritime Biotechnology

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Scientific and technological added value of the project is the characteristics of solanaceus plants with different genetic characteristics and gathering the data in a common gene bank and the protection of genes with strategic designation in Europe and in different geographies of the world. In addition, plant species with diverse genetic characteristics can be accessed much more easily through the digital access network and will be accessible in everyday agricultural applications.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Within the scope of G2P-SOL project, a digital access network of potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine crops will be established to determine the species with different genetic characteristics and to see the characteristics of these species.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Though the G2P-SOL project, end-users such as farmers and farmers' associations will be able to know the genetic properties of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seeds to be cultivated and cultivate seeds with the desired genetic characteristics. Thus, these plants, which have 66% of the horticultural sector in Europe, will be cultivated with sustainable and adaptable agriculture by cultivating those plants which are more resistant to changing environmental conditions and plant pests.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

During the project, more than 100 Turkish researchers are planned to be educated in the scientific conferences. More than 500 researchers and farmers will be educated within EU.

Human capital development

Drought Tolerant Yielding Plants

Start Date and End Date

01 July 2010
31 December 2015

Turkish Partner(s)

Sabancı University

Coordinator

INRA (France)

Budget

6 Million Euro

Programme

FP7 Food Agriculture Biotechnology

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Scientific and technological added value of the project is the discovery of genomic region and genetic marker information that enable new and durable plants to be produced by genetic methods and the ability to produce new plant species resistant to drought on the basis of new plants being tested for exposure to different climatic conditions in Europe.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Within the scope of the DROPS project, a knowledge-based and innovative breeding method has been used, which makes it possible to understand the complex genotype-environmental impact. Hence, many new plant species have been produced and the possibility of selecting the plant species with the highest drought tolerance has arisen.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The necessary data have been obtained in order to understand the genetic mechanisms of plants' response to water use efficiency and water scarcity, to support crop cultivation strategies in unfavorable climatic conditions and to adapt to future water scarcity of European agriculture.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

DROPS has adopted a simulation approach based on farmer's practices and environmental scenarios, rather than unique prediction option for whole Europe whic is followed by several seed companies in EU who sell packages to farmers, consisting in risk studies, seeds of adapted genotypes and techniques to counteract unexpected climatic events. 18 PhD students, 67 post doc and 10 permanent young breeders have been trained during DROPS for translating results from the laboratory to the field. DROPS has organized five 'hands on" courses with about 200 participants which let to enhancement of practices in these seed companies. 305 scientists and farmers were informed about the benefits of the Project results.

Human capital development

Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion

Start Date and End Date

17 November 2017
18 November 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

İstanbul Bilgi University

Coordinator

European University Institute (Italy)

Budget

2.6 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The project analyzed how ethno-cultural and religious minorities living in Europe are accepted, excluded or discriminated by politics, education and public spheres by majority societies.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The concept of tolerance, acceptance, respect and recognition has been examined in the project, which questions how cultural diversity can be accommodated in liberal and secular democracies in Europe. ACCEPT PLURALISM looks at both native and immigrant minority groups; and studies people, groups and behavious which seek tolerance but should not be tolerated; which we find inappropriate but we should tolerate, and which we desire what is beyond tolerance for them and that we receive respect and recognition via comparative, theoretical and empirical analyzes. The reasons behind of what, when, and who are not tolerated and respected; why these happen, why different political actors, minority groups/individuals and certain actions are not tolerated/respected in 15 European countries have been studied.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Project implementations produce key messages to decision makers to analyze politics and institutions and to be more respectful of the diversity of European societies.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Research methods and experience in international studies developed during the project particulary on "migration", made an important contribution to the professional skills and abilities. 

Human capital development

A valuable contribution to the human resources of the research society on international migration studies was made through the project.

Next Generation Emergency Systems

Start Date and End Date

01 May 2015
01 April 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Emergency Ambulance Pyhsicians Association (AAHD)

Coordinator

Rinicom

Budget

€ 5.8 Million

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The NEXES system will develop new communication channels that will strengthen existing public security response points. These channels will provide individual, medical and regional data transfer through two-way communication between public security response points and citizen. NEXES telephone applications will strengthen the interoperability features of emergency services and will be standardized with its project results and penetrate the application areas of ​​all the emergency service network.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

With NEXES phone applications, it will be possible for almost all individuals, including our disabled citizens, to benefit more effectively from emergency services.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The NEXES Research and Innovation Action aims to research, test and validate the promising integration of internet based communication technologies and interoperability within the next generation emergency services, so that they attain increased effectiveness and performance.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry

Start Date and End Date

01 September 2015
29 February 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

  • AKG Gazbeton İşletmeleri
  • Türkiye Çimento Müstahsilleri Birliği
  • Ekodenge Mühendislik ve Danışmanlık

Coordinator

ACCIONA (Spain)

Budget

9.1 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Environment and Raw Materials

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

A methodology and a software platform will be developed in order to implement the innovative industrial symbiosis model in a feasible scenario of industrial symbiosis synergies between industries (steel, aluminium, natural stone, chemical and demolition and construction sectors) and stakeholders in the extended construction value chain. Industrial by-products and wastes will be used as secondary raw materials between different sectors such as cement, ceramic etc. In case the project outputs are applied at the European Union level in the mentioned sectors;

  • Beyond 15% reduction of waste generation which means a reduction of 170,298 Ktonnes per year is expected.
  • Beyond 12% gains in productivity for waste treatment which means 30.36 million tonnes per year of usable waste and 2,500 Million Euors per year is expected.
  • Beyond 20% in energy efficiency and associated GHG savings are expected.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The issue of waste management and the reduction of industry-borne environmental impacts has been on the agenda and developed for many years in Europe by industrialists and science circles. The European Union sets its policies on waste management in the light of the principles of "zero waste" and "circular economy". For this reason, the establishment and sustainability of industrial co-existence networks has become an important goal. Good waste management practices in our country are becoming increasingly widespread and numerous examples of applications and research are seen.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The industrial symbiosis case studies and the information and communication technology platform, with an approach of life cycle, will provide a guidance for the industry in terms of prevention and reduction of wastes and the dissemination of similar applications.

Project outputs will enable a waste utilization methodology that reduces environmental impacts through the life cycle in the field of industrial applications as well as the development of a map-aided system of which wastes can be obtained from.    

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

It is aimed to give a new approach on industrial symbiosis projects in Turkey and to increase the access of industrial representatives to waste disposal methods and demonstration examples.

In the project, the data obtained during the production of new ecological cement, green concrete, innovative ceramic tile and rubber wood plastic composites by using the industrial by-products and wastes will contribute to the realization of "circular economy" in terms of creating demonstration areas in our local industry.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Industrial symbiosis case studies and guidance to be provided by the information and communication technologies platform to be established within the project are expected to encourage industrialists to improve their knowledge and skills in the prevention and reduction of waste.

Human capital development

The implementation of FISSAC solutions could have contributed to EU 300,000 additional jobs creation.

New Approaches for the Valorisation of URBAN Bulky Waste Into High Added Value RECycled Products

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2016
30 November 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

  • Bornova Municipality
  • Izmir Institute of Technology

Coordinator

AIMPLAS (Spain)

Budget

8.6 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Environment and Raw Materials

Scientific Outputs

By developing an effective waste management solution for large volume wastes, an innovative approach to waste treatment and logistics as well as pollution prevention and reuse will be introduced by the project. It will be possible to produce chemical or mechanical innovative recycling products such as high value added adhesives, solvents, additive foams, fiber-reinforced or reinforced plastics, wood-plastic composites from bulk waste.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial applications are being designed for urban waste management by preventing waste production. However, recovery of large volumes of waste requires considerable effort and it is a big challenge in Europe. Almost every year in Europe, 19 million tons of household furniture, plastic garden furniture and 60% of bedding, curtains and textile products are buried in landfills. The project will develop an effective waste management solution for large volumes of waste. 

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

It is expected to improve the waste treatment and logistics which will provide the recovery of large-volume urban waste and this will allow for an economic value of EUR 225.6 per tonne of waste (textile products such as furniture, bedding, curtains etc.)  and EUR 2 billion annually in Europe. By developing patented and innovative separation techniques, it is aimed to develop waste treatment and logistics that will enable net gain of 225 euros per ton of waste in furniture such as furniture, bedding, plastic garden furniture, curtains and quilts.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

All relevant actors in the waste management chain in every country have been also involved as project partners (local authorities and city amenity sites in Belgium, Spain, Poland and Turkey) and they are guaranteeing the implementation of the proposed solutions at local level, adapting them to suit the particular characteristics of each area, ensuring the replication at EU level.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

All relevant actors in the waste management chain of each country are expected to improve professional skills and gain know how in the development and implementation of effective waste management solutions for large volumes of waste, as they will ensure that the proposed solutions are implemented at the local level.

Human capital development

Human - Robot Collaboration

Start Date and End Date

01 March 2016
01 February 2022

Turkish Partner(s)

TOFAŞ

Coordinator

TOFAŞ (Türkiye)

Budget

8.6 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Program Materials and Manufacturing Technologies

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

- Development of highly intuitive interfaces for safe human-robot cooperation during assembly by using sensors, visual servoing, speech recognition, advanced control algorithms
- Development of advanced safety strategies and equipment allowing fenceless human robot assembly cells
- Introduction of robust methods and software tools for determining the optimal planning of assembly/disassembly operations using a multi-criteria, simulation enabled approach
- Adaption of simplified robot programming by means of: a) Programming by demonstration & b) Robot instructions libraries
- Introduction of mobile robots acting as assistants to the human operators (e.g. for supplying parts to the assembly line)
- Development of more flexible integration and communication architecture by utilizing a distributed computing model and ontology services.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The project will be based on industrial applications, bringing its development to a maturity level that allows the introduction in industry, as well proven production technologies. Two demonstrations in automotive will involve the assembly of seat and suspension by robots in cooperation and workspace sharing with humans. A second demonstration will focus on capital goods assembly and the last one on the white goods industry for sealer’s assembly."

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The project consortium members submitted 11 EU project applications together, among which 5 Turkish companies are coordinators. The project is disseminated as a succes story in events such as prestigious international conferences, trade fairs etc. and in the EU social media.

Human capital development

"Human skills are the main driver that enables producing high added value products in Europe. Thus the manufacturing processes are based on utilizing these skills. ROBO-PARTNER aspires the integration of the latest industrial automation systems for assembly operations in combination with human capabilities, combining robot strength, velocity, predictability, repeatability and precision with human intelligence and skills.

Role of Gender in Intercultural Interaction

Start Date and End Date

17 November 2017
18 November 2020

Turkish Partner(s)

Bilkent University Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Coordinator

Panteion University Center for Gender Studies

Budget

1 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Findings, research results and analyzes were reported on thematic issues such as national identity and media, intercultural education, mixed and transnational families, religion and intercultural interaction, intercultural urban spaces, social movements and intercultural violence.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The effects of different historical, political, social, psychological and economic factors on gender, migration and intercultural studies were revealed.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

It has contributed to the knowledge-based policy-making processes of institutions that manage cultural diversity and produce policy.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Project made a valuable contribution to the improvement of skills and professional abilities in this specific field by revealing the other countries' practices on gender mainstreaming in cultural interaction studies.

Human capital development

As a cooperation, coordination and dissemination focused project, G.E.M.I.C provides the visibility of human resources on gender mainstreaming.

Collaborative Network for Industry, Manufacturing, Business and Logistics in Europe

Start Date and End Date

01 October 2016
09 September 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

SRDC A.Ş.

Coordinator

Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Budget

8 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Information and Communication Technologies

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

NIMBLE will be compliant with the Reference Architecture Model for Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0) and Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA). Overall NIMBLE architecture is composed of modular block which then can be customized for specific firm / sector/ country. NIMBLE will be able to deal with heterogeneous data including semantic, relational, raw sensor and document based data along with modular adapters for gathering such information.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Considering the pilots to be held in the scope of project life-time, the impact generated by NIMBLE is as follows: faster supply chain formation, faster sourcing of materials/partners, easy and clear evidence for product/part tracing, improved production tracking, reduced supplier defect rates, reduced transportation costs.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

One of the main goals of NIMBLE is to be able to address firms with any size. In this respect, B2B collaboration, data integration kind of services will be designed in a way that allows their usage by business users without dealing with technical details. Furthermore, thanks its generic B2B collaboration services, NIMBLE does not focus on a single sector but targets any industry sector. Nevertheless, it still customizable for specific sectors thanks to its flexible and modular technical architecture.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Unmanned Ground Vehicle Integrated System

Start Date and End Date

01 June 2008
01 May 2012

Turkish Partner(s)

ASELSAN and STM

Coordinator

PIAP

Budget

20 Million Euro

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

At the TALOS Project; System Architecture and Design has improved the technological infrastructure that has gained an important knowledge base for the ASELSAN Border / Coastal and Critical Facility Security Area and has been able to be used as a base in many projects through the development of Command Control System Software and other work items.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

TALOS Project aims the development of a Border Surveillance Control System, including Command Control Centers and autonomous mobile elements, to perform surveillance and surveillance missions in uncontrolled borders and open spaces, and the demonstration by testing in a zone of choice in Europe.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

ASELSAN owns the intellectual property rights of the project outputs created by the ASELSAN "System Architecture Design" and "Command Control System Development" work packages.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Strengthening the Occupational Health Expertise and Scientific Performance of Public Health Institute of Turkey- ESPRIT

Start Date and End Date

01 January 2016
31 December 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Ministry of Health Turkish Public Health Institute (THSK)

Coordinator

Ministry of Health Turkish Public Health Institute (THSK)

Budget

1.1 Million Euro

Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

With the ESPrIT project, THSK will be providing occupational health and safety services for occupational health professionals, workplace nurses, occupational health and safety professionals, who have been providing health and safety services in Community Health Centers for about 4 years in central and provincial organizations. This will be done by delivering education and consultancy services focusing on recognition and monitoring of occupational diseases to assistant health personnel,statisticians and informatics specialists.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The online library, which will be open to all stakeholders working in this field by compiling foreign and domestic scientific books, journals, articles and guides published in the field of Occupational Health, will be made accessible on the Turkish Ministry of Health web site.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the scientific capacity of Turkish Public Health Institute in the field of occupational health by focusing on occupational diseases.

Human capital development

PROcess Contaminants: Elimination Techniques for High Food Quality - PROMETHEUS

Start Date and End Date

05 January 2011
30 April 2014

Turkish Partner(s)

Hacettepe University, Eti Makine Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Coordinator

ACTIA (France)

Budget

3 Million Euro

Programme

FP7 Food Agriculture Biotechnology

Scientific Outputs

Scientific and technological added value of the project lies in a better understanding of the ways in which undesirable compounds formed during heat treatment can be reduced by innovative technologies as well as the development of innovative techniques and skills for monitoring these compounds.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Within the PROMETHEUS project, the effectiveness of 4 different innovative food processing technologies in reducing certain unwanted compounds during heat treatment in some food systems has been investigated.The project outputs will help the European food industry to increase its competitiveness and adapt new technologies to better control the safety and overall quality of its products, in order to comply with future legislation on undesirable compounds in food processing processes.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Through the PROMETHEUS project, methods have been developed to remove harmful chemicals from processed food, especially infant food, that are formed during the processing. These methods have been investigated in industrial applications as well. Consequently, results have been obtained that will enable processed foods to be healthier and more nutritious.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

PROMETHEUS project led to the doctoral research thesis and during the meetings about various cooking techniques including the ohmic cooking of various biscuits and fishes, more than 30 companies and researchers were informed.

Human capital development

New Energy Efficient Demonstration for Buildings

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2012
28 February 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

  • Özyeğin University
  • Fiba Group
  • BDesign

Coordinator

CIRCE (Spain)

Budget

9.5 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Energy

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The NEED4B project aims to provide the most appropriate designs and cost-effective solutions without ignoring the expectations of designers, building operators and future building users by conducting a series of simulation studies in the design and construction phases by means of a comprehensive and integrated collaboration between the engineering and architectural disciplines.

The measurements revealed that the energy use was about 50 kWh/m2/year, below the targeted 60 kWh/m2/year for the NEED4B project. If it's considered that the energy consumption of a typical office building in Turkey is about 220 kWh/m2/year, it seems that the SCOLA building will inspire many new buildings.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

This research is all about energy savings in buildings with integrated approaches.  In Turkey, almost 70% of energy is imported.  In addition, the country is going through a major urban development period, where about one third of the building stock (more than 6 million dwellings) will go through a major renovation. Given these two economical challenges, any systematic approach to make buildings use less energy will have a significant impact to the society.  Sustainable growth is possible only by not spending more than necessary.  By keeping the resources available to stake holders, we give them a chance to use them for other pressing issues.  In the case of this specific Project, the University is saving more than €180,000/year due to our involvement in the SCOLA Project.  The alternative construction scenario would have resulted with a building which would have used three time more energy and the extra cost mentioned above.  Our systematic and comprehensive study can be extended to other academic buildings in Turkey, to have potentially more than 85% savings, and can also be applied in other EU countries, as we expect to have with the NEED4B Consortium.  Our ultimate goal is to carry this practice to 1,000,000 buildings, by bringing fundamental building physics research to the realm of practice in an effective way.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The overall objective of NEED4B has been to develop an open and easily replicable methodology for designing, constructing, and operating new low energy buildings, aiming to a large market uptake.  NEED4B Methodology is being validated and refined by a strong demonstration program, envisaging the construction of 23.500 m2, spread among four demo sites and one virtual demo covering different climatic zones, buildings types and uses, what ensures replicability of the project results and guarantees their impact in the construction sector.

All buildings had a common target of achieving an energy consumption lower than 60 kWh/m2/year (in terms of primary energy) representing 65% reduction compared to current regulations and regular practices.  This target has been possible thanks to the selection and integration of the most suitable set of innovative and cost-effective energy efficient solutions and technologies for each of the buildings, addressing all areas of the building design: structure and envelope, HVAC, integration of RES, water and waste management and control systems.  The Turkish demo site is the SCOLA Building at the Özyeğin University Campus.  It is a 17,750 m2 academic building located in the 2. Heating Region of Turkey.  A standard academic building located in 2. Heating Region of Turkey consumes 255 kWh/m2/year (in terms of primary energy) according to BEP-TR

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Our overall goal has been to develop an open, replicable and cost-effective methodology for a high performance, low energy building.  We have employed all resources for energy production, use and savings selectively, and based on fundamental engineering principles for maximum comfort and minimum cost, to be enhanced with real-time monitoring.  The outcomes of the real-time monitoring will be used for raising awareness on low energy buildings, targeting a large range of citizens from different age groups and different professional background.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

During this Project, our team has been instrumental in developing a tailor-made SCOLA Energy Dashboard, which is intended to address the issues about maximizing the energy efficiency and minimizing the power usage via a comprehensive real-time feedback system. This dashboard software is developed after assessment of different resolutions of socio-technical feedback possibilities, which entails occupants more directly and immediately aware of their resource use and of the financial and/or environmental consequences.  The Energy Dashboard aims to enable, engage and energize building occupants to save energy.  The Dashboard is dırectly affecting the stakeholders in SCOLA, with more than 1450 students (studying in different departments), 125 tutors and 10 administrators.  New students use SCOLA every year as the building is for Foreign Language Education.  Besides, many visitors attend the building on a daily basis and interact with the kiosks placed at different locations of campus, and the information is available on web to all students, faculty and staff, as well as public at large. In addition, the CEEE is very active in disseminating the outcomes of the project through annual newsletters, academical papers, journals, social media accounts and official website.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The CEEE focus has been on sustainable energy, specifically on energy, environment and economy issues in tandem, and involves architects, engineers and graduate students.  The CEEE has naturally been, and is still, in close contact with many stakeholders including external architectural firms, engineering firms, construction teams and financial firms/banks.  During the design and construction phases a series of simulations have been carried out by external engineering firms and and our own graduate students to obtain the optimum design configurations comfort and to achieve the most cost-effective solutions. For this we  consulted with the designers, facility managers and the future occupants of the building, who in this case were administrators, teachers and students.  The information flow and decision making mechanism has been created through "Energy Efficiency Core with extended Integrated Project Delivery Wheel." This approach has allowed the design, facilities management and operation phases to be coupled with BIM, performance simulations and monitoring activities. In addition, three of our graduate students have established a spin-off company to extend the practices we develop at CEEE beyond our reach. This shows the usefulness of our research to an actual business, interact with those at the field and impact the society. 

Human capital development

We have completed a pioneering demonstration building, which is used as an open laboratory both for professionals, who took part at different stages of the project and for students, who are attending classes within the SCOLA Building.  The outcomes of the project will be a baseline for future collaborative projects in awareness and dissemination terms.

Replicable and Innovative Future Efficient Districts and Cities

Start Date and End Date

01 April 2014
29 March 2019

Turkish Partner(s)

  • Demir Enerji
  • Mir Ar-Ge
  • TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center
  • İstanbul Technical Univerity
  • SEAŞ
  • Manisa Metropolitan Municipality
  • Reengen
  • Soma Municipality

Coordinator

Cartif (Spain)

Budget

46 Million Euro

Programme

7th Framework Energy

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Building energy efficiency modeling will lead to the calculation of energy flows before and after applications, whereas intelligent and dynamic measurement will lead to confirmation of modeling results. New pipes for the district heating system will be tested and the electricity produced from the photovoltaic system will be monitored in the residential areas to match supply and demand.

The project has dissemination and multiplier effects stemming from reduction of energy demand and large-scale application of renewable energy production technologies such as development of business models and benefit/cost analysis and citizens engagement activities.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The solutions to fight climate change, increase use of  local renewable resources and decrease dependencies on fossil fuel imports rest in the urban setting and this is particularly important in the Turkish case due to rapid and largely unplanned spatial growth of Turkish cities. The challange of  decarbonizing the energy supply of  cities is first and foremost a matter of efficincy, seconded by the decarbonization of the supply, both heat and power. The energy system is one of the oldest and entrenched socio-technical systems globally and will take some time to replace and decarbonize. Major financial, technical and social shifts and transformations are required. These should combine top level development priorities and energy sector priority seting as well as decarbonization visions regarding local authorities.    

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Cityfied involves both product and process innovations as well as service novelties as it covers a whole range of essential inputs into a modern economy in an urban setting.

On the industrial product innovation side, it's contributed via the development of infrastructure in the form of polymer pipes suitable to be used for low temperature district heating networks in cities. This product is highly efficient and durable compared to state-of-the-art infrstructure that is steel. As a whole, low-temperature district heating is also more cost effective compared to present implementation particularly in Turkey and is already widely used in Northern European countries. The construction, installation and maintenance of the polymer based low-temperature district heating infrastructure requires paralel and appropriate developments in the supplier and technical support networks which are also novel and need to be developed through hand-on impementation during the course of the Project.

Another innovative dimension on the heating supply side for buildings, involves the novel application of  in-wall heating for an efficient, cost effective heating solution at homes. This solution that will be implemented in several blocks on the demosite will also serve to demonstrate the advantages of this application.

PV applications are spreading rapidly in the market and on-site installations are an important sub-sector in this market. On the other hand, what is called BIPV or Building Integrated PV products are not at present widespread. The great advantage of these products are the fact that they're multrifunctional architectonic elements which replace roof cover by an power generating product. In this way, the BIPV product becomes an architectural roof element, replacing shingles, roof tiles and/or other roof covering products which are heavy. This aesthetic product then also provides for the major portion of a building's power needs depending on position. As BIPV design and installation/maintenance are still quite novel in the market, this demonstration provides plenty of learning opportunities for users, architects, engineers, maintenance crews , distribution companies etc.

The whole district renovation demonstration involves elements of  "green construction process management" with emphasis on ecological and environmental care and citizen involvement in evaluation procedures which should also offer opportunities in residential construction works.       

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

As urban conglomerations are the major point of energy consumption, energy efficiency in cities via buildings and the built environment, offer the best opportunities to decrease depence on fossil generated heat and power. If remaining demand can be supplied through local renewable options, this provides one of the best solutions to fight climate change globally. This is particularly important in fast growth urban settings such as in Turkey. District heating is one of the most efficiecnt ways of providing urban heat as proven historically and is also not at all widespread in Turkey. Provision of district heating via all possible means including industrial waste heat utilization could save Turkey billions of dollars in foreign currency, decrease household heating bills and cut green house gases. Therefore, the various large scale implementations  as demosntrated by Cityfied are important opportunities for local governments as well as the energy sector in Turkey. 

The provision of Improved Public Goods

If at various stages of its provision, energy supply can be assumed to be a public good (despite almost complete privatization in the sector), very critical  policy decisions are needed regarding the security of supply, the affordability of energy services which need to be critically assessed for climate change effects and decarbonization of societal processes. In Cityfied, some of the important aspects of this equation can be seen to be tackled, namely, more efficiency, cost effective district heating, self-powered buildings and a hugely decreased residential energy demand.   

The improved exercise of professional skill

Technical innovations require the learning of new skills and societal practices. Even a simple change of material use in urban infrastructures requires new professional practices to spread in the workforce. District heating infrastructures and material installation would make contribution to that aspect. 

Human capital development

Both human and institutional capital development is critical in mastering socio-technical transformations. Some of these are apparent via the demand for new skills and professions and can be more easily provided through educational and training policy changes. 

Vision For Retail - V4RETAIL

Start Date and End Date

07 January 2015
01 January 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Vispera Bilgi Teknolojileri Sanayi İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Coordinator

Vispera Bilgi Teknolojileri Sanayi İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Budget

50.000 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

V4RETAIL, the automated product recognition and counting system developed by Vispera will increase the efficiency of the auditing operations and minimize human errors. This will lead to improvement of the business processes of the FMCG companies and  result in economic gain.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

One of the major pain points in retail is the lack of speed and precision in information from the selling floor. Acquiring accurate and real-time feedback on inventory distortions, such as out-of-stock, overstock and misplaced items is of paramount importance for all retail operations. The current practice of supermarket shelf monitoring and auditing relies on the visual inspection of supermarket shelves by a human auditor. This visual inspection mainly involves recognizing packaged products displayed on the shelf and producing an approximate shelf share value for each. 

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The solution consists of an end-to-end software service operating on a series of mobile, desktop and cloud-based software applications. In particular, the vision technology improves the state-of-the-art in product recognition, which is mostly limited to operate in “one visible item per image (or per processed patch)” basis and lacks efficiency when multiple instances from multiple categories are present in cluttered scenes. In that aspect, the contribution of the project to the related scientific field is multi-fold: 

Given the large number of SKUs and complexity of shelf scenes, our approach is very efficient thanks to hierarchical visual dictionaries that project use for matching image features to their precomputed product counterparts. Second, project process shelf scenes as a whole by reasoning about the common scene attributes holistically to eliminate spurious matches, and resolving distinct detections in parallel with Generalized Hough transform from feature matches to the SKU-pose space. Third, project exploit the fact that shelf items are arranged under a planogram, and accordingly combine our results with spatial scene priors in a Bayesian sense to achieve an improved and context-aware visual recognition system.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Wholesaler firms improve their business processes and achieve economic gains

Human capital development

Development of A Reliable Quality Control System Using Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Technologies

Start Date and End Date

06 January 2015
03 January 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Floteks Plastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Coordinator

Floteks Plastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Budget

1.2 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The LeakFree project targets at bringing to the market a low cost leak detection system that is fast, accurate, traceable and automated for mass production environments in the fuel tanks production industry. 
 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Vehicle fuel deposits are sent to the main industry with 100% leakage control. The industry standard accepts that controls are human-dependent. However, it is important to carry out a control that can carry life-threatening risks with an automatic and recordable method.The project aims to bring a new standard to the automotive industry. If the standard is adopted, sales in the global marketplace will also be easy.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

The LeakFree system aims to develop a Quality Control system for Plastic fuel tanks in general. Hence, the productivity increase, the profitability enhancement and increase in turnover aimed at, will directly benefit the plastic manufacturing sector. The LeakFree product will be an automated system for leakage detection of fuel tanks in mass production environments. Provides increased leakage sensitivity than currently employed techniques and it is characterised by reduced investment and operational costs. It is traceable and can be integrated to an ERP system. The system aims to replace the techniques commonly employed by the industry, (a) visual bubble inspection technique, (b) HE technique and (c) pressure drop measurement technique.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

With the developed technology, it will be possible to reduce the risk of leaks increasing due to the use of plastic parts and in this way a significant increase in productivity will be ensured.

Human capital development

Crowd-Sourcing Technology to Change How People and Cars Move in Cities

Start Date and End Date

10 January 2015
03 January 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Lojika Bilgi Teknolojileri

Coordinator

Lojika Bilgi Teknolojileri

Budget

1.7 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

TAG aims to revolutionize carpooling for Smart Cities. It is important to decrease traffic comfort by decreasing traffic intensity, vehicle parking problems and fuel costs through car sharing.The project comes to the fore compared to similar applications with its algorithm based on user's position and individual needs.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

TAG brings together ride communities of friends and work colleagues, old and young, in an ecological and profitable way. After three years, TAG will have saved several nuclear power plants.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

What differentiates the proprietary solution is that it incorporates propriety knowhow, including new algorithms and smart phone technologies with which created algorithms with a crowd-source approach. This allows the algorithms to be customized to individual needs, locations, and different occasions by the users for the users.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Membran Bioreactor

Start Date and End Date

01 September 2015
31 August 2018

Turkish Partner(s)

Seramic Research Center

Coordinator

FACSA (Spain)

Budget

2.36 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Environment and Raw Materials

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The expected outputs are the implementation and validation of a low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) in a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), the study of the impact and replication of the technology for the reuse of the water in regions with water scarcity and the industrial sector, and finally, the definition of a proper business plan to start the commercialization of the technology, once the project will be finished. 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Wastewater treatment through the use of a membrane bioreactor (MBR) can be an exceptional alternative to increase the reclaimed water as a worldwide habitual application. The main problem of the current MBRs, using inorganic membranes, is the high running and maintenance costs of the technology. REMEB project proposes a new type of MBR which will significantly decrease the cost of the technology.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

REMEB project will develop a ceramic, ecological and competitive MBR for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), from ceramic raw materials and by-products and agro-industrial wastes.

As a first approach the low cost ceramic membranes will be developed in Spain with typical raw materials used in the ceramic tile industry like chamotte from fired tile scrap and wastes obtained in agricultural and industrial processes such as olive oil solid wastes and marble working wastes. Then, the membrane will be replicated at a pilot scale in Turkey and Italy, being also ceramic strategic areas, by using recycled materials and wastes products available in these countries. The differences between manufactured membranes will be examined.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

Since REMEB project will develop a ceramic, ecological and competitive MBR for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) by using ceramic raw materials and by-products and agro-industrial wastes, the wastes of these sectors will be reused. In addition it will provide a low cost technology for reusing the domestic and industrial wastewaters for different aims such as irrigation or industrial purposes for especially the areas with water shortages. The outputs of the project is expected to affect the job creation, economic growth and circular economy positively in Europe.

The provision of Improved Public Goods

It is expected that this technology would be implemented massively, principally due to the low cost of REMEB MBR (3.5 times lower than a MBR of organic membranes and 2.5 times lower than a ceramic MBR). Reusing the domestic and industrial wastewaters for different aims such as irrigation or industrial purposes for especially the areas with water shortages will be possible. This situation is considered to affect the formation of new policies on industrial water use and irrigation (water management) especially in regions with water shortage.

The improved exercise of professional skill

The application of new, ecologically and low-cost MBRs in different countries will result in the reuse of domestic and industrial wastewater for different purposes (irrigation, industry, etc.), especially in the regions where water is under pressure. In this way, it is expected that the new MBR, which has been developed within the project, will contribute to the development of the personnel employed in the mentioned sectors.

 

 

Human capital development

Wear3D PoC: Wearable Augmented Reality 3D Displays

Start Date and End Date

06 January 2015
12 January 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Koc University

Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Hakan ÜREY

Budget

Programme

ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

Eleven international patent applications were filed covering areas such as new optical approaches, image creator, system architecture and computational algorithms.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Smart glasses designed for increased reality are expected to replace smartphones. The available smart glasses are able to display a limited image with a narrow view angle. Another important constraint is that the current 3-D image displays lead to headaches, nausea, etc. as the distance between the focus of the eye and the distance of the view is different. The Wear3D project seeks to overcome these limitations in wearable screens and 3D imaging technologies by developing unique optical approaches.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Within the scope of the Optical Mems Laboratory carried out by Prof. Dr. Hakan ÜREY at Koç University, a team of 23 people consisting of researchers, doctorate, master and undergraduate students are working. One third of this team is working under ERC project.

Cloud Based Vessel Allocation Decision Support System for Vessel Chartering - CLOUD-VAS

Start Date and End Date

06 January 2015
06 January 2017

Turkish Partner(s)

Promatech Denizcilik Teknolojileri

Coordinator

Promatech Denizcilik Teknolojileri

Budget

1.8 Million Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

CLOUD-VAS aims to help Large Oil & Gas companies and Large Ship-owners make sharp decisions on which vessels to charter, saving enormously on chartering costs and fuel consumption equalizing lower CO2 emission.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The outcome CLOUD-VAS will provide a flexible and affordable optimisation platform that enables to significantly minimise operational costs and fuel consumption(thus GHG emissions).The most important factors in supporting the project are that similar solutions are technically inadequate and the planned work is being carried out for the first time in international literature. In positioning the project output in the global market, it is aimed to obtain sustainable income by providing international services instead of selling licenses, to train qualified people and to increase employment.

Reduced environmental impact and enhanced fuel efficiency will contribute to economic prosperity and environmental sustainability as two pillars of sustainability. This makes the project strongly related to the current EU wide challenges for the Maritime Transportation Industry to cut back its CO2 emissions and contribute to their strive for delivering products in a timely and cost effective manner.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

CLOUD-VAS will be the only Cloud-Based solution for Vessel Alocation in the market.  Different from the traditional model, CLOUD-VAS will be served as Saas (Software as a Service) model.

CLOUD-VAS is designed to be integrable with Voyage Performance Analyse Reporting System 'VPARS' (developed by PROMATECH) which is a software that measures the operational efficiency of chartered vessels during their voyages, monitors these voyages and gives accurate, detailed reports of the voyages. It's  planned that within 3 years after the completion of the project, CLOUD-VAS and VPARS will be integrated. 

Also, a metaheuristic solver which is combined Evolutionary Algorithms, Tabu Search and Particle Swarm Optimisation will be generated. 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development