The main objectives the ERA Chair are sub-divided into four specific objectives which attainment will lead to the successful integration of excellent research and enhanced exploitation perspectives (of generated research results) to the benefit of both the local R&D and socio-economic community and the European Research Area as a whole.
This specific objective aims at introducing measures, methods and activities to help to reinforce the excellence in research in the field of Net Zero Energy city Districts (NZED) at UMONS (within the Research Institute for Energy – RIE). The first measure was the recruitment of the ERA-Chair Holder and the constitution of a multidisciplinary ERA-Chair Team in charge of the R&D&I programme. The Team developed a long term research policy and project portfolio that ensures sustainability of funding, high quality research actions and long term vision with high benefit for society.
This specific objective aims at introducing measures, methods, activities to favour valorization of the most promising results. Accordingly, this objective aims also to design and create a supporting structure based on a close collaboration between the ERA-Chair Team and the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of UMONS fully dedicated to proactively lead “business development” activities.
This specific objective aims at increasing a dynamic network including regional, national and European stakeholders in the field of NZED. The aims are (i) to actively participate in key groupings and provide experts in several commissions (notably for the definition of strategic research priorities); (ii) to develop company consortium in the field of NZED to take position in the new potential markets created by the technological developments; (iii) to develop demonstration projects.
The last specific objective is to monitor the performance of the ERA-Chair model. It is important to evaluate the success of the initiative in order to further improve its development and implementation, firstly, within RIE in other R&D&I fields and, secondly, within the other Research Institutes of UMONS.
The Main expected results are:
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