Call 14 - Call for Projects

This project call aims at submitting IBO (ICON, Cooperatief or Cooperatief-PLUS) and SBO project proposals fitting within the framework of any approved and/or running vertical SIM program. Deadline for submission is May 2nd, 2017. Projects have to be pre-announced by April 3rd, 2017, to be eligible.

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User Forum 2017 - SAVE THE DATE

The 5th SIM User Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 @ ALM (Berchem), in the afternoon. Don't miss this opportunity to discover new research and development results from the SIM programs and meet up with the materials community in Flanders and beyond!
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About SIM-Flanders

The Strategic Initiative Materials ‘SIM’ is a virtual research centre, initiated in 2009 by the Flemish Materials Industry and the Flemish Universities. SIM’s mission is to further strengthen the scientific materials base and to build technology platforms in relevant areas with sufficient critical mass.

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Lightweight materials: needs at Flemish OEM's

The following report has been compiled by SIM after consultation with a number of Flemish OEM’s: “Lightweight materials (composites). Needs at Flemish OEM’s”.The document describes the specific needs and requests with respect to the use of composites by the consulted companies.
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SIM Themes

  • Durable & Sustainable Structural Materials

    Three domains were identified in this theme to match the interest and specialization of material related industry and research organizations in Flanders: hybrid structural materials, high performance Multi-functional structural materials and sustainable processes.

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  • Materials for Energy & Light

    Energy generation, storage and use is one of the main challenges for the future of Europe, therefore also of Flanders. In the SIM framework, strategic focus is on the following topics: harvesting of energy with photovoltaics, energy conversion with fuel cells and energy storage with batteries.

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  • Predictive Modeling and Advanced Characterization

    Materials and products become increasingly more complex. More different materials become available each year, resulting in endless combination possibilities for applications and functionalities. Basic knowledge, using detailed material characterization and modeling, is needed more than ever.

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  • Recyclable Materials

    Recycling is a process to change waste into new products to prevent waste of useful materials and to reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials. As products become increasingly more complex in design and functionalities, recycling becomes more difficult and the need for research increases.

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  • Tailored Nanomaterials

    The nanotechnology revolution essentially consists of the ability to control material features on the nanometer length scale. To see the economic impact of these new abilities, the basic science of nanotechnology requires continuous development and improvement.

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