Baltic Tram - summary of the project
The SOLARIS Centre for two years carried out the international Baltic TRAM project (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion). The aim of the project was to enhance bonds and cooperation between research institutions and the world of business. The project was implemented in the countries of the Baltic Sea region, including Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
The primary aim of Baltic TRAM was to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to make use of the research infrastructure. Selected companies were allowed to participate in specialist consultations and training sessions offered by project partners. They were also given access to the research equipment in order to test their own innovative ideas. The project provided funds for the realization of research, covering costs of remuneration for the researchers and financing materials essential for the conduct of experiments. Depending on their individual needs, the companies were directed to various research facilities in the Baltic Sea region.
They were also able to make use of equipment available to the Jagiellonian University. When implementing its part of the project, the SOLARIS Centre linked four companies to twelve scientists from the Jagiellonian University. The successfully completed measurements may in the future provide an incentive for other entrepreneurs to take advantage of the research potential of the University. The young researchers in turn gained valuable professional experience.
As part of the TRAM project, national strategies aiming at the development of research infrastructure and intelligent specialization were also analysed. The recommendations and proposals that were generated may aid decision-makers in the more efficient use of scientific potential. One long-term result of the project will be the strengthening of innovation and competitiveness in the Baltic Sea region.
The project was partly funded by the European Union.