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18 Mar 2022

NFFA-Europe Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a long-term programme signed by 10 leading European Research Organizations

The robustness of NFFA-Europe and the uniqueness of the offered service led to the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ten leading research organizations, with the aim of promptly establishing a roadmap for expansion and for long-term operation.

The MoU is a first step towards the creation of innovative and sustainable research infrastructure services capable of increasing European competitiveness in science and technology.

The first ten adhering European research organizations are:

Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) – FRANCE
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) – FRANCE
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) - ITALY
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – SPAIN
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) – GERMANY
Idryma Technologias kai Erevnas (FORTH) – GREECE
Lunds Universitet (ULUND) – SWEDEN
Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)- SWITZERLAND
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) – SPAIN
Università degli Studi di Milano (UMIL)– ITALY


HERE the text of the MoU.

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NFFA-Europe ( is a distributed research infrastructure operated by 22 international partners and coordinated by the Italian CNR that provides integrated access to nanofoundries (laboratories for synthesis and manipulation of nanostructures) and fine analysis techniques available at European large-scale facilities. The services provided are based on the expertise and advanced tools made available by the partners and on the support of the European Commission through the framework programmes.