WP18 - JA8 – Bridging academic and industrial research
D18.1 - Market analysis report
6 Sep 2021
This report is a deliverable of Task 18.1 dedicated to the Market Analysis as part of WP18 “Bridging
academic and industrial research”.
The main potential industrial users of NEP and related services, including of NFFA infrastructure
beyond the NEP project, are entities from the two main cohorts: SMEs or large/multinational
companies. The primary motivation for becoming a user of NEP is likely to be different between
these two cohorts. SMEs may lack the resources to either acquire advanced instrumentation or
obtain access to advanced facilities via commercial/contract services. The challenges of limited
resources may be particularly relevant for start-ups. In contrast, large or multinational companies
are likely to have substantial in-house resources and equipment as well as the financial ability to
contract specialty services from external commercial providers. Nevertheless, for advanced research
and development (R&D) activities of large companies, NEP is able to provide access to unique
facilities and leading-edge expertise that are not commercially available. Accordingly, the access
to infrastructure offered via NEP is not primarily in direct competition with services offered by existing
analytical or fabrication companies. Rather, the preliminary and proof-of-concept R&D activities
enabled by infrastructure access via NEP will be able to support the subsequent development, scaleup,
and commercialization of new or improved processes, materials, or products.
The primary domains of expertise of NEP partners are nanoscience and nanotechnology, i.e., the
facilities and expertise offered by NEP are inherently interdisciplinary. This interdisciplinarity naturally
extends into the industrial applications of nanotechnology, which, rather than being concentrated in
one or two industries, span a broad range of sectors, including materials and chemical
synthesis/engineering, electronics and photonics (including the associated advanced technologies,
such as superconductivity, spintronics, or quantum technology), energy (including photovoltaics,
batteries, electrodes, catalysts for energy conversion, thermoelectrics, etc.), and pharmaceutics and
A comprehensive analysis of all the above industrial sectors would extend well beyond the scope
and resources of this project. Accordingly, the desk research addressed two representative crosssections
of the communities that can provide users for NEP facilities, services, and expertise:
semiconductors and nanomaterials.
To collect primary information, a survey has been circulated among potential industrial users of NEP
infrastructure, with questions designed to understand their needs in terms of services and to gain
insights into their expectations. The collected information will enable NEP to optimize outreach
channels in order to target industrial communities more appropriately in Task 18.2.
The results from the desk research and the survey are analyzed in light of the objectives of the Task
18.1, WP18, and NEP project and recommendations are provided in the final section of this report.