Metall. Res. Technol.
Volume 111, Number 4, 2014
|Page(s)||271 - 279|
|Published online||10 October 2014|
Successful collaborative research for the coal and steel industry in europe: the RFCS programme
Accepted: 8 September 2014
The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) was established in 2002 to contribute to the competitiveness of the European Coal and Steel sectors by supporting collaborative research, pilot and demonstration projects. A Monitoring and Assessment exercise of the RFCS programme covering the period 2003–2011 was carried out by an Expert Committee comprising four coal and six steel experts appointed by the European Commission. The assessment exercise involved the analysis of the 198 projects completed during this period, with special emphasis on the benefits for beneficiaries, Sectors and Society. Based on actual fact and figures provided by the project partners, it was established that 1 euro spent in the project budget delivered a benefit of about 2 euros for the project partners. Extrapolated at the level of the coal and steel sectors with very conservative assumptions, the potential benefit of the projects was estimated at about 700 M€/year. To capture this potential benefit, additional efforts and budget must be spent at the company level for implementing the relevant technological solutions.
Key words: Collaborative european research / coal and steel / RFCS / assessment of benefit / process development / product development / innovation
On behalf of the Expert Committee appointed for the Monitoring and Assessment exercise of the RFCS programme. The members of the Expert Committee were: Prof. Dr. Rob Boom, Dr. Jean-Claude Charbonnier, Dr. Jürgen Czwalinna, Prof. Dr-Ing. Christoph Dauber, Dr. Jose-Luis Fuentes-Cantillana, Dr. Nikolaos Koukouzas, Mr. Bertrand de Lamberterie, Dr. Jürgen Stahl, Dr. Jean-Marc Steiler (rapporteur for the Assessment), Prof. Dr-Ing Carl-Dieter Wuppermann (chairman).
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