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Dr. Michael Vogel, +49 271 740 2594, michael.vogel@uni-siegen.de or michael.vogel@cern.ch

Innovation Fostering in Accelerator Science and Technology

Horizon 2020

INFRAINNOV - Demonstrating the role of Research Infrastructures in the translation of Open Science into Open Innovation

RIA - Research and Innovation action



Verbundforschungsprojekt mit 49 europäischen Partnern:
  • CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research (International European Interest Organisation)
  • ESS - European Spallation Source (European Research Infrastructure Consortium)
  • RHP Technology Gmbh (Austria)
  • TalTech - Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • BI - Bergoz Instrumentation (France)
  • CEA - Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (France)
  • CNRS - Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)
  • Sigmaphi (France)
  • SOLEIL - Synchrotron Soleil (France)
  • THALES - Thales AVS France SAS (France)
  • BNG - Bilfinger Noell GmbH (Germany)
  • Barthel HF-Technik GmbH (Germany)
  • DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
  • GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)
  • HIT - Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (Germany)
  • HZB - Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany)
  • ILK - Institute of Air and Refrigeration Technology ILK Dresden (Germany)
  • KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • USI - University of Siegen (Germany)
  • WWU - University of Münster (Germany)
  • Wigner RCP - Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Hungary)
  • CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  • Comeb S.R.L. (Italy)
  • ELETTRA - Elettra Synchrotron Trieste (Italy)
  • INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
  • KYMA S.R.L. (Italy)
  • Piccoli S.R.L. (Italy)
  • PoloMi - Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • RTU - Riga Technical University (Latvia)
  • UT - University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • VLD-ETG - VDL Enabling Technologies Group (Netherlands)
  • INCT - Instytut Chemii i Techniki Jądrowej (Poland)
  • IEE - Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)
  • STU - Slovak University of Technology (Slovakia)
  • CIEMAT - Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
  • CYCLOMED Technologies (Spain)
  • Elytt Energy S.L (Spain)
  • NNK - Nanoker Research (Spain)
  • GE - GEMS PET Systems AB (Sweden)
  • Scanditronix Magnet AB (Sweden)
  • UU - Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
  • DLS - Diamond Light Source (UK)
  • HUD - University of Huddersfield (UK)
  • RHUK - Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)
  • TMD Technologies Limited (UK)
  • UKRI - United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UK)
  • ULANC - Lancaster University (UK)
  • UOXF - University of Oxford (UK)


Particle accelerators are a key asset of the European Research Area. Their use spans from the large installations devoted to fundamental science to a wealth of facilities providing X-ray or neutron beams to a wide range of scientific disciplines. Beyond scientific laboratories, their use in medicine and industry is rapidly growing.
Notwithstanding their high level of maturity, particle accelerators are now facing critical challenges related to the size and performance of the facilities envisaged for the next step of particle physics research, to the increasing demands to accelerators for applied science, and to the specific needs of societal applications.
In this crucial moment for accelerator evolution, I.FAST aims at enhancing innovation in and from accelerator-based Research Infrastructures (RI) by developing innovative breakthrough technologies common to multiple accelerator platforms, and by defining strategic roadmaps for future developments. I.FAST will focus the technological R&D on long-term sustainability of accelerator-based research, with the goal of developing more performant and affordable technologies, and of reducing power consumption and impact of accelerator facilities, thus paving the way to a sustainable next-generation of accelerators. By involving industry as a co-innovation partner via the 17 industrial companies in the Consortium, 12 of which SME’s, I.FAST will generate and maintain an innovation ecosystem around the accelerator-based RIs that will sustain the long-term evolution of accelerator technologies in Europe.
To achieve its goals, I.FAST will explore new alternative accelerator concepts and promote advanced prototyping of key technologies. These include, among others, techniques to increase brightness and reduce dimensions of synchrotron light sources, advanced superconducting technologies to produce higher fields with lower consumption, and strategies and technologies to improve energy efficiency.