Objectives and benefits

Management Committee (MC) and Working Group (WG) meetings will be the occasion for face-toface interactions. They will provide an ideal setting for monitoring the state-of-the art, discuss results and challenges, define research priorities and initiate new collaborations as well as consortia that will apply for funding research projects. Workshops, conferences, mutual publications in high impact journals and joint patent applications will be organized and supported in order to strengthen the research community of NQO, disseminate results, create awareness of the importance of NQO and generate intellectual property. Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) will further collaborative research among the Action members, encourage the mobility of ESRs, including young female scientists, and facilitate access to advanced research infrastructure. Training Schools, ESR Workshops and Summer Internships will promote the education and training of ESRs and young female scientists in academia and industry. Female scientists participation will be proactively encouraged as outlined in E.4 and gender balance monitored for all activities. Early-involvement of end users will be driven by an Advisory Board on innovation and education, which will aim at cooperating with universities, public research institutions and industry. An advanced book setting the current state of progress and future challenges in NQO and a research & innovation roadmap for NQO on innovation and education will consolidate the NQO community and set the basis for future actions. The Action will develop strategies to successfully participate in research funding programmes, such as Marie Curie actions, FET schemes and ERC grants, to strengthen its research activities and to promote ERSs among its members. Soft networking channels, such as a website, email distribution lists and a newsletter, will store and disseminate information about the Action activities and reach out to a wider community. The Action objectives and activities will be continuously monitored and their results disseminated.