A Pioneer Research Infrastructure

Emerging Printed Electronics Research Infrastructure (EMERGE) is a pioneer research infrastructure supporting comprehensive user projects for leading-edge multi-and-trans-disciplinary research on sustainable flexible large-area printed electronics and photonics (FLAPEP).

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Research on flexible, large-area electronics and photonics gets a boost

EMERGE involves top-ranked European partners from 11 institutions committed to tackling the challenges concerning all the FLAPEP value chain, going from materials and inks formulation to design and architecture of processes, devices and systems, backup by characterization, test modelling and simulation tools.

This project lies on establishing the foundation for the development of a pioneer research infrastructure supporting comprehensive user projects for leading-edge multi-and-trans-disciplinary research on sustainable FLAPEP, offering a true open-access facility that connects scientific expertise and technological competencies to a vast network in the ecosystem, intended to boost value creation.

EMERGE provides support to users from all regions of Europe, in particular those that normally have less easy access to open access infrastructures and to large scale facilities (because of geography, competitiveness of proposals due to limited sample preparation and characterization means, lack of assisted high-power computing facilities, etc.).

This approach aims to promote synergies in a win-win model, where researchers will have wider, simplified, and more efficient access to the best research infrastructures required to conduct their projects, while triggering and facilitating the formation of European symbiotic clusters. This synergism among partners and stakeholders envisions a long-lasting, sustainable community, in-line with the Green Deal initiative for environmentally friendly approaches towards a circular economy.

Free-of-charge access to users from academy, industry and small-medium enterprises

EMERGE project aims to establish the first research infrastructure platform in the field of flexible, hybrid, printed electronics on recyclable substrates using eco-friendly materials and processes that provides open access to research & technological organizations, small-medium enterprises, and industry. Synergies will be realized by EMERGE across a wide range of national and international research and innovation activities in the field of FLAPEP.

Key objectives of EMERGE:
Save Time

Shorten technology transfer time towards the market.


Create synergies between academia, small medium enterprises and industry.

Minimize Risk

Minimize the risk of introducing flexible large-area printed electronics and photonics technologies in new products.


Sustain the outputs generated by the project.

Improve the impact of technology transfer


Create added value and roadmap the introduction of new, recyclable electronics products at “half-the-time/ half-the-cost” to establish a sustainable prosperity


Improve the impact of technology transfer in Europe and speed up the market entrance of green FLAPEP technologies by facilitating the linkages between research institute laboratories, facilitators of technological innovation, small medium enterprises and industry


Unlike the current model of technology transfer in Europe, i.e. unidirectional transfer from research centers to spin-offs, EMERGE adopts an innovative bidirectional approach based on a hybrid, strong cooperation between academia and Industry, acting as facilitator of cross-border initiatives to launch new products in the midterm. The concept relies on a user-centric approach, taking in consideration the needs of users and providing a risk-reduced approach to small-medium enterprises for introducing new FLAPEP technologies in their products

Focus on close-to-market prototype development

EMERGE holds a fertile culture of interchangeable technical and scientific expertise to be shared and transferred between and beyond its consortium members, focused on close-to-market prototype development, that will  foster a sustainable implementation of FLAPEP technologies towards the support of investments and experiments.

Researchers will have wider, simplified, and more efficient access to the best research infrastructures they require to conduct their research
New or more advanced research infrastructure services, enabling leading-edge or multidisciplinary research, are made available to a wider user community
Operators of related infrastructures develop synergies and complementary capabilities, leading to improved and harmonized services
Innovation in the area of green FLAPEP technologies is fostered through a reinforced partnership of research infrastructures with industry
New generation of researchers is educated, being ready to optimally exploit all the essential tools for their research
The integration of major scientific equipment or sets of instruments and of knowledge-based resources leads to a better management of the continuous flow of data collected or produced by these facilities and resources

More than science

Networking activities to bring together and integrate on European scale excellent research as well as to create a culture of co-operation between research infrastructures, scientific communities, industries and other stakeholders
Transnational access for user’s free-of-charge for initiating co-operation of key national and regional research infrastructures and for their optimal use and joint development
Joint symbiotic, cross-cutting research activities to improve the level and quality of services provided as well as to innovate in FLAPEP concerning hybrid printing systems/products for electronics and health, development of novel inks and 3D printing for multifunctional smart object on free-of-form surfaces
Engagement with core European clusters