The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a young, but increasingly recognised research centre whose research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. Its core activities are: Frontier Basic and Applied Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,Technology Transfer, and Public Outreach. ICN2 is an independent non-profit research organisation within the framework of the Catalan CERCA research centre management model and the ICREA international talent recruitment mechanism. It operates under best-practice principles to seek excellence at all levels (scientific, technical, management) with flexibility in financial management, HR and technology transfer, governance by independent Boards, and strong participation in local and international competitive project programs.

The AgenciaEstatalConsejo Superior de InvestigacionesCientíficas (CSIC) is the largest public Research Institution in Spain and the third largest in Europe, with a network of more than 130 Institutes and a total staff of around 15.000 people. The Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona – Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (IMB-CNM), which belongs to the Spanish researchcouncil Consejo Superior de InvestigacionesCientíficas (CSIC), is a public research lab for Si-based micro and nano integrated systems. The key research areas of the IMB-CNM are: nanofabrication and functional properties of nanostructures,micro and nanotechnologies, transducers for chemical and biochemical sensing, CMOS integrated circuits andsystems, micro-nanobio systems, and power devices and systems.

The UniveristéGrenoblesAlpes (UGA) was born on January 1st, 2016, from the merging of the three main Grenoble universities: Joseph Fourier University (UJF), Pierre Mendes France University (UPMF) and Stendhal University. UGA is aresearch-intensive university (ranked 7 in France), gathering 40 000 students (including 3 700 PhD students, 45% from abroad), 2 200 permanent academic staff, 80 laboratories organised in 6 research departments, and 14 doctoral schools. It is located in a very international and high tech environment comprising 9 additional national organisms (CEA, CNRS, CEN/Météo-France,CRSSA, Inserm INRA, Inria, IRD, Irstea) and 5 large international research facilities (The European Synchrotron – ESRF, ILL,The European Molecular Biology Laboratory – EMBL, IRAM-Institute, GHMFL), which attract thousands of researchers every year. UGA has a great experience in European framework programmes (FP) management.

ARMINES ( is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967, having common research centres with the Ecoles des Mines: Paris (Mines ParisTech), Albi-Carmaux (Mines AlbiCarmaux), Alès(Mines Alès), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (Mines Saint-Etienne), gathering public and private personnel and means, to collaborate on an arms lengths basis and perform research contractual activities and academic research training. The Joint Research Units and the collaboration between ARMINES and the Ecole des Mines are organisedwithin the frame of a convention signed with each Ecole des Mines in conformity with the Law dated April 18th, 2006, under the administrative authority of the French Minister of Industry; ARMINES having in addition, the duty to manage research contractual activities and the related intellectual property rights.

The Grenoble-Alpes University Hospital (CHUGA) is the reference hospital in the alpine region that offers all medical specialties. One of the main area of excellence of CHUGA are Clinical Neurosciences, that are grouped under the recently labeled University-Hospital Federation (FHU) ”NeuroPsyNov” (Neurostimulation and innovations in neuro-psychiatric diseases, dir. Philippe Kahane) which brings together the expertise of 7 clinical teams, 15 research teams and 9 platforms/core facilities ( CHUGA is well known to have pioneered deep-brain stimulation (DBS) therapy in the80’s and since then has remained very active in this domain. It is also an internationally recognized center for epilepsy surgery, especially in the field of intracranial EEG (SEEG) recordings and stimulation.

Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH was founded in 1996 and is based in the Science and Technology Park in Reutlingen in Southwest Germany. The company is as subsidiary of Havard Bioscience Inc. since Oct. 2014. Three major product lines demonstrate the core competences of Multi Channel Systems — to develop innovative instruments and software for various electrophysiological applications: i) systems for in vitro measurements of extracellular activity from excitable cells with the help of micro electrode arrays, ii) in vivo recording systems for extracellular recordings (both, tethered and wireless), iii) fully automated recording systems for two electrode voltage clamp (Roboocyte) or semi-automated patch clamp recordings (PatchServer).

The University of Geneva is Switzerland’s second-largest university. It proposes more than 280 types of degrees in sciences, medicine and humanities. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles and astrophysics. UNIGE leads research projects in collaboration with almost 100 countries. Atthe European level the UNIGE actively participates in several European research programmes, particularly to the 7th Framework Programme of Research and Development with 19 projects coordinated by the UNIGE and more than 250 participations to projects in all scientific disciplines.

The University of Oxford is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-classcentre of excellence in research and teaching. It employs over 11,000 staff and has a student population of over 22,000. Our annual income in 2013/14 was £1,174.4m. Oxford is one of Europe’s most innovative and entrepreneurial universities:income from external research contracts exceeds £478.3m per annum, and more than 80 spin-off companies have beencreated.

LMU is the leading teaching and research university in Germany, ranking 1st in Germany in the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Along with the neighbouring Max-Planck, Helmholtz, and Technical University institutions, it can be regarded as a major European science hub. LMU is a large beneficiary of the German excellence initiative, and has beenawarded more than 40 ERC grants. Under the first Horizon 2020 Call for the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships LMU has been already granted 8 EFs and 2 GFs and 10 ITNs.

Wavestone is a leading consulting firm advising private companies and public institutions on strategy, organisation and management consulting. We rely on a force of 2.500 employees, spread across 4 continents, with the capacity to operate in a synchronized manner across all of our locations. Within Wavestone, the Innovation Management & Funding (IMF) department is specialized in assisting companies and public institutions with all aspects of public funding granted for complex projects. The team of 45 specialists is spread across Europe and combines local, national and EU coverage of funding programmes. Wavestone’s specialists combine several decades of experience in setting-up complex projects, obtaining public funding for them and then managing administrative and collaborative matters in order to ensure smooth operation and reporting. In the field of R&D and innovation, Wavestone’s IMF experience has been applied to consortia ranging from 4 to 35 partners, with public funding ranging from 1 to 25 million Euros, granted from leading European and national programmes (H2020, IMI, ENIAC, LIFE, Eco-innovation, structural funds, etc.)