CAROTS in short

The objective of CAROTS is to establish a new type of SME – Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs) – providing services in various fields. CAROs will help enterprises to benefit from knowledge and potential of scientists and research facilities in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). As intermediary companies they will facilitate access of companies to advanced research infrastructures (ARI) and to scientific expertise needed to solve analytical tasks in areas like e.g. New Materials, NanoTech or Life Sciences and thus significantly expedite innovation.

The goal of CAROTS is to initiate a test bed in the BSR for a new type of intermediaries between industry and ARIs. CAROTS aims at involving private capital – by investing in CAROs – in the collaboration between industries and publicly owned analytical facilities.

Although a few CAROs already exist in Europe, we see a high potential for additional enterprises of this type. CAROTS wants to improve conditions for this type of industrial research start-ups along with greater visibility, better knowledge transfer and by attracting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists for support.

Company cases

Companies selected for support during our forerunner project Baltic TRAM were provided with consultations and measurements of materials samples at analytical research facilities. You can find interesting case studies of "industry-research-cooperation" on the Baltic TRAM homepage. Those cases inspired the current project CAROTS.

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Open Data Portal

The Open Data Portal is the library of company cases and database of experiments conducted during the forerunner project Baltic TRAM. Those cases are the sucessfully tackeled "research challenges" during the Batlic TRAM runtime (2016-2019).

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Latest News

Follow Up Workshop for intermediary companies

A group of intermediaries met in Grenoble on 3 February 2020, continuing discussions towards the formation of a new international network.

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2nd Work Package Leader Meeting of CAROTS

The meeting was hosted by CAROTS’ project partner, the Foundation of Innovative Initiatives (FII).

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