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TECHNOLOGICAL DEMANDS OF SIRIUS PROJECT

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The Sirius Project has as one of its goals to stimulate the development of the Brazilian industry, through its demands for services, raw materials and equipment. The goal is to apply from 65% to 70% of project funds within the country.

Among partnerships already established, one example is with the company Termomecânica São Paulo S.A., from São Bernardo do Campo (SP). The company is a leader in the sector of processing of non-ferrous metals. The company has developed a process for manufacturing the vacuum chamber of the storage ring, made of an alloy of copper and silver, as well as the hollow copper wires for the electromagnets, which enable circulation of water for cooling.

Another example is the company WEG Industries S.A., from Jaraguá do Sul (SC). Traditional manufacturer of electric motors, WEG will make the electromagnets for Sirius, as designed by the technical staff of LNLS.

There are also examples of partnerships with smaller companies, such as FCA Brazil, from Campinas (SP), for the manufacture of the booster vacuum chambers, and EXA-M Instrumentação do Nordeste Ltda., from Camaçari (BA), for the development and manufacturing of devices for the baking of the vacuum chambers of the storage ring.

PARTNERSHIPS SIRIUS

To increase the participation of national companies in the Sirius project, other systematic actions were taken. Based on the risk analysis of 73 products to be developed, and considering - in addition to the areas of operation of the Brazilian industry - the market for these products and the technological development required, they were chosen 29 technological challenges to be developed in partnership with Brazilian industry.

It began then to search for partnerships through discussions with funding agencies and industry associations. In June 2013, LNLS promoted Partnerships Workshop Sirius, in order to present the business challenges of the Sirius project and partner selection model. Of the 50 participating companies, 21 sent letters of intent, demonstrating the interest in developing some of the challenges presented during the event.

1st FAPESP/FINEP CALL

Finally, negotiations with the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (Finep) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) culminated, in September 2014, in the opening of the first public call for selection of companies based in São Paulo to develop 20 technological demands of the Sirius project with resources of R$  40 million.

These funds were made available under the PIPE / PAPPE economic grant program, so that each proposal could request up to R$ 1.5 million for the chosen development.

Learn more about the 1st Call for Proposals on the FAPESP website (in Portuguese).

Eight companies were selected to develop 13 research projects to solve the challenges posed in the call. Whereas the success rates of programs such as PIPE are between 20% and 40%, the model built between the LNLS/CNPEM and FAPESP/Finep was successful in regards to the percentage of approved projects. The final approval of the companies and signature of the contracts took place during the second half of 2015.

In June, 2016, FAPESP, Finep and LNLS held the 1st Workshop for Project monitoring the projects approved for the 1st Call of Proposals. It was attended by Representatives of the Funding Agencies and the Laboratory, as well as representatives of the companies, which were invited to present the project for which they are responsible, the implementation stage, the main difficulties and the results obtained in the first months of the contract. There were 12 presentations with the follow-up and interaction with the Funding Agencies managers and with LNLS researchers.

2nd FAPESP/FINEP CALL

In August 2015, a second public call for proposals was launched for the development of 13 new technological challenges, with resources of R$ 20 million under the same program.

Learn more about the 2st Call for Proposals on the FAPESP website (in Portuguese).

The deadline for submission of proposals by companies ended in February 2016, and were analyzed by FAPESP. In December, 11 new projects for the development of products, processes and services for Sirius were chosen to receive support.