The key aim of BALTIC TRAM is to link Research Infrastructures (RI) at research centres and universities with industrial enterprises in the Baltic Sea region. As part of “Baltic TRAM”, national hubs are due to be set up in Sweden, Germany and Poland over the next three years. These hubs will serve as a network offering RI measurement and other services using neutron or synchroton radiation to industrial customers, locally and also by international exchange. An international network for industrial research will be set up. One university per country will coordinate the research and measuring orders by the industrial users. If measurements cannot be carried out locally, they will be forwarded into the international network. The organizational structures to be developed for this purpose will be tested in pilot activities before being expanded step by step.
The Baltic TRAM project is one of several activities of the ScienceLink network, which is a cooperative venture involving leading universities, research centres and regional development partners in the Baltic Sea region, whose aim is to turn scientific findings into innovations more swiftly. Through Baltic TRAM and ScienceLink, the consortium strives to help set up cooperative research ventures with the industry in the Baltic Sea region which can benefit both sides. BALTIC TRAM is in part a continuation of the successful Science Link project co-funded by the INTERREG IVb program during 2011 to 2014.