Unlike most of the other projects funded by the European Commission, FILL2030 is a mono-beneficiary project, entirely dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the ILL business model. Part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, FILL2030 has been granted 3.98 M€ to achieve its mission. This budget will finance the development of the following:
- new service packages for academia and industry,
- innovation for the ILL's funding model,
- tools to identify emerging user groups,
- demonstrations of the socio-economic impact of ILL research.
FILL2030’s overall objective is to achieve an increase of 5 M€ in the ILL’s annual budget (~ 5 % of its current budget), equivalent to the cost of one extra fuel cycle. Its initial efforts will concentrate on securing continuous income from the existing Associate and Scientific Member countries. Relations are being strengthened in this respect, focusing on the needs and expectations of each partner country. The ILL is now actively promoting, country by country, the impact of the neutrons it produces and the return on investment its funders receive.
Simultaneously, FILL2030’s outreach activities (including tours of installations, roadshows, workshops and media communications) will extend the pool of potential new partners, in Europe and beyond. The ILL’s online activity is also being renewed, starting with a new design for the ILL website which will now also present an attractive showcase of the Institute’s many achievements. The ILL’s strategy to engage with new users and attract sources of additional funding will be based on a much clearer picture of the European neutron scattering landscape. The aim is to identify new international partners, attract new scientific communities and ensure that current users are exploiting to the full the potential Europe can offer. FILL2030 will therefore develop a set of bibliometric tools capable of analysing the activity of European and other neutron scattering communities. This will help both to unravel existing complex, trans-national networks of collaboration and identify potential areas of growth. The new tools will also allow for regular monitoring of the changes underway in neutron science. Most crucially they will help measure societal impact—a major factor in the endeavour to win over potential new funders. The same is true of course for our existing supporters, who must justify their on-going investment in the ILL.
By establishing relationships with new member states, FILL2030 will almost certainly be changing the framework conditions. Existing paradigms will be adapted and extended, with the introduction of new mechanisms for access and funding, corresponding more closely to the new community’s needs.