The Advanced Engineering Unit (AEU) is the unit in charge of the overall management and development the Institute's technological research lines and assets, including the fostering of new opportunities and the possible transfer of technology to industry.
The AEU does the technological research that allows us to participate in all missions and experiments described in this web.
It works together with project's principal investigators to support the involvement in experiments and space missions, and help with the management and development of the technological aspect of the project, including the strategic value of keeping the know-how for future endeavours.
Among other activities, the AEU does
1) Pro-active research for funding opportunities at all levels (regional, national and international) that can expand and promote the exploitation of the AEU technology portfolio. Planning and assisting in the search for external funding sources. Identification and communication to the Institute's researchers of the different calls and opportunities for funding research projects and the recruitment of research personnel.
2) Provide advice to researchers in the preparation of proposals.
3) Negotiation and preparation of Grant Agreements, Consortium Agreements, contracts and supervising (together with the Director's Office) the process of agreement signing.
4) Technology assessment in project fostering actions, evaluating different indicators: maturity of the in-house expertise, amount of resources required for the specific project goals, availability of required facilities/labs, etc.
The AEU runs the labs. A description of all labs of the Institute can be found in these webpages.