2016-09-09: Antimatter research boosted by almost 4 M€ funding from the EU

Innovative Training Networks are funded within the H2020 programme as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. They are awarded on a highly competitive basis with success rates ranging between 5-7% only, making them one of the most competitive funding schemes in Europe. They bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries to train a new generation of researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
The project AVA (Accelerators Validating Antimatter physics) has just been selected for funding. It comprises a lot of the European expertise in antimatter research and joins no less than 5 universities, 8 national and international research centres, as well as 13 partners from industry at project start.
Within AVA, the project partners will pursue a closely connected R&D program across three scientific work packages. The first one focuses on facility design and optimization, addressing beam life time and stability issues in lowest energy storage rings, as well as beam cooling, deceleration and extraction processes. 

Work package 2 addresses the design, development and testing of novel beam diagnostics and in particular the establishment of a dedicated test stand, to fully determine the characteristics of an antiproton beam. Finally, novel low energy antimatter experiments will be enabled through R&D into beyond state-of-the-art beam handling, storing and analysis techniques.

A total of 15 Fellows will be recruited and all will carry out their respective research project, as well as follow a structured combination of local and network-wide trainings. This will include hands-on training on accelerator facilities, as well as international Schools, Topical Workshops and Conferences that will all be organized by the AVA consortium.

Prof. Welsch, Head of the Physics Department at the University of Liverpool and coordinator of AVA said: “AVA is a fantastic opportunity for the low energy antimatter research community. It will attract a lot of new talent into an exciting field of science and, through numerous events, will allow us to enhance communication and knowledge transfer. With research targeting both, the AD and ELENA facilities at CERN, as well as the future FLAIR facility at FAIR, the network is ideal for addressing both current and future research challenges.”

The network will recruit its Fellows for start in spring/summer 2017. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2017 and the project kick-off meeting, gathering all project partners will be held in Liverpool on 12th-13th January 2017. More information about AVA can be found on the project home page: www.ava-project.eu.

​This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721559.