Home institution: EPFL
Up until now, the development of new materials was based on intuition and trial and error. The NCCR "MARVEL – Materials’ Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials" aims at bringing about a scientific and technological revolution, whereby discoveries and inventions will come from quantum mechanical simulations and the information and communication technologies (ICT) of big data. With computers becoming more and more powerful, it is now possible to screen rapidly for tens of thousands of materials at the same time. This computational approach to the discovery and development of materials will be applied to the fields of energy, ICT and pharmaceuticals.
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NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.
The SNSF is financing the NCCR MARVEL in its second funding period.
Financing 2014 – 2021 (Swiss francs)
Time-frame Funding source 2014-2017 2018 - 2021 SNSF grant 18'000'000 18'203'327 Funds of EPFL 5'674'162 4'603'139 Group funds of the project participants 21'892'743 20'837'521 External funds 587'725 527'217
Evaluation / Review Panel
For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR MARVEL consists of the following experts:
Contact person at the SNSF
National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.
NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.
Contributions to society and the economy
The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.
Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR MARVEL
Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities
The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.
Measures taken by the NCCR MARVEL to promote young researchers and gender equality: