The collaboration between CNR and ISIS is long and productive, covering a broad range of research and instrument development, with the most recent agreement signed in Autumn 2021. Part of this is the ISIS@MACH partnership, a new Research Infrastructure based in Italy in the Region Lazio. A new proposal has been developed to extend this, providing additional access with a focus on SMEs (small to medium enterprises), capitalising on the potential of neutrons to support post-COVID recovery.
ISIS is developing a new instrument programme, Endeavour, and has long term plans for a new facility, ISIS-II. We hope Italy will continue to be partners in these projects, given the significant contribution the collaboration has made, encompassing both research and instrument development.
The CNR President was in the UK to present reforms to Italian research in the framework of 'Horizon Europe' and the Recovery and Resilience Plan - more here.