An in-kind model on the scale of the European Spallation Source has never been attempted in a European Big Science project, and it will serve as a model for such projects in the future.
ESS is working with more than 40 European partner institutions, and more than 130 collaborating institutions worldwide under the in-kind model.
With the In-kind model, partners (on behalf of their national governments) supply equipment, design documentation, personnel or other services to support the construction of ESS. Once completed and accredited, these In-Kind Contributions (IKCs) count, alongside direct financial contributions, towards the overall contribution from a particular member country. The model ensures that key technologies are cultivated and enhanced in member states supporting national institutes and industry. IKCs help foster the political goodwill and collaboration required for large international projects.
As the success of ESS to a great extent depends on schedule performance, in-kind agreements are on the critical path. In total, about 30% of the €1 843 M ESS construction cost will be supplied through IKCs. In particular, significant parts of the scientific instruments, the Target Station, and the Accelerator will be delivered as IKCs.
As of the end of 2019, ESS had nearly €450 million signed in-kind agreements, and an additional €100 million in contributions at various stages of agreement. The total of €550 million represents more than 210 contracts with ESS partner institutions. This is a testament to the collective vision and drive of all the ESS stakeholders to provide Europe with the next generation of truly scientific infrastructure.
These are the In-Kind Contribution (IKC) Agreements that have so far been signed between ESS and its Partners. The agreements listed here have been approved by the ESS In-Kind Review Committee and the ESS Council, representing a total of
€238 136 341
Click on the categories below to see the respective IKC Work Package list.
PHOTO: ESS Accelerator Ion Source and Low Energy Beam Transport Line at INFN-LNS (INFN)