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 nearly 40 European partner institutions, and more than 120 collaborating institutions worldwide under the in-kind model.
As the success of ESS to a great extent depends on schedule performance, in-kind agreements are on the critical path. In total, it is estimated that more than 35% of the €1.843 B ESS construction cost will be supplied through in-kind contributions (IKCs). Work packages actively under discussion with potential partners amount to approximately €385 M, 55% of the total estimated in-kind value of ESS.
The Country Coordinators maintain high-level information and are the first point-of-contact for stakeholders. They are responsible for the information in the Country Sheets as well as the issues that link funding and resources to the IKC. Finally, the Country Coordinators should be the first point of contact for questions directed at ESS from our Partners, or vice-versa.
Laser neutron pump probe from Estonia's Tartu University, the first in-kind contribution to ESS (Tartu University)