- the minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture
"the battle for the computer market has now reached critical mass"
"there is now a critical mass of successful women to take the lead"
- the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a chain reaction
- Writings by ethnic minorities begin to reach a critical mass.
- This could ease exploitation, through critical mass and reduced transaction costs for third parties.
- This initiative will aim at a large-scale European cooperation with sufficient critical mass and long-term commitment.
- critical mass, with regard to the size and the number of programmes involved and the similarity of activities they cover,
- The international dimension of R & D should be strengthened in terms of joint financing, development of a more critical mass at the EU level in critical areas requiring large funds and through reducing barriers to mobility of researchers and students.
- In particular, RTD requires close interaction between the players to encourage the formation of poles of excellence which are needed to reach critical mass.
- Achieving the necessary critical mass to deliver services efficiently — including services for a healthy workforce referred to above — is a particular challenge.
- In addition, issues of ownership of research results and the need to achieve critical mass in certain research sectors provide justification for government support for RTD.
- verification that the critical dimensions and mass of the completed cylinder and of any liner and over-wrapping are within design tolerances;
- EU-wide cooperation is needed in order to attain critical mass, given the scale, scope and high level of complexity of environmental research.
- The objectives of the programme are to provide support for key infrastructures where there is clear European added value especially in order to establish critical mass and for the replacement of ageing facilities such as e.g. research reactors.
- EU-wide cooperation is motivated by the facts that countries, regions and cities face common environmental problems and that critical mass is needed given the scale, scope and high level of complexity of environmental research.
- innovation activities and investments with European added value, fully integrating the higher education and research dimensions to attain a critical mass and stimulating the dissemination and exploitation of results;
- Existing security related research activities in Europe suffer from the fragmentation of efforts, the lack of critical mass of scale and scope and the lack of connections and interoperability.
- to move towards the conditions of ‘critical mass’ for ERTMS/ETCS to emerge as the natural market selection solution for new and upgrade signalling projects of the conventional rail network across Europe.