FP7 Cooperation Work Programme 2010- NMP
Calls for 2010 already open on November 2009 (see at the end of the message)
The principal objectives of this Theme are to improve the competitiveness of European industry and to generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive base, by creating step changes through research and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledgebased traditional industries, with a special focus on the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs. These activities are concerned with enabling technologies which impact all
industrial sectors and many other Themes of the Seventh Framework Programme.
Approach for 2010
A key feature of the 2010 Work Programme (WP) is the participation in actions within the European recovery package. Indeed, as an answer to the recent world-wide economic crisis, these pluri-annual actions launched by the EU at the end of 2009 correspond to the four priority areas of the Lisbon strategy, namely: people, business, infrastructure & energy and research & innovation.
The action on research and innovation mainly includes a support of innovation in manufacturing, the construction industry and the automobile sector. This will be implemented under the scheme of three initiatives of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), namely: “Factories of the future”, “Energy efficient buildings” and “Green cars”. The objective is to promote the convergence of public interests with industrial commitment and leadership to define strategic research activities in key sectors. This first year of PPP implementation required an immediate reaction and benefited from the ongoing definition of the 2010 work programme which has been designed the complement the objectives of 2009 WP.
The nature of industrial technologies in the NMP programme made it a very appropriate tool to address, at different degrees, the core objectives of all three PPPs, in cooperation with other RTD Themes and other services. The 2010 exercise of PPPs will see the involvement of the NMP Theme with an amount of about EUR 100 million through the transfer and adaptation of a number of RTD
topics to the RTD efforts associated to the recovery package. This has resulted to a final NMP programme, complementary to the one of 2009, and it is described below.
Beyond the NMP participation in the PPP initiatives, the core objective of Theme 4 ‘Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies – NMP’ remains stable, that is to fund research, development, demonstration, and coordination projects that will contribute, either on their own or by enabling further development, to the transformation of European industry from a
resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, thus meeting the challenge imposed by the new industrial revolution and competition at global level, as well as environmental challenges. This transformation is essential in order to produce, in a sustainable manner, high added value products, embedding European cultural values through design and this in turn is essential not only to prevent
the relocation of European industry to other areas of the world, but also create new industries, and hence growth and employment within Europe. The competitiveness of more mature industries is also largely dependent on their capacity to integrate knowledge and new technologies.
The competitiveness of European industry is promoted by generating step changes in a wide range of sectors and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. Research will be focused on generating high addedvalue products and related processes and technologies to meet customer requirements as well as growth, public health, occupational safety, environmental protection, and societal values and expectations. The sustainability concern (balance in economic growth, social well-being and environmental protection) resides at the centre of any industrial RTD development. Environmental challenges such as climate change and resources scarcity are the sources of both constraints and opportunities for technological developments.
Furthermore, during the last few years, much effort has been spent by the stakeholders within the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) around the definition of strategic research in about 30 EU sectors. Due to its multisectoral nature, the NMP Theme is the most concerned by the ETPs.
Integrating the long-term vision that industry itself provides will greatly enhance the effectiveness of RTD related to long-term challenges, also allowing benefits for additional sectors and other stakeholders to be included, through the development of generic technologies. A key issue will be to integrate competitiveness, innovation and sustainability into the NMP related research activities as well as initiatives capable of fostering the dialogue with society at large, together with education and skills development.
For the reasons described above, the NMP work programme 2010 is characterised by the same number of topics compared to the previous year. These topics are proposed on the basis of the NMP multiannual strategy as defined in the Framework Programme and the Specific Programme Decisions, as well as on the NMP project portfolio: the research activities proposed for 2010 either
address topics not yet covered or topics complementary to previous work programmes. The international dimension remains an important aspect of the NMP work programme 2010.
In ensuring continuity with previous programmes and calls, NMP has evolved on the basis of the acquired experience, of the challenges imposed by the needs of European industry as well as of the its projects’ portfolio. It is clear that with this very wide applicability, selective choices will have to be made as the Theme evolves over the duration of the Framework Programme and to address
emerging scientific and societal issues as well as new technological challenges. The strategic approach is strongly focused on demonstrable added value in EU industry arising from a proper appreciation of the potential of nanotechnologies, materials and production technologies. It will be essential to ensure the uptake of knowledge generated through effective dissemination and use of the results.
Theme 4 is structured as follows:
a) Three thematic activities:
- Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies activity in 2010 consists of 6 RTD topics and provides support to research and innovation to as many areas, most of them addressing aspects of: enhancing environmental sustainability, namely: “green nanotechnology”, thermoelectric energy converters, added value to mining, impacts on health and the environment and methodologies for management the risks of nanoparticles. Finally RTD on novel tools specifically targets SMEs while one coordinating action will handle best practices for communication and governance.
- Materials, in 2010 will focus on a number of RTD topics, spreading to a large diversity of areas,
from the design of tailored properties of organic-inorganic hybrids (for electronics and photonics) and scaffolds for bioactive materials (tissue regeneration), to chemical engineering (membranes for catalytic reactors) and materials for energy storage, as well as modelling work on crystalline materials.
- New Production Technologies is the NMP RTD area that was called to largely contribute with the initially designed NMP topics to the recovery package PPPs, namely those of “Factories of the future “and “Energy-efficient buildings.” The two topics that still remain within the NMP programme per se handle very specific issues, namely: industrial models for sustainable and
efficient production and manufacturing systems based on flexible materials.
b) ‘Integration‘, a fourth activity as such, aims at developing new applications and new approaches in different industrial sectors by combining research from the first three activities. This is a ‘deliverables-driven’ integration to generate high added value products, with particular – but not exclusive – reference to industrial and regulatory needs and challenges identified with the European Technology Platforms. For 2010, the focus is on two very different areas of nanotechnology-based solutions (systems for combating cancer, development of multi-parameter sensors) and two areas of manufacturing technologies (development of formulated products, fibre-based products by flexible manufacturing, the latter specifically targeting SMEs). Finally, three ERA-NETs are foreseen (on nanotechnologies, including nanotoxicology, on manufacturing, a follow on activity of last year’s programme and on catalysis) and a coordination action related to European Technology Platforms (ETPs).
CONTENTS OF CALLS
II.1 Activity 4.1 Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
Nanosciences and nanotechnologies are widely seen as a multi-disciplinary and integrative RTD approach having huge potential to improve competitiveness and sustainable development across a wide range of industrial sectors. Here the strategic objective is twofold: to generate new knowledge by studying phenomena and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, including biosciences and understanding or imitating the natural processes at nano-metric scale; and to
promote innovation by developing nanotechnologies that will enable the manufacturing of new nanotechnology-based products and/or innovative delivery of services. This will lead to a new generation of high added value, competitive products and services with superior performance across a range of applications.
The second half of FP7 will be marked by a gradual shift towards more application oriented research as nanotechnologies from the laboratory environment towards applications in various industrial sectors are evolving. The initial focus will be on the environment as a whole: energy efficiency and sustainable energy production and the emergence of sustainable products (material and energy consumption, environmental impact, etc). Continued support is directed towards applications in the health-care field and development of nano-analytical tools. Interdisciplinary,
integrating theoretical and experimental approaches must be promoted.
At the same time this activity will also investigate the impact of nanotechnology on society, human health and the environment, as well as look into the relevance of nanoscience and technology for the solution of societal problems as well as the societal acceptance of nanotechnology. This will include research on potential ethical, public health, occupational safety and environmental protection implications as well as safety, monitoring and sensing, metrology,nomenclature and standards which are becoming increasingly important to pave the way for industrial applications. Actions will be launched to implement the Commission’s integrated and responsible approach as well as the measures outlined in the associated Action Plan ‘Nanosciences and nanotechnologies.
Knowledge gaps in relation to the risk assessment of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies could currently constitute an impediment to the smooth implementation of regulatory requirements.
Coherently, actions may be funded that will facilitate this, thus enhancing industry’s capability to provide the full benefits of nanotechnologies, in conditions of trust of and transparency to citizens.
NMP.2010.1.1-1 Support to dialogue and engagement for responsible social
acceptance of nanotechnology
NMP.2010.1.2-1 Novel tools integrating individual techniques for real time
NMP.2010.1.2-2 Substitution of materials or components utilising “green
NMP.2010.1.2-3 Thermoelectric energy (TE) converters based on nanotechnology
NMP.2010.1.2-4 Adding Value to Mining at the Nanostructure level (Coordinated
call with Mexico)
NMP.2010.1.3-1 Reference methods for managing the risk of engineered
NMP.2010.1.3-2 Modelling toxicity behaviour of engineered nanoparticles
(Coordinated call with the USA)
NMP.2010.2.2-1 Organic-inorganic hybrids for electronics and photonics
NMP.2010.2.3-1 Development of standard scaffolds for the rational design of
bioactive materials for tissue regeneration
NMP.2010.2.4-1 New materials and/or membranes for catalytic reactors
NMP.2010.2.5-1 Modelling of degradation and reliability of crystalline materials
NMP.2010.3.1-1 New industrial models for a sustainable and efficient production
NMP.2010.3.4-1 Manufacturing systems for 3D-shaped, multilayered products
based on flexible materials
NMP.2010.4.0-1 Development of nanotechnology-based systems for detection,
diagnosis and therapy for cancer
NMP.2010.4.0-2 Capacity building for the development of nanotech-based multiparameter sensors
NMP.2010.4.0-3 High throughput technologies for the development of formulated
NMP.2010.4.0-4 A new generation of multi-functional fibre-based products
produced by new and flexible manufacturing concepts
NMP.2010.4.0-5 Support to coordination activities of NMP related to European
Technology Platforms – Coordinating actions
NMP.2010.4.0-6 Organisation of events related to the Presidencies of the
European Union Supporting actions
NMP.2010.4-0-7 ERA-NET on nanotechnologies, including nanotoxicology
NMP.2010.4-0-8 ERANET on Manufacturing
NMP.2010.4-0-9 ERA-NET on Catalysis
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