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Introduction

The nano revolution

Nanotechnologies are something of a Holy Grail for many of today's research project teams, whether they are working on inanimate matter or living organisms. Manipulating arrangements between atoms to form nanosystems:

  • with unique physical, chemical and biological properties
  • opens the door to applications which mark the beginning of a truly innovative technological era.

A critical need for a European dimension

The hopes raised by nanotechnologies require a vast fundamental and applied research effort if they are to be realised. Multidisciplinary studies must also be carried out by a wide range of specialists. Only a proactive European approach will enable the EU to acquire an autonomous command of the opportunities created by this third industrial revolution which we will surely witness over the next two to three decades.

Objectives

  • To help provide Europe with the critical mass of capacities to develop and exploit those high technologies at the basis of the products, services and production processes of the future, which are essentially knowledge based.
  • To develop intelligent materials for applications in sectors such as transport, energy, electronics and biomedicine representing a potential market of several billion euro.
  • To develop flexible, integrated and clean systems requiring a substantial research effort in the application of new production and management technologies.

Support for Research

Community action will concentrate on three major fields:

  • Nanotechnologies and nanosciences
  • long-term interdisciplinary research: understanding phenomena, command of processes and the development of research tools;
  • supramolecular and macromolecular architecture;
  • nanobiotechnologies;
  • nanometric-scale engineering techniques for creating materials and components;
  • development of manipulation and control devices and instruments;
  • applications in fields such as health, chemicals, energy and the environment.

Knowledge-based multifunctional materials

  • development of fundamental knowledge;
  • technologies associated with the production and transformation of knowledge-based multifunctional materials and biomaterials;
  • support engineering.

Production processes and methods

  • flexible and intelligent production processes and systems using advances in virtual production technologies, decision-aiding interactive systems, high-precision engineering and innovative robotics;
  • systemic research (including on biological processes) for sustainable waste management, risk control, reduced consumption of basic products and less pollution;
  • concepts for life cycle optimisation of industrial systems, products and services, in particular with a view to eco-efficiency and reduced emission of substances which are harmful to the environment.

Budget

€ 1 300 million

Untitled Document

Introduction

The nano revolution

Nanotechnologies are something of a Holy Grail for many of today's research project teams, whether they are working on inanimate matter or living organisms. Manipulating arrangements between atoms to form nanosystems:

  • with unique physical, chemical and biological properties
  • opens the door to applications which mark the beginning of a truly innovative technological era.

A critical need for a European dimension

The hopes raised by nanotechnologies require a vast fundamental and applied research effort if they are to be realised. Multidisciplinary studies must also be carried out by a wide range of specialists. Only a proactive European approach will enable the EU to acquire an autonomous command of the opportunities created by this third industrial revolution which we will surely witness over the next two to three decades.

Objectives

  • To help provide Europe with the critical mass of capacities to develop and exploit those high technologies at the basis of the products, services and production processes of the future, which are essentially knowledge based.
  • To develop intelligent materials for applications in sectors such as transport, energy, electronics and biomedicine representing a potential market of several billion euro.
  • To develop flexible, integrated and clean systems requiring a substantial research effort in the application of new production and management technologies.

Support for Research

Community action will concentrate on three major fields:

  • Nanotechnologies and nanosciences
  • long-term interdisciplinary research: understanding phenomena, command of processes and the development of research tools;
  • supramolecular and macromolecular architecture;
  • nanobiotechnologies;
  • nanometric-scale engineering techniques for creating materials and components;
  • development of manipulation and control devices and instruments;
  • applications in fields such as health, chemicals, energy and the environment.

Knowledge-based multifunctional materials

  • development of fundamental knowledge;
  • technologies associated with the production and transformation of knowledge-based multifunctional materials and biomaterials;
  • support engineering.

Production processes and methods

  • flexible and intelligent production processes and systems using advances in virtual production technologies, decision-aiding interactive systems, high-precision engineering and innovative robotics;
  • systemic research (including on biological processes) for sustainable waste management, risk control, reduced consumption of basic products and less pollution;
  • concepts for life cycle optimisation of industrial systems, products and services, in particular with a view to eco-efficiency and reduced emission of substances which are harmful to the environment.

Budget

€ 1 300 million

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