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Title: Cell Programming by Nanoscaled Devices
Acronym:   CellPROM
Project summary:   The vision of the IP is to develop an automated device for the imprinting of cells via nanoscaled macromolecular landscapes, the NanoScapes. This will allow, for the first time, to non-invasively produce well-defined populations of individually programmed cells, eventually leading to substantial breakthroughs and numerous applications in the fields of molecular medicine and cellular nano-biotechnology (36 partners).
Additional project information:   Project website  CORDIS News article  Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: Integration of manufacturing systems for Mass-Manufacture of miniature/micro-products
Acronym:   MASMICRO
Project summary:   The overall objective of the project is to develop an integrated solution for European miniature/micro- manufacturing and related industries - an integrated manufacturing facility for mass manufacture of miniature/micro-products, and a technology transfer/training package for transforming EU Industries (36 partners).
Title: Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in Electronics, Catalysis, Composites and Nano-Biology
Acronym:   CANAPE
Project summary:   A major limitation on the application of the unique properties of carbon nanotubes has been their high cost and lack of availability. This IP brings together leading laboratories and companies within Europe to produce nanotubes on a bulk scale of ultimately tons per year. The large scale growth of carbon nanotubes will be developed by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) (15 partners).
Additional project information:   Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: Emerging Nanopatterning Methods
Acronym:   NaPa
Project summary:   The Emerging Nanopatterning Methods (NaPa) consortium integrates the new patterning methods into one project, both anticipating and responding to the increasing need for technologies, standards and metrology required to harness the new application-relevant properties of engineered structures with nm-scale features. NaPa brings together 35 leading academic and industrial European institutions with a vast amount of recent know-how on nanofabrication, partly developed within FP5 (35 partners).
Additional project information:   Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: Advanced Interactive Materials by Design
Acronym:   AIMS
Project summary:   Urgent needs for better production technologies arise from current development of new pharmaceutical products like fermentation-based antibodies, recombinant proteins or monoclonal antibodies (MABs). (28 partners)
Title: New Materials for Extreme Environments
Acronym:   ExtreMat-IP
Project summary:   The goal of this Integrated Project is to provide and to industrialize knowledge-based materials and their compounds for top-end and new applications in extreme environments that are beyond reach with incremental materials development only (38 partners).
Title: Innovation and Sustainable Development in the Fibre Based Packaging Value Chain
Project summary:   The overall objective of the RTD activities is to develop and implement a Sustainable Packaging Tool Platform based on renewable resources, giving innovative properties to packaging, thereby offering new value added packaging options for packaging users and for consumers. The project is expected to result in new innovative renewable packaging materials with improved material characteristics (36 partners).
Title: Biotechnology for metal bearing materials
Acronym:   BIOMETECH
Project summary:   This IP is aimed at developing sustainable solutions covering the whole life cycle of products and equipment. The Project will adopt a multi-discipline approach involving mining companies, waste treatment facilitators and equipment/instrument suppliers. The Consortium has achieved a critical mass being comprised of 44 partners from industry (18 including 9 SMEs), research organisations (8), universities (16) and government (2) (45 partners).
Title: New and innovative processes for radical changes of the European pulp and paper industry
Acronym:   ECOTARGET
Project summary:   The overall objective of ECOTARGET is to enhance the competitiveness of the pulp and paper sector (including its suppliers) of Europe while at the same time improving the eco-efficiency. The partnership involves leading industrial companies producing pulp and paper as well as companies supplying this industry with machinery, chemicals etc. The partnership also involves the major European research institutes and leading universities active in fields of relevance (31 partners).
Title: NAnoscale Integrated processing of self-organizing Multifunctional Organic Materials
Acronym:   NAIMO
Project summary:   NAIMO will develop new multifunctional materials that are processed by solution-based additive manufacturing (e.g. direct printing), under quasi-ambient conditions, so that a set of materials can be added onto a wide range of structural substrates, to form a composite material with designed multifunctionality in an environmentally friendly way. As well as a broad partnership which includes Academic institutions and Industry and Industrial associates there is also a group of industrial associates that support the project without actively participating (23 partners).
Additional project information:   Project website  CORDIS News article  Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: A Systems Approach to Tissue Engineering Processes and Products
Acronym:   STEPS
Project summary:   STEPS introduces a breakthrough strategy that addresses a new systems approach to TE and associated technologies. It is the clear objective of STEPS to provide a totally new infrastructure, based upon the hypothesis that the only way to create successful commercialisation and clinical implementation of TE is to systematically take all aspects of this multidisciplinary process and apply the logistics of systems engineering to link them together (25 partners).
Additional project information:   Liverpool leads new European tissue engineering project 
Title: Intermetallic Materials Processing in Relation to Earth and Space Solidification
Acronym:   IMPRESS
Project summary:   The scientific objective of the IMPRESS Integrated Project is to understand the critical link between materials processing, structure and final properties of novel, higher-performance inter-metallic alloys. These multifunctional materials possess remarkable mechanical, physical and chemical properties, which make them very attractive for certain extreme applications. Activities such as education, training and technology transfer will also be firmly embedded into the RTD programme (45 partners).
Title: Novel and improved nanomaterials, chemistries and apparatus for nanobiotechnology
Acronym:   NACBO
Project summary:   This IP proposes the research, development and commercialisation of discrete but overlapping areas of material science, materials chemistry and supporting/applying hardware systems. It will deliver novel and improved solutions to emerging and current needs in biology, health, chemistry, process engineering and the environment. Most particularly its outputs intend to address molecular diagnostics (13 partners)
Title: Intelligent Materials for Active Noise Reduction
Acronym:   InMAR
Project summary:   The objective of the proposed Integrated Project "Intelligent Materials for Active Noise Reduction (InMAR)" is therefore the realization of intelligent, high performing adaptive material systems with integrated electronics able to be applied for noise mitigation purposes, even in highly loaded structures as construction material in the same manner as common passive or light weight materials are used (42 partners).
Additional project information:   Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: A network for bringing NANOtechnologies TO LIFE
Acronym:   NANO2LIFE
Project summary:   The aim of Nano2Life is to merge existing European expertise and knowledge in the field of nanobiotechnology in order to keep Europe as a competitive partner of the US and Japan and to make it a leader in nanobiotechnology transfer in 5 years time. Nano2Life aims to set the basis of a virtual European Nanobiotech Institute, focused on the understanding of the nanoscale interface between biological and non biological entities, and its possible application in the area of complex and integrated novel sensor technologies, for health care, pharmaceuticals, environment, defence, food safety, etc (24 partners).
Additional project information:   Project website  CORDIS News article  Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: Self-Assembled semiconductor Nanostructures for new Devices in photonics and Electronics
Acronym:   SANDiE
Project summary:   The Network of Excellence is dedicated to the formation of an integrated and cohesive approach to research and knowledge in the field of Self-Assembled semiconductor Nanostructures (SAN). The resources and the approach of the Network spans the study of fundamental phenomena to their exploitation for the design of novel materials and structures for use in advanced electronic, photonic and optoelectronic devices. (28 partners).
Additional project information:   Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: Complex Metallic Alloys
Acronym:   CMA
Project summary:   It is proposed to contribute to a strengthening of the competitiveness of metallic materials for the benefit of European industries by the formation of a European Network of Excellence CMA developing within five years into a European Integrated Centre for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds (IDEA) (20 partners)
Title: Functionalised Advanced Materials Engineering of hybrids and ceramics
Acronym:   FAME
Project summary:   FAME will assemble, structure, integrate and expand a world class-team of researchers in multifunctional Hybrids and Ceramics as the key building block for an Institute of Advanced Functional Materials capable of remaining at the forefront of this emerging and strategically important family of materials technologies for tomorrow. FAME will be powered by 8 core-partners from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, UK - assisted by 14 key partners chosen either for their specialisation and/or potential to develop emerging teams or centres (24 partners).
Title: Nanoscale Quantum Simulations for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials
Project summary:   This NANOQUANTA Network of Excellence proposal sets out a plan to integrate and develop the research capabilities of ten European teams in the field of the fundamental science of nanoscale systems and advanced materials, exploiting the now powerful combination of quantum-mechanical theory and computer simulation to make contact with nanoscience experimental studies and also directly with technologically relevant electronic, dynamic and optical processes (10 partners).
Additional project information:   Fact Sheet (on CORDIS) This link searches based on the project acronym, so it is possible that there are no results if the project has not yet been loaded into the CORDIS database.
Title: MetaMaterials ORganized for radio, millimeter wave, and PHOtonic Superlattice Engineering
Project summary:   The main scientific objective of this Network is to develop new types of artificial materials, called metamaterials, with electromagnetic properties that cannot be found among natural materials. The results of this development should lead to a conceptually new range of radio, microwave, and optical technologies, based on revolutionary new materials made by large-scale assembly of some basic elements (microscopic and nanoscopic) in unprecedented combinations. The Metamorphose initiative integrates 13 different countries around Europe.
Title: Innovative Production Machines and Systems
Acronym:   I*PROMS
Project summary:   The Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS), funded by the EU s FP6 programme, will address the area of production research in an integrated manner in order to reshape the area and overcome its current fragmentation.

The Network will integrate the activities of leading EU research institutions in the field of production research. These institutions possess wide-ranging and complementary human and material resources. This will enable I*PROMS to cover all future research priorities in the field without being prematurely restricted to particular, narrow topics that could lose their significance with time.

The aim of I*PROMS is to develop concepts, tools and techniques enabling the creation and operation of flexible, re-configurable, fault-tolerant and eco- and user-friendly production systems that can react to changing customer needs, environmental requirements, design inputs, and material / process / labour availability to manufacture high quality, cost-effective products.

Initially, I*PROMS will address the six Manufacturing Challenges for 2020 , namely, Concurrent Manufacturing, Integration of Human and Technical Resources, Conversion of Information to Knowledge, Environmental Compatibility, Reconfigurable Enterprises, and Innovative Manufacturing Processes and Products. Research on those themes will be prosecuted by four interconnected I*PROMS clusters: Advanced Production Machines (APM), Production Automation and Control (PAC), Innovative Design Technology (IDT) and Production Organisation and Management (POM).

At present, I*PROMS comprises 30 member institutions representing 14 European countries. They will commit 139 research staff and 70 PhD students to implementing the joint programme of activities developed by the Network. In addition to the core research partners, I*PROMS will also comprise associate partners to assist with the dissemination of results and spreading of excellence to research and user communities beyond the network.
Additional project information:   Project website  CORDIS News article 

Title: Multi-Material Micro Manufacture: Technologies and Applications
Acronym:   4M
Project summary:   The existing imbalance between the ease with which batch-fabricated microcomponents and microsystems can be produced in silicon compared to the difficulties and the costs associated with their manufacture in other materials limits the speed with which new microsystems-based products are introduced into the market. At the same time, to broaden the range of these products and to multiply their capabilities requires the introduction of new materials and processes that are reasonably compatible with IC-based, batch-fabrication processes.

The main aim of 4M is to develop Micro- and Nano- Technology (MNT) for the batch-manufacture of micro-components and devices in a variety of materials into user-friendly production equipment, processes and manufacturing platforms for incorporation into the factory of the future. To achieve this the Network seeks to integrate currently fragmented R&D capacity in non-silicon microtechnologies in the ERA into a European Centre of Excellence. The establishment of such an expert resource and infrastructure at the European level is desgined to help European companies engaged in satisfying the growing demand for portable, wireless communication products and many lifestyle, health and transport related systems incorporating MNT.

The Network has 30 partner organisations, including 15 core partners - each an internationally recognised centre of excellence, from 13 member states and 2 associated countries. The Centre intends to integrate facilities and create synergistic links to on-going R&D programmes with total values exceeding €110 million and €63 million, respectively. More than 150 researchers will perform the 4M Joint Programme of Activities, organised into eight specialist technology and application cluster groups. The linking of this expert resource to business needs through collaborative working of multidisciplinary partner groups aims to impact on Europe's competitiveness in the rapidly growing global market for microsystems.
Additional project information:   Project website 

Title: Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Tissue Engineering of Bone and Cartilage Using Second Generation Biomimetic Scaffolds
Project summary:   The network will bring together Europe's leading academic centres and several complementary industrial players in a multi-disciplinary consortium to conduct and structure research that is able to compete in the internationally arena, namely with USA and Japan. The size of the network (26 partners from 14 countries, including 10 of the EU member states), and the selection of its original members, was designed in order to join together the critical mass and all the expertises needed to be an unavoidable world reference on the topic of tissue engineering of bone and cartilage (26 partners)
Title: NoE Research and facilities directed at instrumentation for manufacturing and analysis of single molecules and individual nanoclusters, targeted at life sciences
Acronym:   FRONTIERS
Project summary:   Frontiers will focus on the analysis and manipulation of the bio environment as well as using the experience of the consortium in technology/integration to create these systems/mutual interaction to conceptualize/design them (11partners).
Title: Nanostructured and functional polymer-based materials and Nanocomposites
Project summary:   The main objective of NANOFUN-POLY is to generate a Network of Excellence designed to become the European reference point on Multifunctional Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposite Materials. This objective will be reached through a trans-disciplinary partnership of 150 scientists combining excellence in different scientific areas, where the synergy of international excellence and multidisciplinary approaches will lead to develop and spread knowledge in innovative functional and structural polymer-based nanomaterials and their sustainable technologies (25 partners).
Title: The European Polysaccharide Network
Project summary:   Polysaccharides (like cellulose or starch) are by far the polymers produced in greatest quantity by Nature. This network aims to organize the EU scientific community around a network in order to promote the use of these renewable raw materials as industry feedstock for the manufacturing of advanced, multifunctional materials. The Network is composed of 16 large and small world class research groups from 9 countries, covering all needed expertise regarding polysaccharide types and scientific disciplines (16 partners)
Title: Nanoanalysis using finely focused ion and electron beams
Acronym:   NANOBEAMS
Project summary:   In order to match the resolution required for the development of nanomaterials and provide analytical information, this network concentrates on analytical techniques using focused ion and electron beams: Static and dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) (13 partners)
Title: Expanding membrane macroscale applications by exploring nanoscale material properties
Project summary:   The NanoMemPro Network provides answers to the eminent needs for coordinated future R&D of membrane science and technology in Europe and smartly links nano and macro scale in both basic and applied researches, more specifically by establishing a European virtual laboratory, a European Task force, coordinating and orienting European membrane research according to the society's needs (14 partners)
Title: INSIDE-PORES - IN SItu study and DEvelopment of processes involving nanoPORE Solids
Project summary:   INSIDE_POReS NoE aims at the congregation of diverse expertise in the nanoporous materials field in order to develop methodologies for the "in situ" application of both static and dynamic techniques and their combinations as a tool to probe the evolution of properties, which are relevant to specific processes that involve nanoporous solids (14 partners)
Title: Soft Matter Composites - An approach to nanoscale functional materials
Acronym:   SOFTCOMP
Project summary:   The proposed network of excellence aims to establish a knowledge base for an intelligent design of functional and nanoscale soft matter composites. It will do so in overcoming the present 2 fold fragmentation of this extremely important field for the development of new materials at the interface of non-living and living matter where the delicate self organizing principles of polymeric, amphiphilic and colloidal matter are ubiquitous (32 partners)
Title: Knowledge-based Multicomponent Materials for Durable and Safe Performance
Acronym:   KMM-NoE
Project summary:   The KMM-NoE is proposed by 45 partners from leading European research institutes, university departments, SMEs and industry ?n the field of KMM designed for enhanced performance in highly demanding loading and environmental conditions (thermo-mechanical and impact loading, high strain rates and temperature regimes, aggressive chemical environment and combinations thereof). Such regimes are typical of advanced applications in aerospace and automotive industry, turbo-machinery industry, tribology, electronic devices, biological implants, microsensors, etc (45 partners).