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7 December 2018

Winners of the 2018 Innovation Radar Prize

On 6 December, the winners of the Innovation Radar Prize were announced at the European Commission's ICT conference in Vienna. This Prize shows how EU funding is helping brilliant innovators to transform their research results into tangible benefits for the citizens.

Two "Key Enabling Technologies" projects from the Horizon 2020 "NMBP" programme are among the winners !

The 2018 Innovation Radar Prize goes to Gr3n from Switzerland, partner in the SYMBIOPTIMA project, for their breakthrough technology for "upcycling" PET/ polyester.

The Prize for the "Best early stage innovation" category goes to BioInicia (Spain), coordinator in the OptiNanoPro project, for their surface adhesion breakthrough that can revolutionise efficiency of solar panels and food packaging.

Read more about Innovation Radar Prize


7 December 2018

Materials for Conservation of Cultural Heritage

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage! Europe has a huge number of artefacts and their preservation poses a significant challenge to conservation approaches and materials. How can advanced materials and nanotechnologies contribute to the conservation of European and global cultural heritage?

More information (PDF)


7 December 2018

NanoData Landscape Compilation – update report 2017

Eight NanoData Landscape Compilation studies covering the application of nanotechnology in the fields of construction, energy, environment, health, ICT, manufacturing, photonics and transport were published in 2017, based on data from 2015 and 2016. This report is an update of those studies and is based on data collected in 2016 and 2017. NanoData Landscape Compilation studies covering the application of nanotechnology in the fields of construction, energy, environment, health, ICT, manufacturing, photonics and transport were published in 2017, based on data from 2015 and 2016. This report is an update of those studies and is based on data collected in 2016 and 2017.


3 December 2018

The 3rd EU Industry Days – Brussels, 5-6 February 2019

This conference will offer a platform to industry and policy makers to discuss a comprehensive and long-term industrial strategy for Europe in the next Commission. It will also put a focus on the societal aspects of an industrial policy and how this effects people’s lives positively.

The programme will include key notes by high profile industry speakers, thematic workshops and an exhibition with results from EU funded research & innovation projects.

Info and registration


3 December 2018

Young Leaders of Industry Forum – Brussels, 5-6 February 2019

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The European Commission invites young students, researchers and innovators, aged between 21 to 30 from around Europe to the Young Leaders of Industry Forum as part of the 3rd EU Industry Day.

Participants will get the chance to present their ideas on how European Industry can contribute to a better society and environment.

The Forum will be an exclusive opportunity to engage with representatives from European industry, national & regional authorities and business in discussion on the future of EU industry.

The European Commission will offer accommodation and travel expenses to 30 participants. Interested ? Check the selection criteria on Europa website, and apply no later than 9 December 2018.


3 December 2018

EU Industry Open Doors, January – March 2019

The European Commission is looking for industrial companies and factories willing to open their doors for the public from January to March 2019 to show the vital role industry plays in citizen’s lives and in the economy.

Possible events include plant tours, training courses, jobs & education fairs, breakfast discussions, etc.

The events will be labelled “EU Industry Week” and participating companies and factories will be promoted on the Europa website.

More information about the EU Industry Open Doors.

The deadline to apply is 15 January 2019.


19 October 2018

EU funded research is increasing the potential of metal additive manufacturing in European Commission

Metalworking industries increasingly rely on additive manufacturing for the production of high added-value final parts and products. However, high costs and unpredictable defects are hampering the complete deployment and full adoption of this technology. Two EU funded projects have started recently under the topic “Factories of the Future – Pilot lines for metal additive manufacturing”, to address this challenge and ensure that Europe successfully makes the transition towards lower energy consumption and more efficient production.

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8 August 2018

“Industry, partnerships – a new impetus” conference summary report

The conference launched the dialogue on a new vision for public-private partnerships with the industry, after 2020. These visions were in particular inspired by the urgency of our global environmental issues and the need for a carbon-free industry.

The report with the summary of this event is published in the EU Bookshop.


23 July 2018

Industrial Technologies 2018, Vienna, 29-31 October

The European Commission's staff is pleased to welcome you at their stand at Industrial Technologies 2018 !

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Do you want to get an update on the latest EU policy priorities in the fields of nanotechnologies, advance materials, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology?

And learn more about funding opportunities for research & innovation in those areas, in the last two years of Horizon 2020 (2019-2020) and in the upcoming Horizon Europe (2021-2027)?

Are you looking for the right partners for your next project proposal or do you want to extend your network for future collaborations?

Then join us on the European Commission’s booth at INDTECH2018.


Staff from the European Commission’s Research & Innovation department, and National Contact Points will be there to answer your questions.


12 June 2018

Two new searchable databases on nanomaterials

The website of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) now offers new information about nanomaterials within the EU regulatory framework. In addition, it features NanoData, a knowledge base on nano science and technology and the eNanoMapper, which will help you find safety information about nanomaterials.
For more info, visit the EUON website.


24 April 2018

Europe should focus on two new key enabling technologies, experts advise

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An independent High-level Strategy Group on industrial technologies has published a report entitled Re-finding industry – Defining Innovation on the support of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) through research and innovation. At the request of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the experts reviewed and updated the existing strategy on KETs. The Commission will now carefully study their recommendations.

Among other recommendations, the experts proposed two new key enabling technologies for prioritisation at EU level: artificial intelligence and security & connectivity. Their report states that with the right level of ambition for more skills, courage for funding, single market and social dialogue, these KETs will contribute to support growth, jobs and democracy. The experts believe that by focussing on inclusive and sustainable growth, Europe can become the best place to live, study, work and flourish.

The report can be downloaded from the EU Bookshop
The executive summary in all EU languages, and the Key Enabling Technologies Survey, are available under Related Publications.


19 April 2018

The EU invests EUR 50 million in 8 industrial biotechnology research and innovation projects

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Biotechnologies are improving the quality and quantity of products in a wide variety of sectors such as wellbeing, environment, and food.

Sustained investments are needed to continue the development of cutting-edge biotechnologies.

On 1 January 2018, 8 EU funded biotech projects kicked off for a duration of 4 to 5 years. These projects will develop new biotechnologies for environmental protection and breakthrough solutions to transform industrial processes with environmentally friendly and sustainable methods that can outcompete conventional alternatives.

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28 March 2018

New publication: Financing the Deep Tech Revolution: How investors assess risks in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)

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This study provides an insight into the bottlenecks in access to finance for highly innovative technology ventures. It lays out a comprehensive set of ideas for improving access to finance and mobilising private capital to realise the potential of deep-tech innovations associated with Key Enabling Technologies companies in Europe.

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