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Newsletter 4th issue

* Events

  • EuroNanoForum 2013
    Nanotechnology Innovation: Excellent Science | Competitive Industries | Better Society


    EuroNanoForum 2013 will take place 18-20 June 2013 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland focusing on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies, exploiting its potential for new applications and taking them further from enabling technologies to end products. It will also introduce the industry to new innovations for growth opportunities.

    The event will feature plenaries, sessions and workshops and plenty of networking opportunities during the Investor Forum, Brokerage Day and the NanoTech Europe exhibition.

    The highlight is the Award Gala and the nomination of the Best Researcher Award 2013.
    EuroNanoForum 2013 will provide an excellent forum for projects to share success stories in terms of science and demonstrated commercial success.

    Call for Papers and Posters to be launched before the end of the year.
    More information

  • Outcome from the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) – Stuttgart (DE) – 16-18 October 2012

    The WMF aimed at facilitating an effective dialogue between business and government leaders to explore the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers' options.

    Issues addressed were global business concerns, management of strategic resources and outline how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation.

    Key note speakers included H.-J. Bullinger, former president of the Fraunhofer institutes in Germany and Carlos Costa, governor of the Bank of Portugal.

    Read more on the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) website.


* Publications






* 2012 NMP calls - information on calls and indicative timetables

  • Open calls with deadline on 04-12-2012 :
    FP7-NMP-2013-CSA-7
    FP7-2013-GC-Materials
    FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF
    FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB

  • Open calls with deadline in February 2013 :
    FP7-OCEAN-2013
    FP7-ERANET-2013-RTD

    All call related documents can be found on the Participants PortaL

    The following calls are now closed (deadline 23 October 2012).

    FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7 - FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7 - FP7-NMP-2013-SME-7
    • Evaluation of eligible proposals : November 2012
    • "initial information letter" with evaluation results to coordinators : December 2012
    • Deadline for stage two proposals (for those proposals that have successfully passed the stage one evaluation) : 19 March 2013
    • Second stage Information Day to inform coordinators about requirements for stage 2 submissions : January 2013 (date and venue will be communicated in the Initial information letter)

    FP7-NMP-2013-EU-Japan
    • Evaluation of eligible proposals : November 2012 – February 2013
    • "initial information letter" with evaluation results to coordinators : April 2013
    • Invitation letter to successful coordinators to launch grant agreement negotiations with EC services : May 2013

    FP7-NMP-2013-EU-China
    • Evaluation of eligible proposals : December 2012
    • "initial information letter" with evaluation results to coordinators : January 2013
    • Invitation letter to successful coordinators to launch grant agreement negotiations with EC services : February 2013


* Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

  • 10th Anniversary Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)



    • On 19 and 20 September 2012, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel hold a two-day event in Luxemburg, birthplace of the European coal and Steel Community, to celebrate 10 years of supporting the competitiveness of the European coal and steel sectors.
    • High-level participants from across Europe and the European Commission communicated the positive impact of the Research Fund on the Coal and Steel industry in Europe over the last ten years. The draft Monitoring and Assessment Exercise of the RFCS provided opportunity to gauge and communicate the main benefits from the RFCS, for industrial innovation and societal well-being.
    • The RFCS, managed by the European Commission, builds upon the successes and the historical legacy of the European Coal and Steel Community.
    • Since the first call for proposals in 2002, the RFCS allocated almost 500 Million € of funding, bringing together industrial partners, SMEs, research centers and universities across the European Union and creating opportunities to develop knowledge and foster innovation. Industry makes up 43% of the RFCS project participants.

    10th Anniversary page
    Outcome of the event


* Success Stories


* Success Stories for the Nanosciences & nanotechnologies, materials, new forms of production (NMP) Programme



* Success Stories for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

  • NEMAEQ – Automated and profitable mining equipment
    Coal mining in Europe can occur at a depth of 1400 metres where both the rock temperature and pressure are significantly greater than in the shallow deposits in Australia and America. To compete, European coal producers need to be highly productive. Thanks to a RFCS project, working in deep mines will be simpler and safer.


  • HISTWIN – Smarter steel designs to boost wind tower power
    In recent years, wind power has grown from a quirky sideline to a key player in Europe's energy mix. Today's wind towers can reach 200 metres high, with rotor diameters of more than 100 metres, generating up to 7.5 megawatts of power. They are 10 times the size of those built 30 years ago, generating 100 times the power. As the towers get bigger and stronger, new challenges arise and a RFCS project found a solution, particularly how to make the tower and blades robust enough to cope with the forces gusting their way.


  • DP GRADES : Working towards stronger and safer steel
    Steel has been the material of choice in vehicles for over a century. In that time, scientists have developed and refined new types of steel that perform better under crash situations, weigh less and are cheaper. DP GRADES has identified Dual-Phase grades as the most important steel type for modern vehicle manufacture, already used in almost a fifth of automobiles’ outer shells. Improving the strength and formability of these steels has far reaching benefits for reducing the EU’s energy demands.
    In a bid to increase passenger safety, fuel economy, and vehicle performance, researchers across Europe have developed a new grade of steel, meeting the ultimate vehicle challenge of low weight and high strength.


  • STRAINHARD : The behaviour and economics of lightweight steels
    STRAINHARD investigated the behaviour of different types of lightweight steels already used in cars. The project's ultimate aim was to understand the structure of these steels and their behaviour in different conditions such as in heat and under high stress. SRAINHARD could see economic, raw material and energy savings due to lighter vehicles and higher fuel efficiency becoming the norm. Overall, better cars in terms of cost could be produced by using lightweight steels.


  • PRECOBEAM : New construction technology makes instant bridges a real possibility
    Thanks to an innovative building technology known as Preco-Beam, new infrastructure constructions can now be erected in a matter of days rather than years. By using prefabricated parts and the revolutionary composite dowel, Preco-Beam bridges use 40 percent less steel and allow slenderer bridge constructions than previously possible. The resulting structures are more cost effective, have better quality and improve workers’ security.

    More RFCS success stories