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Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production

H2020-NMP-2014-two-stageSub call of: H2020-NMP-2014-2015
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 06-05-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €114,200,000
Stage 2 07-10-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Widening materials models NMP-20-2014

Specific challenge: The future of the European industry relies inter alia on a strong modelling capacity. An efficient approach is needed to shorten the development process of materials-enabled products, being a key to the global competitiveness of industry. Existing models describe the behaviour of different physical entities, and thus several models need to be linked to cover all scales and arrive at industrial relevant results. The coverage of a single model should be expanded to reduce the necessity of linking. In addition, today’s material models often lack accuracy, especially when describing product properties connected to the material behaviour.

Scope: Proposals should elaborate the physics and chemistry involved in an existing model to extend the length and time scales to which this model can be applied. The model to be expanded can be an electronic, atomistic, mesoscopic or continuum scale model; where the discrete electronic, atomistic and mesoscopic model describes the behaviour of electrons, atoms and nanoparticles/grains respectively, and a continuum model describes the behaviour of continuum unit cells.[1] There is a special need for the expansion of discrete mesoscopic models. Proof of the possibility to design new materials and/or materials processes with the expanded physics/chemistry must be delivered within the project.

The extended model should be implemented in a code integrated in a multi-scale approach available to end-users and demonstrate the reduced need of linking due to the extended coverage of the model.

The proposals should include interface design to facilitate the future implementation in larger and extendable framework architecture. Proposals should contain a series of model validation in which the model is validated against a chain of experimental data of increasing complexity relevant to materials design leading up to and including realistic test cases. These data should either be collected during the project or exist already. The extended model should be implemented in a code integrated in a multi-scale approach available to end-users. As part of each project, industrial end-users should assess this code on predefined industrial test cases, to guarantee industrial relevance.

For this topic, proposals should include an outline of the initial exploitation and business plans, which will be developed further in the proposal project.

Activities expected to focus on Technology Readiness Level 5. In line with the objectives of the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497), as well as with the conclusions of the Materials Summit 2013, international cooperation is encouraged, in particular with the USA.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

·                Rapid deployment of lower-cost advanced materials solutions through predictive design of novel materials and production routes optimised for specified applications (e.g. properties and functionality minimise the environmental impact, reduced risk of product failure and increased life);

·                Improved control of materials production and an improved control of concerned industrial products and processes.

Type of action: Research & Innovation Actions


Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:
    For single-stage and second-stage evaluations, the threshold for the criteria Excellence and Impact will be 4. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.
    In case of equal overall scores in the ranked list, the priority order of proposals will be established in accordance with part H of the General Annexes, except that proposals will be ranked on the basis of individual scores for the Impact criterion before the Excellence criterion.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Flash Call info - Second stage en
  • Flash Call info - First stage en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Clarification Business Plan and Synergies ESIF en

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