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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
Publication date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 06-05-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Stage 2 07-10-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Total Call Budget €114,200,000 Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
Status Closed OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013
Topic: Assessment of environmental fate of nanomaterials

Specific challenge: A potential nanomaterial risk for humans and the environment is present only when both exposure and a hazard potential of the nanomaterial exist. The challenge is to address the prediction of environmental distribution, concentration and form (speciation) of nanomaterials. It includes release and exposure studies using laboratory, field and model simulations of possible release and transformation of nanomaterials transport and fate, availability and bioaccumulation potential, to allow early assessment of potential exposure and facilitate safe product design.

Scope: The testing and modelling framework to be developed must allow prediction of the release and fate of nanomaterials over relevant whole product chains from manufacturing, downstream application and use, including waste and accidents, consumer use, to end-of-life recycling or disposal and final environmental fate. The predictive framework to be developed should include basic geographical and demographic considerations for uses, and address the physico-chemical characterisation at the release sources as well as the identification of the main mechanisms and nanomaterial properties driving their transformation and fate. The framework should enable predictive mapping of zones of accumulations and exposure potential (including the final aging transformations, forms and uptake availabilities) of nanomaterials in these “environmental sinks” and hot spots.

A close collaboration with stakeholders and different industries should be envisaged, to enhance realistic modelling and testing.

Activities expected to focus on Technology Readiness Level 4.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 6 and 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one proposal will be funded.

Expected impact:

•  understanding and quantifying nanomaterial release from manufacturing, use and end-of-life stages in relevant product value chains

•  an overall validated framework that ensures the completeness and quality of information and data needed for understanding and predictive modelling of environmental transport and transformation

•  understanding of the interplay of the different transformation, transport, and aging mechanisms determining environmental exposure

•  enabling safer product design guidance, comprehensive laboratory and field test procedures all along the product chain, including metrology and standardisation issues for characterisation,  and addressing international harmonisation and regulation


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 - 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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