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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: Business models with new supply chains for sustainable customer-driven small series production NMP-35-2014

Specific challenge: For small series production of, for instance, consumer goods, the traditional supply chains are not suitable. Although internet sales, both B2C and B2B, are fast growing, most of the underlying supply models are still traditional. The change to a faster supply of smaller series and fully personalised products is hampered by the fact that current industrial supply chains are mainly cost-driven, resulting in large series and long lead times. Supply and demand are not in balance. Quality and customer satisfaction are often compromised. Moreover actual production is taking place anywhere in the world and does insufficiently take into account issues of social, environmental and energy sustainability.

Scope: The internet has the potential to support a fully new supply chain model that is fully customer driven. New business solutions should enable consumers to become designers and "customisers"; retailers to become virtual business brokers; manufacturers to produce in a distributed and small scale manner; and suppliers to be more flexible and demand-driven.

Research activities should focus on all of the following areas:

•   Integrated business model solutions for customer-driven supply chain management.

•   Practical solutions for the ownership, control and management of the related supply chain data

•  Novel distributed manufacturing, sourcing and design solutions linking individual "home-based" designers and manufacturers to the supply-chain promoting social inclusion and deploying skills locally available.

•  Solutions for local sourcing and supply, thus reducing the environmental footprint.

The projects are expected to include use-case demonstrations aiming at rapid deployment of the novel business solutions in particular consumer-targeted domains. All relevant supply-chain stakeholders are expected to participate.

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 Levels 6 – 7. A significant participation of SMEs with R&D capacities is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 6 and 8 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:

•  Return of delocalised manufacturing to Europe, in the order of at least 5% of the total manufacturing capacity, in the application area targeted by the project, within 5 years after the end of project;

•  Reduction in the environmental footprint compared to products produced in the traditional value chains by 20% through less stock, less waste, and less transportation;

•  Creation of a novel supply network involving at least 100 organisations and individuals at the end of the project and 1000 organisations and individuals within 5 years after the end of project;

• Creation of new embedded services supporting the customer-driven supply chain.

Type of action: 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:

    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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