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Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production

H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015Sub call of: H2020-NMP-2014-2015
Opening Date 22-10-2014 Deadline Date 26-03-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €64,430,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Integration of novel nano materials into existing production lines NMP-02-2015

Specific challenge: Nanomaterials are intended to improve the performance of existing production technologies, and to give new functionalities to products, such as lightweight solutions for transportation and construction, enhanced properties for packaging materials and processes, decreased wear and friction of yarns, enhanced electrical performance and reliability and high-performance thermal insulation and UV shielding fibrous materials (e.g. hollow fibres). However, such new nanomaterials need to be introduced into production and the correct controlled conditions need to be created and maintained in industrial processes.

Scope: Development and demonstration in operational environments; the integration of technologies and processing for using novel nanomaterials in production; to improve the control and monitoring of the conditions required for the use of nanomaterials in industrial processes; to increase the level of robustness and repeatability of such industrial processes; to optimize and evaluate the increased performances of the production lines in terms of productivity and cost-effectiveness; to assess the functionality and performance of the produced component/product.

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

Wherever possible, proposers could actively seek synergies, including possibilities for funding, with relevant national / regional research and innovation programmes and/or cumulative funding with European Structural and Investment Funds in connection with smart specialisation strategies. For this purpose the tools provided by the Smart Specialization Platform, Eye@RIS3 may be useful[1]. The initial exploitation and business plans will address such synergies and/or additional funding. Exploitation plans, outline financial arrangements and any follow-up will be developed further during the project. The results of these activities as well as the envisaged further activities in this respect should be described in the final report of the project.

The implementation of this proposal is intended to start at TRL 5-6, target TRL 7, Implemented as cross-KET activities.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 5 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:

•                Accelerated market uptake of nanomaterials and products in one or more of the following sectors: fibre, yarn and textile; biomedical products, packaging products; energy; construction and building; and transportation. This non-exhaustive list does not preclude submission and selection of proposals addressing other sectors.

•                Improvement in existing manufacturing processes and equipment through integration of nano materials, demonstrating better resource efficiency, safety, sustainability and recyclability of a wide variety of components and final products.

•                Improvement in technical knowledge on the integrated manufacturing processes for nanomaterials in terms of productivity, environmental performance and cost-effectiveness.

•                Contribution to development of business plans that encourage private sector investment for future business growth.

•                Promoting safe-by-design approaches in collaboration with the EU nano-safety cluster and contributing towards the framework of EU nanosafety and regulatory strategies[2].

Type of action: Innovation Actions

[1]; the relevant Managing Authorities can be found at

[2] EU Nano-safety strategy 2015-2020 and NanoReg project

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.

    The evaluation criteria are applied as follows:

    1. Excellence
    • Clarity and importance of the objectives;
    • Soundness of the concept, including trans disciplinary considerations;
    • Credibility of the proposed approach;
    • Readiness of the technology for implementing the pilot;
    • Progress beyond the state of the art in production.

    2. Impact (**)

    The extent to which the outputs of the project could contribute at the European and/or International level to:
    • The expected impacts listed in the work programme under the relevant topic;
    • Soundness of the business cases and business plans and commitment to first exploitation / manufacturing;
    • Evidence of the market potential and of the competitive technology advantage that will be gained through the pilot line;
    • Potential of creating jobs in Europe;
    • Effectiveness of the proposed measures to communicate the project, and disseminate the project results ,including appropriate management of IPR;
    • Contribution, where appropriate, to standards and to skills and educational training.

    3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation
    • Coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, including appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources;
    • Coverage of the value chain (RTOs, materials, equipment and technology suppliers and end-users);
    • Competences, experience and complementarity of the individual participants, as well as of the consortium as a whole;*
    • Appropriateness of the management structures and procedures, including risk management.

    Operational Capacity (selection criterion)

    * As a separate step in the evaluation, expert evaluators must indicate whether the members of the consortium possess at least the minimum competences needed to carry out the proposed work.

    ** The score for the criterion “impact” will be multiplied by 1.5.

    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 one-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 (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)

    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

  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) 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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