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Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production

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: Additive manufacturing for tabletop nanofactories NMP-07-2015

Specific challenge: Additive manufacturing (AM) delivers a new manufacturing paradigm: it makes the rapid, distributive manufacture of complex objects possible, and has the potential to reduce waste. What is truly transformative about additive manufacturing is the potential to manufacture individual products anywhere in the world, and to customise each of them. Rather than make manufactured goods in one place and ship them around the world, additive manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing makes it possible to send design blueprints instantaneously via the internet, and manufacture them when and where they are needed.

3D printers are growing in sophistication, and can create increasingly complex objects, including those with different component parts. Breakthroughs in techniques such as metal sintering and processing of ceramic materials mean that 3D printers are no longer restricted to generic plastics. The use of nanoparticles in 3D printing is progressing rapidly, and could vastly increase the range of products that can be manufactured in this way.

Scope: As a part of a wider initiative towards nano-manufacturing, the objective of this topic is to advance the state-of-the art of AM materials through modification of their fundamental material properties using nanotechnology and to develop novel additive manufacturing techniques that incorporate new functionalities and/or significant performance increase, e.g. by utilising printable high-strength materials in the manufactured components. For example, carbon nanotube or other functional nano-structures could be embedded and combined with the printing process to perform electronic functions such as sensing and communications, or bio materials, such as flexible polymers or ceramics could be used to create bio-inspired structures.

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

Activities expected to focus on Technology Readiness Level 4-5. Implemented as cross-KET activities.

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:

                Enabling Europe to compete at the forefront of the additive manufacturing revolution, which in the long term will lead into entire new production and consumption paradigms;

                Enabling manufacturing activities by SMEs to enter markets with innovations that were not possible before;

                Widening the range of available AM materials and functionalities in products will accelerate the transition of AM from mere prototyping towards production and use;

                Enabling functionality embedded in AM parts displaces the need for multiple manufacturing operations, making AM processes even more cost effective, including for small series production;

                Enabling the identification of future development needs in related fields, e.g. in seamless design-to-manufacturing software and standardization for material and process quality.

                Promoting safe-by-design approaches in collaboration with the EU nano-safety cluster and contributing towards the framework of EU nanosafety and regulatory strategies[1].

Type of action: Research & Innovation Actions

[1] 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.

    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:

    Research and 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

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  • Flash Call Info 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
  • 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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