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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 €2,650,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Societal engagement on responsible nanotechnology NMP-32-2015

Specific challenge: Transparency, knowledge and societal engagement are key factors in addressing societal concerns regarding the use of nanotechnology, including nanomaterials. An essential element of a safe and responsible nanotechnology governance is an effective and informed dialogue with all stakeholders, enhancing public confidence in nanotechnologies.

Scope: The proposed action should identify current best practices in societal engagement to establish a multi-stakeholder platform at EU and/or at national level in a number of EU Member States and Associated Countries, involving a balanced representation of researchers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), scientists in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, industry and policy-makers to develop a shared understanding of the current and potential future (economic, social and environmental) benefits and risks of advancing nanotechnology. This action is to be based on the concept of Mobilisation & Mutual Learning (MML) Platforms[1].

The two main activities to be undertaken within this platform are a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues and training activities to address knowledge gaps between various types of actors and potential co-production of knowledge. These dialogue meetings should consider the various questions of interest or information needs that emerge across the entire value chain (from R&D to production and distribution to use and waste processing or recycling), discuss how to employ nanotechnologies to the benefit of society addressing societal challenges and identifying desired fields of innovation, whilst contributing to Responsible Research and Innovation. The outcomes of the dialogue are to be fed back into policy making and research and innovation processes with joint stakeholder undertakings. In order to ensure that all participants have a common knowledge base, various training or information sessions should be organised to address any knowledge gaps that may impede a constructive dialogue.

The design of this platform and its activities should take into account and build on previous FP6 and FP7 activities and relevant EU and international policies and initiatives in this field. Gender balance should be taken into account in the make-up of the platform and gender should be embedded in the dialogues on the content and impacts of nanotechnology research.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 500 000 and 1 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:

•  The direct and sustainable impact of this action will be to enhance the interaction between society, science and nanotechnologies in order to contribute to a responsible nanotechnology research and innovation at EU and national policy level and research processes.

•  Involving civil society, social sciences and humanities, and industry groups in decision-making procedures and/or societal dialogue and engagement on nanotechnologies will increase awareness, enhance understanding between stakeholders’ on their positions, needs, expectations and concerns, and enhance trust between them.

•  The outcomes of the multi-stakeholder platform will contribute to responsible policy-making, better acceptability of nanotechnologies outcomes, a more inclusive European society and will lead to a roadmap to enhance societal engagement in nanotechnology.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Action

[1] A Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Action Plan or Platform typically includes following types of partners: research performing and/or funding organisations, civil society organisations, industry/business and policy-makers and should involve a wide range of EU Member States or Associated countries. The MML Action Plan or Platform should have a minimum duration of three years.

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:

    Coordination and Support 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

  • 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
  • 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

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