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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP)

NMP has been allocated EUR 3.5 billion by the EU Member States with EUR 530 million being earmarked for Call 1. Funding the NMP Theme helps new high-tech knowledge-based industries and those traditional industries that are knowledge-based producing higher-value products and services. Particular attention will be paid to the effective dissemination of research results to SMEs.

Objectives

The objective behind Theme 4 is to fund research, development, demonstration and coordination projects, which will help facilitate the generation of knowledge and the competitiveness of European industry. This in turn will help transform it from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry.

Areas of NMP Research covered in FP7

Emphasis is being placed on the following areas:

  • Nanoscience and nanotechnologies
  • Materials
  • New production
  • Integration of technologies and industrial applications

Scope of energy research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The scope for NMP also includes opportunities under the other themes of the Cooperation programme.

Opportunities for SMEs

Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP) is especially relevant to SMEs that are encouraged to participate in each call. Dedicated SME-focussed calls will be implemented in specific areas with the aim of reinforcing the scientific and technological SME base and in producing innovative solutions. The SME targeted calls should be led by SMEs with research capacity, with at least 50% of the EU contribution being allocated to the participating SMEs.

For more information on the Nanotechnology theme see pages on CORDIS.