Science at the service of Europe

Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies

Industrial technologies underpin economic recovery

Research at EU level is improving Europe's competitiveness by generating new knowledge about industrial concepts, materials, products and processes.

EU funding in 2008
€399.74 million

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"The development of added-value technologies, materials, components, devices, systems and products will improve Europe's industrial competitiveness and the quality of life for its citizens."

The ‘Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies’ (NMP) activity addresses a wide spectrum of technologies and industrial sectors, concentrating on those that make the greatest contribution to economic output and employment in the EU.

To enhance its competitiveness, Europe must transform its industries from resource-intensive to knowledge-intensive activities that deliver high added-value products and services to meet customers' growing expectations. At the same time, they must satisfy the Community’s high standards of environmental care and social responsibility. Given the extremely broad spread of this topic, selective choices must be made – and optimal results can only be achieved through EU-wide integration.

Extensive stakeholder consultation, especially via the growing body of European Technology Platforms, identifies the principal areas for action. In the long term, the aim is to capitalise on the enormous potential of nanosciences and nanotechnologies to bring exciting new products and industries. A shorter-term goal is to focus on the convergence of knowledge, technologies and skills drawn from different disciplines. And, wherever possible, research with multi-sectoral applications is encouraged as the means to achieve the highest possible return on the investment of public money.