If it is to solve the problems of the delocalisation of industry and continuing job losses, European industry will have to become more productive and use more sustainable methods than its key world competitors.
EU funding in 2009
The competitiveness of European industry is being built up, step by step, in a wide range of sectors. Implementing knowledge for use in new applications is at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. Research is focused on generating high added-value products and related processes and technologies to meet customer requirements. It also targets growth, public health, safety in the workplace, environmental protection, and societal values and expectations. The sustainability concern — the balance between economic growth, social well-being and environmental protection — is at the centre of any industrial research and technological development.
The nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMPs) research within FP7 addresses a wide spectrum of technologies and industrial sectors. At the same time, it contributes to the main goals of Europe’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.