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Science at the service of Europe

Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies

Nanotechnologies, materials and production technologies to increase efficiency

This activity aims to transform the European industry from one based on resources to one that is knowledge-intensive.

EU funding in 2012
€ 524.69 million

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The Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production technologies (NMP) programme makes major contributions to the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives "Innovation Union" and "Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era". It also contributes to the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP), while part of its activities is guided by the strategy for key enabling technologies.

Support has been provided to research on the extraction, processing and substitution of raw materials, including the reduction of waste and recycling (EIP on Raw Materials). Support actions promoting the networking of major stakeholders and supporting standardisation were also launched. International cooperation on advanced materials was achieved with Eastern Partnership countries and members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

As part of the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP), three contractual Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the areas of production technologies, construction and motor vehicles are supported with dedicated calls. These calls engage top industrial companies, SMEs and research organisations across Europe. They have helped bring about a closer working relationship between the Commission and industry in setting research goals and objectives.

Innovation-specific elements, such as demonstrators and pilots, were introduced in the 2012 Work Programme. Emphasis was also placed on longer-term research in key enabling technologies, a vital driver of innovation. The Programme also focuses attention on sustainability and societal challenges.

The activity is proving to be attractive to industry. The EU contributes 36% of the activity's budget to industry and almost 23% to SMEs. 48% of the finished projects generate intellectual property rights. This activity also generates a significant number of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with no fewer than 31 publications per supported project.