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23 April 2015

Analysis of patenting activities of FP7 NMP projects

This study report presents the results from the analyses of patent activities from projects funded by FP7 within the field of NMP. The aim of this study was to assess the innovative performance of FP7 NMP projects, highlighting the particularities of NMP and within its different areas. The study also assesses the appropriateness and quality of the underlying patent data, which were retrieved from the EC project reporting database SESAM. The main findings reveal that patents can be considered a relevant but incomplete indicator of the innovative output of FP7 NMP projects, due to the relevance of other IP forms like secrecy and defensive publishing. Moreover, in its current form, the SESAM database appears to be an incomplete and inaccurate source of information for monitoring patent output from FP7 projects. The report concludes with guidelines for adequate patent registration in SESAM and recommendations about the type of indicators and the adequate time horizon for monitoring project innovative outputs.

21 April 2015

Ex post evaluation and impact assessment of funding in the FP7 NMP thematic area

The two reports present the results of the ex post evaluation and impact assessment study of the FP7 NMP Theme. The main report summarises the finding related to the FP7 NMP programme’s strategy and rationale, the programme’s implementation, efficiency and effectiveness. It also investigates whether the new directions chosen during FP7 – the launch the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) - have delivered what they were introduced for. Although many FP7 NMP projects are still on-going the programme already has yielded significant results, scientific and economic. The report also provides recommendations to the Commission for implementation in the Horizon 2020 programme and beyond. The Annex Report published separately provides detailed information on the methodologies applied and more and detailed results.

16 April 2015

Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air launched

Particulate matter (PM) is the air pollutant that has the most severe impact on health, the environment and climate change. Develop the best material solution to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in cities and win €3 million.
Can you crack the challenge ?

27 March 2015

Outcomes of 23 March 2015 EU-US workshop on bridging nanoEHS research efforts

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) – based on high-tech components thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair – are already a bigger part of our lives than most people know. Commodities nanomaterials can be found in cosmetics, sun-block creams and dirt-resistant clothes such as coats or sports shoes and are more complex nanomaterials are used in innovative applications such as catalysts, electronics, solar panels, batteries and biomedical applications including diagnostics and tumour therapies.

The challenge for every new technology, and nanotechnology is no exception, is to appropriately enjoy the benefits of nanotechnology-enabled products and, at the same time deal proactively with the potential risks of these products for human health and the environment. These issues are of global concern and it is essential to leverage resources at the international level and to avoid duplication of research in this field. It is with these objectives that Europe and the USA, who have leadership in this arena, regularly meet.

On March 12-13 the United States and the European Union held their fourth joint workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts to further promote and deepen the collaboration on nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS or nanosafety) research.

6 February 2015

Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies

The objective of the study was to map priorities, strategies, emerging trends, instruments and estimated funding in the regional programming of the "European Structural and Investments Funds". The study covers 70 out of the 270 European Union NUTS 2 regions and was done at the level of Key Enabling Technologies (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing - NMP).
Report of a study undertaken on behalf of DG Research and Innovation  PDF icon 2.8 MB

3 February 2015

M-ERA.NET Call 2015 opens

Total available public funding of more than 25 million Euro for projects in Materials Science & Engineering. Deadline for Pre-Proposal submission : 9 June 2015, 12:00 noon Brussels time!



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