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TOPIC : In support of documentary standards (CSA)

Topic identifier: NMBP-34-2019
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
16 October 2018
Deadline: 03 September 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

There is a general consensus that the implementation of nanotechnologies ought to be based on a clear science-based understanding of potential risks that might be associated to the manufacture, use and disposal of substances in the Nano form, as well as of products and articles containing nanomaterials. The scientific body of knowledge should be translated to a level of regulatory relevance, with support from regulatory research. A crucial element is the establishment, by consensus, of a set of scientifically reliable and regulatory relevant technical guidelines and good practices documents. Ideally such guidelines and documents should be aligned to the requirements for guidance and standards of international organisations such as OECD, ISO and CEN. Agreed standardised test guidelines and guidance documents are needed to allow reliable and relevant safety testing of nanomaterials regarding both human health and the environment. In particular, the OECD guidelines for chemicals' notification and registration under REACH need adaptation for nanomaterials from characterisation of materials and exposure, to potential for persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity. Initial test guidelines and guidance documents are meant to be a basis that can be updated on a regular basis as well as expanded to keep pace with progress in science and regulatory needs and to ensure mutual acceptance of regulatory relevant data by the regulatory bodies of OECD member states.

  • Outline specific research actions of regulatory research nature to cover existing gaps in OECD test guidelines and guidance documents development;
  • Establish integration of other public and private resources (funding or labour) to develop and validate new OECD test guidelines and OECD guidance documents;
  • Establish maximum synergy of actions across industrial sectors and international cooperation;
  • Support the completion of the elaborated documents by the relevant international organisations involving OECD Member States and relevant EU agencies;
  • Establish very close cooperation with Member States, OECD, BIAC, JRC, ECHA, EU and Member State agencies to act as leads and co-leads for the test guidelines and guidance documents to be developed.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU around EUR 3 million would be an important contribution to allow this specific challenge to be further addressed. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Filling the gaps that are currently blocking the way to international adoption of the running OECD projects with the aim to amend test guidelines and guidance documents for nanomaterials regarding both the environment and human health;
  • Delivery of a consistent, complete and timely set of standardized technical guidelines and guidance documents, internationally harmonised and validated respecting the principles of good laboratory practice, to effectively implement the existing chemicals' legal frameworks of OECD- and EU-Member States (i.e. REACH regulation in Europe) and to ensure safe manufacturing and responsible use of nanomaterials;
  • Establish seamless collaboration with the science layer (e.g. the EU Nano safety cluster), the relevant DGs and agencies of the EU, the OECD-WPMN, WNT, ISO and CEN.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme. 

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.  
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

The following exceptions apply.

Under 3 (a) Proposals are first ranked in separate lists according to the topics against which they were submitted (‘topic ranked lists’). When comparing ex aequo proposals from different topics, proposals having a higher position in their respective 'topic ranked list' will be considered to have a higher priority in the overall ranked list.
Under 3 (b) For all topics and types of action, the prioritisation will be done first on the basis of the score for Impact, and then on that for Excellence.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.


5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply


Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2018-20
5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


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Type of Action Coordination & support action [CSA]
Topic In support of documentary standards (CSA) - NMBP-34-2019
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