LEIT – Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Industrial leadership” priority aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives:

"Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.

Emphasis is being placed on interactions and convergence across and between the different technologies and their relations to societal challenges. User needs shall be taken into account in all these fields.

1.2 Nanotechnologies
The specific objective of nanotechnologies research and innovation is to secure Union leadership in this high growth global market, by stimulating scientific and technological advancements and investment in nanotechnologies and their uptake in high added value, competitive products and services across a range of applications and sectors.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • NMP-02-2015: Integration of novel nano materials into existing production lines. Nanomaterials are intended to improve the performance of existing production technologies, and to give new functionalities to products, such as lightweight solutions for transportation and construction, enhanced properties for packaging materials and processes, decreased wear and friction of yarns, enhanced electrical performance and reliability and high-performance thermal insulation and UV shielding fibrous materials (e.g. hollow fibres). However, such new nanomaterials need to be introduced into production and the correct controlled conditions need to be created and maintained in industrial processes.

NMP-03-2015: Manufacturing and control of nanoporous materials. There is a constantly growing interest in nanostructured porous materials, thanks to the many applications that can benefit from controlled porosity at the nanoscale. Nanoporous materials can have many kinds of pore geometries, structures and chemical compositions and possess unique surface, structural, and bulk properties that underline their important uses in various fields. While various methods are available for creating nanoporous materials in a laboratory environment, scaling-up and meeting the industrial demands in terms of quality and costs remain a challenge.

NMP-06-2015: Novel nanomatrices and nanocapsules. Encapsulation technologies have been widely used for a long time in the pharmaceutical industry for drug delivery applications. The emergence of nanotechnology and the availability of novel tools have paved the way for a new type of nanomatrices and nanocapsules, which can be used for targeted delivery and can carry payloads for localised action in many application fields.

NMP-07-2015: Additive manufacturing for tabletop nanofactories. Additive manufacturing (AM) delivers a new manufacturing paradigm: it makes the rapid, distributive manufacture of complex objects possible, and has the potential to reduce waste. What is truly transformative about additive manufacturing is the potential to manufacture individual products anywhere in the world, and to customise each of them. Rather than make manufactured goods in one place and ship them around the world, additive manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing makes it possible to send design blueprints instantaneously via the internet, and manufacture them when and where they are needed.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 66,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 26 March 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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