LEIT – Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production H2020-NMP-2014-two-stage 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-10-2014: Biomaterials for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus and its associated pathologies have become a major public health problem. They cause significant physical and psychological morbidity, disability and premature mortality among those affected and imposes a heavy financial burden on health services.The ultimate goal for all curative diabetes research is an effective long-lasting blood glucose normalisation and stabilisation for both type I and type II diabetic patients, at levels comparable to those achieved by intensive insulin therapy in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT). Despite improvements in insulin pharmaceutical efficacy and delivery methods, this approach still has major limitations, significantly impacting on patients’ quality of life.
  • NMP-13-2014: Storage of energy produced by decentralised sources. Electricity will increasingly be produced from sources which are geographically decentralised and/or are intermittent in their nature. There is thus an urgent need to increase the storage of energy, in order to improve on the stability of weak grids, to be able to intentionally island the electricity distribution, and to ensure the continuity of energy supply.
  • NMP-18-2014: Materials solutions for use in the creative industry sector. The recent communication ‘Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU’ highlighted the competitive advantage that creative and cultural inputs bring to the European industries. The most obvious example is the wider use of design in manufacturing industries, adding value to products, services, processes and market structures. Firms spending twice the average amount on creative inputs are 25% more likely to introduce product innovations (COM(2012)537). To promote design-driven innovation, a number of action lines have been endorsed by the Commission, including integrating design into research and development and promoting new collaborative innovation strategies (‘Implementing an Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation’, SWD(2013)380).
  • NMP-20-2014: Widening materials models. The future of the European industry relies inter alia on a strong modelling capacity. An efficient approach is needed to shorten the development process of materials-enabled products, being a key to the global competitiveness of industry. Existing models describe the behaviour of different physical entities, and thus several models need to be linked to cover all scales and arrive at industrial relevant results. The coverage of a single model should be expanded to reduce the necessity of linking. In addition, today’s material models often lack accuracy, especially when describing product properties connected to the material behaviour.
  • NMP-21-2014: Materials-based solutions for protection or preservation of European cultural heritage. Europe has significant cultural diversity together with exceptional ancient architecture, built environment and artefact collections. However time, exposure and environmental changes present significant threats to this cultural heritage (which is one of the assets on which the tourism-related industry relies).
  • NMP-26-2014: Joint EU & MS activity on the next phase of research in support of regulation 'NANOREG II'. Regulation of the nanomaterials market evolves parallel to technology development and societal requirements. The running project NANOREG addresses regulatory research for the quantification of hazard and exposure, a necessary step in regulatory risk assessment. The commercial viability of nanomaterial development in the EU is conditional on new nanomaterials meeting current and future regulatory requirements and should be based on cutting-edge technology with regard to the next steps of risk management and risk mitigation. Demonstration of integration of such technology into the design of new nanomaterials and products and their applications is a major challenge and the main objective of this joint action.
  • NMP-28-2014: Assessment of environmental fate of nanomaterials. A potential nanomaterial risk for humans and the environment is present only when both exposure and a hazard potential of the nanomaterial exist. The challenge is to address the prediction of environmental distribution, concentration and form (speciation) of nanomaterials. It includes release and exposure studies using laboratory, field and model simulations of possible release and transformation of nanomaterials transport and fate, availability and bioaccumulation potential, to allow early assessment of potential exposure and facilitate safe product design.
  • NMP-35-2014: Business models with new supply chains for sustainable customer-driven small series production. For small series production of, for instance, consumer goods, the traditional supply chains are not suitable. Although internet sales, both B2C and B2B, are fast growing, most of the underlying supply models are still traditional. The change to a faster supply of smaller series and fully personalised products is hampered by the fact that current industrial supply chains are mainly cost-driven, resulting in large series and long lead times. Supply and demand are not in balance. Quality and customer satisfaction are often compromised. Moreover actual production is taking place anywhere in the world and does insufficiently take into account issues of social, environmental and energy sustainability.

European community funding

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

  • 114,20 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 06 May 2014 - 7 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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