LEIT – Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production H2020-NMP-2015-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-11-2015: Nanomedicine therapy for cancer. Promising pre-clinical nano-medicine proof-of-concepts have been developed for the therapy of cancer, but their translation into clinical therapies remains a major challenge. An important bottleneck is up-scaling under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions for the production of the nanomedicines from the pre-clinical laboratory scale to the quantity needed for clinical testing.
  • NMP-12-2015: Biomaterials for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. An estimated 7.3 million Europeans between 30 and 99 years of age suffered from different types of dementias in the EU27 in 2006 (14.6 per 1000 inhabitants), most of these being of the Alzheimer’s variety. Innovative approaches based on biomaterials can improve the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • NMP-15-2015: Materials innovations for optimisation of cooling in power plants. Currently, power generation requires enormous amounts of cooling water, ranking second to the volume of water used for agriculture. As an example, a typical 500 MW thermal electricity plant equipped with a cooling tower evaporates 26 million litres of water per day (the equivalent of the daily water consumption of more than 43000 EU families). Once-through cooling systems consume less water but withdraw significantly more: the same plant equipped with a once-through system would withdraw typically 1.4 billion litres of water per day, returning it to the water source about 10-15°C warmer. Such systems not only impose serious burdens on the local water management and the environment, but also limit the development of distributed power generation (foreseen by the SET plan) by their stringent requirements concerning cooling. The lack of adequate cooling water may even lead to power plant shutdowns.
  • NMP-16-2015: Extended in-service service of advanced functional materials in energy technologies (capture, conversion, storage and/or transmission of energy). Functional materials are enabling the large scale market penetration of secure, sustainable and affordable energy based on low-carbon, decentralised power generation. The benefits of using advanced functional materials can often be demonstrated in terms of, e.g., more efficient energy generation, storage or transmission, under controlled conditions. The high up-front investment costs of new power plants requires lifetimes of the order of 20 to 25 years, with minimal down and service time. However, not enough is known about the degradation of such materials during long-term service. This can seriously hamper the industrial uptake of such materials, increase initial investment costs due to the over-specification of the material requirements; or increase the exploitation costs, either by increased downtimes due to materials related failure or because of more intensive maintenance schedules.
  • NMP-19-2015: Materials for severe operating conditions, including added-value functionalities. The need to develop materials which can perform well in severe operating environments is increasing with advances in technology and requirements for higher efficiency in all areas such as manufacturing, energy, transport and communications, deep-sea technologies etc. Another important driver for advanced functionalities, e.g. self-diagnosis and self-healing, comes from the incorporation of nanoscale and molecular materials components. This poses a major challenge for materials science, and requires a fundamental understanding of how the processing, microstructure, nanostructure and properties of such material interact in order to enhance their response under more severe conditions.
  • NMP-22-2015: Fibre-based materials for non-clothing applications. New approaches to improve the functionality of materials are important for the sustainable development of Europe's competitiveness. Fibre-based materials for technical, high -value, high -performance products at reasonable prices, with improved safety and functionality, represent a challenge for materials science and engineering.
  • NMP-23-2015: Novel materials by design for substituting critical materials. Many technologies with significant socio-economic benefits face material requirements that are, or may be, problematic due to their instable, insecure or price-volatile supply. Research is needed in particular to improve our fundamental understanding of the development of new material solutions with a reduced or completely eliminated critical content, while maintaining or enhancing the performance of the materials, components and products. Examples may be the critical raw materials (see COM(2011) 25 and related documents) or those materials which may be hazardous or pose a risk to human health and/or the environment.
  • NMP-24-2015: Low-energy solutions for drinking water production. Low-energy solutions are badly needed for water softening and especially for water desalination. The present technologies for large scale desalination of seawater are stuck at energy consumption rates around 3 kWh/m3 whilst the target has been set at 1 kWh/m3 years ago.
  • NMP-29-2015: Increasing the capacity to perform nano-safety assessment. Systems biology, high throughput screening and toxicogenomics approaches have the potential to revolutionise how chemical substances, including nanomaterials, are assessed for regulatory and risk management purposes. A paradigm shift in toxicology using innovative techniques such as High Thoughput Screening (HTS) approaches, Toxicogenomics and High Content Analysis (HCA) is being established. With such approaches it is possible to identify underlying affected pathways (so called ‘toxicity pathways’). The challenge is to develop and demonstrate a mechanism-based understanding of toxicity, which will enable improved toxicity testing by identifying novel endpoints essential to tailor-made first tier hazard and risk assessment of novel and emerging materials.
  • NMP-30-2015: Next generation tools for risk governance of nanomaterials. The conventional risk assessment approach, i.e. deriving no-effect levels or limit values from dose-effect relationships is inadequate for enabling safe use for newly developed materials in the fast moving market of nanomaterials. The challenge is to build a state-of-the art and flexible risk banding tool to keep pace with developments in innovation and risk research by harvesting and implementing results from concluded, ongoing and planned research in next generation risk governance frameworks. For nanotechnology, as with any new and rapidly evolving technology, analysis of risk is technically and methodologically limited, and thus associated with a high degree of uncertainty which should be understood and quantified. Stakeholders' concerns, including those of the insurance sector, and risk perception should be understood and communicated. Risk acceptance is strongly affected by a clear understanding of the risks, the benefits and the uncertainties perceived on equity and trust.

European community funding

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

  • 148,37 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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