LEIT – Call for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2014 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-01-2014: Open access pilot lines for cost-effective nanocomposites. The field of nanocomposites materials has witnessed remarkable progress in recent years with many different types of nanocomposites exhibiting radically enhanced properties for a wide range of industrial applications. New manufacturing routes are also emerging, such as in-situ synthesis. The main objective is to develop cost effective and sustainable industrial scale technologies for the production of nanocomposites for specific applications, aiming at the selection, testing and optimisation of materials and process parameters as well as the verification of the nanocomposite performance for a given application in a pilot line setting, representative of operational industrial environments and ready for the start of pilot production as the next step (after the project).
  • NMP-05-2014: Industrial-scale production of nanomaterials for printing applications. The migration towards low-cost, liquid-based, high-resolution deposition and patterning processes such as ink jet, soft lithography, scanning probe-based lithography (e.g. dip-pen), spin-on and screen printing compatible with flexible substrates and high throughput printing systems (e.g. roll to roll and sheet to sheet) requires that suitable functional nanomaterials formulations (inks) are available for end users in industrially relevant quantities.
  • NMP-08-2014: Scale-up of nanopharmaceuticals production. In nanomedicine the scale-up of nanopharmaceuticals production from pre-clinical laboratory scale to the quantity and GMP quality needed for clinical testing is severely hindered by a lack of pilot manufacturing capacity and supply infrastructure. The quantities required for clinical testing studies are modest (e.g. in the order of ten to hundred grams), but such pilot processes do not fit easily into existing manufacturing plants. The lack of a pilot manufacturing supply chain is especially problematic for SMEs and other organisations that do not have the necessary resources to develop the processes in-house.
  • NMP-04-2014: High-definition printing of multifunctional materials. A range of industrial processes (e.g. roll to roll, sheet to sheet) exist for high volume manufacturing involving flexible substrates. The use of these processes has widened from paper and textiles to advanced multi-layer coatings and/or stacks, and to new industries with applications e.g. in electrical circuits, electronic components and bio-functional constructs, comprising integrated combinations of several printed multifunctional materials. Currently there is significant interest on the part of manufacturers in adapting these high throughput technologies for the miniaturisation of feature sizes to the nanoscale, which would provide a new and disruptive manufacturing technology. There is a need to develop high speed, high resolution print technologies, integrating several materials aiming at material properties comparable or better than what is achievable with traditional manufacturing techniques.

European community funding

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

  • 66,20 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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