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LEIT- Nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology (NMBP)

The NMBP work programme includes several calls that are of interest in the life sciences, with topics like medical technologies, regenerative medicine, toxicology, and manufacturing processes.

These calls are classified as Innovation Action (IA) or Research and Innovation Action (RIA), which means that projects should be a collaborative effort of at least three legal entities from different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries. From projects funded in the NMBP programme, it is generally expected that new products are developed: processes, services, or business model innovations.

The Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) programme focuses on four Key Enabling Technologies (KETs):

Nanotechnologies

Nanotechnologies make it possible to produce materials and components at a nanoscale for use in products involved in all aspects of human life: electronics, medication, everyday products, cars and houses. Research in this area will spawn new industrial products and services that can improve human health while at the same time reducing resource use and improving the environment.

 

Advanced materials

Advanced materials can be used to introduce new functionalities and improved properties into, and increase value creation from, existing products and processes. Research may take its point of departure in the materials themselves, the industrial sector (processes) or the application area (energy, health, transport). An important aim is to reduce resource use.

 

Advanced manufacturing and processing

Advanced manufacturing and processing: Despite growing globalisation and challenges from low-wage economies, manufacturing has a bright future in Europe in a sustainable, knowledge-based society. There is a strong indication of the re-emergence of the EU manufacturing sector as part of the new sustainable economy – in technical, environmental and social 

 

Biotechnology

Biotechnology involves the application of scientific and engineering methods to living organisms. The aim is to improve industrial processes, resulting in competitive, sustainable production of materials, chemicals and fuels. Biotechnology is intended to provide European industry with a new scientific, technological and innovative foundation

 

The NMBP Programme Committee is building further on the success of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) under the EU Seventh Framework Programme. Two PPPs – Factory of the Future (FoF) and Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) – will be continued, and a new one – Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE) – will be launched.

Sustainable development is a critical success factor for industrial production in Europe. There is a need to invest in new methods for flexible production, clean processes, and increased reuse and recycling to boost industrial capacities. Greater focus on this has led to segments of NMBP calls for proposals being placed under the cross-cutting, focus area call Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy, which also encompasses the FoF and SPIRE PPPs.

 

This page is updated by Vibeke Irgan