NMP-2008-1.2-1 Pilot lines to introduce nanotechnology-based processes into the value chain of existing industries
Technical content/scope: The transfer of promising nanotechnology research results into new industrial technologies still represents a bottleneck. The expected projects must focus on the development or scale-up of innovative nanotechnology-based processes to a pilot-line-scale in order to improve industrial processes and production lines. The expected projects will also demonstrate how nanotechnology can significantly improve the value-chain in industrial production towards high-added value innovative products, thereby enhancing European competitiveness. The economic aspects of the proposals are therefore crucial and possible solutions should present a strong link to market needs. The projects could include appropriate modelling, an assessment regarding public health and consumer protection, occupational safety and the environment, as well as an evaluation of impacts on regulation. In the case of so-called "nano-plates", surface treatments are excluded, as they were already covered in the first FP7 NMP call for proposals; to clarify: nano-plates are intended here as nano-objects with 1 dimension on the nano-scale. Surface treatments of nano-rods and nano-particles can be addressed; to clarify: nano-rods have 2 dimensions on the nano-scale (such as nanotubes, nanowires or nanofibers) and nano-particles have 3 dimensions on the nano-scale. Issues specifically addressed by the call NMP-2008-4.0-3 (see below) on "Nano-technology enabled applications for integrated, costeffective volume production" (with 2008 focus on nano-structured surfaces for the manufacturing equipment industry) are excluded.
Funding scheme: Large-scale integrating collaborative projects.
Specific features: In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation. Additional activities other than research could be included as appropriate, such as metrology for online monitoring and control, safety issues, specific education modules or the analysis of existing and required regulations. If appropriate, accompanying life cycle assessment (LCA) studies should be performed according to ISO 14040ff and the data should be provided according to data format and quality requirements set up by the European Platform for LCA (http://lca.jrc.ec.europa.eu).
Expected impact: (i) Solutions going well beyond the state-of–the-art; (ii) stimulation and acceleration of the industrial take-up of novel nanotechnology-based solutions within existing or new production lines; (iii) increase of value added of components and products with the most promising industrial and market potential and/or improvement of yield, reliability and throughput of the production equipments and/or reduction and prediction of equipment maintenance which guarantees the highest possible quality of manufactured components; (iv) new competitive industrial processes; (iv) sustainable development, through the development of environmentfriendly, resource-efficient products and processes.