Industrial Leadership


Nanotechnologies, Materials, Biotechnologies and Production 2018-2020

On 27 October 2017 the European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 for “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies –  Nanotechnologies, Materials, Biotechnologies and Production". The overall budget for the 2018 call is approx. EUR 534 million. For the calls in 2019 there will be approx. EUR 545 million available. For the calls in 2020 a budget of approx. EUR 572 million is foreseen, the Work Programme 2020, which will be prepared in detail in summer 2019 just shows the titles of topics without description.

The aim of ”Nanotechnologies, Materials, Biotechnologies and Production” is to contribute to the leading role as well as to the global competitiveness and growth of the European industry.


The Work Programme comprises the following research priorities:

  • Foundations for tomorrow´s industry ,

    • Open Innovation Test Beds
    • Materials Characterisation and Computational Modelling
    • Governance, Science-Based Risk Assessment and Regulatory Aspects
  • Transforming European Industry

    • Factories of the Future (FoF)
    • Medical Technology Innovations
  • Industrial Sustainability

    • Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE)
    • Catalysing the Circular Economy
    • Clean Energy through Innovative Materials
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB)


Rules for submission: The research priorities are composed of 'topics', which are outlined in detail in the Work Programme. Research proposals have to respond to the content of the topic.

Submission procedure

  • Proposal submission for one-stage submission: 22 February 2018
  • Deadlines for two-stage submission procedure:
  • Deadline for stage 1 proposals: 23 January 2018
  • Deadlines for stage 2 proposals: 28 June 2018


To notice:

  • Open Innovation Test Beds (OITB): The call 'Foundations for Tomorrow's Industry' supports so-called 'Open Innovation Test Beds' for the development and upscaling of advanced materials and nanotechnologies, combining digital, chemical and physical advances for innovative new products and services. OITBs are physical facilities, established in at least three Member States and Associated Countries, brining nanotechnology and advanced materials within the reach of companies and users. The TRL cover nearly the entire value chain from validation in a laboratory (TRL 4) to prototypes in industrial environment (TRL 7). Proposals have to include a business case and exploitation strategies when submitted.

  • Pilot Action 50% Funding: some topics for 'Innovation Actions', covering high-cost demonstrators integrating several different technologies in industrial settings and reaching Technology Readiness Level 7, provide for funding at 50% for profit-making entities (instead of 70% rate for Innovation Actions)

  • Inducement Prices: The NMBP part of Horizon 2020 provides funding for two prizes under the European Innovation Council:

    • EIC Horizon Prize for 'Innovative Batteries for eVehicles'

    • EIC Horizon Price for 'Affordable High-Tech for Humantarian Aid'

  • International Cooperation: for some topics cooperation with Third Countries seems appropriate, e.g. countries from the European Neighbourhood Policy, such as Eastern Partnerships Countries in SPIRE topics (e.g. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Aserbaijan, Belorus), or the Broader Partnership Countries (e.g. Iran und Iraq) which could be integrated, such as in CE-NMBP-24-2018. Topic CE-BIOTEC-04-2018 'New biotechnologies for environmental remediation' is part of the EU-China-Flagship 'Biotechnology for Environment and Human Health', which supports a coordinated and belanced R&I-Cooperation between the EU and China. Chinese project partners have the possibility to apply funding under the Chinese co-funding mechanism and other Chinese sources.


European Innovation Council: Fast Track to Innovation und KMU-Instrument

The Pilot initiative ‚European Innovation Council‘ comprises calls for the financing instruments SME instrument (EIC-SME instrument call/H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020) and Fast Track to Innovation (EIC-Fast-Track-to-Innovation/H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020) which are found under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme Part – Towards the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot" (part 20 of this Work Programme).

Please consider:

The two year Work Programme 2018 - 2020 is quite complex in terms of funding objectives, funding schemes, proposal submission procedures and deadlines.

All information on the call, the detailed call description and important guidance for applicants in the "Horizon 2020 Grants Manual" are available online on the Participant Portal and should be read carefully. Topics, rules for submission (budgets, deadlines, funding schemes) as well as information on the evaluation procedure are available in General Annex of the Work Programme.