European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Industrial Leadership

Nanotechnologies, Materials, Biotechnologies and Production 2018-2020


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

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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.