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Grants for collaborative R&D Projects involving more than 2 independent entities established in 2 or more EU Member or Associated States, for the development of innovative products, services or processes.
Topic / Target >NMP.2013.4.1-1 Development of new materials for the substitution of critical metals


Projects are called for to investigate the development of such materials by rational design, with focus on the interplay between theory and/or large-scale computational screening and experimental methods.

The synthesis or fabrication of nano- or microstructures with enhanced functionality as well as the use of advanced characterisation and measurement methods to determine how effects at the nano- or micrometre-level influence the materials' behaviour at the macroscopic level, should also be an integral part of the proposal.

Aspects related to the recyclability of the materials can be addressed.

Projects should foresee the recruitment of researchers in the early stages of their career.

This call targets a balanced participation from European and Japanese organisations in each project.

In order to assure genuine EU-Japanese cooperation, it is important that the proposed research plan properly includes integrated and coordinated research activities between the EU and Japan.

The establishment of a close collaboration between European and Japanese partners is mandatory, and proposals not including such collaboration will be deemed ineligible.

Expected impact

(i) Improved understanding of the development of materials for the substitution of critical metals for a well-defined technology;
(ii) Improved performance of industrial products in the longer term; (iii) More robust European – Japanese research cooperation;
(iv) Successful joint research, activities, publications, and contributions to scientific events; and
(v) More intensive exchange and training of researchers.


Start date: 10/07/2012
End date: 23/10/2012
Total budget
for this call: 5.000.000
Requested EU contribution per project: Max.: € 1.8 million per project
In general, support for research projects carried out by consortia with, at least, 3 independent legal entities from 3 different Member States or Associated Countries, ranging from € 1,5 to 5 million and aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities or common resources for research. Size, scope and internal organisation of projects can vary from field to field and from topic to topic. Projects will also be targeted to special groups such as SMEs and other smaller actors.
(CP - STREP) FP7-NMP-2013-EU-Japan Small or medium-scale focused research projects

Raw materials

Raw materials are essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies.

Access to and affordability of mineral raw materials are crucial for the sound functioning of the EU's economy and the competitiveness of European industry.

For this reason, this work programme, and the previous one, place renewed emphasis on raw materials.

The topics in this section contribute to the aims of the proposed European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials

The integration of knowledge and technologies of the three areas of research above is essential in order to speed up the transformation of European industry and its economy, while adopting a safe, socially responsible and sustainable approach.

The research will focus on new applications and novel, step-change solutions responding to major challenges, including the RTD needs identified by the different European Technology Platforms.

This research should enable and sustain the knowledge-based transformation of current industrial sectors and the development of new science-based sectors through the integration of new knowledge from nano-, materials-, and production technologies in sectoral and crosssectoral applications.

The RTD approaches and objectives applied by the partners should lead to results (products, processes, methods, etc) and impacts which must observe the guidelines of the sustainable development paradigm, namely the public health, worker safety, environmental protection and the societal dimensions, including governance concerns (public awareness and acceptance).

Furthermore this research work must constitute an opportunity for Europe to consolidate the optimal normalisation and standards needed.

Several cross-cutting dimensions could be considered while handling the vast array of sectors and applications and could further inspire the emergence of topics:

− Transforming traditional industry, which faces the challenge of low-cost competition, as well as rapidly changing market expectations and behaviour. It should increase its productivity through new processes, high-added value products and new business models.

− Fostering scale-intensive and specialised suppliers industry through the adoption and integration of new advanced technologies thus enabling the improvement of its leadership in the global market.

− Promoting Science-based Industry which will play a key role in establishing a highvalue European industry. It will need the integration of most of the advanced technologies dealt with in Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production activities, enabling the development of new, high value, products and services, processes and even leading to new industries.

− Towards a sustainable supply industry is another key objective in supporting product and productivity innovation, especially for sectors with a large environmental impact.
Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and New Production Technologies

The objective of this theme is to improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, by generating step changes in knowledge and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines.

This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledge-based traditional industries, with a special focus to the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs.

These activities are primarily concerned with enabling technologies which impact all industrial sectors and many other Seventh Framework Programme themes.

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