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Emerging Nanoelectronics (ENANO)
Proactive Initiative in the 6 th Framework Programme



What is Emerging Nanoelectronics (ENANO)? (Workprogramme text)

This initiative complements mainstream IC developments with advanced research in hybrid and molecular electronics, and prepares the bases for an extension of integrated circuit technology beyond the limits of CMOS scaling. This initiative covers a time horizon beyond 2009, corresponding to that covered in the "Emerging Research Devices" (ERD) section of the ITRS roadmap. The scope is however limited to a number of non-CMOS options listed in the ERD document.

Many effects characteristic of molecular and other nanometer-scale structures have recently been discovered or demonstrated, paving the way for technological developments complementing those on the mainstream semiconductor platforms. The emerging nanoelectronics initiative aims at consolidating and further advancing this research and to prepare the bases for industrial research and development programmes on non-CMOS nanometre technologies in information society applications.

Three long-term directions are proposed to focus European-level research.

  1. Hybrid molecular electronics to develop new functions or to improve the implementation of known functions, by incorporating new molecular-scale developments on appropriate submicron scale semiconductor platforms.
  2. One-dimensional structures such as nanotubes or nanowires for the development of devices, functions, interconnections, etc.
  3. Single molecules for the development of reproducible functions and to compose circuits. This research is likely to require progress on the understanding of electrical characteristics of single molecules and contacts. Special interest is given to organic molecules, their potential for self-assembly and the multidisciplinary research they would motivate.

Each proposal is expected to include elaboration of recent breakthroughs into reproducible physical prototypes and accurate simulations, forward looking research into circuits and architectures, as well as more basic research into topics such as self- or directed assembly. Proposals should identify long-term aims and expected objectives within the duration of the project. They should propose merit criteria where the proposed developments would compete with mainstream approaches or complement these.

Proposals for multidisciplinary integrated projects are expected for each of the research themes described above. These are expected to include, beyond the research work, also contribution to roadmaps, training, dissemination and exploitation activities. Industrial participation is welcome as research performers or, in the case of upstream projects, as advisers for success criteria and their implementation. Proposals for networks of excellence would complement the integrated projects and could, among other integration activities, address the requirement for access to a modelling infrastructure and to advanced experimental facilities open to non-standard processes.

This initiative was called as part of IST Call 3, which is now closed.

A consultation meeting was organised in Brussels on 16 December 2004 and aimed to provide a fresh look at the requirements and opportunities for European research in emerging nanoelectronics, taking into account the last revision of the ITRS roadmap on "Emerging Research Devices".  Report (( PDF ), 146KB) of this meeting

A FET Infoday was organised in Brussels on 3-4 June 2004.


Graphical representation of PROJECTS resulting from the ENANO-initiative

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Timetable - ENANO - IST Call 3

  • FET Infoday : 03-04 June 2004, Brussels
  • Call launched: 15 June 2004
  • Call closed: 22 Sep 2004
  • Deadline for pre-proposals: 01 July 2004
  • Deadline for proposals: 22 Sep 2004, 17:00
  • Start of projects: 1 September 2005