NMP-33-2014 - The materials 'common house'
Specific challenge: The fragmentation of research efforts has long been identified as a major European weakness. A significant part of national R&D budgets is spent without substantial coordination across the Union, a significant waste of resources at a time of shrinking funding possibilities.
A dynamic structure, following materials research and innovation across the European Union, is called for. The goal is to make Europe a more coherent system, and also to help in better coordinating future EU materials activities with those in Member States, Associated Countries, industry and academia, to avoid duplications and gaps.
Scope: Support to a monitoring system and a forum to debate developments and needs, identify gaps and opportunities, establish priorities in order to create a sound, authoritative, consensual, science-based, economy pushed, society-driven Europe-wide knowledge base of materials science and engineering. Synergy with or use of present structures and existing schemes is welcome.
The proposal for the support action should describe the expected level of detail in the study, definitions and limitations, the parameters to be observed, and the targeted application fields. The support action may include assessment, benchmarking, road mapping, foresight, coordination, organisation of events, and communication, and give indications in which application areas research and innovation may have most impact. A study of activities carried out within and outside Horizon 2020, through other EU schemes (European Structural and Investment Funds and national activities etc.) may be included. The proposal should also provide elements for a constant monitoring system, as well as success cases and best practices stemming from FP-supported research. The organisation of major events of relevance for better structuring the ERA in the materials field, with priority to those federating individual events that in the past took place separately, may also be included.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one proposal will be funded.
- Consolidation of scattered research and development efforts for a more cohesive, efficient approach to materials advancement, avoiding duplications and gaps;
- Coordination of EU and Member States R&D activities, contributing to strengthening the European Research Area.
Type of action: Coordination and Support Action