NMP-40-2015 - Support for clustering and networking in the micro- & nanofluidics community
Specific challenge: Micro- & nanofluidics is an interdisciplinary field which brings together several KETs, finds application in most Grand Societal Challenges (high TRL), and is also characterized by new and exciting technological developments (low TRL). While commercial product success stories already exist (e.g. inkjet printheads), system integration, manufacturability and affordability remain significant challenges for micro-& nanofluidics applications with multiple or more complex functionalities. The field is characterised by a high number of research groups and enterprises developing knowledge and technology for many diverse application fields.
Scope: Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the applications of micro- and nanofluidics, often involving other KETs, a clustering approach could bring about benefits through cross-fertilisation (e.g. reporting of technological progress; exchange or licensing of IPR) and identification of value chain elements required for industrial success. Clustering and networking activities could also include identification and preparation for demonstration and pilot-line activities, as well as other support activities that would be required, e.g. forming of industry alliances, pre-commercial procurement and (formal or industrial) standardisation. The final target is to tackle the bottleneck of deploying micro- & nanofluidics in Europe, in order to foster innovation in products and/or processes and/or the sustainability of our industrial economy. Proposals can include feasibility analyses and build readiness towards possible future demonstration and pilot line activities.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 250 000 and 500 000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal requesting another amount. No more than one proposal will be funded.
• Facilitating and speeding up the industrial exploitation and success of existing research results in the micro- & nanofluidics field;
• -Building up of networks and alliances for further R&D and industrial innovation.
Type of action: Coordination and Support Action