One of the key themes that the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) worked on to further related economic sectors and experts was Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP). The EU also strove to involve its Associate Candidate Countries (ACC) in NMP projects in order to boost competitiveness in upcoming EU Member States. The EU-funded project 'Stimulating, encouraging and facilitating the participation of ACC nanotechnology and nanoscience research organisations To FP6' (Stef-Nano-ACC) sought to achieve the EU's objective in this respect. It organised workshops, conferences and brokerage events in Hungary and Poland to identify emerging research potential and build interest in NMP topics. These events focused on attracting young researchers, particularly women, tapping into segments of society that could benefit significantly from enhanced networking. Overall, the project strengthened NMP-related organisations and encouraged them to participate in EU calls for proposals, furthering sustainable growth, competitiveness and partnerships among existing and upcoming European nations. Project efforts contributed to strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) and integrating newer European nations into its fold. An added benefit was improved cooperation with countries beyond the EU, enlarging Europe's sphere of influence and competitiveness. Intense promotion of the project through conferences, contests, forums and presentations led to solid partnerships in the NMP field and the establishment of robust project consortia. The result of the project was increased participation of ACC in NMP activities under FP6 and a more powerful ERA, including renewed enthusiasm in scientific circles regarding the topic.