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Facilitating knowledge management, networking and coordination in NMP

Specific challenge: The Horizon 2020 programme for the key enabling technologies of nanotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing needs to function as a catalyst within the larger European Research Area. To be effective, the programme needs to be supported by a knowledge management system capturing the key performance indicators in industrial policy. EU Member States and Associated Countries should be aware how their research systems for enabling and industrial technologies relate with each other and with Horizon 2020, and support is needed for this coordination.

Another aspect of the networking and coordination involves the ERA-NETs in the field of NMP.  ERA-NETs have been set-up in FP6 and FP7 on a wide range of scientific subjects and disciplines relevant to the NMP Programme. While focusing on different scientific areas, they all work towards achieving a common goal of the transnational networking and coordination of national research programmes and address a number of horizontal issues, such as the mapping of existing research potential and foresight activities, the launching of joint calls and addressing the challenges of IPR rules.

Scope: The coordination action should bring together the experience in the various networks to address issues of common interest including synergies with other actors, e.g. ETPs, PPPs and European Regional and Investment Funds; foresight activities; education and training needs; opportunities and strategies for international cooperation; communication and societal dialogue; synergies with Social Sciences and Humanities actors; gender issues; and widening participation.

The project should foresee the inclusion of existing and new ERA-NETs in the NMP area, to prepare and facilitate the future of the ERA-NET instrument and act as a venue for identifying emerging needs and sharing of interests between the national funding agencies, which will eventually lead to joint call definitions under the new instrument.

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 proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one proposal will be funded.

Expected impact:

   Structuring and integration of European Research Area in the field of the key enabling technologies of nanotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing;

   processing through shared understanding of key performance and coordinated formulation of needs beyond the core Horizon 2020 funding.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Action