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Specific challenge: New approaches to improve the functionality of materials are important for the sustainable development of Europe's competitiveness. Fibre-based materials for technical, high -value, high -performance products at reasonable prices, with improved safety and functionality, represent a challenge for materials science and engineering.

Scope: Proposals should aim to develop engineered fibre-based materials for novel, smart, high-value and high-performance non-clothing parts and products for technical and industrial use. New approaches and production technologies will enable a broader spectrum of industrial applications, taking into account, as appropriate, issues of sustainability, recycling, safety, energy, and self-cleaning or other functionalities. Portable final products may also be considered.

In order to ensure the industrial relevance of the research, the cost effectiveness and commercial potential of the innovative technologies compared to state-of-the-art solutions currently available on the market should be quantitatively monitored during the project. A market estimate should be outlined in proposals and developed in projects, with recommendations for future industrial uptake.

Proof of concept in terms of product and/or process must be delivered within the project, excluding commercially usable prototypes, but convincingly demonstrating scalability towards industrial needs. Dedicated multiscale modelling and characterisation, and standardisation or the production of (certified) reference materials may also be addressed.

For this topic, proposals should include an outline of the initial exploitation and business plans, which will be developed further in the proposed project.

Activities expected to focus on Technology Readiness Level 5-6.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 6 and 8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

·                Increase in competitiveness and sustainability of European multiple sectors industry through innovative high value products and manufacturing processes;

·                Employment and training through engagement in cutting edge technologies in various sectors, e.g. transport, construction, sport and leisure etc.

Type of action: Innovation Actions

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