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Strategic and targeted support to incentivise talented newcomers to NMP projects under Horizon Europe

Project description

Boosting newcomer participation in NMP projects

Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, material and new production technologies (NMPs) represent an important group of pervasive technologies; their development can boost the competitive advantage of the European industry. The EU-funded FIT-4-NMP project will assist newcomers from underrepresented regions to participate in NMP projects in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation investment programme (2021-2027). Newcomers in this context refer to promising innovation organisations, especially small and medium-sized enterprises that have not participated in the Horizon 2020 NMP. According to the project, underrepresented regions include those in the EU-13, EU-15 and Associated Countries with low participation rates in Horizon 2020 NMP projects. The project will organise workshops, facilitate networking and provide training and technology transfer. One of FIT-4-NMP's key strategic surveys will analyse the reasons for non-participation of newcomers in NMP projects.


FIT-4-NMP’s overall objective is to increase the participation of talented newcomers from underrepresented regions in NMP projects in Horizon Europe, as compared to Horizon 2020. Talented newcomers are promising innovation organisations – especially SMEs – that have not participated in H2020 NMP. Meanwhile, underrepresented regions are regions in EU-13, EU-15 and Associated Countries with a low participation in H2020 NMBP. The increase in participation of the talented newcomers will be brought about by connecting them with NMP hotspots, where important NMP innovations are demonstrated, as well as networking them with NMP Top Innovators.

FIT-4-NMP will take strategic and targeted approaches to achieve this overall objective.

From a strategic perspective, FIT-4-NMP will survey talented newcomers and experts responsible for regional and national R&I policy, in order to understand the precise reasons for non-participation of newcomers in NMP projects. In turn, best practices will be identified and policy measures formulated and communicated to relevant stakeholders: talented newcomers; regional/national authorities responsible for R&I policy; local innovation and technology transfer nodes; and the EC.

From a targeted perspective, the FIT-4-NMP will:

• Organise innovation workshops between talented newcomers and NMP Top Innovators;
• Provide hands-on support to talented newcomers to prepare NMP proposals for Horizon Europe;
• Facilitate networking for talented newcomers at major European conferences and regional brokerage events;
• Provide training to talented newcomers on technology-transfer, proposal writing, and use of European networking portals.

FIT-4-NMP will be undertaken by a strong consortium with partners located among many of the EU member states with the lowest participation in H2020 NMBP. Also, these partners represent “umbrella” organisations with extensive networks to innovative NMP organisations and talented newcomers in their regions.

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Net EU contribution
€ 323 067,66
35 cite am wenkel
8086 Bertrange

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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