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MATERA+ — Result In Brief

Project ID: 235303
Funded under: FP7-NMP
Country: Finland

Joint financing of materials research

Novel materials are the foundations of new technology and devices to improve quality of life and enhance the competitiveness of the EU economy. A network of national and regional funding agencies shared the financial support of related research for major impact.
Joint financing of materials research
Some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century are faced in fields such as energy, biomedicine and the environment. To meet these challenges, coordinated effort on the part of research and industry at national and European levels is required.

The successful ERA-NET scheme for collaborative networks in European Research Areas (ERAs) has been improving the coherence of research programmes across Europe. It helps national systems work together on tasks they could not tackle efficiently in an independent way. Building on the previous Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project MATERA, the EU-funded project 'ERA-NET Plus on materials research' (MATERA+) was launched to spur development of multifunctional materials, engineering structural materials and bio-based materials.

MATERA+ was one of the first ERA-NET Plus projects in FP7 and also the first one for many participating funding organisations. Seventeen national and regional funding agencies in 13 countries participated. The call for proposals attracted 117 pre-proposals, of which 21 multinational projects from 14 countries were funded.

With the strong commitment of the funding organisations, the project employed a European Commission top-up funding scheme in which EU money filled funding gaps of the other agencies. A total of EUR 14.5 million was budgeted, representing a regional contribution of EUR 10 million and a European Commission financial contribution of EUR 4.5 million.

Project members combined national and regional programmes in basic science with applied research and related industrial development in materials science and engineering. The research represented an intriguing variety of cutting-edge materials such as nano-structured devices, high-strength light materials, organic materials and new fire-retardant composites.

Project outcomes are slated to contribute to sustainable development, enhancing industry competitiveness and quality of life in the EU as well. The results of MATERA+ and its sub-projects will benefit many industrial sectors like the automotive, aerospace, chemicals, construction, electronics and energy sectors.

The cooperation and annual calls are a living legacy, continuing in the new M-ERA.NET project that began in 2012 and includes 36 funding organisations and partners from outside Europe. Lastly, direct and indirect employment levels are also set to increase thanks to these efforts, positioning Europe as a pioneer in materials research, innovation and development.

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Keywords

Joint financing, materials research, funding agencies, ERA-NET, collaborative networks
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