Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

Provides 1 - 5M € in subsidies for research, development, and demonstration within:

About Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

Horizon 2020 for Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing is focusing on R&D projects in new materials, bio- and nanotechnology and production. Through a successful application to this program companies can get:

  • 1-5 MEUR to technology and product development
  • IPR – Patent rights
  • Network to project partners
  • Access to new markets
  • Technology and knowledge transfer

The aim of the program is to improve the European competitiveness and to create new jobs.

Possibilities with Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

The Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing program delivers opportunities for both SME’s and large companies to cofinance their development of new technologies and the use of existing technologies in new a context. Therefore the program is also interesting for more conventional production companies and not only companies in advanced technology. The most important is that the company is facing a technology challenge or is having an idea to solve a technical problem. Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing is both cofinancing research, development and demonstration activities.

The Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing calls will be offered to projects within the following categories (see current calls below):

  • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production: Commercialisation of nanomaterials, healthcare, energy technologies and efficency, cross sector potentials (in e.g. creative industries, cultural heritage protection, critical material substitution, drinking water protection), etc.
  • Biotechnology: Drivers for future innovation, industrial application, metagenomics etc.
  • Factories of the Future
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Sustainable Process Industries

Requirements for Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

There are a number of requirements that need to be met to be considered for Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing:

  • Innovation height – the product or technology needs to be novel and solve an European problem
  • Large market potential or great socio-economic impact – minimum 100 MEUR over 5 years
  • The project requires international cooperation

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.


Proposals should develop advanced innovative high-density hybrid energy storage devices, targeting the efficient use and further increase of renewable energy in the built environment, and demonstrating its value in terms of flexibility in the energy systems. They should address both electrical and thermal applications and able to reach a rapid release.

A significant participation of SMEs with R&D capacities is encouraged. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 4 and 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requiring other amounts.


Proposals should aim at maximising the harvesting of renewable energy (for heating, cooling, electricity, domestic hot water, etc.) at building and district scale (e.g. exploiting large renewable energy source installations and heating and cooling networks). Research results should contribute to drastic energy saving and CO2 emission reduction while enabling massive replication in low zero energy buildings and energy self-sufficient districts. the focus is on a cost-effective and easy installation in a wide variety of buildings and surroundings.


Research and technology development at the interface of key enabling technologies has the potential to provide novel technological Micro-Nano–Bio integrated Systems (MNBS) platforms to enhance the ability to sense, detect, analyse, monitor and act on phenomena from macro (e.g. body, organ, tissues) to nano scale (e.g. molecules, genes). The focus is on further development into a clinical setting of novel MNBS platforms, techniques and systems that have already been proven in a laboratory setting (laboratory Proof-of-Concept).

These must pertain to one or more of the following:
a. In vitro/in vivo diagnostics that are deployed at the point of care;
b. Therapy monitoring at the point of care.


The proposal should address surface-modifying methods which do not alter the chemical composition of the surface or add an extra layer of a different material, for example: micro-machining, texturing, photon-based technologies, laser, mechanical treatments, etc. These methods should be used to create new manufacturing processes that can be applied on mass production lines. Due to the need for cost-effective technologies, these processes should be easy to integrate within the existing manufacturing plants and cost-effectiveness should be demonstrated.  


The proposal should use one or more of the following unconventional manufacturing technologies (water jet, ultrasonic and micro-wave electron beam welding and/or electro discharge machining, laser and photopolymerisation) to create new manufacturing systems for multi-material products. 


Proposals should include a systems-level strategy for integrating measurement and control throughout the production line for micro-/(nano-)enabled high volume manufacturing. To address this challenge the proposal will need to cover all of the following areas:

  • Measurement techniques that target highly integrated and functional products at the micro- (and nano-)scale.
  • Measurement and data acquisition which are non-destructive, i.e. no waste material at the measurement steps, and allow for high throughput scenarios in their respective industrial settings.
  • Traceability in the measurements back to reference samples (e.g. calibrated standard artefacts and products). Direct contributions to related standards may be a part of the proposal.
  • Approaches to control at the different levels of factory integration, including process variation, product/component reliability, waste optimisation, yield/output improvements and predictive/preventive corrections to the entire line. 

The aim would be to design optimal maintainability solutions into production systems to improve operating life at maximised performance and reduce costs by carrying out maintenance activities at the most optimised time before failure occurs, thus minimising the degree of intervention required and maximising the system availability. 

While the focus will be on demonstrating the design approaches and maintenance technologies, R&D activities supporting the integration and scale-up are expected as well. 


New customised products will increasingly incorporate intelligence and smart functionalities through advanced materials and embedded components. To face sustainability and flexibility challenges, customised products need to be conceived, designed and manufactured in a modular way, and their single components have to be developed so as to be interoperable with one another during the product/service lifetime, so as to be exchangeable and updateable whenever necessary. 


this topic addresses the adoption of the next generation of ICT advances in the manufacturing domain. Focus is on emerging innovative technologies and processes, which need to be customised, integrated, tested and validated before being released on the market.  

Proposers should cover at least one of the following four areas of technologies for adoption in manufacturing: 1) CPS and IoT, 2) Robotics, 3) Modelling, simulation and analytics, or 4) Digital design for additive Manufacturing. 


Process industries are currently facing the challenge of an increase in the energy and raw materials cost, a few of them facing a relative scarcity. The challenge of a more efficient use of raw materials resources in order to deliver high performance and sustainable production must be accompanied by optimising material efficiency all along the process route and throughout the value chain. 

Proposals should address the technological improvements for both continuous and batch processes to improve material and energy efficiency in the entire production route. They should also identify key bottlenecks and resource efficiency improvement opportunities that will increase yields while optimising the energy consumption of the original processes.  


The call focuses on the conversion of CO2 (and CO) to chemicals, possibly including chemicals with other components beyond C, H and O (such as N), in an integrated approach.

Proposals should address innovative chemical (e.g. catalytic) processes to produce added value chemicals from CO2 (and CO) and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility in an industrially relevant environment through demonstration of a system prototype. 


Proposals are expected to identify and demonstrate innovative, compact, high performance production lines for existing and novel products with significantly lower operational and investment costs (compared to their existing analogues). This may be achieved by adaptation, redesign of existing process units or by completely new concepts, possibly using process optimised materials, provided that a significant improvement in cost, flexibility and performance can be achieved, compared to the commercially available processes.  


Electrochemical processes have the potential to be highly efficient and thereby create less by-product waste compared to conventional chemical processes.  

Proposals should develop new electrochemical methodologies for industrial processing and provide a proof of the economic and industrial feasibility of the new technologies. The proposed solutions should also have the potential for integration into existing industrial operations. A prospect for a wider impact of the proposed solutions on the process industry is also needed. 

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