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
Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.
Contamination of soils, sediments, ground and surface water caused by waste resulting from human action and leakage into water sources is a serious problem. This pollution contains compounds having toxicity and durability which creates important concerns from the health and environmental viewpoints.
Proposals should include research and innovation for efficient and low cost remediation strategies using microorganisms by means of (bio-)electrochemical systems, or alternate systems that require minimum or zero external energy or chemicals.
Rapid changes in a production line require a significant flexibility of reconfiguration. Modular production equipment can create highly adaptable production lines to enable efficient production of small series tailored to customer demands.
Proposals are expected to start from existing test beds that are flexible enough to allow for the introduction of multiple modular process units.
Nano-enabled surfaces and membranes have a vast range of applications in final products across many industry sectors. The challenge is to enable a cost-effective and sustainable industrial upscaling and deployment of nano-enabled surface and membrane technologies, including thin film architecture, coating, surface structuration for improved properties, and nanostructured membrane's functionalities.
Proposals should focus on several areas such as the following: Open Innovation Test Beds should upgrade or develop materials facilities and make available to industry and interested parties, including SMEs, services for the design, development, testing, safety assessment, and upscaling of new nano-enabled surfaces and membranes.
Enterprises using and producing nanomaterials face a constant increase of requirements in regard to fast process and product quality control, regulatory compliance and quicker market introduction of high quality products. This calls for real-time measurements, necessitating process-adapted nanoscale metrology for the manufacturing industry.
Proposals should advance and establish nano-scale, multimodal and multi-scale materials characterisation tools and methods, allowing rapid and reliable high-resolution analyses.
Improved decision making for materials producers and product manufacturers needs an environment that gives fast access to information and thereby allows reacting to changing feedstock, markets and regulatory demands. This would need an open translation environment that translates a specific manufacturing challenge into a materials modelling workflow that provides knowledge to support optimal material and process design.
The translation environment should be one coherent and seamless system for optimised development of novel materials and products.
Various industrial sectors, and in particular structural or functional materials, coatings and cosmetics, as well as pharma and health technology are currently searching for ways to mitigate possible risks from nanomaterials and nano-containing products. Proposals should focus on several areas such as degradation of nano-enabled products and ageing of nanomaterials, and mixture toxicity.
Agricultural productivity that does not keep up with the current population increase, the growing demand for biomass production (as feedstock for biofuels) and the nonstop rise of global CO2 emissions with its consequences for climate change, are all circumstances that make it urgent to increase the yield of biomass.
Proposals should work towards the optimisation of photosynthesis by capitalising on multidisciplinary approaches, such as functional genomics, systems biology, metabolic modelling, enzyme engineering, computational biology, synthetic biology, directed evolution and gene editing techniques.
DT-NMBP-18-2019: Materials, manufacturing processes and devices for organic and large area electronics
Europe is a leader in the development of materials for organic and large area electronics (OLAE) but the materials still need to be improved to maintain this position.
Activities should include material development and improvement (electrical performance, processability, stability and lifetime during device operation), as well as prototyping of advanced OLAE based electronic products.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is now applied in the processing of most industrial metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, albeit at quite different levels of industrial readiness. The challenge is to develop equipment that allows the additive layer manufacturing of multi-materials items and multi-functional materials.
By combining several materials, proposals should advance the state of the art through the development of ready assembled multifunctional devices.
The efficient storage and utilisation of solar energy in the form of chemicals or chemical energy will play a key role to transform the European industry into a low-carbon economy. In the long term, there will be a need for highly integrated solutionsenabling the carbon-neutral production of high-value chemicals or energy, which is crucial to reduce CO2 emissions.
Scope: Development of cheap materials and integrated processes/devices for the direct photocatalytic conversion of CO2 (from anthropogenic CO2 sources and/or from air) and H2O to fuels and/or chemicals, with an overall solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of >20%.
Driven by the needs for a cleaner environment and the transition towards a low-carbon competitive economy, deployment of solar and wind energy increases. The respective energy supply will be much more decentralised, resulting in enhanced needs for deployment of large to small scale industrial electricity grids, and in an increased share of electricity produced in private households.
Proposals should cover several areas such as the following: Develop more price competitive, better performant and highly safe battery storage solutions, with improved lifetime by lowering the cost and capital expenditure.
Sustainable energy production can only work well when the specific different energy storage challenges are solved. So, solar panels and wind generators do not deliver energy when no sun is shining or no wind is blowing.
Non battery-based storage technologies, such as Power to Gas, Power to chemicals and power to liquids (based e.g. on ethanol, methanol or ammoniac), or compressed air energy storage CAES, can be suitable solutions for different energy storage needs.
The realisation of the European goals of increased energy efficiency, reduction in CO2 emissions and the circular economy require novel ways of using, harvesting and storing energy.
Proposals should cover several areas e.g.: The development of new materials and material combinations with energy harvesting and storage capabilities.
The transfer to industrial companies of the Do It Yourself (DIY), fablabs, micro-factories and makers approaches can pioneer ways towards engineering solutions throughout the whole value chain. Industry is not yet widely using such innovative approaches to engage consumers and respond to societal needs, also taking into account the individual preferences of women and men.
Proposals should particularly cover consumer-goods sectors and couple design, creativity and knowledge with a customer-driven production. The co-creation of products in both ends of the value chain represents customer involvement in the production.
In line with the circular economy, lifetime extension can limit high replacement costs of major industrial infrastructures. This can be achieved through refurbishment, re-manufacturing, re-use, upgrading, in-situ repair, improved maintenance and more conservative utilisation of large industrial equipment of the kind used in manufacturing.
This topic is for demonstration projects to establish the feasibility of lifetime extension of large industrial equipment of the kind used in manufacturing, including modernisation of equipment for data collection and interfaces.
The handling of soft materials with the involvement of robots remains limited. The control systems of the robot need to be very sensitive, accurate and fast to prevent unwanted irreversible deformations and damages.
Proposals need to cover both of the following areas: Innovative technologies for the handling of the soft and flexible materials such as gripping, moving, positioning, sorting, joining etc.; And system solutions that can manage all product and material related data (size, shape, weight, colour, material composition, defects, etc.).
Shortage in raw materials, increased energy prices and environmental constraints require the European process industry to improve its performance and flexibility and there are unexploited opportunities for digitising a large range of enterprises of very different size in the process industry.
Proposals need to develop new technologies to realise cognitive production plants, with improved efficiency and sustainability, by use of smart and networked sensor technologies, intelligent handling and online evaluation of various forms of data streams as well as new methods for self-organizing processes and process chains.
Today, process industry operations for downstream processing represent on average 50-60% of the total capital (CAPEX) and operating costs (OPEX) and they account for up to 45% of the process energy in industrial operations. These high costs for downstream processing are often linked to the inefficiencies in the upstream process, due to low conversion and formation of co-products, by-products and/or impurities.
Proposals submitted under this topic are expected to provide novel solutions for a deeper integration of upstream and downstream processing operations.
Process industry plants have to be operated for a long time to make their operations viable. They include equipment such as furnaces, reactors, raw materials handling and storage systems which sometimes have a lifetime beyond 30 years. Keeping these facilities up to date from a technological and from regulatory point of view (for instance related to zero waste regulations and to the circular economy) is a major challenge.
Proposals need to cover several areas e.g.: The development of tools and methodologies to streamline and support retrofitting.
Europe is a leader in the development of components for buildings retrofitting. Its leadership is based on the use of high-efficient insulation materials including concrete, steel, glass, composites, wood and hybrids, which should lead to achieving recyclable, nearly zero-energy building envelopes (roofs, facades) when applied to new buildings.
Scope: The development of lightweight components based on high-efficiency insulation materials needs adding active energy management capabilities without increasing weight.
Energy Efficiency targets set at EU level by legislation are currently being reviewed. The related SET-Plan rolls out concrete steps how research and innovation could further reach these targets by 2025. However, the current practice to construct nearly zero-energy houses will be insufficient to reach the CO2 emission reduction targets for 2050.
New designs, making use of already developed and validated materials and components and smarter control systems ready to treat vast amounts of data are needed. The surplus of energy should come from renewable sources (geothermal heat, photovoltaics, wind, etc.), obviously optimizing the dynamic character of the energy balance all along the year.
Optimised storage solutions for thermal and electric energy are needed in order to better synchronise the overall supply and demand, at residential, district and urban level. Efficient management of the peak loads would reduce the overall operational costs of the installations. The main challenge is to demonstrate integrated thermal storage systems.
Proposals should develop advanced solutions including several elements such as: Reach improved heat exchange in and between storage material and heat carrier as well as high performing storage reactor over time;
After being used, plastics should be separated in order to be subject to the most appropriate waste treatment processes. This is increasingly difficult and inefficient due to, for example, consumers' inaccurate identification of the appropriate types of plastics for recycling.
Proposals will develop environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions for managing the waste of plastics mixtures based on the use of communities of microorganisms with a set of complementary enzymes.
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