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.
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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