The core objective of the ’Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP)’ area/theme is to improve the competitiveness of European industry to change from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry by creating breakthrough knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between diverse technologies and its applications. It has a budget of € 3.5 billion for funding this theme over the duration of FP7.

The following activities are highlighted:

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies – It studies the phenomena and manipulation of matter at the nanoscale and developing nanotechnologies leading to the manufacturing of new products and services.

Materials – Research will focus on developing new knowledge-based materials with tailored properties. This requires an intelligent control of intrinsic properties, processing and production, and taking into account potential impacts on health and the environment throughout their entire life-cycle. Emphasis will be placed on new advanced materials obtained using the potential of nanotechnologies and biotechnologies in particular superior performance nano-materials, bio-materials and hybrid materials.

New Production – It creates an environment for continuous innovation (in industrial activities and production systems including design, services and construction) and for developing generic production ‘assets’ (technologies, organisation and production facilities and human resources as well) to meet industrial safety and European requirements.

Integration of technologies for industrial applications – The research will focus on the new applications and novel, step – change solutions responding to major challenges, including research and technological development by the different European Technology Platforms (ETPs).

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