Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMP), but also Biotechnology, Micro- and Nanoelectronics and Photonics were identified as Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), as new developments in these areas are the basis for a competitive advantage for European industry, and thus contribute to stimulating growth, creating new jobs and satisfy social needs.
The NMP area constitutes a substantial part of the specific objective LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) and is included in the pillar Industrial Leadership (IL) of Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-20120).
Development activities undertaken in this area include many diverse sectors and require an integrated interdisciplinary approach supported by extensive knowledge and commitment of large capital. Cross-cutting, multi-sectorial studies (Cross-cutting KETs) comprising combining, convergence and cross-fertilization of knowledge and experience from different areas are the key issue due to potential to create value far beyond the mere addition of individual components.
NMP Area covers studies on nanotechnologies and advanced materials for high added value product and process industries, nanotechnologies and advanced materials for societal challenges: healthcare and energy applications, eco-design, new sustainable business models, nanotechnology and advanced materials modelling issues, risk assessment and management of nanotechnologies and advanced materials, and nanotechologies, advanced materials and production contribution to circular economy and pilot lines issues.
An integrated part of NMP area are the initiatives of contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP): Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB), Factories of the Future (FoF) and Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE) aiming at development and deployment of key enabling technologies to help European industry to increase competitiveness and face societal challenges in selected, key sectors.
Read more on the NMP area in Horizon 2020 at European Commission web pages.