Pilot Lines for 3D printed and/or injection moulded polymeric or ceramic microfluidic MEMS

Specific Challenge: Microfluidics devices were initially based on non-polymeric materials like silicon or glass, manufactured in facilities developed for the semiconductor industry. New fabrication techniques that are completely based on polymer/plastic materials can lead to reducing fabrication costs and optimise time, including rapid prototyping methods for a new range of products. A new generation of Read more about Pilot Lines for 3D printed and/or injection moulded polymeric or ceramic microfluidic MEMS[…]

Fostering co-innovation for future detection and imaging technologies

Specific Challenge: Research infrastructures, as providers of advanced services and as procurers of leading-edge technologies, have an innovation potential that has not always been sufficiently exploited. Opportunities provided by the development of components, instruments, services and knowledge for the implementation and upgrade of research infrastructures, could be better exploited to push the limits of existing Read more about Fostering co-innovation for future detection and imaging technologies[…]

Pilot Lines for Manufacturing of Nanotextured surfaces with mechanically enhanced properties

Specific Challenge: Nanostructured coatings or nanotextured surfaces provide improved scratch and abrasion resistance, super hardness and mechanical resistance that rivals diamond in performance, improved wear resistance and corrosion inhibition, bio-compatibility, control of reflectivity, sensing ability, self-cleaning surfaces improving many products such as technical textiles and papers, structural elements for machinery, construction elements, transportation, etc. Nano-enhanced Read more about Pilot Lines for Manufacturing of Nanotextured surfaces with mechanically enhanced properties[…]

A better access to industrial technologies developed overseas

Specific Challenge: According to the OECD, the US and Japan dominate R&D stocks for technologies ready for uptake by industry. 40% and 28% of the R&D stock held in OECD countries are located in the US and Japan respectively. Korea further contributes a significant share as a result of an active technology development policy followed Read more about A better access to industrial technologies developed overseas[…]

Space portal

Specific Challenge: Provide a one stop-shop user-friendly and visually appealing knowledge oriented project (single space web portal) for space research in Europe to act as archive and outreach tool of research institutionally funded and promote European results and publications towards professionals and citizens alike. Scope: The aim is for this space web portal to become Read more about Space portal[…]

Innovative ICT solutions for future logistics operations

Specific Challenge: In a logistics sector with highly increased collaboration, intermodal and dynamic re-routing of freight, there is a need to exploit ICT advances such as Internet-of-Things, big data, new satellite navigation infrastructure and Intelligent Transport Systems with changes in business needs. We need to rethink the way we plan, book and execute freight flows, Read more about Innovative ICT solutions for future logistics operations[…]

Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy

Specific Challenge: Consumers should be considered at the heart of the energy system and become active market players. The future private consumer should be more aware, active, energy sufficient, as well as being a presume producing energy for their own consumption, where this is possible. Furthermore, in view of the rise in energy prices, consumers Read more about Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy[…]

In-line measurement and control for micro-/nano-enabled high-volume manufacturing for enhanced reliability

Specific Challenge: Rapid developments in micro-/nano-technologies require complex business models that respond to volatile markets in demand for faster product delivery with an unprecedented yield and quality. High-volume manufacturing is not spared from these requirements, and will in fact need to demonstrate a productivity improvement compared to lab-scale process development and low-volume manufacturing in order Read more about In-line measurement and control for micro-/nano-enabled high-volume manufacturing for enhanced reliability[…]

Towards a new growth strategy in Europe

Specific Challenge: Over the past decades, the insight has grown among national, European and international policymakers that policy action cannot be solely guided by reference to gross domestic product and its growth without integrating intangible investment, social and environmental dimensions, individual well-being and qualitative dimensions in the GDP. The changing characteristics of economies and societies Read more about Towards a new growth strategy in Europe[…]

Behavioural change toward energy efficiency through ICT

Specific Challenge: The objective is to demonstrate that ICT-based solutions can contribute to saving energy by motivating and supporting behavioural change of energy end-users. The main challenges are (i) establishing cost-effectiveness, i.e. demonstrating that solutions allow a good return on investment through energy savings (ii) making energy usage data accessible to the consumer and to Read more about Behavioural change toward energy efficiency through ICT[…]

Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for high performance applications

Specific Challenge: With an expected significant growth in the next 4 years, biopolymers represent one of the leading sectors for bio-based products. The main driver behind this trend has up to now been the need to substitute conventional fossil-based materials with more sustainable bio-based ones, in particular in large volume consumer products such as packaging. Read more about Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for high performance applications[…]

CALL – Increasing the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry

Specific Challenge: The European PV manufacturing industry has faced strong foreign competition in the last years, which has led to a dramatic reduction of its production capacity. The challenge is to develop innovative manufacturing solutions that substantially improve competitiveness of the European PV manufacturing industry and help regain a part of the potentially increasing worldwide Read more about CALL – Increasing the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry[…]