Engaging SMEs in space research and development

Specific Challenge: To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding. The actions under this topic could cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for Space (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Read more about Engaging SMEs in space research and development[…]

Micro- and nanoelectronics technologies

Specific Challenge: While the state-of-the-art micro/nano-electronics technologies and their manufacturing are being further advanced towards market-readiness in the context of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, it is essential to prepare for the future of the electronics industry the next wave of industry-relevant technologies to extend the limits (technological and/or economic) mainstream technologies will be facing in Read more about Micro- and nanoelectronics technologies[…]

CALL – Transition to Exascale Computing

Specific Challenge: Take advantage of the full capabilities of exascale computing, in particular through high-productivity programming environments, system software and management, exascale I/O and storage in the presence of multiple tiers of data storage, supercomputing for extreme data and emerging HPC use modes, mathematics and algorithms for extreme scale HPC systems for existing or visionary Read more about CALL – Transition to Exascale Computing[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Networking research beyond 5G

Specific Challenge: While 5G networks has an established roadmap towards technology validation, specifications and tests by industry, outstanding new scientific opportunities are blooming in the field of networking research, with the objective of bringing little explored technologies and system concepts closer to exploitation. The challenge is to support European scientific excellence notably in the DSP Read more about Networking research beyond 5G[…]

EIB provides EUR 300 mil of co-financing to Romania for environmental projects supported by EU Funds

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 300 million to Romania in support of priority environment sector projects under the Operational Programme Large Infrastructure during the 2014-2020 EU programming period. Mr Cristian Popa, EIB Vice-President, commented: “The EIB loan will co-finance priority projects with a total value of some EUR 4.5 billion, contributing to Read more about EIB provides EUR 300 mil of co-financing to Romania for environmental projects supported by EU Funds[…]

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[…]