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Coordination and knowledge sharing across materials development communities
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 2: Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry
Estimated EU contribution per project
around € 2,000,000.00
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There is a need to integrate and unify digital and materials competences and resources, including data, ontologies, characterisation and modelling, as well as robotics and machine learning, to accelerate the design, development, production and application of advanced materials with the desired manufacturing processes, properties, durability, and end of life.
The lack of integration is a major challenge for the advanced materials design and development serving the innovation markets, including the related value chains.
Such collaboration should be extended to the manufacturing industries and their digital marketplaces so that data and information to design new materials can be shared by all interested stakeholders in a faster way.
Platforms integrating materials data management, modelling, characterisation and harnessing machine learning and automation have the potential to accelerate substantially the design, development and upscaling of new advanced materials by a time factor of 5-10 and decrease the costs associated with innovation chain and market exploitation. The necessary acceleration and cost decrease should be directly beneficial for any subsequent manufacturing process.
Actions are required that ensure synergies and common approaches across strategic innovation markets driven by advanced materials, to capitalise on commonalities and to ensure interoperability and integration of all methodologies. There should be collaboration with existing European and national data spaces and marketplaces on interfaces and metadata, in order to ease the access and improve the (re-) use of materials data.
Proposals should address all of the following activities:
- Establish an inventory of relevant existing collaborative materials data and information systems (platforms, databases and infrastructures) serving strategic innovation markets.
- Network the identified data and information systems and make them accessible and usable for any stakeholder interested in the research, development or deployment of advanced materials research results.
- Establish common methodologies for data acquisition and knowledge generation:
- Modelling, including data- and physics-based materials modelling
- Characterisation, including multi-scale, multi-technique, in/on-line
- Materials synthesis and fabrication technologies including autonomous robotics platforms
- Machine learning and AI-based methods
- Based on the scope of the strategic innovation markets, and on the methodologies above for acquiring data and generating knowledge, develop a common language for data documentation and exchange on advanced materials and related manufacturing processes through widely agreed vocabularies, taxonomies as well as relevant domain ontologies based on the Industry Commons Ontology Commons EcoSystem (OCES)128 and the Elementary Multiperspective Material Ontology (EMMO)129, covering all relevant methodologies (including modelling and characterisation).
- Demonstrate easy access to reliable data and information/knowledge by connection of identified databases with the ontologies, providing a resource for the materials developers community and for industries. This demonstration should be done with a number of case studies in different areas of application of advanced materials and considering the entire value chain.
- Integrate data and methods for life-cycle assessment and take into account the safe and sustainable by design framework for chemicals and materials.
- Establish a cost overview and a business plan for the sustainability for a digital knowledge sharing system and the supporting coordination network across materials development communities and industries up to 2035 and beyond.
- Establish training schemes to facilitate skills development, reskilling and upskilling in the relevant methodologies, with particular emphasis on digital skills for all interested stakeholders.
Proposals should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European and national initiatives, funding programmes and platforms, in particular with the “Materials 2030 Roadmap” and any follow up actions.
In order to ensure interoperability and coordination of data architectures, projects should in particular exploit synergies with:
- the projects selected on computational modelling on Safe and Sustainable by Design (HORIZON-CL4-2023-RESILIENCE-01-23);
- the Data Spaces support centre funded under the Digital Europe programme,
- projects related to Common European data spaces, in particular on manufacturing.
- A pathway for accelerating advanced material research in line with strategic innovation markets, in particular for generating reliable data and information and for providing easy access to any interested stakeholder;
- A common knowledge base for researchers and industry increasing collaboration between strategic innovation markets driven by advanced materials;
- Overcoming hurdles with regards to the use of digital tools for improved access to and valorisation of data.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Applications may be submitted by one or more legal entities, which may be established in a Member State, Associated Country or, in exceptional cases and if provided for in the specific call conditions, in another third country.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 33 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.