A new service helping NMP project partners take their research to market has been launched by the EC.
Partners in Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) projects can now make use of a new service offering help in to bridging the gap between research outcomes and exploitation. A range of tailored services, provided by Commission-approved consultants, is available. The services are:
Project Risk Analysis (PRA) to identify the risks and potential obstacles to the future exploitation of project results;
Exploitation Strategy Seminars (ESS) to brainstorm on how a consortium can address the risks and potential obstacles identified in the PRA;
Business plan development service to assist partners with this crucial step towards exploitation;
Assistance for patenting to support the partners with the writing, filing and legal follow-up of patents; and
Assistance for standardisation to help partners to exploit project results that can benefit from the development of standards.
NMP project partners can request the services listed above. If the request is validated by the Commission, these services are provided by exploitation strategy and innovation consultants for free and under confidentiality agreement.
I’ve managed to obtain a draft version of the FP7 NMP Work Programme which features the calls for proposals to be released in 2012. This is just a draft and therefore subject to change but it gives you a great idea as to what the European Commission are looking to fund. The Work Programme is a tedious read so I’ve summarised the info on funding in there for you; the aim of the call etc. I have bookmarked the document so you can jump straight to the call that interests you from the front page.
As this document is highly confidential I have placed it on our I drive; it is strictly forbidden to circulate this outside of BU! I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\Draft Work Programmes for 2012-13
There are also the drafts for Environment, Health, ICT and Food, Agriculture, Fisheries & Biotechnology in there too which I’ve blogged about previously.
The final official version of the Work Programmes aren’t released until July 2012 so this gives you a fantastic head start to preparing a submission.
I will summarise the other themes as soon as I get the drafts through so keep your eyes peeled on this blog for them!
While the draft Work Programme for the Nanosciences, Nanotechnology & New Materials Production (NMP) 2013 hasn’t been released yet, we do have some insights into what it may look . It has a whopping budget as this chart indicates and has many exciting potential funding areas which you can view a summary of in this PDF: NMP – Areas of Funding.