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19 december 2018

Approved FOM programme

Number 95.
Title ERA-NET Nanoscience (NanoSci) 
Executive organisational unit BUW
Programme management Prof.dr.ir. T.M. Klapwijk
Duration 2006-2014
Cost estimate M€ 2.1

The European Research Area (ERA) is designed to stimulate research by providing compe­titive grants. FOM as an organisation participates in the specific NanoSci-ERA Consortium. The objective of NanoSci-ERA is to increase collaboration and integration of the national nanoscience research communities in Europe through transnational research projects. Competing for a common budget researchers in Europe submit joint proposals, which are evaluated by an international panel. It is to be expected that the strong position of Dutch researchers in the field of nanoscience will lead to a strong presence of Dutch researchers in these joint European programmes.

Background, relevance and implementation
Nanotechnology refers to the creation, investigation and application of structures, molecular materials, internal interfaces or surfaces with at least one critical dimension or with manu­facturing tolerances of (typically) less than 100 nanometres. The nanoscale of the system components results in new functionalities and properties for improving products or deve­loping new products and applications. These novel effects and possibilities arise mainly from the ratio of surface atoms to bulk atoms and from the quantum-mechanical behaviour of the building blocks of matter.

During the course of the past decade, advances in our understanding of quantum effects, boundary and surface properties, and the principles of self-organisation, have laid the founda­tions for innovative analytical and production techniques which have caused an upsurge of interest in nanotechnology and global networking activities along the knowledge chain.

In 2006 the NanoSci-ERA launched its first 'Transnational Call for Collaborative Proposals'. Three out of the twelve projects that were funded have a Dutch project leader, and two others have Dutch scientists participating. FOM manages three of the Dutch projects that were granted in the first call.
For the implementation of a second call the NanoSci-E+ scheme was created, a body affiliated to NanoSci-ERA. In 2008 this new call was launched, regarding the topic of interfacing functional nano-objects or nano-materials. The total budget from the consortium partners for this call was M€ 12, on top of this the European Committee contributed an additional M€ 6.
In 2009 24 projects were granted in total, of which ten projects have one ore two Dutch participants. Proposals with Dutch participation constituted number one and two in the ranking. FOM manages five of the Dutch projects that were granted in this round.
The final evaluation of this programme will consist of a self-evaluation initiated by the programme leader and is foreseen in 2014.

Please find a research highlight that was achieved in 2013 within this FOM programme here.