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European Commission Horizon Impact Award

The European Commission recently launched the Horizon Impact Award, focused on uptake and exploitation of EU funded project results. You have been contacted as we think you may fulfil the eligibility criteria of this award for your performance as beneficiary, as well as the quality and impact of your projects results.

The Commission will award on an annual basis a recognition prize to reward beneficiaries of EU-funded projects that have successfully used their research results to create value and impact for society across and beyond Europe. This action aims to illustrate the wider socio-economic benefits of the EU investment in R&I and to encourage project beneficiaries to best manage and use their research result.

Who can apply for the Horizon Impact Award?

The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities from FP7 (7th Framework Programme, 2007-2013) or Horizon 2020 finished projects. The applicants must be able to show proof of effective exploitation and uptake of their research results.

It is worth also checking the exclusion criteria described in the section 4.2 of the Rules of Contest.

What is the deadline?

Deadline for submissions is 8th May 2019 at 17:00:00 CET.

How many winners will be selected? Will there be a monetary award?

Five winners will be selected by the evaluation jury according to their achievements. The winners will receive 10.000 EUR each.

Besides, it will give them visibility as the Commission will further promote the winners by inviting them to provide testimony in other major events.

Which are the award criteria to be considered?

The prize will be awarded to the entry that best addresses the following cumulative criteria:

  • From results to societal benefits;
  • Impact.

Read part 5 in of the Rules of Contest for more details.

Where and how do I apply for the Horizon Impact Award?

Applications must be submitted by the (lead) participant via the Funding and Tender Opportunities website. The submission is done by filling in a form (see attached the prize application template) which aims to gather information on the impact and exploitation aspects of your projects results to be considered in the further evaluation.

Participants will have to submit an annex consisting of a letter of support from at least one user or user community, stating the importance of the research work and how it was used to create concrete benefits for the specific user-community. The user should not be an academic organisation.

If you would like to search for partners for a joint application, please have a look at the Partner Search session.

We encourage you to apply if you think that you fulfil all requirements. Bear in mind, your participation in this exercise is fully voluntary and the application should be filled in and sent out by yourself.

You are kindly invited to visit our website page for more information.

You can contact Yanaris ORTEGA GARCIA at for any further related question or any other issue related to dissemination and exploitation activities for the Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) programme.

Many thanks
Best regards
NANOfutures Team

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European Pilot Production Network Digital Platform launched!

The EPPN digital marketplace is now ready and available for you to use!
This interactive platform is a participatory ecosystem that allows, among other, promoting services, connecting facilities with customers, sharing ideas and collaborate. A tool for bridging testbeds and pilot lines with industrial users, policy makers, investors and other possible actors.
The platform will contain info on the several pilot lines existing around Europe. Those delivered by the H2020 Pilot projects are already included.
Please register, try it and let us know your feedback. More info and registration to the platform here.
Moreover, the EPPN is celebrating a series of free webinars to explain the purpose of the tool and it is main features. Do you want to join us?

Next WEBINARS will be held the 12th April 14:30-16:00h CET. Registration here.

Work closer with us by becoming a member of the EPPN Working Groups

Share your experience, knowledge and good practices on day to day business aspects of pilot lines from technology development, to IP management to sustainability or training aspects by join one of the four EPPN Working groups open to experts:

Would you like to know more? Join our WORKING GROUP’s WEBINAR on 23rd May 10:00 CET.
Would you like to become a WG expert member? Please contact:

EPPN at nanotechnology and materials events

EPPN team will present Project activities at the following events:

  • Workshop on “Driving economic development from nanotechnology”. April 11th, Brussels. More info
  • Workshop on “Nano-Enabled Printed Electronics”- Vanguard Pilot Project-New Nano-Enabled Products-18th April 2018, Karlsruhe, Germany. More info here
  • Workshop on “Nanowires for ICT and Energy applications”- Vanguard Pilot Project-New Nano-Enabled Products-17th May 2018, Lund, Sweden.
  • NANOTEXNOLOGY 2018-International conference & exhibition on nanotechnologies-Organic electronics & Nanomedicine-30th June-7th July 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece. EPPN will be participating within the “Integration of Nanomaterials into existing Production lines” workshop. Find more info here
  • BROKERAGE NMBP 2019 - Advanced materials and nanotechnology- July 3rd Madrid. More info here
  • March 2018 News

    European Network For Pilot Production Facilities And Innovation Hubs

    The pilot plants and test beds market place has started a new tool to support your networking and commercialization. It is now in beta phase and welcomes you and your feedback. Test it now at

    NRW Nano Conference 2018 in Germany

    Reserve the date, present your work at 8th NRW Nano Conference on 21st and 22nd of November in Dortmund, Germany.

    For the first time in its history, the 8th NRW Nano Conference is open to contributions to the “Call for Presentations” from the complete field of nanotechnology. Taking all contributions into account, conference sessions will be formed according to the thus indicated major fields of interest.

    Health & Medicine, Electronics & Optoelectronics, Energy Efficiency, Characterization & Simulation,Regulations, Safety & Societal Acceptance, Start-ups

    Submit your abstract before 30th of April using

    New strategies for responsible innovation in nanotechnology

    Nanotechnologies – the purposeful engineering of matter on the atomic or molecular scale - have given rise to great expectations in recent years. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible unintended consequences of particular uses of nanomaterials.

    GoNano is a new EU-funded initiative aiming to demonstrate, in three pilot studies, how future nanotechnology products can be aligned with societal needs and concerns. It does so by including publics, industry, civil society organizations, policy makers and researchers in three concrete co-creative processes within the areas of food, health and energy. The three pilot studies take place in the Czech Republic, Spain and The Netherlands.

    The outcome of the pilots will be nine novel product suggestions for future nanotechnology, and three white papers with guidelines and policy recommendations to support the responsible future development of nanotechnology. Further, by demonstrating in a concrete way how innovation processes can be directed towards products which take societal concerns into account and address societal needs, and by providing learning material on how to organize co-creative innovation, the GoNano initiative will serve as inspiration for future responsible innovation in nanotechnology.

    Twitter: @GoNano_EU
    Project coordinator: Lise Bitsch, Danish Board of Technology Foundation.
    Mail: · Mobile: +45 3113 3203

    February 2018 News

    NANOfutures is involved in NANO2ALL (, a project funded by the European Commission, under the framework of Horizon2020 programme. It aims to facilitate a dialogue between scientists, businesses, governments, media, civil society organisation and citizens to discuss the important issues which arise from the use of nanotechnologies. NANO2ALL will also collect and share knowledge, tools and best practices of responsible nanotechnology research and innovation. The results of these activities will help the adoption of a more responsible nanotechnology research and innovation (R&I) in Europe both at the level of governance and R&I conduction.

    Among its activities, NANO2ALL aims to identifying societal engagement practices under the frame of RRI across Europe and beyond. In this view, we are now requesting you to kindly please fill out an online survey (available at that helps us learn more about what you (and other stakeholders like yourself) already know about nanotechnology and responsible research and innovation (RRI).

    We would greatly appreciate your response by February 20th.

    EPPN at EC Industry Day

    Reminder: visit the EPPN booth at EC Industry Day on 22nd and 23rd of February in Brussels. And if you are not attending this event, don't miss the live stream of all presentations and workshops. For the agenda, please check