Posted: December 4, 2009

Call for proposals 'Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology'

(Nanowerk News) The Top-level Research Initiative is launching a call for user-driven research projects within the sub-programme “Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology” in beginning of 2010.
The Top-level Research Initiative is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date. In addition to being a Nordic contribution towards solving the global climate crisis, the initiative intends to promote research and innovation within the Nordic countries.
The overall scope of the sub-programme “Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology” is: “Improvement of the efficiency of future sustainable energy system by applying nanotechnology to the transport sector, energy conversion and use”.
Significant added value is expected from this Nordic co-operation by:
  • Facilitating user-driven development of sustainable energy solutions enabled by nanotechnology approaches for commercialization
  • Enhancing Nordic cooperation and augmenting society-industry-academia interaction and international involvement
  • The following three research and development themes are within the scope of this call:
    1. Nano-based surface-treatment concepts for energy-efficient transport and energy conversion including coatings for sustaining extreme and aggressive environments
    2. Nanomaterials for efficient energy conversion and storage devices
    3. Nanostructured materials for efficient light emission / light harvesting
    Industry involvement as active participant is required. The budget for the sub-programme is 50 million NOK available over three (3) years. The financed projects may each receive a maximum support of 15 million NOK from the sub-programme, and should in addition present a minimum of 50 % self-financing and/or programme external funding.
    Key activities shall contribute to consolidating and developing the Nordic knowledge base and energy efficient solutions applying nanotechnology. Activities may comprise combinations of:
  • User-driven research
  • Ph.D. and Post-Doc grants
  • Mobility grants (between Nordic countries, and between academia and industry)
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Creation of a common voice in relevant international fora
  • Dissemination of results (participation in international scientific conferences)
  • Network building on both the Nordic and international level
  • The expected deadline for pre-proposals is 1st of March 2010.
    Source: Tekes