New Nano-Enabled Products Pilot

About the Pilot

Micro and Nanotechnology are considered a growing source of cross-sectoral innovations that will drive the modernization of industry in the 21st century. It is forecasted by the expert community that nanotechnology will, in the near future, take a prominent role in many diverse technological domains.

The European Commission (2015), has identified and mapped priorities, strategies and funding instruments and volumes of 83 European regions that were addressed or related to the European Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). Several Europen regions have indicated priorities related to Nanotechnologies, including Micro-and Nano-electronics and Photonics, in their Operative Programmes and RIS3.
In the area of Nanotechnology, the sector that seems to attract most interest from regions is that related to developing next-generation nanomaterials, nanodevices and nanosystems, with a clear majority of replies related to nanomaterials. For Micro-and nanoelectronics, regions indicated a number of priorities mostly related to advanced sensors and power components.

The New Nano-Enabled Products Pilot project (Nano Pilot) aims to connect regions in order to build an industrial ecosystem in nanotechnology and to create pilot production facilities for products based on nanomaterials.
These products can be based on a synthesis of nanomaterials and nanocomponents which can be integrated in corresponding technical applications in virtually any industry sector, including areas such as clothing, automotive, construction, IT, displays, cosmetics, food, and medicine. Bringing prototypes to production by securing the reproducibility of application remains a critical point for the industry. This is where this pilot project aims to make a difference.

Activities & Long Term Goals

The pilot project aims to connect and further develop an open and business driven facility for pilot production of nano-enabled materials, systems, and products. By pooling the region’s resources and efforts, and by connecting regional strengths to create a strong European industrial fabric within nanotechnology, new value chains will emerge within the realms of innovative nanomaterials, connecting European R&D and laboratory infrastructure with different types of industries.

The key objective is to boost the existing inter-regional value chains as well as create new ones to bring micro and nanotechnology-enabled products or manufacturing processes successfully into the market. In doing so, valuable connections between science and industry can be created or strengthened. The potential market opportunity of micro-technologies (e.g. microfluidics, microelectronics) is huge and since these technologies are often applied in combination with nano-enabled products, the pilot will admit and support demo-case collaborations and projects in this field.

Based on this rationale, the Nano Pilot aims to develop concrete joint demonstration cases in which regional innovation ecosystems can intensify collaboration.

The primary objectives of the pilot are:
- Inspire and encourage policy makers to design and implement innovation strategies and operational programmes able to support inter-regional collaborations in the field of micro and nanotechnology-enabled products.
- Develop inter-regional platform of collaborative high TRL (> 6) demonstration cases in the field of micro and nano-enabled products.
- Accelerate the adoption of nanotechnologies to boost the innovation capacity of European companies in several fundamental sectors an value chains.
- Create synergies with the other Vanguard Initiative pilots as well as with European networks and associations

For further information please contact:
Els Van de Velde, Nano Pilot Network Manager
Email: [email protected]

Co-Leading Regions
Pilot Contacts
Krisztina Anderberg Halasz

Development Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit Region Skåne

Fabrizio Ciarmatori

Project Manager, Europe and Internationalisation Area, ART-ER

Participating Regions
Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes
Baden - Württemberg
East Netherlands
North Rhine-Westphalia
Tampere Region
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Demo Cases

Progress update from the Nano pilot

Vanguard New Nano-Enabled Products Pilot: Open Steering Committee The New Nano-Enabled Products Pilot Project held an Open Steering Committee on 1st Jun

Progress update from the Nano pilot

The NeMs4Bio demo case aims to offer a one size fits all platform standards for nano-enabled microsystems for bioanalysis. NEMS4BIO aims at low

ProNano: Swedens first testbed for nanotechnology opens in Region Skåne

Within the Nano Pilot, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, in close cooperation with Region Skåne and Lund University, have established and started operations of the ProNano pilot line.  On the cam

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The Nano Pilot is growing: three new demo-cases have been launched

The call for ideas launched in September to support the start-up of new demo-cases in the Nano Pilot has originated three proposals. 

Update on recent developments within the Nano Pilot

Within the Nano Pilot, the NeMs4Bio democase organised an explorative workshop for partners in East Netherlands and Flanders on 14th of August. The objective of the meeting was to discuss various c

Join the Nano Pilot at the Nano Innovation Conference 2020

The demo cases of the Vanguard Initiative Nano Pilot will take part in the fifth edition of NanoInnovation conference that will take place from 15 - 18 September 2020 in virtual mode.

Pilot Action plan 2021: New Nano Enabled Products

The New Nano Enabled Products Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2020 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2021 in relation to the proposed project development.

Pilot Action plan 2020: Nano

This Annual plan is the main reference that will guide the Nano Enabled Products  Pilot activities during 2020.

Pilot Annual Report 2020: New Nano-enabled Products

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New nano-enabled products flyer

The Vanguard Initiative New Nano-Enabled Products Pilot project has the aim to connect regions in order to build an in



Video Playlist

On 13th of November 2020, the New Nano-enabled Products Pilot (Nano Pilot) organised its Annual Plenary Meeting. The event gathered members of the Vanguard Initiative network as well as interested stakeholders from European industries and innovation ecosystems, such as companies, startups, clusters, R&D organisations, universities, regional agencies and many others.

Whatch the video presentations of demo cases here