Pre-announcement within the Top-level Research Initiative: "Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology"

The Top-level Research Initiative is launching a call for user-driven research projects within the sub-programme “Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology” in the beginning of 2010.
 Pre-announcement within the Top-level Research Initiative: "Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology"
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.

For more information, please contact:
Natalia Grebennik
E-mail:, tel. +47 410 45 211