WHAT IS M-ERA.NET?
M-ERA.NET is a strong European network of public funding organisations supporting and increasing coordination and convergence of national and regional funding programmes on research and innovation related to materials and battery technologies to support the European Green Deal.
Technological innovation is the foundation of the efforts undertaken to achieve the environmental and growth objectives set in the Sustainable Development Goals by the general assembly of the United Nations. In that respect, there needs to be more research and development in high-tech products that dominate the manufacturing productions to increase efficiency (material use, recyclability, energy efficiency) and more progress needs to be made regarding integrating renewable energy and its storage into end-use applications in buildings, transport and industry. The development and manufacturing of high-performance, reliable, safe and low-cost batteries is a key to a sustainable mobility and energy supply. The numerous fields of application lead to an increased use of batteries and thus to an increased consumption of resources. Measures must be taken to conserve resources and increase the efficiency of their exploitation.
New materials are crucial for finding solutions for light weighting, for enhancing the durability of products, improving process efficiency with reduced energy and materials consumption, substituting hazardous or hardly recyclable materials, and developing products easier to maintain, repair, upgrade, remanufacture or recycle (eco-design).
Transnational RTD projects funded by M-ERA.NET will combine materials research with industrial needs by stimulating new products and production processes, and by developing synergies that can be very effective in achieving industrial symbiosis, in particular with the aim of preventing by-products from becoming waste.
M-ERA.NET started in 2012 under FP7 with 37 partners from 25 European countries. It continued as M-ERA.NET 2 from 2016 to 2022 with 43 partners from 29 countries and is now running in its third phase as M-ERA.NET 3 until 2026 under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme with currently 50 public funding organisations from 36 countries. The diverse and experienced network comprises national and regional funding programmes from 25 EU member states and 5 associated countries and includes 6 non-European organisations. Details are provided here.