Programmable materials constitute a new, emerging field of research where Finland is well placed to take a leading, proactive role. New materials are constantly emerging with advances in nanotechnology and biotechnology, for instance, and programmable materials may revolutionise the utility of functional materials.
The Academy Programme Programmable Materials (OMA, 2012–2016) was aimed at opening up internationally promising new breakthroughs in programmable materials research.
Programmable materials are composed of components that have an ability to react in pre-programmed and desired ways to environmental conditions and external stimuli. Such materials have a built-in capacity to process information coming from their environments, and they have applications in both microscopic and macroscopic systems.
For a high-tech country such as Finland, materials science and technology is a field of great significance. It supports industries that are important to the national economy, contributes to improving the economy’s competitiveness and facilitates the development of novel technologies through applications that may have commercial potential.
The Academy Programme Programmable Materials comprised eleven national research project groupings and six international research projects. Funding was primarily provided from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2016. The total programme budget was 10 million euros, which included the funding of an ERA-NET RUS call.