ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs

Deadline: 09/12/2014 Number: FoF-09-2015
Emerging innovative ICT technologies and processes need to be customized, integrated, tested and validated in order to strengthen European SMEs. Specific Challenge: For Europe’s competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing “at large” as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level. Two types of innovation experiments are supported: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, Application Experiments bring together all actors of the value chain and experts necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments. In Equipment Assessment Experiments, suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. Activities are expected to be clustered in larger projects to achieve critical mass and to better exploit EU-added value. Common tasks include: targeted dissemination; management of calls for new actions; exploitation of synergies across actions. The action may involve financial support to third parties. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers running the experiments for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50 000 – 150 000 per party).  Maximum 50% of the EU funding should be allocated to this purpose.
  1. Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::
–        Highly flexible and near-autonomous robotics systems (application experiments). –        HPC Cloud-based modeling, simulation and analytics services for modeling multiple interconnected phenomena; –        Integration of Cyber-Physical-System modules in manufacturing processes and process chains.
  1. Support actions: The aim is to achieve broad coverage in technological, application, innovation, and geographic terms. Its tasks and services shall include maintaining a single innovation portal for newcomers; sharing of best practices and experiences; dissemination; brokering between users and suppliers in view of open calls; leveraging further investment by stimulating replication, by brokering access to venture capital or other private investment, and by exploiting regional funds in the context of the European strategy on “Smart Specialisation”.
Types of action:
  1. Innovation Actions, The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 5 and 8 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
  2. Coordination and Support Actions
Sub call of: H2020-FoF-2014-2015
Publication date 2013-12-11 Deadline Date 2014-12-09 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €145,000,000 Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=7202&lang=en&title=ICT-Innovation-for-Manufacturing-SMEs

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