Call for Proposals: Factories of the Future - Cooperation Programme FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF Closed!


The call for proposal (Joint Programming Coordination) in FP7-JPROG-2011 for RDT cover actions from the following workprogrammes:

  • THEME 3: ICT - Information and Communication Technologies



THEME 3: ICT – Information and Communication Technologies

  • FoF-ICT-2011.7.3 Virtual Factories and enterprises

This objective focuses on end-to-end integrated ICT solutions that enable innovation and higher management efficiency in networked enterprise operations.

  • FoF-ICT-2011.7.4 Digital factories: Manufacturing design and product lifecycle management

The work addresses the early stages of manufacturing and engineering through interoperable models, engineering platforms, computer-assisted product and process development and analysis, and virtual prototyping and testing environments to reduce the need for physical mock-ups.


  • FoF.NMP.2011-1 The Eco-Factory: cleaner and more resource-efficient production in manufacturing

Increase in competitiveness and sustainability of manufacturing processes, by advanced design options and guidelines for the manufacturing of new greener products with tailored properties, e.g. using additive manufacturing to decrease waste. Strengthening the environmental performance of the eco-factories by reducing resource consumption, energy and waste by at least 20%. Improving the development and access to markets of innovative environmental technologies, helping SMEs adapt to emerging market needs and protecting and creating new job opportunities.
Knowledge of new scientific, technical, economic and social factors to support European policy development and the standardisation and definition of eco-labelled processes and products.    

  • FoF.NMP.2011-2 Cooperative machines and open- architecture control systems

The research efforts will demonstrate the feasibility and technological advantage of the new European factories of the future in traditional and emerging industrial sectors. Results will stimulate important innovations in production technology and enhance industrial work environments, especially in traditional sectors including food and agro-industries. The technology developed will drastically improve the international position of European manufacturers with respect to their openness to adopt new manufacturing processes and product innovations.

  • FoF.NMP.2011-3 Robots for automation of post-production and other auxiliary processes

Most relevant industrial sectors are in capital intensive investment goods (e.g. construction, energy and aeronautics), but the results developed can be applicable to other products havings high life-cycle costs. Full life-cycle services are envisaged such as in-field servicing, repair, refurbishing, upgrading, and associated services such as inspection, monitoring and recycling. At the same time, the use of robots in complex manipulation tasks in other industrial sectors will be made possible by the availability of cost effective and flexible automated solutions. The new robotised systems offered should be able to extend the service life and/or improve the operational efficiency and functionality of the product, while at the same time reducing the overall life-cycle costs.

  • FoF.NMP.2011-4 High-tech solutions in the production processes for customised green, safe and healthy consumer products

The global market for consumer goods is expected to increase significantly in the next decade. Societal concerns on consumer health, safety and well-being should be strongly addressed, as well as sustainability of consumer goods and their manufacturing processes. A new generation of consumer products and production systems is thus expected to both exploit the potential of high value-added European manufacturing industries and significantly improve the consumer life-style through green customised products and processes.

  • FoF.NMP.2011-5 Towards zero-defect manufacturing

The development of innovative solutions for zero-defect manufacturing is of strategic relevance for Europe, especially in the domains of parts manufacturing with conventional technologies such as machining, cutting, forming, coating and others. The reduction of losses by extensive quality control and the increase of efficiency in manufacturing are expected in many industries, in particular in the traditional sectors.

  • FoF.NMP.2011-6 Manufacturing chains for nano-phased components and coatings

Improvement of the technological base of the European manufacturing industry through new innovative processes and equipment for high-throughput, cost-efficient production of nanostructured components and/or devices for future applications in e.g. optics, electronics and/or lighting.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 160,00 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2011)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 December 2010 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - ICT (Work programme)
  • Work Programme 2011 - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies and NMP (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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