Call for Proposals - "Factories of the Future" - 2012 FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF Closed!


The objective of the Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) work programme is to improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, by generating step changes in knowledge and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines. This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledge-based traditional industries, with a special focus to the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs. The NMP Theme in 2012 and 2013 will continue to span the spectrum from enabling research, to applications and demonstration activities.

This call, 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership (FoF) is a crossthematic coordination between NMP and ICT programmes. The Factories of the Future PPP Initiative aims at helping EU manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing the necessary enabling technologies to support EU manufacturing across a broad range of sectors. It will help European industry to meet the increasing global consumer demand for greener, more customised and higher quality products through the necessary transition to a demand-driven industry with lower waste generation and energy consumption.


NMP – Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production

  • FoF.NMP.2012-1 Adaptive production systems and measurement and control equipment for optimal energy consumption and near-to-zero emissions in manufacturing processes
  • FoF.NMP.2012-2 Methodologies and tools for the sustainable, predictive maintenance of production equipment
  • FoF.NMP.2012-3 Intelligent production machines and 'plug-and-produce' devices for the adaptive system integration of automation equipment, robots and other intelligent machines, peripheral devices, smart sensors and industrial IT systems
  • FoF.NMP.2012-4 High -performance manufacturing technologies in terms of efficiency (volumes, speed, process capability etc), robustness and accuracy
  • FoF.NMP.2012-5 High precision production technologies for high quality 3D micro-parts
  • FoF.NMP.2012-6 Knowledge-based tools and approaches for process planning and integrated process simulation at factory level
  • FoF.NMP.2012-7 Innovative technologies for casting, material removing and forming processes

ICT – Information and Communication Technologies

  • FoF-ICT-2011.7.1 Smart Factories: Energy-aware, agile manufacturing and customisation
  • FoF-ICT-2011.7.2 Manufacturing solutions for new ICT products

European community funding

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

  • 160,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 01 December 2011 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call Fiche FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF (Other)
  • Work Programme 2012 - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) (Work programme)
  • Work Programme 2012 - ICT (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals - "Factories of the Future" - 2012 (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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