Call for Proposals - "Factories of the Future" - 2013 FP7-2013-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 work programme 2013 aligns with, and contributes towards, the objectives of Europe 2020, the Innovation Union Flagship, and other EU policies. There is a determined focus on fostering new ideas, supporting world class teams tackling significant societal challenges, and on ensuring that the fruits of our investments can be properly exploited. In this way the work programme provides for a smooth transition towards the new research and innovation programme for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020.

This call, 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership (FoF) is a crossthematic coordination between NMP and ICT programmes. The objective of this PPP initiative is to help EU manufacturers across sectors, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by increasing the technological base of EU manufacturing through the development and integration the enabling technologies of the future, such as engineering technologies for adaptable machines and industrial processes, ICT, and advanced materials.


NMP – Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production

  • FoF.NMP.2013-1 Improved use of renewable resources at factory level
  • FoF.NMP.2013-2 Innovative re-use of modular equipment based on integrated factory design
  • FoF.NMP.2013-3 Workplaces of the future: the new people-centred production site
  • FoF.NMP.2013-4 Innovative methodologies addressing social sustainability in manufacturing
  • FoF.NMP.2013-5 Innovative design of personalised product-services and of their production processes based on collaborative environments
  • FoF.NMP.2013-6 Mini-factories for customised products using local flexible production
  • FoF.NMP.2013-7 New hybrid production systems in advanced factory environments based on new human-robot interactive cooperation
  • FoF.NMP.2013-8 Innovative strategies for renovation and repair in manufacturing systems
  • FoF.NMP.2013-9 Advanced concepts for technology-based business approaches addressing product-services and their manufacturing in globalised markets
  • FoF.NMP.2013-10 Manufacturing processes for products made of composites or engineered metallic materials
  • FoF.NMP.2013-11 Manufacturing of highly miniaturised components

ICT – Information and Communication Technologies

  • FoF-ICT-2013.7.1 Application experiments for robotics and simulations
  • FoF-ICT-2013.7.2 Equipment assessment for sensor and laser based applications

European community funding

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

  • 230,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 04 December 2012 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call Fiche FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF (Guidelines for applicants)
  • Programa de Trabajo 2013 - Cooperación (Work programme)
  • Call - "Factories of the Future" - 2013 (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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