LEIT – Call for Factories of the Future H2020-FoF-2015 Closed!

Objectives

The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Industrial leadership” priority aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives:

"Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.

Emphasis is being placed on interactions and convergence across and between the different technologies and their relations to societal challenges. User needs shall be taken into account in all these fields.

1.2 Nanotechnologies
The specific objective of nanotechnologies research and innovation is to secure Union leadership in this high growth global market, by stimulating scientific and technological advancements and investment in nanotechnologies and their uptake in high added value, competitive products and services across a range of applications and sectors.

Actions

Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • FoF-08-2015: ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies. Simulating continuous and discrete manufacturing processes, forecasting the behaviour of manufacturing systems and processes, and designing products to an even larger extent through virtual mock-ups and optimization methods integrated in the design and production chain are key enablers for Europe's future manufacturing sector. Advances in ICT in terms of high performance computing power and communication speed, smart sensor technologies for generating and exploiting "big data", the convergence of the embedded world and the Internet/Cloud world in cyber physical systems (CPS), multi-modal visualisation and interaction technologies, are leading to a new generation of modelling, simulation, forecasting and decision support methods and tools. These offer a huge potential for making the whole manufacturing chain more competitive.
  • FoF-10-2015: Manufacturing of custom made parts for personalised products. The manufacturing of customised products (e.g. consumer goods and medical devices) requires the development of new strategies integrating design with manufacturing and incorporating appropriate control methodologies to ensure small or large lot quantities which meet the specifications. Examples include new custom made parts or spare parts on demand either to sub-divisions of sectors/products or personalised to an individual as well as unique identification marking of products. New manufacturing processes and machines will need to be developed which are flexible at the local level to meet specific consumer demand and mass customisation where rapid translation between different specifications is required. In order to address customisation, advanced manufacturing processes(e.g. additive manufacturing or electrical discharge machining) need to enable processing of multi-materials, lightweight and high-strength materials or functionally graded materials, as well as more flexibility and rapid reconfiguring capabilities. For all customised manufacturing, it is necessary to have quick realisation from design to production in one process step as well as economic production systems down to single and small lot sizes.
  • FoF-12-2015: Industrial technologies for advanced joining and assembly processes for multi-materials. Multi-material design of components and structures provides an opportunity to develop products which are able to operate under more exigent requests demanded by market and society such as increased strength-to-weight ratio, multi-functionality, highly aggressive environments and low carbon footprint. By smart use of adequate joining technologies, and the incorporation of multi-material design into the assembly chain, the final product performance can be improved. This is particularly relevant when high cost, scarce or hazardous materials are involved.
  • FoF-13-2015: Re-use and remanufacturing technologies and equipment for sustainable product lifecycle management. In order to increase the competitiveness of EU industry and reduce the environmental footprint, manufacturing industries should develop innovative technologies and approaches to manufacture added-value products with fewer resources and to ensure a sustainable product life cycle based on reuse and re-manufacturing methods and technologies.
  • FoF-14-2015: Integrated design and management of production machinery and processes. Production quality significantly depends on the ambient conditions and the process parameters. Computational models capable of simulating the machine-to-part process not only can be used to predict manufacturing quality and productivity but, increasingly, to also compensate wear or partial damage through model-based control. Innovative machines and processes increasingly depend on model-based approaches, including the monitoring and control elements, throughout the whole machine lifecycle
  • FoF-09-2015: ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS). 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.
  • FoF-11-2015: Flexible production systems based on integrated tools for rapid reconfiguration of machinery and robots. Easy and fast reconfigurable machinery and robots are essential to answer to the increasing need for highly complex products and to react to rapid changes in market demands. Smaller lot sizes and more product variations require a highly flexible production capacity. New tools are required to support more rapid and autonomous reconfiguration of production systems. Powerful tools addressing self-adjustment, correction, and control of individual machines and robots, the production system as a whole and the link with existing production planning and scheduling systems have been developed over recent years but integration and deployment of those tools require further R&D and demonstration. While the focus will be on demonstrating the tools on existing production capacity, R&D activities supporting the integration and scale-up are expected as well.

European community funding

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

  • 143,17 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 04 February 2015 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Factories of the Future (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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