LEIT – Call for Factories of the Future H2020-FoF-2014 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-01-2014: Process optimisation of manufacturing assets. Today's manufacturing is increasingly challenged by uncertainties of continuously and rapidly -changing market conditions and increasingly shorter time-to-market requirements. Manufacturing value chains are distributed and dependent on complex information and material flow requiring new approaches inside and outside the factory both on process and product lifecycle level. They have to respond faster and more efficiently to higher complexity and frequently changing designs. Actions must include validation/demonstration elements and involve stakeholders covering the whole value chain.
  • FoF-02-2014: Manufacturing processes for complex structures and geometries with efficient use of material. In current market and technological context, mechanical products have to be designed and produced taking into account structural optimisation (which often involves complex structures and geometries) and economically efficient production (i.e. productive and flexible manufacturing). Automated manufacturing of complex geometries, such as additive manufacturing, can be related to issues such as 3D structured, multi-layered and hybrid materials, joining issues or the joint-free realisation of complex shapes. Moreover, newer constraints are coming from requirements of sustainability in production processes (resource and energy efficiency), both through additional regulations and through the increased materials and energy costs. The main aims in the manufacturing of complex structures are quality and productivity with minimum use of material and energy.
  • FoF-04-2014: Developing smart factories that are attractive to workers. In a very competitive environment, manufacturing enterprises will need to be attractive to potential workers. This will require new thinking both on scheduling of work and design of attractive workplaces. The aim is to demonstrate the operation of a real smart factory, focusing on the interconnection between organisation, workforce, management and technology. This interconnection must be supported by new models for optimisation and utilisation of production systems to ensure efficient transfer of knowledge and information. This requires new ways of using new technologies (e.g. augmented reality), which are highly adaptable and able to address the task holistically. The new models must be able to support the workers’ tacit knowledge in the process of both controlling the production line and controlling advanced machinery. This will enhance synergy in the interaction between humans, technology and the organisation.
  • FoF-05-2014: Innovative Product-Service design using manufacturing intelligence. Manufacturing intelligence requires a high integration of (ICT-based) engineering tools and secure middleware solutions that facilitate easy, ubiquitous (e.g. Cloud-enabled) and fast sharing of product and process information/knowledge across the entire lifecycle and among all actors involved. Today's ever faster product lifecycles and ever higher quality requirements necessitate manufacturing engineering capability and knowledge that is able to exploit to the maximum the concurrency of product and service engineering with immediate, cross-disciplinary feedback loops to relevant shop floor knowledge. Also end-users feedback and requirements should be taken into account.
  • FoF-07-2014: Support for the enhancement of the impact of FoF PPP projects. Dissemination, exploitation and transfer of projects results are crucial activities during project life-time and beyond in order to make sure that projects have the expected impacts. Clustering of project activities, according to objectives and addressed themes, and their inter-linking with existing technology transfer activities, are effective ways to stimulate the take-up of project results and to exploit synergies. An adequate monitoring of such activities during the project life-time and beyond is also needed, to ensure an effective implementation at programme level.
  • FoF-03-2014: Global energy and other resources efficiency in manufacturing enterprises. The consumption of energy and other resources often represents a major part of the cost of manufactured products. Energy and other resources savings need to be considered at several levels: machine, process, the whole factory and along the entire value chain. The development of new business models focusing on the collaboration of companies operating in the same value chain to increase resources and energy efficiency can bring important cost savings in products and increased competitiveness. Inter-company cooperation can be further facilitated by geographic proximity (Industrial Symbiosis). The ultimate objective is to increase competitiveness of the EU manufacturing sector while at the same time improving environmental performance.
  • FoF-06-2014: Symbiotic human-robot collaboration for safe and dynamic multimodal manufacturing systems. Immersive and symbiotic collaboration between human workers and robots is a key element to be addressed for the further automation of tasks and processes in the European manufacturing industry. It offers a solution leading to higher profitability to robot-reluctant industries where current tasks and processes are too complex to be automated. Currently novel methods for human-robot interaction have been proven in structured non-industrial environments. In order to enhance the introduction of robots on the shop floor in a real industrial setting, several important human and organisational issues, such as safety and difficult working environments, have to be dealt with.

European community funding

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

  • 116,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 20 March 2014 - 5 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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