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Background and general objectives
The European manufacturing industry is constantly undergoing a modernization process. The Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have already entered into manufacturing and this trend will increase, towards a so-called “Industry 4.0”. Europe’s manufacturing industry is investing continuously in its modernization, which includes the massive introduction of new ICT technologies and in particular IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. In the future, all forms of advanced industry will have to become more data-driven and more “intelligent” in order to compete effectively. This intelligence will also rely on advances through IoT, since data and intelligence will come from advanced connected objects that provide sensing, measurement, control, power management and communication, both wired and wireless. This process has already started in large companies which have the potential to fully involve ICT and research departments but requires facilitations in smaller companies in order to keep them competitive and exploit their full potential, creativity and flexibility.
The general objective of this call is to enhance the productivity, profitability and innovation capacities of European manufacturing SMEs by enabling their access to IoT technologies.
It also seeks to accelerate the access to the market to new products and services provided by technology SMEs, strengthening innovation and growth in Europe.
This is the second of two calls foreseen by IoT4Industry project and will open on April 1st and close on June 11th at 17 CET.
Scope and expectations
The call is focused on the application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment. It will finance small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs, consisting of the integration and the use of IoT technologies (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security) into machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes, and factories environments.
Projects shall gather at least one entity representing the “IoT” side (technology offer) AND another entity representing the industry side (demand) which could be a machine or tool manufacturer or a factory, as shown in the figure below. At least one of these entities shall be a European SME.
Projects shall have a strong international dimension, involving entities from at least two different NUTS 1 regions of Europe (see 1.5. Eligibility Conditions for more detail).
Projects are expected to be innovative, i.e. going beyond the state-of-the art in terms of technologies used and use cases addressed.
A clear industrial application is expected involving a final customer / end user.
If the final user (industry/factory) is not involved in the consortium, applicants are invited to insert a letter of support of the final user telling that he/she is interested in implementing the solution in its factory.
Technologies | Industrial applications | Vertical sectors
The expected technologies addressed in this call are sensors and data acquisition (including big data and analytics), cybersecurity, robotics and automation (including communication technology), simulation and modelling (including virtual reality and augmented reality), batteries and energy harvesting, chips and electronic components, smart systems, embedded software, low-energy, RFID, communication protocols & networks, gateways, cloud/fog/edge computing, High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence (machine learning, deep learning, neural networks…), biometry, human-machine interaction, cognitive computing, mobility and wearables.
The expected industrial applications addressed in this call are predictive maintenance, logistics & supply chain, track and trace, monitoring applications, process analysis, data analysis and management, assets management, re-configuration, quality control, safety & security, energy saving and sustainability smart advice, decision support, smart elaboration, process/product improvement, ergonomic, product life cycle management, smart packaging, additive manufacturing.
The targeted vertical sectors include - electronics, nanotechnologies, automotive, mechanicals, aerospace, defence, medical & pharmaceutical, construction, energy & utilities, marine (naval industries), metal working, chemicals, food & beverage, logistics, print, textile, luxury, cosmetics, wood, paper, furniture, consumer products, etc.
- Open Call : from 1st April to 11th June 2019
Type of proposals and maximum financial contribution
This call shall provide support to three types of actions, namely:
- Feasibility studies will target companies having an idea of the intended project a purpose but with needs for further analysing the technical aspects, the intellectual property issues, the design study, etc. Actions of this type target Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4-5.
- Prototyping instrument will target companies having already carried out a feasibility study, and having the need to develop a prototype, spend efforts in miniaturisation, testing, etc. (TRL 6).
- Demonstration / pilot instrument will target companies having already developed and tested a prototype, with the need to demonstrate its efficiency on a larger scale (TRL 7-8).
The table below shows the corresponding TRL, timing, maximum amount per SME and maximum amount per project, according to these three instruments:
|Feasibility study||Prototyping||Demonstration / pilot|
|TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of envisaged project||4-5||6||7-8|
|Maximum amount granted per beneficiary (SME)||25 000 €||45 000 €||60 000 €|
|Maximum Lump sum per project type||50 000 €||90 000 €||120 000 €|
|Funding rate||Lump sum||Lump sum||Lump sum|
|Time frame||Up to 6 months||Up to 12 months||Up to 12 months|