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Call for Collaborative Projects

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At the bottom of this page you will find the Call for Expression of Interest, open until October 20th.

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 first of two calls foreseen by IoT4Industry project and will open on September 20th and close on December 20th at 17 CET. A second call will open on March 10th, 2019 with a Deadline on June 10th 2019 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

Technologies
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.

Industrial applications
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.

Vertical sectors
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.

About the forthcoming calls for projects

Calendar

Two calls for projects will be opened during the project life time.

  • The first call will be open between September 20, 2018 and December 20, 2018.
  • The second call will be open between March 10, 2019 and June 10, 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 5-6 7-8 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

Call for Expression of Interest

Please follow the link to the Call for Expression of Interest

About the IoT4Industry project: Industry 4.0 for SMEs

IoT4Industry is a 30 months project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. It connects 3 Information and Communication Technologies clusters having strong competences in Internet of Things (IoT): Secured Communicating Solutions (SCS) cluster (France), microTEC Südwest e.V. (Germany), DSP Valley (Belgium);  with 4 industrial clusters having access to tool manufacturers and manufacturing SMEs: MESAP (Italy), Mont-Blanc Industries (France), Pôle MecaTech (Belgium), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (United Kingdom); and inno TSD (France).

The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (sensors, chips, electronics component, communication networks, cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, digital security, etc.) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, industrial processes, factories environment, supply chain integration, intra  logistics & logistics 4.0 product life cycle, smart packaging, etc. It will do so through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The IoTIndustry project will provide support services (matchmaking and project design) and funding to develop such collaborative projects. The funding will be allocated through 2 calls for projects, and the support services will be provided by the consortium partners through this call for expression of Interest.

Purpose of this call for Expression of Interest

Before the opening of these project calls, we are launching a call for “Expression of Interest” to identify and transform project ideas into relevant projects for the forthcoming calls.

 NB: answering to the call for Expression of Interest is not a prerequisite for answering to the calls for projects. However, it is mandatory for benefitting to the services described below.

Calendar
The call for Expression of Interest is opened until the 20th of October 2018.

Project support services
Entities submitting an expression of interest coherent with the project objectives will get access to the following support services1:

  • For entities which are not member of one of consortium partners: access to collective training sessions, information about the call, suggestions of matching partners to complete project idea (if needed);
  • For entities which are member of one of consortium partners: all items mentioned above + individual support for project definition.

1 Disclaimer – Support Services & Liability: in the framework of this call of expression of interest, the consortium partners can provide a set of support services to help applicants with to apply to the official “call for collaborative project” (ex: collective information sessions, matchmaking proposition with potential partners…). The evaluation is performed by selected external experts, therefore the Consortium partners cannot be held responsible of the result of the proposal evaluation.

 

Who can apply to the call for Expression of Interest

Legal entities (SMEs, large companies and research centers) based in European member states or Horizon 2020 associated countries working in the industrial/manufacturing or ICT/IoT domains are invited to apply. Only SMEs will be eligible to funding in the framework of the calls for projects.

 

How to apply to the calls for Expression of Interest

Candidates are invited to submit their expression of interest by clicking on the “apply button” and follow-up the indication to fill in the questionnaire.

About the forthcoming calls for projects

Calendar

Two calls for projects will be opened during the project life time.

  • The first call will be open between September 20, 2018 and December 20, 2018.
  • The second call will be open between March 10, 2019 and June 10, 2019.

Available funding types for SMEs
Depending on the type of collaborative project proposal of applicants, the IoT4Industry project can provide 3 different types of vouchers (see table below).

  Feasibility study Prototyping Demonstration / pilot
TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of envisaged project 5-6 7-8 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
  • Feasibility studies will target companies having an idea of the intended project but with needs for further analyses of the technical aspects, the intellectual property issues, the design study, etc.
  • Prototyping will target companies having already carried out a feasibility study but needing to develop a prototype, to spend efforts in miniaturization, in testing, etc.
  • The demonstration/pilot instrument will target campanies having already developed and tested a prototype but needing to demonstrate its efficiency on a larger scale.

Several eligible SMEs can participate in the same project proposal, and ask for a higher lump sum. The maximum depends on the project type (Feasibility Study, Prototyping or demonstrator) as shown in the table.

Who can apply to the calls for projects? 2

  • Only SMEs will be funded;
  • proposals will be eligible to the call if the following conditions are met:
    • the consortium is composed of minimum two legal entities based in two different regions of European member states and Horizon 2020 associated countries);
    • at least one entity is based in a country of one the consortium partners (United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy);
    • at least one of these legal entities is an SME;
  • at least one entity must belong to the manufacturing or industrial value chain and another one to the ICT/IoT value chain.

 

What is expected ?

  • Project proposals should present an industrial/manufacturing case, where IoT has a clear added value (using sensors, chips, networks, cloud, big data, security solutions, Artificial Intelligence, etc.), be innovative (beyond the state-of-the-art) and have a clear impact on all partners involved.
  • Transnational projects (i.e. involving parties from at least two different countries) will receive a better evaluation under the impact criterium than transregional projects (i.e. involving parties from different regions within the same country).
  • SMEs applying are expected to have a proven track record and capacity to implement the action, a coherent R&D and commercial strategy, and sound and viable financial situation.

2 Disclaimer: the points listed above are for information purposes only. The official application conditions to the call for collaborative project will be detailed in the guidebook of applicants, and might differ from what is listed in this call for expression of interest.  

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