The "Factories of the Future" is one of the three Public-Private Partnership included in the Commission's recovery package. It consists of a research programme of 1.2 billion Euro to support the manufacturing industry in the development of new and sustainable technologies. The programme will be financed jointly by industry and the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. The research programme has started in July 2009 with coordinated calls for research proposals, jointly implemented by DG Research and Innovation and DG Information Society and Media.
Further calls for proposals have been launched every year in July until 2012.
You will find the Factories of the Future proposals funded under the Industrial Technologies (NMP) programme on CORDIS.
The content of those calls has been discussed together with the Ad-Hoc Industrial Advisory Group for the FoF PPP, which has also prepared a in January 2010 a Multi-annual Roadmap for the Factories of the Future PPP covering the period 2009 - 2013.
The objective is to help EU manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving the technological base of EU manufacturing across a broad range of sectors.