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Call for Factories of the Future

H2020-FoF-2014Sub call of: H2020-FoF-2014-2015
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 20-03-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €120,580,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Process optimisation of manufacturing assets FoF-01-2014

Specific challenge:

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.


Scope:
a. R&I Actions:proposals are expected to cover at least one of the three themes identified below.
CPS-based process optimisation (Cyber-Physical Systems) for adaptive and smart manufacturing systems bringing together novel concepts for CPS, progress in advanced control and new modelling and simulation technologies. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
- Methods for integrative control and robust optimization of discrete and continuous processes supporting engineers in their aim of detecting, measuring and monitoring the variables, events and situations which affect the performance, energy-use and reliability of manufacturing systems. Research should encompass progress in smart sensor technologies, smart system design, embedded systems, cognitive technologies and advanced control.
- Scalable CPS architectures for adaptive and smart manufacturing systems to dynamically enable the continuous design, configuration, monitoring and maintenance of operational capability, quality, and efficiency. Self-learning closing the feedback loop between production and design should be included as appropriate.  
Collaborative and mobile manufacturing: Development of agile collaboration tools for process optimisation of manufacturing assets across the supply chain towards the Cloud-enabled Manufacturing Business Web. Research should address scalable real-time architectures to master complexity and data security of the supply network and underlying logistics resources. In an integrated approach focusing on end-to-end integration of the entire manufacturing processes and the supply networks, research issues to be addressed include: IoT-based continuous data collection from real-world resources, resource virtualisation, real-time, modular architectures for interoperability of intra plant and extra plant processes in conjunction with mobile, collaborative tools for data sharing, data analytics and knowledge-based systems, at factory and at supply network level. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 5 and 8 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Towards zero-failure laser-based manufacturing: Fast and accurate process monitoring systems allowing feedback control of laser process parameters in highly dynamic manufacturing processes. Actions should cover in particular the development of (in-line) process monitoring sensors, measurement and non-destructive testing tools including the related high speed data processing and reduction. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

b. Support Actions
Consensus building for a factory-wide interoperability framework for CPS engineering and manufacturing environments; concepts for a European smart specialisation strategy in manufacturing building on the model of virtual value chains; concept and roadmap building in relation to smart and safe workspaces for laser-based manufacturing.
Expected impact:
• Increased capability for better and faster reaction to market changes by being able to use holistic global and local optimization algorithms in a collaborative value chain.
• Reduced complexity of production systems by at least an order of magnitude through an interoperable de-centralised architecture approach and interoperability frameworks.
• Productivity increase of about 30% through the enhanced utilisation of resources and information taking a holistic view in a collaborative value chain.
• Strengthened market position of European producers of laser-based manufacturing equipment, their suppliers and of the users of the equipment.  
• Reinforced capacity to manufacture high-quality and innovative products and to penetrate new application areas.
Types of action:
a. Research & Innovation Actions
b. Coordination and Support Actions

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. 

 

3. EVALUATION

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

The threshold for the criteria Excellence and Impact will be 4. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.
In case of equal overall scores in the ranked list, the priority order of proposals will be established in accordance with part H of the General Annexes, except that proposals will be ranked on the basis of individual scores for the Impact criterion before the Excellence criterion.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

 

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

 

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

 

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

 


7. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

For topic FoF-01-2014 :
For ICT related activities:
- please read the document FoF_topics_1_8_9_Guide-to-ICT-related-activities-in-WP2014-15_en

- refer to the Special support services in "Get Support".


8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


 

 

Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Call Flash Info en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • FoF_topic_1_Guide-to-ICT-related-activities-in-WP2014-15_en en
  • Clarification_Business_Plan_and_Synergies_ESIF_en en

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