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Call for Factories of the Future

H2020-FoF-2015Sub call of: H2020-FoF-2014-2015
Opening Date 22-10-2014 Deadline Date 04-02-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €143,170,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies FoF-08-2015

Specific challenge: Simulating continuous and discrete manufacturing processes, forecasting the behaviour of manufacturing systems and processes, and designing products to an even larger extent through virtual mock-ups and optimization methods integrated in the design and production chain are key enablers for Europe's future manufacturing sector. Advances in ICT in terms of high performance computing power and communication speed, smart sensor technologies for generating and exploiting "big data", the convergence of the embedded world and the Internet/Cloud world in cyber physical systems (CPS), multi-modal visualisation and interaction technologies, are leading to a new generation of modelling, simulation, forecasting and decision support methods and tools. These offer a huge potential for making the whole manufacturing chain more competitive.


a.      R&I Actions: proposals are expected to cover at least one of the two themes identified below.

Innovative modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting tools for manufacturing at large, building on advances in ICT. 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. Projects should be driven by industrial use-cases and should include proof-of-concept demonstrations for validation, preferably on real process chains. They should address as appropriate several of the following issues:

·               Modelling and simulation methods involving multiple phenomena (physical, mechanical, energetic, chemical, energy, material characteristics, cost, …); including multi-scale and integrated discrete/continuous models, multidisciplinary and multiobjective design optimisation tools taking a holistic approach; and/or integrating virtual and physical experiments building on the combination of simulated, experimental, and real world data in real time.

·               Integrated knowledge-based systems covering the complete product life-cycle with advanced analytics, smart decision support systems and self-learning capabilities exploiting the availability of "big data" from smart sensors, historical process files, or human-authored data; and addressing aspects, e. g. interactivity, real-time, data-fusion, imprecise computing, compressed sensing, advanced visualisation, security and privacy.

Integrated modelling, simulation and information management systems benefiting from recent advances in ICT. 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. Projects are expected to stimulate pre-normative or standardisation activities related to aspects such as information/knowledge exchange, data sharing, semantic technologies, tool integration, etc. Projects must include reference implementations and demonstration and validation in minimum two comprehensive and complementary industrial use cases. Focus is on at least one of the following issues:

·               Integrated information management systems for product-process-production systems that are well embedded into their social, environmental and economic context.

·             Advanced computer aided technologies (CAx), modelling, simulation and decision support toolboxes tailored for novel manufacturing processes, e. g. laser-based and additive manufacturing.

For this topic, proposals should include an outline of the initial exploitation plan and business scenario, which will be developed further in the proposed project.


b.       Support Actions: Road mapping and constituency building for novel ICT-enabled concepts in manufacturing supporting the wide adoption of virtual, integrated, scalable, semantic factory models; merging design and production models; and integrating novel ICT for creativity. Stimulating EU-US collaboration on R&I related to modelling and simulation.

Expected impact:

  •             Increased productivity during design and ramp-up phases and for higher mass customization capacity for big enterprises as well as SMEs through access to on-demand scalable manufacturing process chains and services and through agreed data standards.
  •             Improved cost efficiency and accuracy, reliability and speed of simulation techniques for manufacturing processes and/or full complex products.
  •             Reduced time to production and optimised supply chains enabled by increased tool interoperability and data integration.
  •             Enhanced interoperability of integrated product and factory design systems and global state monitoring enabling new type of services related to the data analysis, simulations and visualization techniques in each manufacturing stage.

Types of action:

  1. Research & Innovation Actions. It is expected that a minimum of one Research & Innovation Action is supported for each theme.
  2. 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.

    Please read the document FoF_topics_1_8_9_Guide-to-ICT-related-activities  and  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.
  9. Additional information on this topic:


Additional documents

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

  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • FoF_topics_1_8_9_Guide-to-ICT-related-activities-in-WP2014-15_en en
  • Clarification_Business_Plan_and_Synergies_ESIF_en en

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