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Call for Factories of the Future

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

Topic: ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) FoF-09-2015

Specific challenge: For Europe's competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing "at large" as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level.

Scope: As Phase 2[1] of I4MS this objective addresses the adoption of the next generation of ICT advances in the manufacturing domain. Focus is on emerging innovative technologies and processes, which need to be customised, integrated, tested and validated before being released on the market. Special emphasis is on strengthening European SMEs along the value chain by adopting new concepts and business models based on servitisation, for product operation, or for end-of-life use.

Two types of innovation experiments are supported: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, Application Experiments bring together all actors of the value chain and experts necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments. In Equipment Assessment Experiments, suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions.

Activities are expected to be clustered in larger projects to achieve critical mass and to better exploit EU-added value. Common tasks include: targeted dissemination; management of calls for new actions; exploitation of synergies across actions.

The action may involve financial support to third parties, in line with the conditions set out in part K of the General Annexes. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers running the experiments for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50 000 – 150 000[2] per party). Maximum 50% of the EU funding should be allocated to this purpose.


a.      Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::

  •             Highly flexible and near-autonomous robotics systems (application experiments).
  •             HPC Cloud-based modelling, simulation and analytics services for modelling multiple interconnected phenomena; for integrating multiple tools across the process chain; for exploiting the dynamic availability of "big data"; for integrating novel mobile interfaces for data management and decision support; for achieving real-time response (application experiments), and addressing comprehensively security and privacy issues at all levels.
  •             Integration of Cyber-Physical-System modules in manufacturing processes and process chains (application or assessment experiments) to increase sophistication and automation in production SMEs and to create novel value added services linked to process surveillance and maintenance.

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

b.      Support actions: network of Innovation multipliers leveraging investment in research and innovation is to be reinforced:

To advance the European I4MS innovation ecosystem: The aim is to achieve broad coverage in technological, application, innovation, and geographic terms. Its tasks and services shall include maintaining a single innovation portal for newcomers; sharing of best practices and experiences; dissemination; brokering between users and suppliers in view of open calls; leveraging further investment by stimulating replication, by brokering access to venture capital or other private investment, and by exploiting regional funds in the context of the European strategy on "Smart Specialisation".

Expected impact:

  •             Attract a significant number of new users of advanced ICT in the manufacturing sector, in particular SMEs and the mid-caps.
  •             More innovative and competitive technology suppliers, in particular SMEs, both on the level of ICT and on the level of manufacturing equipment, able to supply manufacturers with new equipment, components, and tools for improved manufacturing and engineering operations.
  •             More competitive European service providers through provisioning of new types of services; through strengthening the presence on local markets.
  •             Exploration of new application areas for advanced ICT in manufacturing at large.

Types of action:

a.             Innovation Actions. 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. It is expected that a minimum of one innovation action is supported for each area of technologies.

b.            Coordination and Support Actions

[1] Information of Phase 1 available in

[2] In line with Article 23 (7) of the Rules for Participation the amounts referred to in Article 137 of the Financial Regulation may be exceeded where it is necessary to achieve the objectives of the action.

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:

    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

To access the Electronic Submission Service of the topic, please select the type of action that is most relevant to your proposal from the list below and click on the 'Start Submission' button. You will then be asked to confirm your choice of the type of action, the topic for the call, as these cannot be changed subsequently in the submission system. Upon confirmation you will be linked to the correct entry point.

To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.

Type of Action Innovation action [IA]
Topic ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) - FoF-09-2015
Type of Action Coordination & support action [CSA]
Topic ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) - FoF-09-2015

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