The rapid increase in the use of robots in our homes and cars, in hospitals and industrial environments is raising questions about what the risks and benefits are on society as a whole.
Europe is one of the world leading regions in industrial robotics with a share of more than 25 % of supply and use. The growth of the sector is expected to be more 6 % per year in the next 3 years to reach more than 32 B$ by 2016.
Growth and job creation goes along with innovative scientific developments. Current focus includes science-based understanding of robotics abilities, alongside with improved technology and use-oriented innovation that is fit for purpose. It is estimated that each industrial robot needs at least 4 people to run, maintain and service it.
Robotics has a clear potential to efficiently address major concerns which affect us all, such as climate change, sustainable transport, affordable renewable energy, food safety and security, and coping with an ageing population.
Investment in research and innovation is expected to increase efficiency within these areas and improve living conditions for all European citizens.
The partnership for robotics in Europe, SPARC is the largest research and innovation programme in civilian robotics in the world. It was launched in 2014 by the joint public-private partnership between the European Commission and the robotics industry and academia. Investments under this joint initiative are expected to reach 2.8 billion euro with 700 million euro in financial investments coming from the European Commission under Horizon 2020 over 7 years.
Robotics can be found on many of the current H2020 work programmes. Proposers are invited to check whether the calls mentioned below are relevant to their field of research. This list is provided for information and is not binding.