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TOPIC : Mapping a path to future supply chains

Topic identifier: NMBP-37-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
20 September 2016
Deadline: 19 January 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Product production and delivery processes are seeing fundamental changes worldwide. E-commerce and the internet have revolutionized order and delivery – changes are still underway and will doubtless evolve further. Automation and new process techniques (such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing) are revolutionising the concept of the factory. New and inter-dependent value chains in process industries lead to new process pathways, achieving new levels of resource and cost-efficiency. Logistics chains are adapting to cater for these changes, but these are often ad-hoc developments.

Existing project funding contexts, such as the Factories of the Future and national programmes addressing the fourth industrial revolution, are implementing a research and innovation agenda along roadmaps oriented to integrating new technologies into manufacturing processes, increasing environmental friendliness. Similar strategic agendas exist for e-commerce and for process industries (SPIRE – sustainable process industries for resource efficiency).

However, little reflection has been applied to the way that these new forms of production and delivery will work together.

Scope:

This action should draw up a roadmap for supply-chain integration, addressing in particular distributed and customised manufacturing, along with the associated logistics. New supply-chains will be increasingly global. While including the global view, this reflection should focus on identifying roles and pathways for Europe's industry in particular.

Proposals should consider Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects, in particular:

  • use established economic modelling tools to develop and assess industrial scenarios to 2030, and possibly beyond; and
  • address the role of consumers and users as active participants in the innovation process.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 0.6 and 1.2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

No more than one action will be funded.

Expected Impact:

The project should deliver primarily answers to the following two questions:

  • What scenarios can we expect for future supply-chains and in which timescales?

These scenarios should cover the major supply and production chains in industry today, for both discrete and process production.

  • Which technologies need to be developed in addition to those identified in existing roadmaps?

It is not expected that full-scale technology roadmaps for all scenarios will be developed in the scope of this topic, but preliminary strategic research agendas would be an advantage.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs)
Open Innovation
Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

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.

    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada,
    ChinaHong Kong &Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).
     
  2. ELIGIBILITY and ADMISSIBILITY CONDITIONS
    described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

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


     
  3. EVALUATION

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold:

    The criteria, scoring and threshold are described in General Annex H of the work programme.

    The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in General Annex H of the work programme. The following exceptions apply:

    Under 3 (a)
    Proposals are first ranked in separate lists according to the topics against which they were submitted (‘topic ranked lists’). When comparing ex aequo proposals from different topics, proposals having a higher position in their respective 'topic ranked list' will be considered to have a higher priority in the overall ranked list.

    Under 3 (b)
    For all topics and types of action, the prioritisation will be done first on the basis of the score for Impact, and then on that for Excellence.


    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process
        

  4. INDICATIVE TIMETABLE for EVALUATION and GRANT AGREEMENT

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
     
  5. PROVISIONS, PROPOSAL TEMPLATES and EVALUATION FORMS
    for the type of action under this topic


    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

     
  6. 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.

     
  7. OPEN ACCESS

    Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    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.

    Open access to research data

    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

     
  8. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas)

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes

 

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