Today the proportion of the manufacturing industry is decreasing in most European countries’ GDP. At the same time Industry 4.0 provides several technological reactions to the challenging market, focusing on processes based on IoT technology. IoT4Industry, an EC-funded project, aims to foster the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) components in manufacturing.
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With that integration, SMEs will be able to increase efficiency and flexibility in production and consumption. The project wants to realize that by connecting ICT clusters with Advanced Manufacturing clusters. The SMEs receiving funding and support to develop their access to smarter means of production and to modernize their processes are selected according to a cross-border and cross-sectorial approach. IoT4Industry co-finances and develops collaborative projects fostering IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and other cutting-edge technologies into machines, tools, and robots for a European Industry 4.0.
Results of the first call for collaborative projects
During the IoT4Industry project, the consortium will launch two open calls for Collaborative projects, enabling SMEs to apply for funding. On December 22, 2018 the first call was closed. After a thorough evaluation process, 24 collaborative projects were selected and will be receiving funding for a total amount of 2.2 million euro. Through this first call, the IoT4Industry consortium was able to support stakeholders from ten different European countries, covering seventeen different manufacturing sectors. Amongst the approved projects were four projects with Belgian partners and in three of those projects DSP Valley members are involved, receiving up to 60k euro funding. All the supported project consortia will be able to start their projects within the coming days and providing results by the beginning of 2020.
Express your interest in the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) components in manufacturing by May 5th and June 11th.
A second call
Since the first call was very successful, the IoT4Industry consortium decided to use the same strategy for the second call. This means that there will first be a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI), followed by the actual call for collaborative proposals. The call for EoI is meant for companies with a request or an idea for a project, but in need of support (either support to establish an eligible consortium or support to come to a full proposal). During the last first call for EoI, the consortium received ideas and requests from over 195 companies. 100% of them were contacted by the IoT4Industry consortium to provide some kind of support. So if you have an idea or a request for a proposal, seize the opportunity and submit your Expression of Interest. The first call for Expressions of Interest was opened on March 1st and will be closed on May 5th, 2019. The second Call for Collaborative projects will be opened on April 1st, and closed on June 11th, 2019.
For more information or support on these calls, contact Bjorn Van de Vondel.