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Calls on Microsystems

The ICT Work programme 2011-2012 sets out the challenges and objectives for ICT research in the next two years. In this work programme, Microsystems continues to be a priority area, which will be covered by the R&D objective Objective ICT-2011.3.2 Smart components and smart systems integration .

The following table and diagram contain information about forthcoming calls for proposals managed by the Microsystems Unit. For information on other FP7 calls for proposals go to the general point of access .

Call Title Publication Deadline Objective
Green Cars 2011 ICT for fully electric vehicles 20 Jul 2010 02 Dec 2010 GC-ICT-2011-6.8
Factories of the Future - 2011 Virtual factories and enterprises FOF-ICT-2011.7.3
Digital factories: Manufacturing design and product lifecycle management FOF-ICT-2011.7.4
ICT Call 7 Smart components and smart systems integration 28 Sep 2010 18 Jan 2011 ICT-2011.3.2
EU-Brazil Cooperation EU-Brazil Research and Development cooperation 28 Sep 2010 18 Jan 2011 ICT-2011-10.1
Green Cars 2012 ICT for fully electric vehicles 20 Jul 2011 01 Dec 2011 GC-ICT-2011-6.8
Factories of the Future - 2012 Smart factories: Energy-aware, agile manufacturing and customisation FOF-ICT-2011.7.1
Manufacturing solutions for new ICT products FOF-ICT-2011.7.2
ICT Call 8 Smart systems - Micro-Nano Bio Systems 26 Jul 2011 17 Jan 2012 ICT-2011.3.2 part b)

The schedule given below for the evaluation and negotiation activities is to be considered as indicative.

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Smart Systems Integration

Smart (miniaturized) systems have the ability to sense, describe, and qualify a given situation, as well as to mutually address and identify each other. They are able to predict, decide or help to decide, and to interact with their environment by using highly sophisticated interfaces between systems and users. They can be standalone, networked, or embedded into larger systems, they comprise heterogeneous devices providing different functionality (e.g., sensing, actuating, information processing, energy scavenging, communication, etc.) and excel in self-reliance and adaptability. Their development thus requires the integration of inter-disciplinary knowledge.

Smart components demonstrate enhanced performance and functionality enabled by the re-use of nano-electronics processes and building blocks in combination with longer term research to address very advanced performance, high voltage and high power operation or operating under special conditions. Research is needed on specific devices, processes, technologies and design platforms to support applications in 2017 and beyond. The activities in this area are expected to be complementary to the activities in the ENIAC JTI and to the activities of the 'Green Cars' initiative (cf. Objective 6.8).

Micro-Nano Bio Systems (MNBS) are smart systems combining microsensing and microactuation, microelectronics, nano-materials, molecular biology, biochemistry, measurement technology and ICT.

This call will also fund non-R&D activities (coordination and support measures) aiming at: coordination and interaction of national and EU R&D programmes in the area of smart systems; actions aiming at strengthen the cooperation between the various actors along the value chain of smart systems integration, from scientific research to industrialisation; actions aiming at stimulate the take-up of smart systems approaches by relevant industrial sectors; roadmaps to link very advanced application requirements with smart components and smart system needs; linking of R&D strategies and stimulation of international cooperation.

The impacts expected from the objective Smart components and smart systems integration are:

  • Closer business relationships between materials, equipment and component suppliers, integrators, manufacturing plants and institutes. Strong involvement of industry participants interacting closely with R&D organisations and users.
  • Increased European knowledge and skills at the frontier of smart component and smart systems integration, increased efficiency and effectiveness of smart components and smart systems engineering contributing to the competitiveness of the European industry involved, increased attractiveness to investments and putting European research organisations in leading positions.
  • Substantial market shares gained in high end markets requiring very high performance smart products and new electronic applications.
  • Contributing to environment protection through smart solutions for energy management and distribution, smart control of electrical drives, smart logistics or energy-efficient facility management.

This objective Smart components and smart systems integration , which has a dedicated budget of 80 M€ will be spread across two different calls for proposals.

ICT Call 7 will address the Smart miniaturized systems and the smart components . The total budget will be 41 M€ divided in two parts. 39 M€ will be reserved for IP and STREP proposals from which a minimum of 50% to IP proposals and 30% to STREPs. 3 M€ will be reserved to CSA proposals. ICT Call 7 will be published on September 23, 2010 . The deadline for submission of proposals will be January 18, 2011 .

ICT Call 8 will focus on the Micro-Nano Bio Systems . The total budget will be 39 M€ from which a minimum of 50% to IP proposals and 30% to STREPs. ICT Call 8 is expected to be published on July 26, 2011. The deadline for submission of proposals will be January 17, 2012.

For further details regarding this objective, please consult the complete ICT Work programme 2011-2012 or its extract on Objective ICT-2011.3.2 Smart components and smart systems integration .

ICT for Fully Electric Vehicles

Fully Electric Vehicles (FEV) are electrically propelled vehicles that provide significant driving range on pure battery based power. It includes vehicles having an on-board fuel based electrical generator (Range Extender based on Internal Combustion Engine or fuel cells). Objective ICT for Fully Electric Vehicles is included in Challenge 6 - ICT for a low carbon economy and calls for proposals advancing the development and integration of major building blocks of the Full Electric Vehicle (FEV), and integrating the FEV with infrastructures. Projects supported under this objective will contribute to the European Green Cars Initiative , a Public-Private-Partnership launched in 2008 as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan .

Objective ICT for Fully Electric Vehicles is presented with 8 target outcomes:

  1. Energy/Power Storage Systems
  2. Architectures for Energy, Communication and Thermal Management
  3. Vehicle-to-grid Interface (V2G)
  4. Vehicle Stability Control
  5. Electric Drive and Electronic Components
  6. Integration of the FEV in the cooperative transport infrastructure
  7. Functional Safety and Durability of the FEV
  8. Coordination and Support Action “FEV made in Europe”

The impacts expected from the Objective ICT for Fully Electric Vehicles are:

  • Improved energy efficiency and extended driving range of the FEV.
  • Reduced costs of the electronic components and the overall FEV at increased performance.
  • Mitigated constrains for the user of the FEV versus the Internal Combustion Engine vehicle.
  • The FEV seamlessly implemented in the smart grids and existing infrastructure.
  • Significant improvement of FEV's safety, comfort and new information and comfort services for FEV users.
  • Strengthened global competitiveness of the European automobile, ICT and battery sectors. Market penetration of key components of FEVs.

The call Green Cars 2011 has a total budget of 30 M€ . This call will fund STREP proposals addressing the target outcomes a) to d) . The deadline for submission of proposals is December 2, 2010 .

The call Green Cars 2012 will also have a total budget of 30 M€ . This call will fund STREP proposals addressing the target outcomes e) to f) . and CSA proposals addressing target outcome h) . The budget reserved for CSA proposals will be 1 M€, from the whole. This call is expected to be published on July 30, 2011, and the deadline for submission of proposals will be December 1, 2011.

For further details regarding this objective, please consult the complete ICT Work programme 2011-2012 or the extract on Objective ICT for Fully Electric Vehicles . The INFSO-GREEN-CAR@ec.europa.eu has been also created to give proposers the possibility to send their pre-proposals .

Factories of the Future

The Factories of the Future (FoF) initiative is part of the European Economic Recovery Plan launched in November 2008 to respond to the global economic crisis. This Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) aims at helping EU manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving the technological base of manufacturing across a broad range of sectors.
The ICT contribution to this initiative aims at improving the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of manufacturing systems as well as their better integration within business processes in an increasingly globalised industrial context. Challenge 7 is fully dedicated to supporting the FoF PPP. Research addressing this Challenge in particular will encourage international cooperation under the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) scheme.

The following topics are included in Challenge 7 :

  1. 'Smart factories' including application experiments of control and sensor-based systems, laser systems and industrial robots.
  2. 'Manufacturing solutions for new ICT products' addressing manufacturing processes for Organic Large Area Electronics (OLAEs) and organic photonics.
  3. 'Virtual factories and enterprises' addressing end-to-end integrated ICT allowing for innovation and higher management efficiency in networked operations and supporting the emergence of 'smarter' virtual factories and enterprises.
  4. 'Digital manufacturing' including products life cycle management, modelling, design and optimisation.

     

The following table makes a summary of the four topics and target outcomes.

Objective Topic Target Outcomes IP STREP CSA Budget Remarks
FOF-ICT-2011.7.1 Smart factories a) Demonstration and benchmarking of novel process automation and control (for discrete, continuous or batch industries X     40 M€ a minimum of 50% to IPs and 30% to STREPs
b) Large-scale validation of advanced industrial robotics systems   X  
c) Applications based on factory-wide networks of intelligent sensors and new metrology tools and methods X    
d) Lasers and laser systems for manufacturing and materials processing   X  
FOF-ICT-2011.7.2 Manufacturing solutions for new ICT products

Feasibility demonstrators for industrial, low cost, high volume and high throughput manufacturing processes https://circabc.europa.eu/webdav/CircaBC/ESTAT/eurotracegroup/Information/pt/.

X     20 M€  
FOF-ICT-2011.7.3 Virtual factories and enterprises a) Distributed, adaptive, and interoperable virtual enterprise X X   45 M€ a minimum of 50% to IPs and 30% to STREPs
b) Real-time management of volatile manufacturing assets X X  
c) Component based tools and architectures enabling the innovative dynamic composition of services X X  
d) Internet based, user centric collaboration, sharing and/or mixed reality tools X X  
FOF-ICT-2011.7.4 Digital factories a) Comprehensive engineering X X   35 M€ IP, STREPs: EUR 33.5 million with a minimum of 50% to IPs and 30% to STREPs
b) User-intuitive tools for simulation and virtual prototyping X X  
c) Tools for holistic modelling and simulation of full complex products and processes X X X CSA: EUR 1.5 million

For further details regarding this objective, please consult the complete ICT Work programme 2011-2012 or the extracts on every objective. The INFSO-FOF@ec.europa.eu has been also created to give proposers the possibility to send their pre-proposals .

EU-Brazil Research and Development Cooperation

International cooperation in the programme aims to support European competitiveness and to jointly address, with other regions of the world, issues of common interest and mutual benefit, thereby supporting also other EU policies (sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster response, security etc).

International cooperation activities in the ICT Work programme 2011-2012 have three main objectives:

  1. To jointly respond to major global technological challenges by developing interoperable solutions and standards,
  2. To jointly develop ICT solutions to major global societal challenges, and
  3. To improve scientific and technological cooperation for mutual benefit.

This Work Programme includes priorities for coordinated calls for international cooperation with Brazil and Russia. It also includes a set of targeted calls and targeted opening of areas throughout the Challenges and FET.

Objective ICT-2011-10.1 EU-Brazil Research and Development cooperation is divided into 5 different topics:

  1. Microelectronics/Microsystems
  2. Networked Monitoring and Control
  3. Future Internet - experimental facilities
  4. Future Internet - security
  5. e-Infrastructures

The call for submission of STREP proposals will be published on September 28, 2010, with total budget of 5 M€. The deadline for submission of proposals will be January 18, 2011.

For further details regarding this objective, please consult the complete ICT Work programme 2011-2012 or its extract on ICT-2011-10.1 EU-Brazil Research and Development cooperation .