Europe Funding Cyber-physical-systems accelerator – Apply Now
The FED4SAE project (short for Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere) initiated last September aims to boost the digitization of the European industry by strengthening companies’ competitiveness in the CPS market.
Its goal is to create a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), leveraging existing regional tech or businesses ecosystems across complete value chains and multiple competencies required for the elaboration of complex cyber-physical systems.
The network of DIHs will enable startups, SMEs and midcap companies in all sectors to build and create new digital products, smart applications and services. The project mission also includes innovation management – linking these companies to suppliers and investors to create innovative CPS solutions and accelerate their development and industrialization.
“FED4SAE will give birth to a competitive ecosystem that will help European startups, SMEs and midcaps innovate and thrive as they access leading technology sources, competencies and industrial platforms,” said Leti project coordinator, Isabelle Dor.
“The network will also effectively link them to well-connected business infrastructures, such as banks, investors and business accelerators, and existing regional innovation hubs.
The FED4SAE project will fund industrial projects thanks to the cascade-funding process set by the European Commission. There will be three open calls over the course of the project. The first call will support the best projects based on their innovation potential and technical expertise, the maturity of the solution, with technology-readiness levels between 3 and 6, and their efficient management of the innovation to create a lasting impact with the developed solution.
This pan-European network will enable companies to use CPS platforms combined with expertise and knowhow from the R&D advanced platforms. The ultimate goal of each industrial project within FED4SAE is to develop a complete solution that can get to market and scale. This includes combining hardware and software components and deploying them in a range of testbeds prior to deployment into the targeted market, as well as support in business modeling and market insights through guidance from conceptual design through market launch. Application experiments will be funded for developing innovative CPS products that will increase the competitiveness of European innovative companies. For the first open call, proposals can be submitted from now until the 6th of February 2018. The expected average funding per applicant is €50,000 with a maximum of €60,000 for one application experiment.
Details about the project, including available competencies, platforms and design centers, as well as all necessary guidelines, templates and eligibility documents are available at www.FED4SAE.eu
An additional goal of the €6.7 million project is to assure the sustainability of the Digital Innovation Hubs network.
In addition to project coordinator Leti, project participants include, Intel Research and Development Ireland (Ireland), STMicroelectronics SRL (Italy), STMicroelectronics Grenoble (France), Thales SA (France), AVL List GmbH (Austria), Digital Catapult (UK), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), Fortiss GmbH (Germany), CSEM (Switzerland), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), Cantabria University (Spain), Blumorpho SAS (France).
Leti – www.leti-cea.com