[robotics-worldwide] [news] Call for Proposals: EU funded project has opened its call
Dear Robotics Community,
*ESMERA opens first call for experiment proposals*
/**The EU-funded robotics project ESMERA (European SMEs Robotics
Applications) has opened its first competitive call for experiment
proposals. Within the European Commission´s Horizon 2020 Research and
Innovation Programme, ESMERA aims to boost robotics innovation by
European Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). In the context of
ESMERA small-scale research projects, so-called “experiments”, will be
conducted. SMEs developing robotic technologies may now apply for
providing solutions to predefined real-life challenges. The respective
challenge winners will receive direct financial support through a
cascade funding mechanism of up to 200.000 euros each.*
In January 2018, the European Commission launched the ESMERA project to
unlock the innovation potential of robotics SMEs. ESMERA promotes
applied robotics technology developed for industrial challenges set by
key European companies. Thereby the SMEs get a chance to implement,
apply and prove new technologies that address real-life problems and
thus already have a market.
The Challenge Areas*
Key European companies have defined eight real-life industrial
challenges that seek innovative robotics solutions. The challenges, that
apply to the four areas of Energy, Manufacturing, Construction and
Agri-food, have been selected because of their innovation potential.
They allow multiple approaches and let SMEs be free to explore new
directions in developing robotics technologies.
The Selection Process*
The solution design will be carried out in two competitive phases.
·*Phase I: *16 projects, so called experiments, will be selected to
compete in proving their concept.
·*Phase II**:*8 winners are selected. They gain industrial leadership
and business support to advance their path towards industrializing and
commercializing their solutions.
SMEs can propose an experiment on their own or form a small consortium
of partners, teaming up with R&D organizations or other companies
supplementing their competences. For both phases combined, each team can
receive up to 200.000 euros of funding*.
The Partner Consortium*
To boost the technology development by European SMEs, four robotics
Competence Centers (CCs) open their doors to ESMERA. They offer
high-tech robotic equipment, test environments and expertise to the
SMEs, bridging the gap between research and industry:
·Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) at the
University of Patras (Project Coordinator)
·Commissarat à l´Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA)
·Technische Universität München (TUM)
·Fundación TEKNIKER (IK4-TEKNIKER)
Three facilitators in robotics who have successfully undergone the
process themselves provide mentoring and support in developing business
cases and managing the complete chain from idea to market:
Anna Donato, M.A.
Public Relations Specialist
Technische Universität München
Department of Informatics VI
Robotics, Artifical Intelligence and Embedded Systems
Schleißheimer Str. 90a
85748 Garching bei München
Telephone: 0049 - 89 289 18066