European CR&D Opportunities

NMBP-23-2016: Advancing the integration of Materials Modelling in Business Processes to enhance effective industrial decision making and increase competitiveness

The proposals should develop an integrated Business Decision Support System (BDSS) that can support decisions on new materials and new processes by calculating through hypothetical scenarios.

EC Contri: €3M - €4M
Deadline: 2016
1st Deadline:8th December 2015
2nd Stage: 24th May 2016

 

PILOTS-01-2016: Pilot lines for manufacturing of materials with customized thermal/electrical conductivity properties

The improved properties of sustainable advanced functional material with customized thermal/electrical conductivity properties will benefit end user industries in many sectors, Applications areas are wide ranging, and may include new manufacturing processes such as additive and 2D/3D printing processes and roll-to-roll or other large scale manufacturing processes. The proposed pilot lines should address the development, upscaling and demonstration in relevant industrial environments. They should use existing pilot lines as a starting point for development, incorporating new materials and methods and/or instrumentation with real time characterization for measurement, analysis and monitoring at the nanoscale to characterise relevant materials, process properties and product features.

EC Contri: €5M - €8M
Deadline: 2016
1st Deadline: 8th December 2015
2nd Stage: 24th May 2016

 

FOF-03-2016: Zero-defect strategies at system level for multi-stage manufacturing in production lines

Proposals should develop tools and methods for multi-stage manufacturing production with the aim of preventing defect generation and propagation as part of a system-level zero-defect strategy. In this context, integrated production and quality control strategies able to achieve the desired production rate for high quality products need to be developed. They should include both tools to prevent the generation of defects at single stage level and tools to prevent the propagation of defects to downstream stages.

EC Contri: €4M - €6M
Deadline: 2016
1st Deadline: 21st January 2016
2nd Stage: N/A

 

FOF-04-2016: Continuous adaptation of work environments with changing levels of automation in evolving production systems

Research activities should address all of the following areas: 
* Determination of adequate levels of automation for optimal flexibility, agility and competitiveness of highly customised production. Adaptive automation systems should accommodate to the worker's skills and flexibility needs, be it by compensating limitations (e.g. due to age or inexperience) or by taking full advantage of the worker's experience; 
* Methods and tools for a continuous adaptation of workplaces to the physical, sensorial and cognitive capabilities of workers (especially of older and disabled people in those workplaces) and their socio-economic needs, by taking into consideration "safety and health at work" requirements. An adequate methodology to measure "worker satisfaction" should be developed and tested. The underlying theoretical framework should in particular involve knowledge from a socio-organisational and psychometrics perspective, including the engagement of workers in the design and adaptation of their workplace to ensure attractiveness; 
* Exploit technologies such as virtual (and/or augmented) reality to support process and workplace simulations and industrial social networking with rich user experience for knowledge capture and decision support with a strong focus on usability, user acceptance and training.

EC Contri: €3M - €5M
Deadline: 2016
1st Deadline: 21st January 2016
2nd Stage: N/A

 

MG-2.2-2016: Development, production and use of high performance and lightweight materials for vessels and equipment

Proposals should address all the following aspects:
- Conception, production and use of advanced composites (including those that are bio-based or using renewable resources) and other high-performance materials, including multi-materials construction and joining / bonding.
- Comprehensive performance analysis and simulation for new advanced materials and entire constructions (including characteristics such as durability, resistance to corrosion and fouling), full life cycle costs analysis, and technology transfer from other transport applications for lightweight materials where feasible.
- Assessing risks and enhancing fire resistance properties and thermal and noise insulation qualities.

Deadline: 2016
1st Interview: 10th January 2016
2nd Stage: 29th September 2016

 

NMBP-24-2016: Network to capitalise on strong European position in materials modelling and to allow industry to reap the benefits

The proposed coordination and support action should network the stakeholders and a platform is to be established to advance the use of materials models by industry and to agree on open tools with the wide stakeholder community. Road Maps for materials and related product and process modelling in industry with a focus on how discrete (electronic, atomistic and mesoscopic) models can be further developed and coupled or linked to continuum models are to be elaborated. The proposers should support the elaboration of methodologies and workflows.

EC Contri: €3M - €4M
Deadline: 2016 TBC

 

NMBP-08-2016: Affordable weight reduction of high-volume vehicles and components taking into account the entire life-cycle

The principal focus should be on large production volumes exploiting economies of scale, targeting production volumes of at least 50000 units per annum, while investigating also the opportunity for developing common solutions across different types of vehicle.

EC Contri: €5M - €8M
Deadline: 2016 TBC

 

LCE 13 - 2016: Solutions for reduced maintenance, increased reliability and extended life-time of wind turbines/farms

To reduce the need for maintenance of wind turbines/farms and to develop measures for life-time extension, demonstrating innovative solutions and tools, and thereby the levelised cost of wind energy. Participation of wind turbine manufacturers and large wind farm operators is expected.

EC Contri: €7M - €10M
Deadline: 2016 TBC

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