1. What is MANUNET?
MANUNET is a network of Governments under the European Framework Programme targeted towards achieving co-ordinated calls in order to finance R&D in Manufacturing.
MANUNET is funding transnational research projects in the field of Manufacturing by offering coordinated calls from the participating regional & national governments.
The main objective of MANUNET is to strengthen Europe’s industrial capacities and business perspectives with special focus on SMEs (SMEs as defined in the Annex 1 of the Commission Regulation No 651/20141) by establishing cross-border partnerships through the mentioned co-ordinated calls. Added regional/national value through this transnational co-operation is one of the critical success factors for transnational project support within the MANUNET ERA-NET frame.
2. CALL ANNOUNCEMENT
2.1. Participating countries/regions
The countries / regions listed below (and referred to as programme participants) are participating in MANUNET 2017 Call. Applicants from these countries / regions may expect funding through MANUNET programme. Applicants from other countries / regions may participate in the project consortia at their own expenses. Programme participants and the European Commission are providing funds totaling more than 30 Mio € for this call.
The Netherlands Norway
Russian Federation Spain
Asturias (ES) Basque Country (ES) Castilla y León (ES) Catalonia (ES) Gelderland (ND) Lombardy (IT) Navarra (ES) Noord-Brabant (ND) Overijssel (ND) Piedmont (IT) Puglia (IT) Tuscany (IT) Wallonia (BE)
2.2. Objectives and Topics
The strategic objective of the MANUNET Call 2017 is to enhance the competitiveness of Europe’s Manufacturing Industry by supporting the funding of Manufacturing research projects performed by enterprises and their strategic partnerships. Projects will typically be smaller than projects submitted to the EU Framework Programme and they will benefit from accelerated funding decisions.
The funding objectives of the call are trans-national application oriented and high risk R&D projects related to Manufacturing. The project proposals must clearly demonstrate:
Transnational, collaborative R&D with a significant degree of innovation and scientific and technical risk
SME strong participation
Application and practical use of manufacturing technologies
Expertise of the project partners in their respective fields of competence
Added value through transnational cooperation
Scale of impact and market positioning of the applicant
The MANUNET Call 2017 for proposals includes all fields in Manufacturing, structured in the following topics:
Knowledge-based engineering, information and communication technologies for manufacturing (industrial robotics, computer-aided engineering and design, automated manufacturing, zero defect manufacturing, product lifetime management, etc.).
Manufacturing technologies for environmental and energy applications including resource efficiency and recycling
Adaptive manufacturing technologies including processes for removing, joining, adding, forming, consolidating, assembling
New materials for manufacturing (alloys, lubricants, coatings, textile fibres, construction, composites, insulation, etc.).
New manufacturing methods, components and systems (development of demonstrators, devices, tooling and equipment, logistic systems, etc.).
Other technologies, products and services related to the manufacturing field.
2.3. Eligible Project Structure
All MANUNET projects should be designed on the following principle:
Consortia must comprise at least 2 separate legal entities from 2 different EU
Member States or Associated Countries participating in the call.
Consortia including at least 2 independent SMEs which can belong to the same
Large companies, academic research groups, universities or other public
organisations may also participate according to their regional/national financing
regulations, as long as there are 2 independent SMEs.
The composition of the consortium should be efficient in size in order to
accomplish the objectives proposed. However, we expect small medium projects with no more than 4 or 5 partners.
2.4. Project Budget and Size
No overall budget limits have been defined at MANUNET level, but regional/national limits regarding the level of funding will apply. Efficient and small to medium size consortia projects are expected (2-3 countries).
2.5. Project Duration
The project duration should be appropriate to the objectives of the research, but not exceeding 24 months in total.
2.6. Dates and Deadlines
16th January 2017
Deadline for pre-proposals
17th March 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Feedback to applicants
Deadline for full proposals
12th July 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Communication of the evaluation results
Mid October 2017
Start of projects
Contact national/regional agency