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| Topic: Open Calls | Deadline: 31/03/2017Sectoral Industries: Electric Power Generation and Transmission | Technology Fields: Smart grids | S3 Priority Areas: Energy distribution | Last updated: 20/03/2017 - 12:09 |
Towards the power grids of the future, through the concept of Smart Grids. Partnership for clusters and regions both representing smart grids roll-out plans and/or experience and capacities in the field of power grids to be developped through their smart specialisation strategies. A major technological challenge is currently taking place in the area of power networks, as they develop towards a very different concept in terms of functionality and characteristics. Several trends and changes are driving the transformation of power grids: Active power demand management Informed and proactive consumers working to improve efficiency (prosumer) Automation of power distribution (renovation of grid assets) Integration of renewable energy sources (distributed generation) Grid-integration of new elements (storage systems, electric vehicle,…) Environmental targets In response to these trends and demands, traditional power networks are evolving towards the new concept of smart grids, incorporating electrical and electronic technologies and information and communications systems. This strategic partnership is addressed to clusters and regions willing to join forces in an interregional cooperation framework that may lead to a better implementation of S3 energy power grids related priorities, because of their capacities in technologies related to the smart grids deployment or because of their plans for optimisation the power grid management. Potential themes of reference related are: aggregation of different types of consumers and generators in local communities; quality of electricity supply monitoring; demand response and flexibility at local level; upgrade of distribution networks to use production potential of RES; technologies for automation and self-healing in MV and LV grids; knowledge transfer from research centres and industry into local communities; creation of common projects that facilitate spill-overs of technical solutions to the region and involve consumers; scale-up of existing "smart grids districts" into EU-wide companies and solution providers, among others.
| Topic: Open Calls | Deadline: 31/03/2017S3 Priority Areas: Development of regional cultural & creative industries | Last updated: 28/03/2017 - 11:52 |
Expression of Interest We are representing a group of European Clusters with a common intent to form a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) with smart specialization in Digital Transformation/Industry 4.0 and Creative Industries. Title of the prospective partnership Our new partnership will be named Euro Digital Cluster and will be accessible at http://www.eurodigitalcluster.eu. Target sectors, technology fields and smart specialisation priority areas EuroDigitalCluster will gather established European clusters with complimentary expertise around the challenge of digital transformation. Together they will be to promote creative industries and especially new media as significant technology enablers to serve future innovative services from other industries such as Transport, eHealth, Energy, Mobility, and Factories of the Future. Clusters already associated to the partnering TWIST (Belgium) TWIST is a media cluster that works to strengthen innovation and growth within Southern Belgian media industries. It is the main business cluster acting in the sector of digital audiovisual and multimedia technologies in Belgium. TWIST is mainly active on three markets: Cinema, TV, Animation; Broadcast (development of technologies and facilities); Immersive and interactive industry (dedicated to the cultural and creative industry and related industrial SMEs and larger companies). Pierre Collin – www.twist-cluster.com - Cap Digital (France) Created in 2006, Cap Digital is the biggest cluster for digital transformation in Europe, trusted by over 1000+ members: 850+ innovative SMEs, 60+ major corporations, 80+ institutions of higher education and 14 capital investors. Cap Digital aims at promoting the Paris Region as one of the world leaders in digital contents, creative industries and services, from an industrial as well as a strategic point of view. Fostering R&D, helping companies to expand, networking its members and showcasing them throughout the world, are some of the activities Cap Digital undertakes to support the creativity and competitiveness of this important sector. Every year, Cap Digital organizes “Futur en Seine”, the digital world festival. In 2016, they created EdFab, a dedicated place to promote innovation in the strategic fields of training, education and business transformation services. Josephine Rohner - www.capdigital.com - Pôle Media Grand Paris (France) Created in 2002, Pole Media Grand Paris federates the actors of the audiovisual and film industry for the economic development of the sector in Paris Region. Its collaborative network regroups a hundred of structures: companies; local authorities; academic institutions; training organizations. The overall representing 8200 jobs and 2.4 billion € in turnover. All the Digital Media activities are represented in the cluster, related to technical and computer services, as well as initial or continuing training in the sector. Pole Media Grand Paris was named "Cluster of Enterprises" in 2011. Its mission is to animate its collaborative network around a new economic dynamic, based on innovation, training, employment, international development and social responsibility. Its sectors of activity: Cinema, television, CGI animation, transmedia, augmented and virtual reality, digital archiving, training, research. Its markets: Cinema, TV, advertising, transmedia, corporate communication, web, video game. Lydie Fenech - www.lepole.org - Media Evolution (Sweden) Media Evolution is a cluster and a member organization that enables organizations and individuals to share, learn, think in new ways and adapt together in the age of digital transformation. To achieve that, Media Evolution manages projects and offers services within its community, to foster competence and internal and external collaboration, including with international partners. Sara Ponnert - www.mediaevolution.se - firstname.lastname@example.org Barcelona Media Alliance (Spain) Barcelona Media Alliance is an initiative promoted by Eurecat together with Cluster Audiovisual de Catalunya, Enciclopèdia Catalana and Acceso Group. It was created in December 2015, taking over the activities of Barcelona Media Cluster which dissolved when the promoter, Barcelona Media Technological Centre, became part of Eurecat. Its objectives are to promote the cooperation among cultural and creative companies and entities in order to strengthen innovation, to carry out activities that help identifying R&D projects that contribute to raise the competitiveness of the sector, to develop and to manage partnership projects that help partners to improve their innovation level, to cooperate with public institutions at national and international levels. Santi Fort - www.eurecat.org - MediaNetwork Bavaria and Transmedia Bayern e.V. (Germany) The MediaNetwork Bavaria serves as the media cluster in Bavaria. It is an umbrella organization for the mediasector in bavaria. It is based in Munich and part of the Bavarian regulatory authority for new media. The MediaNetwork Bavaria collaborates with a lot of other institutions and industries to initiate and organize workshops, networking- and roundtable and big events. It is also an important player in Bavaria to push innovations and new media technologies e.g. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Transmedia Bayern e.V. is an interdisciplinary network for media professionals. It connects filmmakers, authors, journalists, game producers, designers, coders, social media experts, artists and musicians. It also runs media innovation conferences, workshops and labs. Transmedia Bayern’s goal is to foster innovation in the fields of storytelling, to research new business models for multiplatform media properties, to develop interdisciplinary methods for digital content creation and to connect to other creative networks in Germany and abroad. Aline-Florence Buttkereit, B. A. - www.mediennetzwerk.bayern - Egbert van Wyngaarden - http://www.transmedia-bayern.org/ - email@example.com Madrid Network ICT Audiovisual Cluster (Spain) Madrid Network consists of over 700 partners including large and small companies, research centers and universities, grouped into 12 clusters and five technology parks in order to generate business and seek new opportunities through innovation. The ICT Cluster Audiovisual of Madrid is a business association declared nonprofit association (AEI) level of excellence by the Ministry of Industry and Tourism. It aims to: Promoting innovation and competitiveness of its members, promoting the generation, retention and sharing of talent and knowledge. Promoting business models that encourage the search for new audiovisual content. Contribute to the development of R&D and innovationi in all fields related to the visual. All their activity is based on the collaboration among industry players to create added value and the belief that we live in a increasingly visual world. Madrid Network - www.madridnetwork.org - veronica.buey@ madridnetwork.org Imaginove (France) The Imaginove competitive cluster federates and contributes to the expansion of projects and businesses belonging to the digital content industry in the French Rhône-Alpes region. It stimulate the region’s dynamics and boost its national and global renown. 1,200 businesses, 25 research labs, 28 training modules related to images, as well as top-flight international events such as the Annecy Animation Film Festival and Market, the Serious Game Expo, Innorobo, and more. Imaginove supports Rhône-Alpes’ companies in three competitive domains (R&D, Commercial and International, Training) via concrete assistance measures. The number of cooperative label-bearing R&D projects has grown exponentially over the past 3 or 4 years (average of 40/year). Meanwhile, the cluster has succeeded in developing numerous innovative practices, as noted by assessors in January 2012, covering: training, global expansion and emergence of innovative projects which combine creation of content, usages and technologies, networking, and collective action programs. Imaginove - www.imaginove.fr - Gi-Cluster (Greece) The gi-Cluster (Gaming and Creative Technologies & Applications Cluster) was established with the mission to become a fully functional innovation and business ecosystem with substantial international market share. Today, all of its participating members aspire to become, not only a collection of similar -either complementing or competing- businesses but an amalgam of commercial activity and business infrastructure that can develop superior value for all, by exploiting the focused benefits and structured guidance offered within the ecosystem. In that respect, the participants in the gi-Cluster seek to form ties and linkages beyond those of a traditional business network, i.e. not just co-operating on joint development projects, complementing each other, overcoming common problems and achieving collective efficiency, but exploiting the full potential of clustering as a powerful framework for meeting the set strategic targets towards achieving regional economic development. Corallia Gi-cluster - www.corallia.org - j.phoca@ corallia.org Vision Based on their previous collaborations in EU funded projects such as Eurotransmedia, NEM initiative, NEM Club of Clusters, and several co-organized events, EuroDigitalCluster will go beyond and set a specific set of activities based on the conclusions of the Eurotransmedia project conclusions. Eurotransmedia conducted an extensive survey of the new media state of the art and future needs who led to three key documents co-signed by all its partners: The Eurotransmedia Vision 2030 and Beyond The Eurotransmedia Strategic Agenda 2015 The Eurotransmedia White Paper 2016 The Vision Document describes the possible media industry evolution in the 15 coming years and highlights the various artistic, technological, and business challenges it will face. The Strategic Agenda identify areas in need of more research and innovation investment in order to reach the objectives described in the Vision Document. The 24 identified challenges are deduced from an extensive SWOT analysis and feedback from many media industry stakeholders. Those bottlenecks were organised around three axes: artistic, technological, and business. The White Paper highlights actions to take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the current challenges towards the implementation of the transmedia / new media approach and help to the development of the European creative industries. All three documents are freely accessible on both Eurotransmedia.eu/library and on www.eurodigitalcluster.eu web sites. Objectives and ambitions As all clusters members of our consortium are pursuing the same goals to improve business and employment in the new media sector in their own geographic area, the ambitions of the consortium are mainly oriented toward increasing international and interregional cooperation. We firmly believe that each European region has its strong points and can improve and build on them through a better understanding of their respective vision of the three-development axis highlighted in our White Paper: Redefining the new media industrial working chain from the idea to the final consumer while including “user in the loop”, Cross fertilization with other industries, Inventing and refining the new business models. To address that series of challenges and to benefit from all the opportunities offered by our members, we will propose actions shared by the EurodigitalCluster members. In order to maximize their outcome, these actions will be open to external stakeholders when appropriate. EurodigitalCluster will improve on existing on-going activities and initiatives launched by its members and other stakeholders. Those actions intend to help the involved regions to tackle the three challenge categories highlighted in the Vision document: technological, business related, and cultural/artistic challenges. The list of actions here under is non exhaustive. 1. New Media as technological enabler Goal: Engaging digital transformation via new media solutions in varied industries (Heath, Transport, Factories 4.0…) Promotion activities: Business-to-business pitching and demonstration event(s), Hackathon, Open innovation media-related European competition. New Media as a driver for the creation of new market opportunities Goal: Support the emergence of projects, stimulate cross collaboration between different industry players, support entrepreneurs in developing new sustainable business models. Coaching activities: Coaching for project holders & entrepreneurs, IP helpdesk, watch of the European and International financing incentives, raising awareness in the financing tools for R&D projects and in SME-specific financing tools. Visibility Boost: attendance at major events, mapping of relevant stakeholders, networking & matchmaking with investors, promotion and showcase of success stories. Several relevant events are already identified, such as “Annecy Animation Film Festival”, “Serious Game Expo”, “Innorobo”, "Cross Video Days" (France, http://crossvideodays.com/en)“Futur en Seine” (France, www.futur-en-seine.paris)” and “The Conference” (Sweden, www.2017.theconference.se), the last two being full week events with international-matchmaking, pitching, and demo sessions. 2. New Media & the next generation of professionals Goal: Support the training of the next generation of professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors. Training activities: Creation of a new media master. Connection with relevant initiatives: Mapping & promotion of Fab labs and Creative labs (and their tools). Mapping and documenting new business and funding models such as crowdfunding, equity crowd funding, blockchain currency (Bitcoin) use, location-based adhoc user groups, etc. Added Value Assembling several European regions innovation focus actors will generate a far greater number of positives than what a simple addition let expect. Inviting around the table a vast number of region-specific skills will foster creativity and competitiveness of industries emerging from the digital revolution. With several thousand affiliated companies – most of them innovative SMEs–, our consortium will be an invaluable asset for the creative industries-induced transition to digital in Europe. The consortium expects to see the birth of many new business models, dozens of new businesses, joint-ventures, and startups as results of its actions. Governance Coordinating partner: The Belgian TWIST cluster will coordinate the activities. The experience and management ability of TWIST were confirmed with its successful coordination of the Eurotransmedia project recently achieved. Modern communication tools such as VPN, videoconference, shared document repositories, and social networks private groups will ensure constant and sustained communication between partners. If required, same-location responsible persons meetings will be held at the co-organized events. Full partners: All the associate partners cited here above will contribute to most of the planned actions, and each of them is leading and promoting at least one action. Networked partners: External European and non-European partners will be invited to participate to selected actions and exchange information with the consortium when appropriate. Should you have any questions, please contact me at the phone number or email listed above. Sincerely, P.Collin Pierre Collin, on behalf of TWIST, Cap Digital, Pôle Media Grand Paris, Media Evolution, Barcelona Media Alliance, Transmedia Bavaria, Madrid Network, Imaginove, and gi-Cluster.
Target Country: Italy | | Topic: Open Calls | Deadline: 31/03/2017Sectoral Industries: Automotive | S3 Priority Areas: Advanced manufacturing systems | Last updated: 21/12/2016 - 08:22 |
The European Automotive Industry is facing mayor challenges in the next future such as electro-mobility, shared mobility or autonomous vehicules. Several of these trends will lead to reduced vehicle sales, and competition will become stronger. The European Automotive Industry must prepare the future from now on, and industrial modernisation in the fields of product, process, production and people are necessary to boost competitiveness and to excelle on the future markets. The (listed) partners of the European Automotive Cluster Network (EACN) aim at working on the above mentionned fields by bringing their members together to imagine and realise common projects, products and solutions imporving competiteveness and preparing to the future. In this first phase of the EACN, the partners want to associate an Italian Automotive related cluster wishing to contribute to the network. Automotive OEMs and suppliers are the main target of the network and must be represented by the cluster. In a second phase, the association of new partners will be studied. More detailed information can be obtained by contacting us (Thomas RÖHR, Pole Vehicule du Futur).
| Topic: Expertise | Deadline: 31/03/2017Sectoral Industries: Biopharmaceuticals | Technology Fields: Bioprocesses | S3 Priority Areas: Advanced manufacturing systems | Last updated: 22/11/2016 - 09:54 |
The two cluster organizations BioWin and Lyonbiopole intend to apply for an ESCP related to the development of next-generation biomanufacturing in the field of healthcare products. Our strengths lie in a long-term relation between the 2 organizations active in the biotech/biopharma sector (vaccines, cell therapy, antibodies, etc.). The two clusters and associated regional governments (also involved in Vanguard initiative) have shown a strong and strategic commitment to this biomanufacturing challenge related to healthcare improvement, a part of their smart specialization strategy (RIS3). By 2020, many new products will have reached the market in the range of biosimilars, bioproducts with dual specificities, new vaccines, cell and gene therapy, etc. Even if biomanufacturing sector has broadly gained in expertise, it still needs to be optimized and integrated to the whole product life cycle, from raw material to the end of the supply chain, involving technological convergence. We are looking for partner organizations that could be interested in tackling this challenge and ensure the success of this promising industrial modernization. This integration will raise a new European value chain from industries in different sectors, creating a global biomanufacturing expertise in Europe. Our proposal will address specific sectors: biopharma/biotech (for the manufacturing of new treatments for the patient), engineering and electronics (equipment for manufacturing), ICT (process monitoring/big data/data management), supply chain (packaging/storage/shipping/local production). To reach our goal, we envisage to create a roadmap for the next generation challenges, through activities such as mapping of skills and strengths amongst concerned stakeholders, identifying the gaps and needs to push forward the development of this sector and foster cross-regional collaborations through matchmaking activities that would lead to the identification of shared projects and mutual services to implement.
| Topic: Open Calls | Deadline: 31/03/2017Sectoral Industries: Lighting and Electrical Equipment | Technology Fields: Lighting, illumination | S3 Priority Areas: ICT trust, cyber security & network security | Last updated: 11/01/2017 - 16:33 |
In the context of the EU Cohesion policies 2014-2020 the Veneto Region (Italy) drew up its research and innovation strategies for Smart Specialization place-based. It has identified, in particular, 4 Smart Specializations: agri-food, creative, smart manufacturing and sustainable living (http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/ith3/tags/ith3). The Veneto Region officially recognized Luce in Veneto LIV (www.luceinveneto.com) as legal entity in charge of promoting new projects on the SMART LIGHTING for the local high relevance of this sector in the SUSTAINABLE LIBING Smart Specialization. LIV is working on a important IoT (Internet of Things) project for Lighting and Home Automation where ICT cyber security as S3 EU Priority Area represents the main subject of collaboration. LIV is currently looking for clusters to build up an ESCP-S3 partnership in “Cyber Secure IoT Lighting and Home Automation system for Smart Building”. If interested, please contact: The partnering process that will be initiated by this call will lead to preparatory actions towards the establishment and shaping of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships. The Partnerships shall have the ultimate objective to prepare and present joint business cooperation projects for co-investments in innovation through common concrete activities, such as: •strategy-setting and road mapping for innovative Cyber Secure IoT lighting and domotic System for Smart Building •virtual and physical matchmaking activities among partners and their SMEs, •demonstration and pilot projects, •shaping business concepts into viable and bankable proposals for investments.
| Topic: Expertise | Deadline: 31/12/2017Last updated: 20/09/2016 - 17:11 |
FOF-12-2017 – PROJECT: GOING TO DIGITAL FACTORY The project seeks to contribute to the adoption of advanced technologies improving productivity by fostering of the capacities of the factories designing process and integrating ICT features for the growth of their competiveness. The project will increase the technological assets of EU manufacturing through the development and integration of enabling technologies, such as innovative technologies for adaptable machines, ICT for manufacturing, and novel industrial handling of advanced materials (3D printing ...). Focus is on emerging innovative technologies and processes, which need to be customised, integrated, tested and validated before being released on the market. These new features and products, providing by innovative start-ups and laboratory centres, will reach the businesses of the factories to enable their production performance enhancement: facilities, tools, IT, ERP… Moreover, the project aims to contribute to the promotion of sustainable consumption of resources by their better management and efficiency. These innovation activities will strengthen Europe’s industrial competitiveness and sustainability. The integration of the leading edge technologies in real life production lines across Europe will demonstrate the effectiveness of the Factories of the Future. The main action is to build a Factory of the Future, i.e. to build a production line containing major new technologies created by innovative start-ups, in real working conditions, to enhance manufacturing efficiency, and not a simulation or just part of a production line to demonstrate the technology. Consequently, the core project is to design the assembly of existing technologies in one place, working in real and effective conditions. 3 production lines on which are assembled technological components provided by technology providers will be the demonstrators of the manufacture enhanced by new technologies, making real the FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE. Each production line will integrate the same new technology solutions to improve competiveness (about 10 features), allowing return of experiment sharing: benchmark, production indicators improvement, technologies/features validation and appropriation. The project will therefore be developed on the production sites across Europe according to regional or national specialization, to apply these advanced solutions (ICT, IoT, smart objects, big data, data mining, simulation, automation, robotics …) R&D for start-ups could therefore be limited to the adaptation and integration of existing products. Also, these POCs will enable them to sell their technology. The project will cover the following four areas of technologies for adoption in manufacturing: CPS and IoT Robotics Modelling, simulation, data mining and analytics Digital design for additive Manufacturing The project will establish across Europe networks of multidisciplinary competence and manufacturing centres offering “marketplaces” for SMEs that want to experiment their digital technologies in manufacturing of discrete or continuous goods. Manufacturing centres will offer access to production lines and skills for developing and testing innovative technologies and applications. The manufacturing centres will take benefit by the potential use of these technologies. The project will bridge suppliers (features providers) and users (factories) of the technology products. The project will carry out a critical mass of cross-border experiments bringing together different technology key players along the full value chain to customise the technologies according to the requirements of the users. The sharing of the experiment experiences in the different production lines will able to improve the enhanced manufacturing technology products, for improving their markets and deploying through the European manufacturing base. We are looking for partners (solution providers, manufacturer) and optional project coordinator More information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/fof-12-2017.html Vincent CIVITA from ARIA Normandie Damaris LEVI-MILLER -