Wednesday, June 8, 2011

News: Steps to success in FP7


An event is taking place in Rotherham later this month which aims to help local businesses get involved in collaborative research projects in Europe.

The Technology Strategy Board and UK Manufuture are presenting an introduction to the European Framework Programme at The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The Framework Programme 7 offers the facility to engage in collaborative research and receive up to 75% funding from the European Commission. It is the EU's main source of support and funding for research. The current programme (FP7) will run from 2007 to 2013 with a total budget of over €50 million.

The event will cover the different stages of involvement in FP7 – from initial awareness, through proposal writing, to project management. It aims to help attendees gain knowledge and understanding on how to build a successful Framework project.

Catering for old and new participants of the Framework Programme, the event has been designed to help increase the chances of success within the calls and to give participants an early insight into the content and themes of the future.

The AMRC is leading a €5.2m FP7 project to help develop the factories of the future.

The COPERNICO project, Cooperation Environment for Rapid Design, Prototyping and New Integration Concepts for the Factory of the Future, is developing techniques to help businesses maximise the efficiency of their factories, and rapidly integrate new products and processes.

COPERNICO will deploy and develop a range of technologies, including modelling of human-machine interactions, virtual simulation of factory environments, and online software tools to help businesses diagnose areas for improvement.

The event takes place on June 16.

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