The Flagship Project “Factory of the Future”
The Flagship Project “Factory of the Future” is a research programme approved by the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) and coordinated by the Italian National Research Council (CNR). It started in January 2012 and will last for the next three years. By taking into account the distinctive features of the Italian manufacturing system and the evolution of the European and global industrial contexts, the Project aims at setting up important research initiatives in order to increase the competitiveness of the Italian industry and, especially, of “Made in Italy” products within the global context. The Project foresees several types of initiatives which, besides generating strategically important innovations, aim at creating a long-lasting national community, characterized by scientific excellence of research and able to outline the future directions of innovation within the Italian manufacturing sector and represent it in the international context.
The Flagship Project “Factory of the Future” is an important initiative providing an essential link between Italian and European research, as regards the manufacturing sector. It shares the key objectives which have been established within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
“Factory of the Future” is based on the identification of a range of Key Enabling Technologies, that is hardware, software and methodology solutions whose integration will allow to reach 5 macro-objectives: these have been defined according to the “grand-challenges” identified at a European level by the most recent strategic documents defining “Roadmaps” and “Strategic Research Agendas”, which have been especially drawn up at a EU level by the European Association EFFRA, the European research programme “Factories of the Future” and the European Technology Platform “Manufuture”.
The Project consists of two subprojects and foresees the participation of different actors: CNR institutes, universities, research institutions and consortia, local institutions, governmental institutions, companies and industrial consortia, private persons. It favours the participation of the scientific community and the manufacturing system in the research areas and topics the project foresees, also through the funding of research according to evaluation procedures.
The Call for the submission of research and development project proposals within Subproject 1, which is addressed only to CNR institutes, was published on 2nd July 2012.