A pan-European consortium of 14 companies has launched the Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere (FED4SAE) initiative, a three-year European Commission program to facilitate the acceleration of European cyber-physical-system (CPS) solutions to market. FED4SAE creates a European network of digital innovation hubs by leveraging existing regional tech or businesses ecosystems across complete value chains and multiple competencies. The network will enable startups, SMEs and midcap companies in all sectors to build and create new digital products, smart applications and services. The project mission also includes innovation management – linking these companies to suppliers and investors to create innovative CPS solutions and accelerate their development and industrialization.
The FED4SAE project will fund industrial projects using the cascade-funding process set by the European Commission. There will be three open calls over the course of the project. The first call, which opens Nov. 14, will support the best projects based on their innovation potential and technical expertise, the maturity of the solution, with technology-readiness levels between 3 and 6, and their efficient management of the innovation to create a lasting impact with the developed solution.
Proposals can be submitted from Nov. 14 to Feb. 6, 2018, for the first open call. The expected average funding per applicant is €50,000 with a maximum of €60,000 for one application experiment.
Details about the project, including available competencies, platforms and design centers, as well as all necessary guidelines, templates and eligibility documents are available at www.FED4SAE.eu.
In addition to Leti, which is coordinating the project, participants that will help companies develop their CPS are:
• Intel Research and Development Ireland (Ireland)
• STMicroelectronics SRL (Italy)
• STMicroelectronics Grenoble (France)
• Thales SA (France)
• AVL List GmbH (Austria)
• Digital Catapult (UK)
• Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
• Fortiss GmbH (Germany)
• CSEM (Switzerland)
• KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
• Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
• Cantabria University (Spain)
• Blumorpho SAS (France)