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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

European civilian robotics programme

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News The European Commission and 180 companies and research organisations (under the umbrella ofeuRobotics) today launch the world's largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics.

Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative – calledSPARC – is the EU’s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe’s position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020). This initiative is expected to create over 240,000 jobs in Europe, and increase Europe’s share of the global market to 42% (a boost of €4 billion per year). The European Commission will invest €700 million and euRobotics €2.1 billion.

Robotics enables companies to continue manufacturing in Europe, where they might otherwise move operations to lower-cost countries. But the potential of robotics goes far beyond the factory: from helping nurses in hospitals to inspecting dangerous power plants and tedious farm work. Autonomous cars and drones are other examples of robots. 

Background

The project is launched at the AUTOMATICA 2014 conference in Munich.

SPARC is open to all European companies and research institutions. The partnership launched today is based on a contract signed with euRobotics aisbl on 17 December 2013 (press release).

The first call for proposals related to SPARC are run under the pillar LEIT - Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies of the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020

The next funding call will be published in October 2014 with an April 2015 deadline. Stay tuned via@RoboticsEU – find out more about EU support to robotics and examples of funded projects.

Source :  Press of the European Commission


More information  http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-619_en.htm

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