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Innovation Portal - What and How?

  • From promoting projects to promoting project results and demonstrators
  • As from 2016: the KPI list as an additional part of the contribution to the yearly FoF progress report
  • Describing your project and its results and demonstrators
  • How to access and receive or grant permissions to edit your project and project results
  • Public information
  • Examples
  • Project groups in the portal
  • Questions?

 

From promoting projects to promoting project results and demonstrators

From the start of the Factories of the Future PPP (FoF PPP) under the call 2010, EFFRA deployed the ‘EFFRA Innovation Portal’ in cooperation with the European Commission. The initial value of the Innovation Portal was to have one entry point with the essential information about all the FoF projects, including the organisations that where participating, the related call topics, start date, end date, funding etc.

Example: screenshot from the DYNXPERTS project main page.

In 2014, a new feature was launched within the EFFRA Innovation Portal, enabling the project consortia to upload information about the specific project results and demonstrators that their project generated.   This is a very important step toward a structured and systematic monitoring of the outcome of the FoF PPP.  The feature was presented to the FoF project coordinators at the FoF Impact Workshop in March 2014. However, the actual collection of project results and demonstrators increased substantially towards the FoF Impact Workshop of April 2015.     There, additional characteristics in related to the project outcome were reported and discussed, such as spin-offs, patents, standardisation (an overview of the collected data was extracted from the Innovation Portal is included in annex).

Example: screenshot of the 'project results and demonstrators' on the DYNXPERTS project page.

 

As from 2016: the  KPI list as an additional part of the contribution to the yearly FoF progress report

Every year EFFRA has the duty to contribute to the ‘Factories of the Future’ progress report. This report is established in cooperation with the European Commission and is compiled based on a template which the European Commission sends to every Public-Private Partnership. A particular feature of the report is an annex with key-performance indicators (KPIs). In addition to collecting information on exploitable results and demonstrators, EFFRA is collecting the data associated to these KPIs via the EFFRA Innovation Portal.

Screenshot of KPI form (accessible only for users with edit permissions for the respective project, while the reported values are only visible to project participants on the project's main page)

 

Describing your project and its results and demonstrators

The description of your project and its project results on the EFFRA Innovation Portal includes the following steps:

1. Describe the general features and overall status of your project

  • Update the project summary whenever appropriate.
  • Make sure that the project web site is indicated. You can also include links to web resources in the text fields.
  • Make sure that the project logo is uploaded. Uploading a picture for illustrative purposes is also recommended.

2. Describe (expected) results and demonstrators of the projects

You can edit and add descriptions of project results and project demonstrators. Be aware that any item can be indicated both as a result and a demonstrator at the same time or either as a result or a demonstrator.

 Describe the following features when applicable:

  • Associate the right contact persons to the project results and demonstrators. These contact persons need to be registered in the portal (see below).
  • Relevance to standardisation (these features can can also be commented on the project level)
  • Associated start-ups, spin-offs...
  • Associated patents applications

4. Please fill out the KPI form. These KPIs are an essential element of the yearly progress report that has to be delivered to the European Commission

5. On project level, describe the following features of the project when applicable. Please note that this information is published on the project page.

  • Main achievements
  • Relevance to standardisation activities
  • Cooperation with other projects
  • International Cooperation
  • Associated start-ups, spin-offs...
  • Associated patents applications

6. In addition:

  • Uploading a picture for illustrative purposes is also recommended.
  • For each result and demonstrator, describe the application areas as specifically as possible. The proposed options are taken from the NACE-code structure.
  • For each demonstrator or result, you are asked to indicate the demonstration readiness level (a scale very similar to the TRL level).

7. Map your project on the FoF 2020 Roadmap (economic, social, environmental challenges / technologies / research priorities)

  • On the project view page, the relevance of the project to the challenges, the technologies and the research priorities of the FoF 2020 roadmap are indicated. By clicking the "edit" link in these specific sections, you can rate and comment the relevance of your project in these three dimensions.
  • Please use the FoF 2020 Roadmap as the reference document for further information.

 

Preliminary search pages

  • Two preliminary search pages have been put in place: one for projects, one for project results and demonstrators.
  • Please note that the Innovation Portal software is undergoing a thorough revision. The revised version will feature advanced search functionalities.

How to access and receive or grant permissions to edit your project and project results

Access to the portal and viewing and editing project information

  • When a user is associated to a project, this user can view all information of the project, also the not yet published results or demonstrators.
  • Once associated to a project, the coordinator or anybody else with editing rights for that project can provide other project participants with editing rights.
  • EFFRA members can access the portal through http://www.effra.eu/ (login and then go to My Area --> Innovation Portal).
  • Everybody can access the portal through www.effra.eu/portal.
  • For EFFRA members: please note that the password for logging in through www.effra.eu is set independently and is not synchronised with the password for the www.effra.eu/portal entry point.

Associating users to a project

  • You can register in the portal and you can ask the project coordinator to edit the project participants and add your personal account to the project participants (with or without editing permission). (also more than one account from the same organisation can be associated to the project).

Public information

  • All information that is published on the Innovation Portal should be considered as public information. This is comparable to the information that is made available to the European Commission through public reports or deliverables.

Examples

See for instance:

Project groups in the portal

The EFFRA Innovation Portal supports the grouping of projects.   For example, in order to support the Impact Workshop among project coordinators on 14-15 April 2016, the projects that are allocated to the specific areas can be filtered in the project search page:

 

It is possible to create other groups (or clusters) as well.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.

Questions?

  • For any question about the Innovation Portal, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.