Exploitation Toolkit

The FoF-Impact exploitation toolkit aims at speeding up and increasing the industrial up-take of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results.   One of the main challenges is that industrial exploitation of project results needs to be addressed as soon as possible in the life-cycle of the project.    Hence, the foundation of the exploitation toolkit is a set of success factors.   It is recommended that project consortia address these success factors as soon as possible in the set-up of a collaborative project.   During the lifecycle of a project, external public or private service providers can support the consortium or specific project participants.   Therefore, this toolkit refers to a basic set of service providers, which will be extended in the future.    In addition success stories are associated to the success factors.    The toolkit also indicates how different workshop formats can support the success factors.

  • The full list of success Factors can be viewed here.



  • The following case illustrates the relevance of the Impact success factors.


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    The European IPR Helpdesk gave a presentation at the FoF-Impact events of 17 February 2016 and 1 December 2016.  You can download the respective presentations via the respective links.

    An overview of supporting documents in relation to the Impact Success Factors can be found here.

    The European IPR Helpdesk believes that knowing how to manage Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is the ticket to innovation and competitiveness in Europe. The European IPR Helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP and IPR matters to beneficiaries of EU funded research projects and EU SMEs involved in transnational partnership agreements, especially within the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

    CEN-CENELEC gave a presentation at the FoF-Impact of 1 December 2016.  You can download the presentation here.

    By setting common standards that are applied across the whole of the European single market, CEN and CENELEC ensure the protection of consumers, facilitate cross-border trade, ensure the interoperability of products, encourage innovation and technological development, include environmental protection and enable businesses to grow. Products and services that meet these European Standards (ENs) can be offered and sold in all of the participating countries.
    CEN and CENELEC bring together the national standards agencies of 34 countries. Our network involves business federations, commercial and consumer organizations, environmental groups and other societal stakeholders. More than 60,000 technical experts from industry, research, academia and other backgrounds are directly involved in our work.

    Together, CEN and CENELEC provide a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications across a wide range of sectors. We work closely with the European Commission to ensure that standards correspond with any relevant EU legislation.

    CEN and CENELEC also cooperate with respectively the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to reach agreements on common standards that can be applied throughout the whole world, thereby facilitating international trade.


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    In order to promote project results, EFFRA deploys the Innovation Portal.  Furthermore, EFFRA organises and co-organises events and workshops, where project results are presented. 

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  • 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).

    A new version of the Innovation Portal will be deployed in the first half of 2017.   More about the EFFRA Innovation Portal

  • You can download here a guide with respect to the set-up of workshops in view of addressing the impact success factors.

  • The basic version of this Impact toolkit was established through the FoF-Impact coordination action, a two-year European project coordinated by EFFRA (Grant agreement number 637212) during 2015 and 2016.

    The project consortium consisted of the following organisations:

    EFFRA | Agoria | CRIT | LMS | Mondragon | Swerea IVF | Tecnalia | TWI | VDMA


    In addition to FoF-Impact, four other projects under the same FoF-07-2014 call topic have been working to support the enhancement of the impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership. These projects are:


    These projects were funded by the European Union through the 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership under Horizon 2020.