FoF-Impact

FoF-Impact is a two-year European project coordinated by EFFRA and funded through the Factories of the Future PPP (Grant agreement number 637212). The project's objective is to increase the impact of the European Union’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership under Horizon 2020. The project ultimately aims to speed up and increase the exploitation and up-take of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results.

  • Call for interest in services in support of  exploitation of project results.

    Within FoF-Impact, a set of tools and guidelines (FoF-Impact Toolkit) is being developed, which can be used by FoF project coordinators and beneficiaries (in particular exploitable results owners) to improve their chances of success with regards to the actual possibility to translate technologies developed within the projects in new products and services to be sold on the market.

    The toolkit identifies a set of success factors, i.e. aspects and issues to be taken into consideration when developing a proposal and implementing a FoF project. An overview of the current set of success factors can be found here.

    A related  feature of the FoF-Impact toolkit is the stimulation of an actual brokerage area or marketplace where organisations can promote services that can support project consortia and their participants in addressing the success factors  (for example: IP management coaching, market analysis, etc.).

    The FoF-Impact CSA project has allocated a small subcontracting budget to the financing of some of these services to projects or project participants as test cases. The test case should involve a service that would help the project or project participant in increasing the potential of exploitation of project results. The earlier mentioned list of success factors can serve as inspiration in order to express the need the required support would address.

    Each case study will go through the following steps:

    • Analysis of the requested service and the associated success factor(s)
    • Identification of possible  service providers by the FoF-Impact CSA project team in consultation with the project or project participant that is looking for support
    • Establishment of the contract/order (if required)
    • Service delivery
    • Analysis of whether the offered support was adequate

    Examples may include the delivery of a market analysis, the organization of a set of meetings with potential end users, a study on relevant standards, etc.

    Interested consortia or project participants with an FoF project are requested to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an email which should contain:

    • Mention to the relevant FoF project
    • A short description of the requested service and the associated success factor(s)

    Requests will be treated on a first come, first-served basis.

    Questions?  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Increasing Impact

    To achieve the transformation to an innovation programme, FoF-Impact will integrate a set of guidelines, tools and measures in support of the exploitation of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results. FoF-Impact will build upon the existing work including the EFFRA Innovation Portal (see www.effra.eu) which offers a dynamic community-based environment for sharing and retrieving information about exploitable results.

    Tailor-Made Tools & Guidelines

    FoF-Impact envisages the creation of a ‘Factories of the Future’ Help-Desk that will service both individual ‘Factories of the Future’ projects and clusters of ‘Factories of the Future’ projects.

    Facilitating Collaboration

    FoF-Impact will facilitate collaboration between stakeholders who are capable of enhancing the impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership at a local level. These stakeholders include manufacturing companies, European, national and regional initiatives, technology transfer and market-uptake experts, RTOs, investors and potential users of the project results.

    Stimulation of networking among the projects

    The interaction among projects, including project clustering, is supported by the EFFRA Innovation Portal and through thematic events (e.g. technologies, challenges, application sectors etc.). FoF-Impact encourages such interaction in order to identify additional opportunities for the exploitation of project results.

    Project Consortium

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

     

     

    The FoF-Impact project is funded by the European Union through the 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership under Horizon 2020.

  • The backbone of the toolkit is set of success factors for industrial exploitation of project results.

    See the full list of success factors here.

  • Workshop: Turning Success Factors into Factories of the Future (16 & 17 February 2016)

    A workshop on successful industrial exploitation of FoF project results

    Presentations from this workshop will be available soon.

    Indicative Agenda

    16 February: Evening Reception

    • 18:30: Workshop Evening Reception with Dinner (Diamant Building, Brussels)

    17 February: Turning Success Factors into Factories of the Future Workshop

    Location: Room Newton (Diamant Building, Brussels 1030)

    8:30 – 9:00 Registration
      Plenary
    09:00-09:20

    Welcome and Introduction

    Željko Pazin & Chris Decubber (EFFRA)

    09:20-09:40

    Generating a Sustainable Service for Stimulation of Industrial Exploitation

    Chris Decubber (EFFRA)

    09:40-10:10

    Particular Aspects Addressed by the FoF-7-2014 CSA projects

    Patricia Wolny (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

    10:10-11:00

    Existing Services Addressing Success Factors (part 1)

    11:00-11:30 Break
    11:30-12:30

    Existing Services Addressing Success Factors (part 2)

    12:30-13:30 Lunch
      Room 1
    Room 2
    13:30-14:45

    Session 1.1 How to assure reinforcement of existing services through the FoF Exploitation toolkit/services: ESS – Innovation Radar, etc.

    Session 2.1 How to assure reinforcement of existing services through the FoF Exploitation toolkit/services: technology scouting by regional initiatives/regional clusters for regional end-users + role of Enterprise Europe Network, etc.

    14:45-16:00

    Session 1.2 How to assure reinforcement of existing services through the FoF Exploitation toolkit/services: European IPR Helpdesk - other IPR services

    Session 2.2 How to assure reinforcement of existing services through the FoF Exploitation toolkit/services: Project clustering

    16:00-16:30 Plenary Discussion: Main observations from the sessions and next steps
    16:30 End of Workshop

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Background

    The FoF-Impact project is a Coordination and Support Action coordinated by EFFRA, that will integrate, in one comprehensive and service-oriented package, a set of tools and measures (guidelines, technology transfer tools and services, market uptake mechanisms or initiatives, etc) in support of exploitation of project results generated by the FoF PPP. The FoF-Impact CSA will build upon existing work and services, such as the EFFRA Innovation Portal (see http://www.effra.eu/) which offers a dynamic community-based environment for sharing and retrieving information about exploitable results.

    The toolkit is currently taking shape. It will consists of:

    • A list of success factors for successful industrial exploitation; this list constitutes the core of the toolkit
    • References to organisations that can be of help in the realisation of different success factors
    • References to valuable documentation and links in connection to the success factors
    • Guidelines with formats of events or workshops useful for different stages of the project life that supports consortia in addressing the success factors
    • Examples of project cases that illustrate the relevance of the success factors

     

    The Essentials of the Toolkit

    An overview of the current set of success factors can be found here.

    EFFRA will maintain and sustain the deployment of the exploitation toolkit beyond the duration of the FoF-Impact CSA project. In summary, the FoF Impact CSA aims at composing a package of guidelines and tools (including a FoF-Impact helpdesk) that will service both individual 'Factories of the Future' projects as well as clusters of 'Factories of the Future' projects.

    The toolkit aims also at facilitating collaboration among the main stakeholders which are capable of enhancing the overall impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ PPP in Horizon 2020 at local and company-level. These actors are: manufacturing industries (large and SMEs), national and regional and other European manufacturing initiatives and programmes (Eureka, Manunet etc.); technology transfer organisations and market-uptake experts; industry-focused RTOs and institutes, marketers of exploitable results, potential users of exploitable results, possible investors and business angels.

    Four Coordination and Support Actions Running in Parallel

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

    • Co-FACTOR - Cooperate, communicate and connect to boost smart components for tomorrow's industry
    • EFFECTIVE - Exploiting Factory of the Future projects through enhanced clustering towards technology transfer, innovation and value creation for European industry.
    • FoFAM - Industrial and regional valorisation of FoF additive manufacturing projects
    • FOCUS - Factory of the Future clusters

    The workshop ‘Turning Success Factors in to Turning success factors into Factories of the Future’ on 17 February 2016 was co-organised with the Co-FACTOR CSA, which provided an insight into several tools and methods that are seen as potential further elements of a sustainable exploitation toolkit. Furthermore the workshop included contributions from EFFECTIVE, FoFAM and FOCUS.

     

     

     

     

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  • Additional Impact Projects

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

     

     

    The impact projects are funded by the European Union through the 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership under Horizon 2020.