CloudiFacturing Open Call: All what you need to know

On the 5th of July, the Open Call Q&A session took place in the I4MS Online Community and the Dr. Tamas Kiss answered all the members questions

He is a Reader and a Principal Researcher on Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster. Dr. Tamas Kiss is also a member of the Executive Board and Coordinator of Application Experiments in the EU H2020 CloudiFacturing (Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing), project that brings and progresses advanced information and communications technology in the field of cloud-based modelling and simulation, data analytics for online factory data, and real-time support to European manufacturing SMEs.

And nowadays, he is leading COLA project, which aims to deploy a generic and pluggable framework that supports the optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications.

In a Q&A session that took place last month in I4MS Online Community, Dr. Tamas Kiss answered all the questions about CloudiFacturing Open Call -he is responsible for the Application Experiments within the project- coming from the community members. He also encouraged all applicant to work together with CloudiFacturing current DIHs when preparing the proposals. “The DIHs help you better understand the requirements and also help you shaping the proposal to fit to these requirements”, he remarked.

For your information and consult, here are the questions and answers that were addressed to Dr. Tamas Kiss during the session:

ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM

Regarding the consortium between companies: For the smallest consortium (2 companies), is that a strict requirement that companies come from different EU countries or would be accepted experiments with end user and VAR/ISV coming from the same country?

Our guidelines state: Each consortium has to include partners (3rd parties) from at least two European or Associated Countries, i.e. experiments must be cross-border. If you go with the minimum number of partners (i.e. 2), then these two must come from different countries to fulfill this criteria.

And, in case of larger consortia with 5 partners, is there any ideal composition regarding entity type and location of partners?

5 seems to be a large consortium. You have to very well justify the role of partners. The consortium has to be cross-border, ideally the ISV/VAR and the end-user coming from different countries. Otherwise, as said, each partner must have a well-justified role and it should be made clear how they contribute to the project. Please also note that the overall budget for an experiment is in the range of 100K euros.

Still speaking about the consortium but focusing on DIH, the guide mentions that it is not compulsory to have them in the consortium, however many of the instructions refer to the DIH’s. Therefore, could you clarify the significance of the DIH and provide recommendations?

We already have 5 DIHs in the CloudiFacturing Consortium, that you can check in our website for contact details. We would like to encourage all applicants to contact and collaborate with these DIHs when preparing the proposal. However, under some circumstances, a proposal may want to incorporate a new DIH. This is possible if the new DIH comes from a currently not represented region. In this case the new DIH can become part of the proposal. For detailed rules, please check our guide for applicants.

In the guide it says that a research institute could act as a VAR, and that either a VAR or ISV is mandatory in the consortium. If the research institute acts as the VAR, do we still need another VAR or ISV in the consortium?

If the research institute acts as VAR then there is no need for additional VAR/ISV. However, you will still need at least an end-user that must be a manufacturing SME/midcap.

In case we can justify the need and split the tasks on three entities in our consortium, could we form such a consortium with (end user + VAR + DIH), where country (end user) = country (VAR) but they are different from country (DIH)?

If the end-user and the VAR are from the same country, but the DIH is from a different country, then technically the proposal is eligible. However, please note that ideally we want cross-border experiments where the end-user and the ISV/VAR are coming from different countries. Therefore, such consortia are likely to be ranked higher as this will be one of the evaluation criteria. Also in case of equal scores, “truly” cross-border experiments will be favored.

ABOUT THE APPLICANTS REQUIREMENTS

Could it be possible for someone from outside the European Union to apply for the Open Call?

Besides EU Member States Associated Countries are also eligible. List of these countries is available via the European Commission’s website. Check out this link.

Does the SME have to be a manufacturer, or can it be a creative/design agency developing solutions for the manufacturers?

The end user must be the manufacturer. If the manufacturing company is not in the consortium, then the proposal will be ineligible. However, additionally you can also include a creative/design agency developing solutions for the manufacturers as additional partner. In this case their role has to be very clearly justified and it needs to be explained why you need this specific partner and what their role will be.

Is the Cloudifacturing project offering some kind of support during the preparation of the proposal?

Yes, the project offers support in the preparation of the proposals. Please, contact one of our DIHs through this link.

MORE ABOUT CLOUDIFACTURING OPEN CALL

CloudiFacturing is a European Innovation Action (IA) in the framework of Factories of the Future (FoF) with the mission of optimizing production processes and manufacturability, using Cloud/HPC-based modelling and simulation, and leveraging online factory data with advanced data analytics; thus, contributing to the competitiveness and resource efficiency of manufacturing companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

With this Open Call, CloudiFacturing is looking for innovative use cases in the context of the project’s mission. The use cases shall clearly state their industrial impact and exploitation perspective for the involved manufacturing companies, based on their expected benefit from leveraging computational engineering and production services and workflows powered by the CloudiFacturing technology.

Speaking about the benefits of CludiFacturing Open Call, in previous projects end-users benefited in various ways. First, they had a problem and they got a solution without the risk of major financial investment. The solution is developed for the benefit of the end-user and in most cases they hugely benefit from this. Second, they become part of a larger consortium that can lead to further opportunities, e.g. further funding or collaboration.


A second Q&A session with Dr. Tamas Kiss will take place on the 17th of September in I4MS Online community!