The event, organised by TUBITAK – The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, will provide Turkish entities with information about the SMART Cluster on Advanced Manufacturing and its first call for projects, with the purpose of facilitating Turkish organisations to lead and/or participate in collaborative R&D&i projects with European partners. It will take place on 7 February 2018 at the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence in Istanbul.
This first SMART call was launched on 11 December 2017, with the Project Outline deadline on 9 March 2018, and the final Full Project Proposals deadline on 11 June 2018.
The following research and innovation domains, according to the SMART Technology Roadmap, must be addressed:
- Advanced Manufacturing Processes
- Intelligent and Adaptive Manufacturing Systems
- Digital, Virtual and Efficient Companies
- Person-Machine Collaboration
- Sustainable Manufacturing
- Customer-based Manufacturing
Upon receipt, the Project Outlines will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee that will present its assessment on 30 March 2018 at latest, announcing the projects invited to present the FPPs (Full Project Proposals).
SMART is the new EUREKA Cluster on Advanced Manufacturing with the support of the following countries: South Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden and Turkey. Additionally Partners from Austria, Belgium (Flanders & Brussels regions), Canada, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland and other countries are invited to contact on the earliest phase of their project definition with the officers of their National Funding Agencies to explore potential funding alternatives.
A new R&D&I Advanced Manufacturing Programme, SMART will enable the execution of high TRL (close to market) international projects. SMART projects will be led by industry and will have national funding from each country.