SMART is a flexible industry-driven EUREKA Cluster program in Advanced Manufacturing. Its goal is to define, perform and fund collaborative, international & close-to-market R&D&I projects.
Manufacturing is a vital sector in Europe, fundamental to European development towards a competitive sustainable globalization. Advanced manufacturing is strongly addressed in most political agendas as a key enabler that will lead European society towards a higher industrial competitiveness, sustainable growth and job creation.
SMART promotes advanced manufacturing projects among large companies, SMEs, associations, RTOs & Academia. As a EUREKA Cluster, SMART is grounded in Europe and open to participants worldwide.
SMART is committed to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of European discrete manufacturing industries, and aims to become the preferred program for international close-to-market R&D&I advanced manufacturing projects in the Aeronautics, Automotive, Railways, Capital Goods, Consumer Durables and other discrete manufacturing sectors.
SMART will be permanently adapting to rapidly changing market needs and dynamic strategic movements that European manufacturing companies must address to remain competitive and stay at the cutting edge of technological development.
SMART will launch at least one call per year, in a two-step approach, to maximize the chances for success and avoid unnecessary efforts during project set-up.
Partners involved in SMART projects are funded directly by their National Funding Agencies, according to national funding procedures.
SMART strongly advises project participants to contact their NPCs (National Project Coordinators) to increase the chances of a successful proposal. Funding rates, eligibility rules and national consortia for each country are also available.
Additionally, the SMART Office helps participants during both project submission and execution phases.