EFFRA Publishes Annual Progress Report
EFFRA has today (26 October) published its annual progress report for the Factories of the Future public-private partnership (PPP).
The report aims to provide a review of the activities carried out by the PPP in 2017 and the progress made towards the achievement of the objectives in the contractual arrangement under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Monitoring the progress of the PPP is one of EFFRA’s main responsibilities. The annual report is the outcome of monitoring activities undertaken by EFFRA throughout the year.
Seven calls were published and evaluated in 2017: two “research and innovation actions”, four innovation actions and one CSA. The 2017 budget was €120 million euros (€86,18 million euros for the FoF-NMBB calls and €34 million euros for the FoF-ICT calls). In total, 175 proposals were submitted, with 154 for the FoF-NMBP calls and 21 of the FoF-ICT calls. The report finds that 34 FoF NMPB proposals reached the enough points to pass the threshold and 18 were able to be funded.
Following on from the recommendations of the mid-term review of the PPP, this year’s report implemented a new framework key-performance indicators (KPIs) realised through direct input from Factories of the Future projects through EFFRA’s Innovation Portal.
Proving the positive relationship between research and increased economic output remains a challenge, nevertheless the report demonstrates the positive impact the programme has had on the sectors and on national and regional level activities.
Written and published by EFFRA, the Report is the result of close collaboration between the official representatives of both sides of the Factories of the Future public-private partnership (PPP): the European Commission and EFFRA.