ECHORD++ opens first call for experiment proposals

Garching, (PresseBox) - The EU-funded robotics project ECHORD++ has opened is first competitive call for experiment proposals. The aim of ECHORD++ is to strengthen the knowledge transfer between scientific research and industry in robotics and to stimulate their cooperation. In the context of ECHORD++, small-scale research projects, so-called “experiments”, will be conducted. From 3rd March 2014 to 14th April 2014 the research community, enterprises and robot manufacturers are asked to submit experiment proposals, written in English only.

Five scenarios for likely future robot use have been defined to outline the scope of the research work to be performed in the experiments:

Cognitive tools and workers for cognitive factories
general purpose robotic co-workers
cognitive logistics robots for industry
medical robotics
agricultural and food robotics

Each experiment has a maximum duration of 18 months, the funding of an experiment is expected to be about € 300.000. The total indicative funding for this call is € 5.000.000. Organization from non-EU countries are welcome to participate in the project under the EU-rules applying for funding.

ECHORD++ is a joint project of Technische Universität München (project coordinator), Blue Ocean Robotics, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

More information and the full call documents, including the guide for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the website

ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development)

Europe has a long tradition of outstanding research and manufacturing in robotics. However, finding common ground between manufacturers and the research community has proven difficult in the past. Defining the future direction of robotics research has posed a real challenge.

ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development) was installed as an incubator to promote innovation by facilitating the cooperation between academia and industry. ECHORD++ (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus), the follow-up project, will further promote this interaction between robot manufacturers, researchers and users. This goal will be achieved by implementing three different instruments: the Experiments, Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and the Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIF).

These tools are tailor-made to meet the needs of innovative robotics technologies of the manufacturing industry, mainly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with small lot sizes and the need for highly flexible solutions, and public bodies, looking for robotics technology with basic functions at competitive prices for tender processes. In all cases, the research will be done by academic partners or research institutes in conjunction with the potential user of the robotics technology.

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