Supporting the industry from research to market application!

On October 27 2021, The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) and EIT Manufacturing signed a cooperation agreement to support the Eurepean industry from research to market application.

The collaboration between the two entities aims at furthering strengtening Europe’s industry. The goals of EFFRA The European Factories of the Future Research Association and EIT Manufacturing are closely aligned, and both share the objective to combine efforts to support industry stakeholders effectively, and extend it across the entire project cycle and beyond.

Why a cooperation agreement?

The cooperation agreement will enable a future synergies between the ‘Made in Europe’ (Pillar 2) Programme and EIT Manufacturing (Pillar 3) accelerating the potential for market exploitation of research and innovation activities, while maximising their economic and societal impact.
The first results of the cooperation is already visible in the form of the joint INNOVATE TOGETHER call. The activities chosen through this call will will start on the 1st of January 2022, focuses on innovation activities to accelerate the market deployment in Europe.
Read more in the Press Release.

In the photo from right to left:

  • Peter Dröll, Director – Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD)
  • Dimitris Mavrikios, EIT Manufacturing, Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Herman Derache, EFFRA, Vice-Chairman & Treasurer
  • Riikka Virkkunen, EFFRA member of Board of Directors
  • Željko Pazin, EFFRA Executive Director
  • Anne Marie Sassen, Acting Head of Unit Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DGNECT.A.4)
  • Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva Director – Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
  • Marijke Declerck DGEAC
  • Klaus Beetz, EIT Manufacturing, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Joaquim Menezes, EFFRA Chairman
  • Konstantinos Georgoulias, EIT Manufacturing, Director of Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) and EU Affairs
  • Cristina Carneiro, EIT Manufacturing, Communication Director

“This collaboration agreement is the first step in cooperation among the two Pillars of Horizon Europe; among the applied research and the innovation pillar. The next challenge ahead of us, in this quest to make the innovation in manufacturing led by Europe, is to make Europe a role model for a green and sustainable manufacturing.”

Klaus Beetz, EIT Manufacturing Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

“The collaboration with other EU initiatives is one of the highest priorities of EIT Manufacturing. The collaboration between EFFRA and EIT Manufacturing introduces synergies addressing all cornerstones of the Knowledge Triangle, namely innovation, education and business creation. In order to demonstrate quick results, we started with a practical and concrete pilot, namely the Call for Proposals for innovation activities “Innovate together”, which aims to support exploitable results tested and demonstrated in an industrial environment and accelerate their market deployment.”

Dimitris Mavrikios, EIT Manufacturing Chief Operations Officer (COO)

“With the current initiative we aim to accelerate the market uptake of exciting modern technologies and solutions coming out of the Factories of Future and Made in Europe Programmes. In the near future, we will also deploy initiatives to upskill/reskill the manufacturing workforce in order to fully exploit the potential of these technologies.”

Konstantinos Georgoulias, EIT Manufacturing Director of Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) and EU Affairs