The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Assistance program (NRC IRAP) in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is pleased to announce the first Call for Proposals for 2+2 research and development projects, focused on the development of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies. A summary is provided below.
- To enhance the cooperation between industry, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and university research in both Canada and Germany under the comprehensive topics of Advanced Manufacturing-Industry 4.0.
- To advance novel technologies, to spur innovation and to facilitate collaboration between Canadian and German partners while training highly qualified personnel.
The collaborations fostered by this call are expected to lead to:
- Increased cross-disciplinary research.
- The next generation of young scientists in the important area of Industry 4.0 in a gender-balanced, diverse and inclusive manner.
- Enhanced innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge into Canadian manufacturing.
- Deployment of advanced information and communications technology (ICT) and/ or manufacturing solutions in industrial processes.
- ackling environmental and societal challenges through innovation for the next industrial age (Industry 4.0).
- Increased economic benefits for Canada and increased competitiveness of Canadian companies.
The topic of the call falls under the encompassing umbrella of Advanced Manufacturing–Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0, or the “Smart Factory,” refers to the digital transformation of manufacturing, connecting automated machines to each other, to their operators, to other processes and services, to the Internet of Things, and to the supply chain. The Smart Factory can act upon the available information to self-optimize, customize production, and self-manage for improved energy efficiency. It can also enable decentralized manufacturing. It represents the convergence of enabling technologies such as robotics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, virtual reality, additive manufacturing, and the digitization of the supply chain. Some examples of research topics under this call are:
- Advanced materials development
- Additive manufacturing / 3D printing
- High-precision manufacturing
- Sensors and sensor networks
- Industrial Internet of Things
- Digital technologies on the factory floor
- Robotics and mechatronics in manufacturing
- Artificial intelligence (AI) applied in manufacturing
Up to $300K/year
24 – 36 months
Submission to of Letter of Intent (LOI) to ORS – March 29, 2018
Submission of LOI to NRC-IRAP – April 16, 2018
Submission of Full Application to NSERC to ORS – June 8, 2018
Submission of Full Application to NSERC (by invitation only) – June 22, 2018
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