PiiA coordinates funding for research, development and innovation (RDI) projects focusing on IT and automation for the process industry.
Calls for proposals are opened twice a year, with applications evaluated and funded through the Sweden’s national innovation agency, Vinnova. The seventh call for proposals is now open.
PiiA’s Spring 2017 call for proposals is aimed at supporting the commencement and completion of RDI projects focused on industrial digitalisation. This includes emerging technologies and services and new business models. Projects should be of strategic significance for the development and growth of the companies and research groups involved, while in the longer term also strengthening Sweden’s market position in the sector.
Consortiums made up of companies, universities, colleges, research institutes, and other relevant players are invited to submit applications for the funding of innovative, growth-enabling, application-oriented projects with a focus on industrial digitalisation. Projects applications submitted as part of this call are also expected to address new business models.
This call for proposals is open to foreign academic and industry players, however such groups may not serve as project coordinators. The goal of the call is to create a wider range of improved solutions, methods and innovations within IT and automation for the process industry. This in turn should contribute to a more efficient Swedish process industry and a strong market position for its suppliers.
The call for proposals takes in two different types of RDI project in terms of the maximum funding amount and project time. A budget of SEK 20 million has been set aside for the call. Applications must be submitted by 14:00 on 6 April 2017.
The full call for proposals and application templates can be found here:
Documents that can be studied ahead of make an application include:
- PiiA’s seventh call for proposals PowerPoint presentation
- Industrial digitalisation. This is a position document produced by PiiA Analysis and Blue Institute
- The agenda document that forms the basis of the PiiA program National Call to Action for Automation of the Process Industry program – An Agenda for Management, Innovation and Skills Development.
- PiiA’s three-year strategic plan for 2015-2017
Please note that an additional call for proposals will be held during 2017. For this call, we are seeking proposals for feasibility studies running for a maximum of six months. The call is expected to open on a provisional basis on 24 April 2017 and to close provisionally at 14:00 on 15 June 2017.
PiiA has produced a template that can be used as a basis for creating consortium agreements. It has been trialled on previous projects where it proved to be a good basic document. The template can be downloaded here: [LINK]
PiiA plans to continue holding calls for proposals at the current rate of two calls per year.
Major calls open
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The next call for proposal to open will focus on proposals for feasibility studies with a maximum length of six months. The call is expected to open on a provisional basis on 24 April 2017 and close provisionally at 14:00 on 15 June 2017. Such projects are typically expected to run for about six months, with public funding of up to SEK 500,000 provided and a corresponding amount expected to be contributed by participating parties.
As of the start of 2017, PiiA had conducted six calls for proposals.
In association with its start-up in 2013, PiiA also sought project proposals which were then funded as start-up projects.
Start-up stage projects (late 2013)
A total of 10 projects were initiated in the form of pre-studies or pre-projects. A total of 34 companies and five universities and institutions took part. The total budget for projects was SEK 24 million, of which SEK 12 million came from Vinnova funding.
First call for proposals, spring 2014
A total of six projects were funded with a total budget of about SEK 37 million, of which public funding made up SEK 17.5 million.
More than 45 companies took part including SMEs, global suppliers, and process manufacturing players, as well as six academic partners.
Second call for proposals, autumn 2014
A total of 27 pre-studies were funded of the 46 projects that sought approval. The total budget was about SEK 20.5 million, of which public funding made up SEK 11.5 million.
The call attracted wide and varied range of players from academia, industry and elsewhere.
Third call for proposals, spring 2015
A total of 15 projects were funded of the 28 projects that applied. The total project budget was SEK 73 million, of which public funding accounted for about SEK 33 million. Of the projects granted funding, seven were fully-fledged RDI projects and eight were short projects.
Fourth call for proposals, summer 2015
A total of 13 projects were funded of the 24 that applied. The total project budget was about SEK 11 million, of which public funding accounted for SEK 5.5 million.
Fifth call for proposals, spring 2016
A total of 10 projects were funded out of the 19 that applied. The total project budget was SEK 58 million, of which public funding accounted for SEK 28 million.
Sixth call for proposals, summer 2016
A total of 13 projects were funded out of the 27 that applied. The total project budget was SEK 10.9 million, of which public funding accounted for about SEK 4.97 million.
We currently have no such calls to highlight.
Bodies other than PiiA periodically hold calls for proposals for which players within the process-industry IT and automation sector may wish to form consortiums and apply for. Below you will find links to such calls for proposals, which can come from sources including Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency, and other similar bodies.
You can find Vinnova calls for proposals at: http://www.vinnova.se/sv/
You can find Swedish Energy Agency calls or proposal at: http://www.energimyndigheten.se/utlysningar/