Two new European projects, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the “Euroclusters” initiative.
DREAM and SILICON EUROCLUSTER
Integrated into the Single Market Program (SMP), Euroclusters projects are cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and trans-European strategic initiatives of joint clusters. The 30 Euroclusters projects selected at European level within 14 industrial ecosystems aim to support SMEs towards the green transition, the digital transition and the strengthening of the resilience of European industry.
SCS is involved in 2 of these 30 projects, one in the “digital” strand and one in the “electronic” strand, with more than 75% of the budget of each project which will be redirected to European SMEs via financing mechanisms in cascade.
SCS is coordinating the European project DREAM focused on digital and smart manufacturing. It aims at supporting clusters’ activities towards SMEs to speed up the adaptation of digital technologies and processes, by deploying innovative digital solutions for greener and more digital manufacturing sector.
Gathering a consortium composed of 5 project partners (Pôle SCS, Pôle Mecatech, MESAP, Cluj IT Cluster, G.A.C. Group), DREAM relies on the successful completion of the previous European project IoT4Industry (2018-2020) that received the Award of the European Partnership of the Year 2020. The project represents in fact an opportunity to make exploitable and sustainable the collaboration and the experiences started in 2018, bringing the synergies beyond.
The main objective of DREAM will be to build resilience and accelerate transition to green and digital economy, to initiate, develop and maintain an EU-level long-term strategic partnership between companies (SMEs) from the digital ecosystems and the manufacturing domain.
The aim is to stimulate innovation for strategic autonomy to build capacity in digital ecosystem, to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy by deploying technologies and processes from digital ecosystem into manufacturing sector, to foster up- and re-skilling of the workforce in this ecosystem, to boost access to global supply and value chains.
DREAM will put in place a cascade funding mechanism for innovation vouchers, to support the deployment of 35 projects from digital ecosystem into manufacturing context, for more digitalized sector, with a focus on efficient management of resources.
The project was formally kicked-off in Sophia Antipolis at SCS premises on 12th and 13th of September 2022, with the participation of the DREAM consortium in order to coordinate the project activities, the role of each partner, and the setup of the activities and first steps of the project.
SCS is part of the 10 cluster members of Silicon Europe Alliance from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Bulgaria and Spain that join forces in a new project to strengthen the European electronics sector and foster self-sufficiency in the semiconductor industry. The ultimate goal is to contribute to maintain European sovereignty in the fields of microelectronics, components and systems, while contributing to a “greener, more digital and resilient future in Europe.
In particular, more than one million euros will be addressed to financially support European Small and Medium Enterprises via dedicated open calls (demonstration vouchers & green vouchers).
The expected results of the ‘Silicon Europe Eurocluster’ project include, among others, the following:
- Creation of a at least 12 new technological products and services to improve key supplies for electronics and microelectronics. The aim is to make Europe less dependent on other markets, Asian for example.
- Funding and development of 12 innovation projects to adopt processes and technologies to the green and digitalized economy.
- 300 companies benefited, at different levels, by the ‘Silicon Europe Eurocluster’ project.
- Promotion of business partnerships: signing of business agreements between 20 of the beneficiary companies.
- Training of people to attract talent.
- Support the internationalization of 15 companies