SHOP4CF offers funding, expert support, and training for innovative manufacturing projects. Apply until 03. August


SHOP4CF (Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories) is a project that aims to create a unique infrastructure for the convenient deployment of human-centric industrial applications. It's funded by the EU within the eighth framework program Horizon 2020 and includes 20 partners that develop a comprehensive software platform with a wide range of components. The platform covers a broad spectrum of industrial requirements, especially in the context of modern, flexible, and data-rich manufacturing.

With the work on the platform well underway, SHOP4CF is now looking for tandems of system integrators and manufacturing companies (at least one of which has to be an SME) to run pilots by combining modular SHOP4CF components. The time frame of the pilots is eight months, thus it has to be possible to complete the integration within this period. The successful applicants will receive €100,000 in equity-free funding to integrate pre-existing components developed by the SHOP4CF consortium as well as new ones, developed by the applicants themselves.

In addition to the funding, SHOP4CF will assign two experts from the consortium to each winning project. Those will check in with the project teams regularly, provide support and advice on the implementation of the modules, and continuously evaluate the results. The winning teams will also be able to participate in training sessions focused on technological and business aspects of innovation, as well as get tailored mentoring on SME finances and budgeting.

Do you have a project that fits the description? Apply at to receive €100,000 in equity-free funding together with support from a group of researchers and practitioners with unparalleled experience in manufacturing. Applications are open until August 3, 2021.

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Discover the ECHORD++ Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs)

Discover our ECHORD++ Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs) in this brand new video.

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Discover our RIFs - Robotics Innovation Facilities. RIFs give you free access to high-tech robotics equipment and expertise in a wide range of application domains, such as collaborative robots, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and agriculture. At our unique facilities we offer all of these services at virtually zero risk, in a partnership, with safeguarded intellectual property.

With the RIFs you can:

  • study feasibilities and demonstrate the proof of concepts
  • improve processes
  • investigate new products and services
  • improve the skills of you and your staff
  • try out new technology ideas and explore new, smart solutions.

Currently three RIFs have opened their doors to you: one in Bristol in the United Kingdom, one in Paris-Saclay in France and one in Peccioli near Pisa in Italy. Applying for a RIF engagement is easy, non-bureaucratic and open to European companies, institutions, researchers and research organisations. Applying is possible at any time, there are no fixed dates and no deadlines.

Just go to, tell us a bit about yourself and your needs and we will contact you shortly thereafter.

About ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development): The aim of ECHORD++ is to strengthen the knowledge transfer between scientific research, industry and users in robotics and to stimulate their cooperation. The EU-funded project with a runtime of five years (2013 – 2018) funds small-scale research projects called experiments, Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) and established Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs), open labs providing state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software as well as scientific and technical support.

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.