Smart Frame Wiki

The Wiki serves to explain and share specific SMART FRAME relevant terms and information!

+ SMART Community
+ SMART Guide Book
+ SMART Knowledge Hubs
+ SMART Cooperation
+ SMART Settlement
+ SMART Spin-Off
+ Technopol Wiener Neustadt
+ Thematic field: Materials
+ Thematic field: Surfaces
+ Thematic field: Sensors
+ Thematic field: Processes
+ Thematic field: Integration
+ Tribology
+ Technology Park
+ Science Park
+ StarCube
+ FUNDING opportunitites - upcoming calls
+ NETWORKS and Plattforms
+ SMART Projects
+ Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe
+ Technology Park Karlsruhe

SMART Community
The international SMART Community starting from the partner structure shall become an open broad interest group in the topic of "Modern Industrial Technologies". Each regional SMART hub will invite stakeholders (comanies, intermediaries, R&D providers). The aim of this SMART Community is to get in contact with experts in the related topics.

SMART Guide Book
A collection of know-how about good and bad practise and other lessons learned during the Smart Frame project. By the elaboration of a standardised monitoring scheeme the collected know-how will be summarised in a document, which shall be provided to the broad public / interested stakeholders / other networks / EU authorities for a discussion.

SMART knowledge hubs
SMART knowledge hubs (WP3) address the problem that companies, esp. SME, often suffer from a lack of time, resources and know-how necessary to access the information about existing R&D facilities or financing/support mechanism for R&D projects. The project will create a network of intermediary actors who can fill this gap by interlinking SME with RTD/funding institutions acc. to companies´ needs.

SMART cooperation
SMART cooperation tackles the problems arising from a lack of structured frameworks for interlinking expertise and RTD infrastructure in CENTRAL EUROPE regarding five targeted thematic fields of modern industrial technologies. These technologies face enormous challenges and offer high potentials for the development of new products and improvement of processes. Technological Know-how in these fields is highly needed for the future development of European industry. It is mandatory to establish enduring know-how access especially for SME in order to secure their competitiveness and mobilise their innovation potentials. Within the project a pipeline of joint RTD activities will be set up to create sustainable know-how cooperation networks between regional companies and RTD institutions.

SMART settlement
Project activities regarding SMART settlement refer to the problem faced by many technology locations and regions regarding their attractiveness for the settlement of innovative companies. RTD centers, with all their knowhow and infrastructure, could act much more as a gateway to the industry on a mutual benefit “win-win” basis. In many cases an unclear strategic positioning together with communication deficits leads to under-usage of high-tech settlement offers and insufficient development of the innovation environments. The project partners plan joint efforts to work out SWOT-based settlement proposals and communication strategies for every partner region. The complementarity of technology infrastructures and the transnational technology networks developed in the projects will make sure that regional settlement strategies will strengthen the positioning of the addressed technology fields as a whole in CENTRAL EUROPE.

SMART spin-off
Activities regarding SMART spin-off - address the problem that managers of R&D centers mostly try hard to keep high potential employees in the institution and show little motivation to support employed researchers in case that they will have an idea to run up a new company. This deficit causes major problems for technology-focused regions which have problems to approach the target group of prospective spin-off founders and cannot activate their own potentials for the creation of high-tech jobs in new technology-focused companies. On the other hand cooperation links between spin-off founders and RTD institutions as their former employers are often interrupted leading to a loss of cooperation and innovation potentials. The reluctance of RTD managements towards spin-off creation will be adressed pro-actively in the project. Based on international good practice analysis a new "win-win" model of spin-off creation will be worked out in direct cooperation with the target groups.

Technopol Wiener Neustadt
The Centre for Modern Industrial Technologies (focus on: materials, tribology (friction, wear, lubrication), medical technology, sensory technology and actuators, surfaces). At the core of this Technopol lie the TFZ - Technology and Research Center, the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and regional industry. Areas of high-tech competence range from modified functional surfaces to applications in state-of-the-art medical technology to ceramic building components. Over 650 people are working in the field of modern industrial technologies at the Technopol, among them 350 scientists from over 20 countries. In the immediate vicinity of the TFZ is the RIZ (Regional Innovation Center) as well as high-tech companies located at the ecoplus business part and on the Civita Nova grounds. The internationally known University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, with around 3,000 students from more than 55 countries, is located at the Technopol. The new MedAustron cancer research and therapy center is going up adjacent to the TFZ and the university; the new wing of the hospital is also being built here. Companies calling this technopol home include Diamond Aircraft, Schiebel, Austro Engine, Sorex and many more.

Thematic field: Materials
Development of new or advanced materials including their processes. Materials with new properties easy for reuse and recycle, designed for resource efficient production and easy to integrate in existing production lines.
Thematic group leader: Ecoplus

Thematic field: Surfaces
Functional surfaces based on nanotechnology, electrochemical or other methods which enables custom tailored properties and reduces relevant cost intensive factors (e.g. corrosion, friction...).
Thematic group leader: PROFACTOR

Thematic field: Sensors
New or improved sensor technologies including embedded sensors, miniaturised - enabling the (online) characterization of parameters which are not delectable with common sensors now and enabling a characterisation of processes by a large range monitoring through connected networks (food, safety..).
Thematic group leader: ITE.

Thematic field: Processes
Novel industrial processes with an increased level of customisation, tailored for indivdual needs, involving the customer in the loop at the early step of design. Moreover a focus on optimisation of manufacturing processes for advanced materials.
Thematic group leader: SZTAKI.

Thematic field: Integration
Topics or projects dealing with integration of points above into equipment and/or into production processes. Goal is a production oriented development of materials, surfaces, processes and sensors with the focus of easy integrability into production facilites. This should lead to factories of the future through automation and integration of the defined technologies along the entire value chain.
Thematic group leader: KIT.

Tribology is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear. Austrian Excellence Center of Tribology ( is located at the Technopol Wiener Neustadt, Austria).

Technology Park
Technology Park is usually a complex consisting of office space and/or production floor and/or laboratories, where technological incubator and business incubator are located. The main task of the technology park is to support the development of innovativeness and entrepreneurship. This is accomplished by creating favorable conditions for the product development and for developing innovative manufacturing methods in high-tech areas as well as optimizing conditions for technology transfer and research results commercialization from science to business. Technology Parks usually cooperate with universities and R&D units.

Science Park
Science Park is an organization managed by specialised professionals whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture of innovation and competetiveness of its associated businesses and knowledge based institutions. To enable these goals to be met, a Science Park manages the flow of knowledge and technology amongst universities, R&D institutions, companies and markets; it facilitates the creation and growth of innovation-based companies through incubation and spin-off processes; and provides other value-added services together with high quality space and facilities. Science Parks are in fact Technology Parks strongly connected to universities.

Startup accelerator StarCube is intended for everybody who wants to start their own business. A three-month programme offers intensive work in the form of lectures, workshops, and trainings. The Starcube programme won a prize for the Best Student Business Development programme for 2010 at the MIC Summit in Redmond, US.
More information about StarCube at

FUNDING opportunitites - upcoming calls
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

ERDF: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)(2007-2013):
In order to reduce the gap between the levels of development of Europe’s regions and the extent to which the less-favoured ones are lagging behind, this Regulation defines the types of action eligible for financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It also establishes the tasks of the ERDF and the scope of its assistance with regard to the “Convergence”, “Regional competitiveness and employment” and “European territorial cooperation” objectives of the reformed cohesion policy for the period 2007-2013.

NETWORKS and Plattforms
ETPs: European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led stakeholder for a charged with defining research priorities in a broad range of technological areas
ETPs provide a framework for stakeholders, led by industry, to define research priorities and action plans on a number of technological areas where achieving EU growth, competitiveness and sustainability requires major research and technological advances in the medium to long term. Some European Technology Platforms are loose networks that come together in annual meetings, but others are establishing legal structures with membership fees. They work on developing and updating agendas of research priorities for their particular sector. These agendas constitute valuable input to define European research funding schemes. Since they are developed through dialogue among industrial and public researchers and national government representatives, they also contribute to create consensus and to improve alignment of investment efforts. Avoiding duplication and making the most of poles of excellence and best practices is one of the great challenges of European research, and ETPs are a very good vehicle to improve synergies.
ETPs foster effective public-private partnerships, contributing significantly to the development of a European Research Area of knowledge for growth. Public-private partnerships can address technological challenges that could be key for sustainable development, for the improved delivery of public services and for the restructuring of traditional industrial sectors. The European Commission does not own or manage European Technology Platforms, which are independent organisations. The European Commission did, however, support their creation and remains engaged with them in structural dialogue on research issues.

SMART projects
The goal in SMART R&D Cooperation is to establish a sustainable cooperation of the project partner’s networks. This has already evoked common SMART  projects:
The SMARTLAM 3D-Integration approach (3D-I) combines new material properties with state of the art, scalable 3D technologies such as aerosol jet printing or different laser based processes for combined micro milling, microstructuring and surface functionalisation, micro welding and micro cutting.
Start: 01.10.2013
End:  30.09.2015

Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe
The goal of the Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe to ease the path of young, technology-oriented companies towards independence is achieved through cooperation with a series of other important establishments in the region. The Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe is supported by the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce and thus has its full backing in the area of business start-up consultancy. Our cooperation with the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe offers the company founders several opportunities to make contact with established companies. The Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe is integrated in the network of technology centers in Baden-Württemberg (Verband der Baden-Württembergischen Technologie- und Gründerzentren e.V. – Association of Technology and Founder Centers in Baden-Württemberg) as well as in the Bundesverband der Innovations-, Technologie- und Gründerzentren in Deutschland (ADT e.V. – German Association of Innovation, Technology and Founder Centers in Germany) with its international connections.
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Technology Park Karlsruhe
The Technology Park Karlsruhe (TPK) brings together capacities from research and technology in order to exchange knowledge and to implement new ideas. The integral management and services concept offers a wide range of advantages.

  • Our park management is the contact partner at all times for advice and support. These are also responsible for problem-free park and building operations.
  • You will find a wide range of services in the TPK - including inter-company socials, Internet service and the park's own magazine.
  • You have the facility for cooperation with companies and research institutes both within and outside the TPK.
  • The connections to technology parks in Spain, Finland, France and Switzerland support the international transfer of technology.
  • The representative buildings can be tailored to your requirements.
  • The generous availability of floor space within the 30-hectare park offers plenty of space for expansions.
  • The successful mix of landscape and modern architecture provides a working environment in which you will feel at ease.

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