About robots, robot development
and those who make it happen


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  • ECHORD++ (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development), funded under EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), advances the field of robotics by facilitating cooperation between academia and industry.

    ECHORD++ uses three instruments for accomplishing its goals: experiments, Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and the Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIF).

    All European universities, research institutions, and companies can apply for ECHORD++ funding for their experiments. A focus is placed on experiments that produce tangible results, going beyond "proof of concept".

    ECHORD++ believes that by acting as technologically demanding first buyers, public procurers can drive innovation from the demand side. Until 2019, ECHORD++ will focus on the theme of “Smart Cities and Healthcare” for their PCP pilots.

    ECHORD maintains a Robotics Innovation Facility (RIF) in Great Britain, Italy and France. These 3 RIFs offer easy and non-bureaucratic access to robotic equipment and put researchers and industry in close contact with common users of robotic technologies.



    • Encourage European research institutions and robot manufacturers to closely work together
    • Enable different user groups (researchers, industry, students, etc.) to get easy access to state-of the art hardware and software
    • Enable research institutions, robot manufacturers and public bodies to explore new application fields procurement and display the results in concrete scenarios;
    • Motivate robot manufacturers and research institutions to identify emerging technology fields
    • Broadcast the progress achieved in the community of robot manufacturers and research institutions by continuous monitoring, reporting and public relations activities


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