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.