MANUNET SSA (Specific Support Action) was born in 2004 as an initiative of the Basque Government. Based on the facts stated above, the Basque Government decided to generate a continental initiative to move towards a European regionally-based Research Area on manufacturing. That was the origin of the SSA “MANUNET: walking towards a European Regionally-based Research Area on New Processes and Flexible Manufacturing Systems”.
MANUNET SSA was very useful to draw the European manufacturing map, identifying regions and countries having a twofold characteristic: an important relative manufacturing weight and own funding support. The positive results of MANUNET SSA showed the need of an ERA-NET CA (Coordination Action) in the area of Manufacturing.
The SSA laid the foundations to the CA (Coordination Action) with the same name. MANUNET was launched on 1st April 2006 with the aim of guiding SMEs towards the European Research Area (ERA) by providing:
Opportunity of funding R&D projects closer to market.
Yearly calls for proposals.
High success ratio of submitted proposals.
From 2007 on, MANUNET has strongly increased the number of regions/countries participating (43%) achieving the following objectives:
To provide more companies suitable to cooperate inside the MANUNET area.
To increase the impact at European level by mobilizing a higher number of projects.