European Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative

Smart phones, smart watches or smart TVs are just a few of the new products that are entering our daily lives. The functionalities of more and more objects are increased by digital components hidden inside. For instance, smart offices can turn off the lights when nobody is in the office, or a car can brake automatically when it notices an obstacle. As an answer to these new changes, the European Commission proposed the creation of a ‘Smart Anything Everywhere’ (SAE) Initiative.

The core of the initiative is the networks of competence centres, usually research technology organisations (RTOs) or technology transfer-oriented university institutes who cluster a wide spectrum of technical and application knowledge to support innovation.

The ecosystems built under these initiatives are based on collaboration between researchers, large industries and SMEs which will help to transfer knowledge and resources available to a much wider group of companies. SMEs and middle size companies can experiment with new technologies, try them out in their processes and work together with the suppliers of the technology to adapt it to their specific needs.

A first group of four Innovation Actions are combining efforts under the SAE initiative. The combined 25M€ funding budget will support around 100 experiments with the aim of involving more than 200 SMEs and midcaps in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Systems Integration (SSI). The information and the open calls will be published on a central/common web portal for all the projects taking part in the initiative.

Cluster Projects


A network of design centres boosting and initiating synergies between SMEs, major CPS-platforms and competency providers to capture the emerging markets of IoT products. 30 experiments initiated and led by SMEs.


CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge and tools for realising novel CPS-based products and services. The CPSELabs marketplace provides an open forum for sharing platforms, architectures and SW tools for the engineering of dependable and trustworthy CPS. Focussed experiments (3-6 partners) and fast-track (12-18 months) with innovation objective.


Innovation service for European smartization by SMEs. 20% of bioelectronics technologies. 50 small scale experiments to deliver innovation concept as demonstrators with SMEs engaged in testing phase.


Smart access to manufacturing for systems integration. To develop a RTO Community Foundry Model (CFM) that will accelerate a wider deployment of SSI with greater access to design, manufacturing capabilities for prototyping, early validation and first production for SMEs to exploit in niche markets (low volume high value). A test bed to realise 10 application experiments

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