09-3-2019, 12:49

ENRICH In the USA Advanced Manufacturing-focused Tour

A pilot service offered by ENRICH in the USA.


Rolling Application opens: July 19, 2019 | Call closes: September 15, 2019 – 23:59 CET (extended)

The call for application will close once the candidate capacity of 40 is reached.


Services offered in this specific call

ENRICH in the USA is launching the ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour to assist European Union and EU-affiliate stakeholders interested in US-based business and/or collaborative partnership opportunities. This Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour, hosted by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, provides connections and information to help explore and/or identify transatlantic customer, supplier, and/or investment opportunities for visiting EU stakeholders within the advanced manufacturing industry in the binational Great Lakes region, North America’s economic engine. Tour participants will leave this five-day itinerary with a clear understanding of investment, incentive, and operational gains the Great Lakes region has to offer should they be interested in conducting and/or opening a local office for business.


The unique opportunities leveraged by the host ENRICH in the USA Landing Hub, will enable participants to experience a one-of-a-kind interaction with US-based government, industry, and research experts who share similar challenges and solutions within the advanced manufacturing industry. These action- and connection-packed 5 days spent with the Council of the Great Lakes Region will provide EU visiting stakeholders a deep understanding of quicker pathways to access US and Canadian business, regulatory and technological resources, ensuring a smooth internationalization of advanced manufacturing equipment, processes, and/or software technologies or businesses. Every participant will leave the Tour with at least one major potential connection to a US and/or Canadian based entity with which to further explore partnership opportunities.


Located in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls metropolitan area and hosted by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Advanced Manufacturing Landing Hub provides European stakeholders unprecedented access to two national economies – the United States and Canada. The Great Lakes region is home to the third largest economy in the world, of a combined GDP of nearly $6 trillion (USD), and its most significant sector is manufacturing. On the US-side of the region, visiting European stakeholders can enjoy networking with manufacturing giants such as General Motors, Praxair Tesla, Moog Inc., and Dresser-Rand, who add to the nearly 2,000 other manufacturing companies within the area. These companies are deploying the latest state-of-the art technologies in additive, subtractive, robotics-based, and other advanced manufacturing methods to produce a wide variety of products for consumer, government and commercial use.


The first cohort will be hosted October 21-25, 2019, but subsequent annual Tours will be available in mid-October in a consecutive 5-weekday span each year after. The Tour is ideal for advanced manufacturing stakeholders from research, innovation, and/or business organizations from the EU, ideally C-level or other executives from departments covering R&D, Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Business Development and/or Finances.


This first Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour will accept up to 40 participants. If 40 qualified participants who meet the eligibility and other selection criteria apply, a waiting list will be created; therefore, you are highly encouraged to apply for the service immediately upon interest. If any spots on the Tour become available, potential participants on the waiting list will be invited on a first come, first serve basis, so long as they also meet the eligibility and selection criteria. The Tour is open to EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries advanced manufacturing (further defined in Target Group section) stakeholders.


This service gives you the opportunity to:

Tentative schedule

Monday October 21st: Welcome from Council of the Great Lakes Region


Tuesday, October 22nd: Buffalo-Niagara Business and Innovation Ecosystem Resources


Wednesday, October 23rd: Invest Buffalo Niagara Advanced Manufacturing Assets


Thursday, October 24th: Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem and Assets

Friday, October 25th: Pennsylvania Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem and Assets

Expected outcomes and impact per participant

Average per participant

Target Group of this Call

Applicants must be taxpayers in an EU Member State or Associated Country AND/OR be an EU Member State or Associated Country passport holder. Welcome advanced manufacturing industry stakeholders include but are not limited to:

Advanced manufacturing products, processes, and services are defined as those which may utilize: software aided design; high-performance computing for modeling, simulation, and analysis; additive or subtractive processes of fine resolution (< microns) and/or which can accommodate a wide range of man-made materials; high precision manipulations, control or detection/sensing; information technologies; automation, advanced robotics and other intelligent production systems; sustainable, green processing; modern synthetic material handling or creation; custom manufacturing techniques; agile volume production; or high/fast rate production techniques.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Funding Principle

Due to funding of this service by the European Commission, the cost per participant for all expenses is a non-reimbursable fee of 525€ (The Tour’s actual value is over 1300€ per participant.) This highly reduced participant fee covers two meals per day, entrance fees to associated events/venues, and transportation to/from hotel and all Tour stops.


Participants will also have to cover the costs for flights to and from the United States, as well as other costs not mentioned above (e.g. ESTA/VISA application costs, health insurance, accommodation, dinners, etc.) by themselves.


Submission Procedure

All applicants must register at the electronic submission tool F6S under https://www.f6s.com/enrichintheusaadvancedmanufacturingtour. It is highly advised again, that interested applicants should apply as soon as possible, and not wait for the application deadline, as eligible applicants who meet the selection criteria will be invited to the Tour in the order in which they applied. ENRICH in the USA staff will assist with questions or portal issues for applicants. Besides basic information, applicants must mark a checklist for actual criteria and must complete each section of the application.


In F6S, the applicant is asked to register themselves and fill in general information, personal information (such as name, institution, organization type, contact details, and specific questions referring to the organization type). All applicants must acknowledge that they are made aware that some costs have to be covered individually.


You will need to complete all required questions in the F6S application form before you are allowed to submit. Applicants for the Tour should be able to confirm that they:

The questions listed under Specific Questions were designed to help both the applicant and Host organizations foster ideal connections within the ecosystem, as well as to refine the Tour’s itinerary. These questions include:

Note that all application responses have to be submitted in English.


Evaluation and Selection Procedure

The fundamental principles governing the evaluation of the applications are:

Step 1: Eligibility Check: Will be done by the ENRICH in the USA staff following the criteria defined in section 3:

Step 2: Applicants who meet the optimal selection criteria and satisfactorily answer the Specific Questions outlined in Section 5 listed above, will be invited to the Tour. Unanswered or partially completed questions will not be considered to move forward in the process. A team formed of ENRICH in the USA staff and ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing Hub organization executives will review applications in the F6S portal, every two weeks leading up to the application deadline.


Step 3: Scoring: All applicants will be evaluated on a five-star evaluation scale – if applicants can confirm all three selection criteria statements and answer all four of the Specific Questions thoughtfully, they will earn a 5-star rating.


Step 4: Admission: The first 40 candidates with 5 star-scores will be invited to attend the Tour. Within two weeks of applying, if not sooner, applicants will be notified of their selection.

Please note: ENRICH in the USA is beholding the right to create a wait list of suitable candidates reaching the necessary 5 stars score


Time Schedule

July 19, 2019 – call opens

September 15, 2019 (extended deadline) – submission of application and call closes

Before and up to September 20, 2019 – selection of 40 applicants

September 22, 2019 – payment to participate must be received by

October 21, 2019 – tour Start-date



For questions regarding the ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour, please contact:


Andrea Wesser-Brawner


[email protected]


[1] See

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/3cpart/h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf As of 01 January 2017, the following countries are associated to Horizon 2020: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.

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