In September 2016, the project selection process of a first call for proposals has been initiated. In March 2017, the Steering Committee selected the seven most attractive and promising research projects out of the submitted 18 project proposals in this initial program of the SFA Advanced Manufacturing.
The project consortia with leading principal investigators and teams across the four participating ETH institutions will carry out innovative and groundbreaking research activities in the three Technical Focus Areas (TFA) of this initial SFA program. The research activities of these seven projects started in the first half of 2017.
Mid 2017, the ETH Board approve an expansion of the SFA-AM program and granted further financial means to fund research projects in advanced manufacuturing. In a second call, the Steering Committee selected further four research projects that adress key challenges in the two new Technical Focus Areas (TFA) of the expansion program: TFA 4 - Sensing Technologies and TFA 5 - Intelligent Systems and Advanced Automation. The research activities of these four projects started in spring 2018.