Scientific accompanying research for the technology programme Autonomics - paving the way for Industry 4.0

In the scientific accompanying research of the technology program Autonomics for Industry 4.0, the projects of the funding program are supported, among other things by working on cross-sectional topics, networking with the Industry 4.0 platform, accompanying the exploitation and transfer of results and several short studies. The aim is to ensure the high quality of the project results, which will lead to market success and the successful introduction of technology-based process and product innovations. In addition, an increase in efficiency in the implementation of the funding measure is to be achieved and success factors for strengthening the German economy are to be identified and disseminated.

The accompanying research for the BMWi's technology program Autonomics for Industry 4.0 supports the collaborative projects in the program with five instruments:


Embedding of representatives of the collaborative projects in working groups of the Industry 4.0 platform according to (strategic) interests; information on developments/knowledge in the context of Industry 4.0; introduction of strategic topics that the partners want to be treated/promoted

Short studies

Preparation of studies, among others, on the topics of cyber-physical systems in logistics and production; automation technology and service robotics.


Establishing content-related references to other projects and networking the projects; including the project results/objectives in the short studies; placing the projects in an international context; connection to cross-cutting issues (law, security, standards, etc.)

Exploitation support

Analysis/identification of exploitation options, marketing potentials, competitors, target market segments, value chains and partnerships; analysis of barriers to existing conditions of use and exploitation; further development of exploitation scenarios and strategies; transfer of project results into sustainable business models; if required, moderation of workshop on exploitation and business models; development of cooperative strategies for market development; conducting cross-project workshops with industry partners to exchange experiences and develop joint approaches (coordination with GEMINI).

Cross-cutting issues

Processing of cross-project cross-cutting topics for autonomous systems in Industry 4.0:

  • Legal challenges (in cooperation with the research center "Robot Law" at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Legal Theory, Information Law and Legal Informatics of the Faculty of Law at the University of Würzburg)
  • Standardization and standardization (in cooperation with the DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE )
  • IT Security
  • Human-Technology-Interaction - Good Work in Industry 4.

Transfer of results
Target group-oriented preparation and dissemination, coordination, consolidation and support of publicity measures of the funded technology projects in the sense of a uniform appearance and recognition of the overall program. Organization of workshops and conferences for the dissemination of results. Support for the participation of funded projects in trade fairs. Technical support and editing of the website.


    December 2013 until Mai 2017


    German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)