Project Objectives
IMS2020 strives for strengthening international co-operation under the IMS Initiative, providing effective interface ongoing European roadmapping activities and creating research synergies through the establishment of international manufacturing communities in the five Key Areas.

In summary, the project has five main scientific and technical objectives:

1. Preparation of a roadmap for future manufacturing
The first objective is to prepare a coherent roadmap for future (2020) manufacturing research in the five IMS Key Areas, providing an effective interface to ongoing European road-mapping activities of European Technology Platforms (and similar initiatives) and to non-EU governmental road-mapping activities. The roadmap will provide a list of topics, suitable to IMS cooperation.

2. Identification of new schemes and frameworks
The second objective is to identify new schemes & frameworks to support IMS research by enhancing and favouring inter-regional cooperation projects.

3. Stimulation of the participation of SME in R & D projects
The third objective is to identify specific SME-focused measures to increase SME participation in international R&D co-operative projects within IMS initiative.

4. Community building, establishment and consolidation
The forth objective is to build, establish and consolidate a number of international and inter-regional communities in the five Key Areas of IMS, in which ensures effective exchange of results and knowledge.

5. Support of new IMS proposals
The fifth objective is to prepare the ground for new IMS proposals (this involves objectives 2, 3 and 4), both paving the way for the legislation and creating a network of knowledge, to discuss and inform about the manufacturing project possibilities.