Overview on robotics research funding programs officially driven by governments in Asia, Europe and America
Over US$ 1 billion of robotics R&D funding globally
Huge per country differences in focus area and amount of funding
Research and Development (R&D) of new robot technologies has become more important than ever before. Most countries invest in robotics – mainly at government level. This trend has been strengthened in recent years.
Through diversification and the establishment of robot technologies, investment in new robot technologies has become larger than before, and the application spectrum of such R&D on robotics is now broader. New drivers such as artificial intelligence, Big Data and 5G will drive governments from Asia, Europe and America to further invest in robotics.
The targets of the officially driven government research funding programs are summarized for the first time by the International Federations of Robotics in its paper “World Robotics R&D Programs”.
In January 2023, a new update has been published.
What you will find...
In-depth information about the successful programs of 12 regions
China’s Key Special Program on Intelligent Robots in 2022
Japan's New Robot Strategy
Korea's Basic Plan on Intelligent Robots
EU's Horizon Europe Robotic-related Work Program 2021-2022
Germany’s High-Tech Strategy 2025
United States’ NRI 3.0, DoD Unmanned System & Robotics Program & NASA's Artemis Lunar Program
Our members engage in an intensive exchange on new technologies and emerging robots at the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR). The ISR is the main conference of the IFR, being organized every year on a different continent and different country
since 1970. The ISR is systematically organized in conjunction with an International Robot Exhibition.
The IFR sponsors the prestigious IERA Award (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award) together with IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS). The award recognizes outstanding achievements in commercializing innovative robot and automation technology.
"The International Federation of Robotics is here to provide a reliable and highly trained professional network for the robotics community. By sponsoring the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), the IFR stands as a major driver for researchers and engineers from around the globe, allowing them to present their pioneering works in service and industrial robotics."
Professor Alexander Verl - Chairman IFR Research Committee and Head of Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units / University of Stuttgart
IFR Research Lectures
The IFR invites young academics to share research and development on robotics in IFR Research Lectures. They focus on:
International knowledge exchange and practical experience on a detailed level
Promoting collaboration on an international high-level basis for future projects and proposals
Promotion of excellent researchers and strengthening the international community in robotics
IFR Research Committee
Develops and promotes the International Symposium on Robotics ISR, e.g. by supporting the collection and selection of high quality papers
Supports the IERA Award
Responsible for IFR Research Lectures
Represents R&D Institute members that meet once a year during the ISR
Designates representatives to the IFR General Assembly