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Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP

Coordinator website

Year Established



Aleje Jerozolimskie 202, 02-486, Warsaw (Poland)


Social Media

Contact information

Krzysztof Lipiec
+48 22 874 00 18



Ever since PIAP’s origins in 1965 it’s role was to introduce new technologies to industry. PIAP acknowledges the low level of digitalisation in Polish manufacturing companies relative to other European countries and wants to facilitate the upcoming boom in this field in the Mazovian Region and in the whole country. Nowadays PIAP helps companies in the region become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products (and services) by means of digital technology. This is being achieved by offered support with expertise and infrastructure, consulting and training services.
PIAP’s established role of competence centre for robotics, automation and measurements for industrial purposes has been accompanied by a number of services based on the expertise such as technology audits, technology scouting and technology brokering. By runnig a Hub in Warsaw PIAP intends to extend its impact to the SME sector by offering services to companies which currently have a relatively low level of digitisation and which do not have the resources or personnel to address the digitisation challenge.


The hub has access to a number of labs used for scientific and commercial purposes. These are being integrated in processes supporting business in order introduce the one-stop-shop principle. Our goal is to have the capacity to offer companies possibilities to test and experiment with technologies. To support the technology providers and users to carry out an experiment and to test whether the proposed approach would indeed be beneficial for the user. At the same time this experiment can be useful for the provider that has an early customer and can adapt the technology to the needs of a certain class of users.

Technologies developed by PIAP, its partners and clients may take advantage of PIAP’s commercialization good practices offered in the form of supporting service. Upon request they will be subject to commercialization potential evaluation by PIAP special purpose vehicle PIAP-Scientech Sp. z o.o.. The methodology developed in cooperation with an SPV of the Warsaw University of Technology will be applied. If the technologies show potential of commercialization, the process will be launched and the success fee will be distributed among parties involved in commercialization and R&D. Several networks and organizations (National Chamber o Commerce, Polish Institute of Technology, VCs and intermediaries running investment opportunities scans) will be involved in the process. Playing the role core partner in PIAP HUB Fundingbox Accelerator Sp. z o.o. provide access to cascade funding, acceleration and incubation programs and cascade funding distribution.

The role of the animator of the hub will be not only to offer its expertise and resources but most of all to integrate the potential of the whole ecosystem of public and private labs, technology and service providers. Hundreds of project implemented by PIAP resulted in a great network of partners from all sector. Their potential will add to the background PIAP already has and result in creation of a vibrant hub participating in international networks and national initiatives.

Od początku istnienia  tj. od 1965 roku, zadaniem PIAP było wprowadzenie nowych technologii do przemysłu.
Mając na uwadze niski poziom digitalizacji w polskich przedsiębiorstwach produkcyjnych w stosunku do innych europejskich krajów PIAP chce wspomóc rozwój tej dziedziny na Mazowszu i w całym kraju.
Obecnie PIAP pomaga firmom w uzyskaniu przez nie większej konkurencyjności poprzez poprawę ich procesów biznesowych i produkcyjnych, jak również produktów (i usług) przy pomocy technologii cyfrowych.
Działania te realizowane są poprzez oferowane wsparcie w zakresie eksperckim, infrastruktury, usług doradczych i szkoleniowych.
Uznanej roli PIAP jako centrum kompetencji w zakresie robotyki, automatyki i pomiarów dla celów przemysłowych towarzyszy szereg usług opartych na wiedzy, takich jak audyty technologiczne, scouting technologiczny i działania brokerskie.
Poprzez prowadzenie działalności huba w Warszawie PIAP zamierza zwiększyć swój wpływ na sektor MŚP, poprzez oferowanie usług firmom, które obecnie mają stosunkowo niski poziom digitalizacji i które nie mają zasobów lub personelu, aby rozwiązać problemy związane z digitalizacją.

Partnerami PIAP HUB są Fundingbox Accelerator sp. z o.o. prowadząca w ramach HUB działania w zakresie akceleracji i inkubacji start-up-ów oraz dystrybucję finansowania w ramach konkursów dla stron trzecich (tzw. finansowanie kaskadowe) i PIAP-ScienTech Sp. z o.o. realizującego w ramach HUB działania związane z organizacją spotkań B2B, targów, konferencji, doradztwem w zakresie finansowania publicznego projektów badawczo-rozwojowych i działalności brokerów technologicznych a także wsparcie procesu zarządzania wynikami badań naukowych i prac rozwojowych, w szczególności w zakresie komercjalizacji.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Regional initiatives (Mazovian region of Poland):

  • Active participation in Mazovian Chemical Cluster ( , focus: innovative and environmental friendly technologies of highly processed chemical products, members: 74 enterprises, 10 academic organizations, 9 research institutes, 9 administration/Business support/NGOs)
  • Initiated relations with Mazovian Development Agency  (, goal: support of regional initiatives, cooperation and support of regional administration and governance), activities and relations will be enhaced in order to promote the idea of the digitising industry based on novel and innovative technologies

National initiatives (Poland), partnership and active participation in:

  • Cluster " Area of advanced safetyand defence technology" (, activity areas:  technologies of special vehicles,  cybersecurity,  simulation technology,  modern materials, members: 13 academic organizations, 8 research institutes, 9 industrial partners, 1 legal assistance partner)
  • Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology (, focus on commercialization and promotion of innovative high-tech R&D solutions dedicated to industry)
  • Polish Chamber of Welding (, organizing the cooperation and partnership between R&D, SME and industrial organizations of multi-purpose welding technologies)
  • Polish Technology Platform for Unmanned Systems - the greatest success of the platform was the initiation of the Sectoral Programme INNOSBZ - co-funding within Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020  (
  • steering committee National Smart Specialization “Automation and Robotics of technological processes”
  • Initiative for Industry 4.0 (National bottom-up initiative)

EU initiatives, partnership in:

  • EU Robotics network (, Network organizing hundreds of organizations involved in robotics, its applications, novel ideas and solutions)
  • Smart Factories in new EU Member States,  (, In the context of "Digitising European Industry" initiative, it aims to contribute to the efforts to build a Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) network in Europe.

EU projects (partnership, task and deliverables leadership in H2020 ICT projects)

  • ROBOT UNION (2018 – 2020):

RobotUnion will discover, support and fund 20 startups of 4 new market domains for robotics: manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and civil infrastructure.

That will be financed with up to €223,000 equity free in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected will receive €3,800 each in cash equity free and services in the first phase. The 10 best of these startups will enter in the product acceleration program and will receive up to €120,000 in cash equity free. Finally, the 4 best startups will receive up to €100,000, so in total they can receive up to €223,000 equity free in cash plus services. Role in the project: partner.

  • DIH^2 (2019 -2022) :

A network of 26 DIHs, with a target to reach over 170 DIHs. The sole aim of the network is to enhance the implementation of robotics solutions and increase the growth of robotics market and implementation of disruptive (maximum productivity & optimum agility) innovations in over 300,000 Manufacturing SMEs. It will support SMEs in their Agile Production challenge (50% increase in productivity) and unleash their digitalization potential by enabling robot solutions that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes. Role in the project: task leader.

  • RIMA (2019 – 2022):

Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies in the direction of digitizing industry. Role in the project: WP leader.

 In parallel to described above initiatives the cooperation with neighboring Institute of Electron technology DIH ( supports the DIH's activity at each level (regional, national, EU). The formal partnership agreement on knowledge and experience share, common initiatives and responsibilities is in a preparation phase.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Public administration and defence
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples


Client needs and provided solution:
Development of new generation of modular road security sensors system. A product in the category of intelligent road security systems.

Service provided:
Collaborative research, concept validation and prototyping

Relation with digitalisation:
Development of an IOT ready intelligent road security system

Name customer, contact details
ZURAD Sp. z o.o.
ul. Stacyjna 14
07-300 Ostrów Mazowiecka


Client needs and provided solution:Creation of an event gathering technology providers and their clients for the industrial automation and robotics area. Organization of a trade fair for more than 300 exhibitors representing 700 companies with the number of visitors exceeding 10.000. The fair have been organized for last 22 years.


Service provided:
Ecosystem building, networking.

Relation with digitization
Last year the majority of leading exhibitors presented technologies related to Industry 4.0

Name customer, contact details
300 exhibitors, 700 companies, see


Client profile and provided solution:
Implementation of a pilot service to coordinate the border surveillance activities on national level and serve as a hub for the exchange of information. The service was provided by the consortium of PIAP and GMV Aerospace And Defence

Services provided:
Concept validation and prototyping, Testing and validation

Relation with digitalisation:
The process of collecting local and national information about what takes place at the border, including illegal border crossings and criminal activity has been digitized in a uniformed manner on European level. Based on this input and information from other sources, Frontex created the European situational picture and the common pre-frontier intelligence picture.

Name customer, contact details
Frontex, Plac Europejski 6
00-844 Warsaw, Poland
fax: (48 22) 205 95 01
tel.:(48 22) 205 95 00


Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Other


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals


Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Fundingbox Accelerator sp. z o.o.

Partner Type



PIAP-ScienTech Sp. z o.o.

Partner Type



Technological competences

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
Last updated: 21/12/18 06:25