EIT Manufacturing Launches Third Call for Proposals

Funding for inovative solutions to equip European manufacturing for a digital, competitive future that is socially and environmentally sustainable.

EIT Manufacturing brings together 60 European leading partners from business, education and research to establish an innovation community and build a network of ecosystems where people can acquire skills and find opportunities; and where innovators are able to attract investors and accede venture capital.

For EIT Manufacturing’s third Call for Proposals, innovators, research organisations, universities, major corporations, startups and businesses of every size are invited to submit ideas for using the latest technology to address four themes:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital twins for manufacturing systems
  • Smart technologies for circular and green manufacturing
  • Collaborative robots and solutions for flexible manufacturing
  • Automation for human-centred factories

All proposals should align with EIT Manufacturing’s overall vision, mission, and set of KPIs. Proposals should clearly define targets for added value, business impact or societal impact.

Each Activity of EIT Manufacturing should be executed by an entrepreneurial team consisting of Partners of EIT Manufacturing, ie Members and their Linked Third Parties and Activity Partners. Non-partner organisations can also participate and will be assigned the Activity Partner status for one year if the activity proposal they aim to participate in is selected for funding. The entrepreneurial teams should represent, at least two different Co-Location Centres (CLCs), preferably combining education, business, and R&D background, ensuring integration of the Knowledge Triangle.

Teams can also include Linked Third Parties (LTPs) of member organisations (eg daughter companies). At most, the following number of LTPs of a Member may receive funding:

  • Five members being large enterprises, research institutes and universities
  • Two members being mid-sized companies

Organisations participating in activity proposals addressing the Call may receive a financial support of up to €1.5 million per year.

First stage applications to the 2023 Call for Proposals must be submitted by 11 March 2022 (23:59 CET).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)