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Mind4Machine: Open Calls

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Application Deadline: June 29, 2022
About Opportunity

The European Union launches open calls under Mind4Machine to fund and encourage the validation of the new cross-sectoral and cross-regional digital manufacturing value chains, delivering innovative goods, services and processes in new sectors.

Eligibility Requirements

  • MIND4MACHINES Open Call is addressed only to legally established and registered SMEs (including startups), according to the criteria set by the EU regulated:
    • SME: “The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million.”
    • These ceilings apply to the figures for individual firms only. A firm which is part of larger grouping may need to include employee/turnover/balance sheet data from that grouping too.
      • Startup: A sub-category of the SME category having an incorporated legal entity, separate from and independent of owners or shareholders, and is set up to trade
        actively (not dormant)
      • Startup companies are at an early development stage, possibly in the process of being set up or having been in business for a short time.
      • Startups may have completed the product development stage but require funds to initiate commercial manufacturing and/or sales
    • Large companies can take part in the proposal only with a signed Letter of Intent with explicit agreement to test or implement the project solution. They can take role as industry partner in the projects, but are not eligible for funding.

Application Procedure

The main objective of the call is to raise the efficiency and competitiveness of the manufacturing industry by adopting the latest digital technologies for a smarter and greener transformation aligned with the latest EU policies.

The present call funds the development, testing, validation and market uptake of INDUSTRY 4.0 solutions by increasing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL)/maturity of the proposed solutions in delivering innovative goods, services and processes.

The specific objectives of the Open Call are to address main challenges identified at the level of the manufacturing industry, such as:

  • Digitalise information and integrate systems at all stages of product development and utilisation (including logistics and supply);
  • integrate autonomous systems into the manufacturing environment;
  • promote excellence, eliminating defects in processes and products;
  • produce efficiently by means of all resources;
  • enable manufacturing servitisation;
  • facilitate mass customisation allowing every product to be unique and custom-made;
  • enable more agile and flexible approaches in line with Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0; and
  • create energy and resource efficiency to nurture more sustainable value networks.

Official Website: Mind4Machine: Open Calls

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