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Localised and Urban Manufacturing, supporting creativity and the New European Bauhaus
|Funding Program||Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies|
|Call budget||€ 10,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||between € 1,500,000.00 and € 2,000,000,00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
New technologies offer the possibility of implementing certain manufacturing processes in localised and urban settings, limiting time to reach the job place for workers, bringing production closer to, and responding to the needs of customers and consumers, and promoting urban resilience and inclusiveness. The focus is on designing and prototyping urban and decentralised processes, not on large-scale adoption by manufacturing industry.
Decentralised, local and urban manufacturing is characterised by small, versatile factories, close to customers, and to highly qualified workers, where various types of customised products are produced in small series for the cost price of mass-produced products.
The New European Bauhaus seeks a transformation relying on industrial ecosystems, from construction to lifestyle and creative industries, from materials to business models, from digital to farming, to provide tailored and affordable solutions. The New European Bauhaus approaches innovation not only in the sense of new technologies but also as a combination of new and traditional techniques, or adaptations of local crafts and knowledge. This topic is intended to integrate the New European Bauhaus initiative into the development and implementation of the decentralised manufacturing vision. New business models and social economy approaches, and Design for Sustainability, can also support the decentralised manufacturing vision.
New technologies offer the possibility of implementing certain manufacturing processes in localised and urban settings, limiting time to reach the job place for workers, bringing production closer to, and responding to the needs of customers and consumers, and promoting urban resilience and inclusiveness. The focus is on designing and prototyping urban and decentralised processes, not on large-scale adoption by manufacturing industry. However, attention to standards is required, to ensure that the urban and decentralised segments can be integrated in wider manufacturing processes.
Research and Innovation activities should cover:
Digitally-enabled solutions that support the local and urban manufacturing vision may be considered. Possible technology development includes the adoption of artificial intelligence and smart data approaches to control and optimise distributed manufacturing and logistic processes; Internet of Things solutions and big data analysis to reach zero-defect manufacturing processes and zero-surprises predictive maintenance; distributed ledger technologies to reduce transaction costs.
Developed technologies should be demonstrated in at least two complementary use cases. To achieve this, project consortia may provide financial support to SMEs in the form of Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP). The maximum amount to be granted to each third party is EUR 100 000, with up to one third of the total EU contribution used for FSTP.
A human-centric approach should be integrated, with appropriate contributions from Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and in particular the arts as catalysts of human compatible and green uses of technology (see S+T+ARTS) in transdisciplinary approaches. As part of this, a strategy for skills development should could be included, associating social partners where relevant.
All projects should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms. In particular, projects can consider links to the EU Mission Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, and to one or more of the 100 EU Cities that will participate.
Projects are expected to contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative by interacting with the New European Bauhaus Community, NEBLab and other relevant actions of the initiative through sharing information, best practice and, where relevant, results.
In the context of this topic, geographical areas of the European Union and Associated Countries are NUTS level 1 regions of European Union Member States and of Associated Countries for which they are defined. In the case of Associated Countries without NUTS classification, the country as a whole is to be considered as one geographical area:
Manufacturing industry, as well as customers, consumers and wider communities, should benefit from the following outcomes, applying the New European Bauhaus concept:
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)|
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
|other eligibility criteria|
Activities are expected to start at TRL 5 and achieve TRL 6 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT,
Rural & Urban Development/Planning
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.
To ensure a balanced portfolio covering demonstration activities in diverse geographical areas of the European Union and Associated Countries, grants will be awarded first to the highest ranked application according to the standard procedure described in Horizon Europe General Annexes D and F, followed by other applications that are the highest ranked among those that ensure the most complementary geographical coverage, provided that the applications attain all thresholds. When assessing geographical coverage, the evaluation will take into account the location of the application’s demonstration activities, not the location of the application’s participants/beneficiaries.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 6 (799kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |