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Localised and Urban Manufacturing, supporting creativity and the New European Bauhaus
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 1,500,000.00 and € 2,000,000,00
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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:
- Adaptation (and where relevant development) of green and digital technologies that allow production in local and urban contexts with lower environmental impacts, noise, waste, energy and space consumption, and an increased quality of experience.
- Consideration of the potential of circular economy approaches, by closing the material and energy cycles in cities and transforming waste streams into productive resources.
- Activities for developing skills and creativity; participatory design strategies; inclusiveness, possibly including unemployed workforce and marginalised groups; and engaging citizens in the definition of challenges and solutions.
- Artistic experimentation with novel uses of technologies that help push for green solutions in the spirit of S+T+ARTS (starts.eu) and New European Bauhaus, also taking into consideration the different dimensions of inclusion and aesthetics and quality of experience.
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:
- List of Associated Countries not defined by NUTS level 1: Armenia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Faroe Islands; Georgia; Kosovo; Israel; Moldova; Tunisia; Ukraine.
- List of countries not defined by NUTS level 1 with which association negotiations are being processed or where association is imminent: Morocco.
Manufacturing industry, as well as customers, consumers and wider communities, should benefit from the following outcomes, applying the New European Bauhaus concept:
- Designing and demonstrating symbiotic and sustainable factories that support a decentralised manufacturing vision close to the customer – this will in turn bring benefits in terms of flexibility, resilience, urban transformation and minimisation of transport costs and impacts;
- Developing regenerative concepts that offer increased value for the larger community, inspired by the New European Bauhaus, paying particular attention to regenerative design and regenerative and value-added manufacturing;
- Human-centric and participatory approaches to enhance wider engagement and creativity, with appropriate contributions from Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), including cognitive science;
- Raising the profile of manufacturing as an attractive career option;
- Improved access to flexible production capabilities in decentralised environments, especially for SMEs.
Regions / countries for funding
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
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:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating 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:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
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.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible
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:
- TRL 1 — Basic principles observed
- TRL 2 — Technology concept formulated
- TRL 3 — Experimental proof of concept
- TRL 4 — Technology validated in a lab
- TRL 5 — Technology validated in a relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
- TRL 6 — Technology demonstrated in a relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
- TRL 7 — System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL 8 — System complete and qualified
- TRL 9 — Actual system proven in an operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies, or in space)
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:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
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.