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High-precision OR complex product manufacturing – potentially including the use of photonics (Made in Europe and Photonics Partnerships)
|Funding Program||Horzion Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 1: Climate Neutral, Circular and Digitised Production|
|Funding rate||60% (NPO: 100%)|
|Call budget||€ 48,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||between € 5,000,000.00 and € 6,000,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
To maintain technological autonomy and to enable the viable and sustainable manufacturing of high-tech products, innovative advanced manufacturing processes should be developed. Digital models make development, production, and operation of complex products manageable.
Products are increasingly complex, e.g. in terms of geometries, structures, embedded and structural electronics, optics or photonics, micro-, nano- or bio-mimetic features or advanced and composite materials. Further constraints arise from new requirements of sustainability in production processes (resource and energy efficiency). In particular components and products have to be manufactured anticipating the fact that they would be disassembled, re-used re-manufactured or recycled.
Proposals should address the following:
Proposals should indicate which approach they are targeting.
Proposals may also propose to combine more than one of the above approaches when justified for specific high-tech product. For these cases, proposals should still indicate which of the approaches is the primary/main one.
Proposals are also allowed to combine two of the approaches above, provided there is added value in such a combined approach. Arbitrary combinations without integration are excluded.
In all cases, process development will be required to demonstrate and validate the benefits the technologies in flexible and individualised manufacturing processes, minimising waste, defects, energy consumption and emissions; and enabling sustainable, innovative and improved products. The quality of the new products should be validated according to the most advanced metrology capacities, and life cycle assessment should be considered.
The focus can be, for example, on addressing demands in healthcare, automotive, maritime and aviation industries, energy generation or environmental areas.
Proposals could additionally consider one or more of the following, only provided this brings added value:
Links may be established with relevant cases emerging from the CSA project HORIZON-CL4-2023-RESILIENCE-01-39.
Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination.
Research must build on existing standards or contribute to standardisation. Where relevant, interoperability for data sharing should be addressed.
Interoperability for data sharing should be addressed, focusing on open and trustful federated concepts and standards, enabling effective cross-domain data communities, new data-driven markets, and the Digital Product Passport initiative.
Additionally, a strategy for skills development should be presented, 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.
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnerships Made in Europe and Photonics.
Manufacturing industry will benefit from the following outcomes:
|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 7 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
To ensure a balanced portfolio covering all three technology areas in the scope below, grants will be awarded to applications not only in order of ranking, but also to at least two projects in each technology area, provided that the applications attain all thresholds.
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT
|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 50 pages. In order to include a business case and exploitation strategy, the page limit in part B of the General Annexes is exceptionally extended by 3 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 1 (661kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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