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New technology development opportunities and funding available for manufacturing SMEs

New technology development opportunities and funding available for manufacturing SMEs


240 000 € available to facilitate the uptake of new digital technologies in Romania.

From 8 th of June until 15 th of September 2020, manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps are invited to apply for an open call to take part in 10 month-long technology transfer experiments and receive funding up to € 60 000 per experiment.


Selected manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps will receive technology and business mentoring support from their local digital innovation hub - a one-stop shop for digital solutions - which will be supported by a partner hub from digitally mature region who will take up the role of the technology expert. The aim of the experiment is to refine new digital solutions that afterwards will help the companies to reach new market potential and scale.


Proposals and submission


Proposals should address the application of technology and systems from the following technology areas: low energy computing powering CPS, cyber-physical and embedded systems, internet of things, flexible and wearable electronics, organic and large area electronics, man/machine interfaces, advanced or high-performance computing, robotics for manufacturing, additive manufacturing technologies, modeling and simulation or CPS for manufacturing.


Manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps legally established in the following regions can apply for funding:
 North-West, Romania;
 Latvia;
 Jihozápad, Czech Republic;
 Małopolskie, Poland;
 Yugozapaden, Bulgaria;
 Trøndelag, Norway.

In each of these regions 4 applications will be chosen for the conduction of the experiments that will be supported by the local digital innovation hub. In Romania, the technical and business mentoring support to companies will be provided by the Transilvania IT Cluster together with the RWTH Aachen University.


Proposals must be submitted in a one-step process via the online application form through FundingBox Platform. Submissions stars on Monday, 8 th of June 2020, and the deadline for application submission to this call is 15 th of September 2020, at 13:00 CET.


About the project


The BOWI project is part of European Commission’s Smart Anything Everywhere initiative that aims to boost innovation uptake across Europe through widening and knowledge transfer
between different regions and innovation hubs. The objective of the project is to support the collaboration between Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) across Europe to increase their capacity in
supporting SMEs with digital technologies and thus strengthen regional economy and the competitiveness of the European SMEs. The BOWI project has received funding under the
European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 873155.


For further information about the BOWI project and application criteria, please visit the website www.bowi-project.eu or contact Transilvania DIH – .

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