The EU- funded project “Digital Innovation Hubs Federation For Large Scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs” announces has announced the results of its first call for applications: 14 applicants of the 72 eligible proposals will receive a total of over 1.1 million euros to develop their smart applications.
In a first effort to engage European SMEs and midcaps in its innovation programme, DigiFed is pleased to announce the results of the project’s 1st Open Call launched on the 17th of March 2020.
Out of approximately 72 eligible proposals which involved 94 European companies including start-ups, SMEs and mid-caps (see Figure 1) from across Europe (see Figure 2), 22 European companies have been selected to receive financial, technical and innovation management support for the creation of smart applications to help digitise European Industries.
Figure 1: Open Call 1 – 72 Eligible proposals – 94 Companies
The distribution percentage of funding per company size can be seen in Figure 3.
The first call was specifically aimed towards “Application Experiments,” meaning that the applicants provide an innovative produce or service, with a clear market vision, but need technical and/or business innovation expertise in order to validate their concept.
48 companies applied for “single application experiments,” meaning that a single applicant company will receive, along with cascade funding of up to 55k€, technical and business expertise from DigiFed to support their project.
46 companies applied for “Twin application experiments,” which is when two partner companies from two different countries apply together; these applications will each receive up to 55 k€ in cascade funding for supporting their project, while DigiFed will provide support through business innovation expertise.
Figure 2: Open Call 1 – 72 Eligible proposals – 94 applicants’ company country of origin
All proposals were evaluated in a first phase by the independent experts and in a second phase by DigiFed’s team. The 14 winning projects will be carried out by the 22 selected companies and are scheduled to start in October 2020.
Figure 3: Distribution of Funding per Company Size
So far, the overall budget distributed for the first DigiFed open call is 1 150 224,79 € out of a total available budget of 3,5M€ cascade funding across 3 open calls. In the first call the largest share went to companies based in France, followed by Belgium, Italy and Spain (see Figure 4)
Figure 4: Total Amounts Awarded per Country of Origin
DigiFed is dedicated to supporting EU industries in the digitalisation of their products and services and assists in reaching new markets enabled by Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Embedded Systems. It aims to promote a total of 40 projects, fostering alliances between SMEs to demonstrate the potential of CPS digital technologies. DigiFed incentivises cooperation among hubs across Europe to make those technologies and know-how available to all European SMEs. ZABALA’s role in the project is to launch and manage open calls and management support.
If you are a start-up, SME or Midcap with an interest in developing smart applications, do not miss the 2nd Open Call which will be launched on the 22nd of September 2020.