DIGITbrain Open Calls

DIGITbrain's second Open Call will be open
from February 28th to May 31st.

Read the details in the official announcement.

Prepare your application:

Please notice, that the Open Call Documents, which you need for your application will be published just before the opening of the second Open Call at the end of February 2022.
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Meanwhile, you can download some example documents from the first Open Call here, for a first orientation.

But, please, have in mind that the open call documents for the second Open Call may slightly differ from those for the first open call. Thus, make sure you use the right documents for your application.

Overview of the second Open Call

Requirements for experiment consortia
  1. The minimum number of partners in an experiment consortium must include:
    • One End User (mainly SMEs); and
    • One Technical partner acting as Independent Software Vendor (ISV), engineering, or software consultant.
  2.  All Third Parties must come from the European Member States, Associated Countries, or the United Kingdom [1]
  3. According to the EC rules, no Third Party is allowed to have received more than 100,000 EUR from Horizon 2020 I4MS and SAE Open Calls[2].
  [1] For further information, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/statistics/framework-programme-facts-and-figures/horizon-2020-country-profiles_en
[2] DIGITbrain will receive assistance from the European Commission to cross-check if an organization that has been shortlisted for funding under the current DIGITbrain’s OC2 has already received FSTP via an Open Call under any other H2020 I4MS/ SAE Project and to ensure that the right funding is allocated to a Third Party in case it exceeds the above threshold (including any DIGITbrain potential funding).
Types of organizations and companies considered as "Third Parties"
  • End Users from the manufacturing sector (will be driving the experiments. Preferably an SME but also mid-caps.)
  • Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
  • Engineering or software consultants.
  • Research Organizations.
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) providers.
  • Any organization that will act as a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH).
Application Experiment strategic focus

This Open Call is focused on attracting Third Parties (especially manufacturing and ISV SMEs and mid-caps) to perform experiments to validate the DIGITbrain solution and to make SMEs more competitive by transferring innovative solutions into the wider manufacturing community.  Experiments will be implemented in close collaboration with Digital Innovation Hubs and technical partners of Competence Centres. This interaction should start during proposal preparation, with DIHs and technical partners of competence centres acting as a business and technical supporters for applicants. This collaboration will then continue during the experiments’ deployment and execution.

Some more interesting information

When does the 2nd Open Call start and until when can I hand in my application?

The 2nd Open Call for application experiments will be open from 28th February 2022, 10:00h (CET Time), and closes 31st May 2022, 17:00h (CEST Time).

Why is DIGITbrain launching two Open Calls?

H2020 DIGITbrain project, funded by EC under the Grant Agreement number 952071, includes Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) under two open calls. DIGITbrain has the ambition to transform the CloudiFacturing Solution and ecosystem (developed in the H2020 CloudiFacturing Project) towards the requirements of Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS), utilising the Digital Brain and its underlying technology components as the main innovation of the project.

Is there a third Open Call in 2023?

DIGITbrain project is conducting only two Open Calls - take the chance and apply now!

How much money is available for experiments in total?

1.4M€ has been kept for both Open Calls, 684,600 EUR are left to be disseminated via the second Open Call.

7 Open Experiment Slots

This project will support more than 20 highly innovative cross-border experiments (7 starting with the project and at least 14 acquired through two Open Calls).

Each experiment will bring together a manufacturing end-user and technology providers to perform experimentation, in order to validate the DIGITbrain solution. A total budget of 1.4M€ has been kept for these two Open Calls.

  • The 1st Open Call for application experiments was open from 31st March 2021 for three months until the End of June 2021.
  • The 2nd Open Call for application experiments will be open from 28th February 2022 for three months until the End of May 2022.

Watch recording of the 1st Open Call webinar:

It is not about doing it all on your own!

Receiving support from your regional Digital Innovation Hub!

In order to maximise the impact of the experiments, each experiment is accompanied by a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) will provide help from proposal writing to the implementation of the experiment. Click on the button, to see, which Digital Innovation Hub is available in your region.

Expectations for Experiments

Grounding on the Digital Twin concept, experiments will be focused on enabling the customization of Industrial Products (intended as systems operated by manufacturing companies to support the production of the final consumer products) and facilitating cost-effective distributed and localised production for manufacturing SMEs or mid-caps, by leveraging edge, cloud and HPC-based modelling,

simulation, optimisation, analysis, and machine learning tools.  Experiments can cover any segments in the manufacturing sector at large, including (but not limited to) discrete manufacturing, continuous production, or construction. Experiments should aim at covering the development and uptake of digital technologies, especially in segments where these are underexploited.

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