EIT Manufacturing RIS LEADERS 2023 Call

The EIT Manufacturing RIS LEADERS 2023 Call is closed for submissions!

What is “LEADERS – Women Innovators in Manufacturing at EIT Regional Innovation Scheme”?

“LEADERS – Women Innovators in Manufacturing at EIT RIS” is a competition that celebrates the women innovators behind the solutions addressing manufacturing-related challenges.

The Prize is awarded to women innovators based in the EIT RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) eligible countries* who have significantly impacted the innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and/or services to benefit people and planet. With this prize, EIT Manufacturing seeks to raise awareness of the need for more women innovators in manufacturing and create role models for girls and women everywhere.

In the first round of submissions, up to 60 eligible applicants will receive an online pitch training. After the second round of submissions, six top-ranked applicants will be invited to an awarding ceremony where three winners will be publicly announced and receive prizes in the amount of:

  • EUR 10.000
  • EUR 7.500
  • EUR 5.000

Who can Apply?

LEADERS – Women Innovators in Manufacturing at EIT RIS is open to applications from women innovators (i.e. professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, etc.) that are citizens of EIT RIS eligible countries and play a leading role in developing solution fitting one of the following EIT Manufacturing flagship areas:

  • Flexible Production Systems for Competitive Manufacturing. Emerging technologies enable almost limitless flexibility in product design and production, allowing full customisation.
  • Low Environmental Footprint Systems & Circular Economy for Green Manufacturing. Using new technology to minimise use of resources, energy, and material in production systems enables new circular business models.
  • Digital & Collaborative Solutions for Innovative Manufacturing Ecosystems. Collaboration and business on digital platforms and value networks enables companies to create new and highly efficient value chains.
  • Human-machine co-working for socially sustainable manufacturing. Smart use of automation and robots enables great workplaces, flexible production, and sustainable human work.

* EIT RIS Eligible countries (2021-2024)

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries: Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, Ukraine
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain)

Key Dates

1st phase:

  • Call opening: 19 May 2023, 10:00 AM CEST
  • Call closing [UPDATED]: 25 July 2023, 23:59 CEST
  • Call online Info Day: 9 June 2023, 12:00 PM CEST
  • Eligibility and admissibility check: Until 31 July 2023
  • Online pitch training for eligible applicants: 11,12, 13 September 2023

2nd phase

  • Online pitch submission:  20 September 2023
  • Evaluation of full proposals: until 9 October 2023
  • Communication of results: Until 24 October 2023
  • Awarding ceremony: 20 and 21 November 2023, in Brussels (in the occasion of the EIT Manufacturing Summit)

Info Day

Watch the recording of the Info Day

For any questions, please reach out to: