Permanent Call for Startups-Corporates’ Pilot Projects

Update! The terms and conditions have been updated on 7 June 2024. Check them out

Transform 2024 Call is now open!

Applications are open until 29th October 2024, 12.00pm CEST

Driving innovation in European Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing seeks to support the application of innovative technologies in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), mid-cap companies and corporates, horizontally along existing supply chains, but also vertically, by integrating them into existing systems.

Supporting Innovative Technologies for SMEs and Corporates

TRANSFORM Call 2024 focuses on addressing the innovation needs of well-established companies, such as manufacturing corporates and SMEs.

It aims to support manufacturing corporates and SMEs in solving industrial and innovation challenges by implementing new technologies from startups that could be further co-developed and integrated into their business operations and production.

Pilot Projects for Industrial Challenges

The purpose of this Call is to support pilot projects between manufacturing corporates or SMEs and startups on a specific industrial challenge.

Through a structured process, the EIT Manufacturing Business Creation team will support the collaboration between corporates and SMEs with the best-fitting startup partners for further development and pilot project implementation, providing guidance, support, and financing during the pilot project.

The Call has the dual goal of providing innovative solutions for the Corporates/SMEs and opening new market opportunities for startups.

This Call will support startups with innovative product/service that address specific corporate and SMEs’ challenges in at least one of the following objectives set in EIT Manufacturing’s Strategic Agenda 2021-2027:

  • Put people at the center of manufacturing.
  • Accelerate green manufacturing.
  • Foster sovereignty and competitiveness

The TRANSFORM Call 2024 is open to startups that address an identified corporate or SME’s challenge and that have been collaborating with this Challenge Owner on the planning of the pilot project.

The startups applying to the Transform Call 2024 must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Be a legal entity with registered headquarters:

  • One of the European Union Member States, including their outermost regions: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

1. Have a valid PIC Number

2. The solutions proposed for the pilot project by the startups should have at least Technology Readiness Level 7 or higher.

3. The following documentation must be submitted by the applicants through the submission platform and within the call cut-off dates:

  • Application form, with all mandatory fields properly filled in
  • Pilot project full proposal
  • Company logo and registration certificate
  • Confirmation Letter from Corporate or SME (Challenge Owner) including description of the challenge and commitment to the pilot project and Financial Sustainability’s contribution to EIT Manufacturing (when applicable)

NOTE: Commercial Agreement will be signed if application selected

The exact number of pilot projects funded will depend on the quality of the applications received.

The total maximum EIT funding allocated to this call is 300,000 EUR.

The available financial support (also known as “sub-grant”) is 20,000 EUR per pilot project for activities which are in line with the overall EIT Manufacturing objectives.

The TRANFORM Call 2024 selected startups must conduct an in-situ demonstration of the pilot project by 29th November, 2025.

Applicants are invited to apply and to send their applications at any time and before any of these cut-off dates:

  • First cut-off date: 30th April 2024, 12:00 pm CET
  • Second cut-off date: 14th June 2024, 12:00 pm CET
  • Third cut-off date: 6th September 2024, 12:00 pm CET
  • Fourth cut-off date: 29th October 2024, 12:00 pm CET

Transform 2024 Call is now open!

Applications are open until 29th October 2024, 12.00pm CEST