Open Calls

ACCELERATION PROGRAMME 1

Are you an SME operating in the European Mobility, Transport & Automotive (MTA), Aerospace & Defence, and Electronics manufacturing value chains? Are you eager to digitally advance your business in a more human-centric, sustainable and resilient way, but don’t have enough resources or knowledge to do so?

If so, look no further, because the EU-funded SURE5.0 project is allocating EUR 2.6 million in cascade funding to support your digital transformation on the principles of Industry 5.0.

For this aim, SURE5.0 will launch 2 separate acceleration programmes, each one of them structured in a two sequential phases approach, providing the companies with the following benefits:

5.0 assessments and services worth €10,000

50,000€/SME of equity-free funding to implement your 5.0 transition plan

We are glad to announce that the Acceleration Programme 1 has just been launched. If you are an eligible SME, don’t miss the opportunity to apply to the phase 1, open from December 15th, 2022, until March 1st, 2023, 17:00 CET.

What we offer?

Divided in two phases, the SURE5.0 Acceleration Programme 1 will help its participants to both understand and implement Industry 5.0 by utilising the following step-by step approach:

Phase 1

Assess & Recommend

Individual Industry 5.0 Roadmap

Individual Industry 5.0 Roadmap

Consortium members will provide 50 SMEs with individual assessments and recommendations covering the entire spectrum of Industry 5.0 transformation.

Community of Practice of Alliance

Community of Practice of Alliance

This community provides its members with open access to peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing between pan-European business leaders.

Phase 2

Business Transformation & Resilience

Equity-free EUR 50k for the implementation of Industry 5.0 Transition Plan

Equity-free EUR 50k for the implementation of Industry 5.0 Transition Plan

In this phase, 27 SMEs will receive the grant.

Additional support via Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers

Additional support via Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers

Accessible free of charge database of external Industry 4.0 and 5.0 experts and service providers. SMEs will be able to hire them, allocating these expenses in the awarded FSTP grant.
Tailored Industry 5.0 services

Tailored Industry 5.0 services

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Investment Readiness Assessment (analyzing leadership team capability, product readiness, market readiness and financial strategy) .
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Mandatory training module on industry 5.0.
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Support on social innovation & human centricity (linking social needs with processes and solutions, helping companies to develop a human-centricity strategy, etc).
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Personalized business consultancy services for shaping innovative and sustainable business models.
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Other on-demand 5.0 advanced training modules for the upskilling and reskilling of employees.
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Technological services for the uptake of Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI) such as individual Industry 5.0 technological assessments and /or proof-of-concept testing.

Who can apply?

SMEs operating in the Mobility, Transport & Automotive (MTA), Aerospace & Defence, and Electronics manufacturing value chains which:
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Need to adopt technologies or services for their Industry 5.0 transition.
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Are established in the European Union or Horizon Europe Associated Countries.

*Definition of SME in line with the European Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC and the SME qualification guide.

Mobility, Transport & Automotive

Mobility, Transport & Automotive

Aerospace & Defence

Aerospace & Defense

Electronics

Electronics

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Guide for applicants

Full general rules.

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Open call summary and value proposition

Key information.

How to apply

STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS

01.

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL

Fill in this questionnaire to know your current situation and future potential regarding industry 5.0. You will automatically receive the results of your evaluation (general recommendations).

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Important

The assessment report is a compulsory requirement to apply to the Open call.

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APPLY TO PHASE 1

Eligible SMEs with their self-assessment report.

Access the F6S platform and fill in the corresponding application form. Your proposal should demonstrate your company’s alignment and commitment to integrate the industry 5.0 principles, as well as the impact you expect from participating in the SURE5.0 acceleration programme.

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Application period

15 dec 2022 – 1 March 17:00 CET.

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Number of SMEs supported

50 SMEs.

Download the SURE5.0 Tech Annex

Fill this document to upload it to the F6S platform

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APPLY TO PHASE 2

Only phase 1 beneficiaries.

Use again the F6S platform to submit your Industry 5.0 Transition Plan. This strategy should be based on the individual roadmap and knowledge gained through the services provided in phase 1.

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Application period

August 2023 – September 2023.

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Number of SMEs supported

27 SMEs.

Note that:

  • Only SMEs which have completed their self-assessment will be able to apply to Phase 1.
  • Only SMES beneficiaries at Phase 1 will be able to apply to Phase 2.

Acceleration programme timeline

The following chart summarizes the full planning of the acceleration programme 1, including for each phase, the periods for application, evaluation, and companies’ support.

Phase 1

Assess & Recommend

Phase 2

Business Transformation & Resilience

Application period

Dec 15th, 2022 - Mar 1st, 2023

Application period
Finalised Online – Self Assesment
Proposal submitted on F6S platform
Evaluation and selection

Mar - Apr, 2023

Evaluation and selection

Tailored Industry 5.0 services

Apr - Sept 2023

Programme

50 beneficiaries

  • Individual assessments & recommendations (roadmap).
  • Phase 1 Tailored Services.
  • Membership in the Community of Practice Alliance.
Application period

Aug - Sept 2023

Application period
Submission of Industry 5.0 Transition Plan
Evaluation and selection

Oct - Dec 2023

Evaluation and selection
Tailored Industry 5.0 services

Dec 2023 - Jul 2024

Programme

27 beneficiaries

  • Equity – free €50,000 to implement Industry 5.0 Transition Plan.
  • Access to the Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers.
  • Phase 2 Tailored Services.

Need more help?

If you have reviewed this section but you found something unclear and you still need help, we recommend you:
Q&A sessions

Q&A sessions

Join our SURE5.0 open call Q&A sessions. These online events, addressed to SMEs interested in applying to the acceleration programme, will provide detailed information about the call and will be useful to solve questions and help you to submit a better proposal.

Calendar

Q&A sessions

Helpdesk

Helpdesk

Contact our helpdesk in the following email:
help@sureproject.eu

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the maximum financing that an SME participating in the Acceleration Programme can obtain?

Beneficiaries will be awarded with direct funding of maximum €50,000 to deploy their Industry 5.0 Transition Plan. In phase 2 of the Acceleration Programme, up to 27 SMEs will receive this funding. Financial support may be used and may cover different types of expenses:

  • Procurement of external advance technology, consulting and coaching services that are not available within the consortium. External service providers with expertise in one or several of the industry 5.0 principles will be available in the Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers. Nonetheless, SME will have the possibility to suggest the inclusion of other service providers in the Catalogue.
  • Personnel, consumables, equipment, and other costs necessary to set up a feasibility study, a pilot testing, or the building of a prototype/demonstrator to implement Industry 5.0 transformation, with or without supervision by consortium partners.
2. Can an SME access financing without having submitted to phase 1 of the Acceleration Programme?

No. It is mandatory that all SMEs that want to access project financing complete their self-assessment and apply to Phase 1 of the Open Call. Only SMEs benefiting from Phase 1 will be able to apply to Phase 2 and therefore access financing.

3. What is the difference between service adopter and service provider in SURE5.0 Acceleration Programme 1?

The goal of the project is to support manufacturing SMEs in the adoption of Industry 5.0 principles. Being a product or service adopter means that the SME will use the support provided by SURE5.0 to enhance the products or manufacturing procedures of the products they sell.

In case your company is interested in providing a technology or tool that helps others to evolve towards Industry 5.0, then you can participate as a Service Provider in SURE5.0 Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers as external entities complementing the services delivered by consortium members for the deployment of the SMEs Industry 5.0 Transition Plan in Phase 2. Costs incurred with contracting services listed in the Catalogue will be fully eligible in the budget of SMEs receiving FSTP.

SMEs cannot be a service adopter and a service provider at the same time. This means that the companies that apply to be in the SURE5.0 Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers cannot apply to the Open Call.

For more information about eligibility criteria, as well as the Catalogue, go to Open Call 1 Guide for Applicants.

4. Can I apply as a legal entity that isn’t established in the European Union?

Applicants eligible to receive funding through this Open Call are a legal entity established and based in the European Union or EU Associated Countries only, which means that SURE5.0 Acceleration Programme 1 also accepts applications from:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Georgia
  6. Iceland
  7. Israel
  8. Kosovo
  9. Moldova
  10. Montenegro
  11. North Macedonia
  12. Norway
  13. Serbia
  14. Tunisia
  15. Turkey
  16. Ukraine
5. How are the tailored services divided per each phase of the Programme?

SURE5.0 Phase 1 tailored services are delivered in the following manner:

  • Investment Readiness Assessment.
  • Support on Social Innovation and Human Centricity (advanced training programme).
  • Advanced training programme for the industry 5.0 transition (Mandatory training module on industry 5.0.).

SURE5.0 Phase 2 beneficiaries will be provided the following services:

  • Investment Readiness Support – business consultancy services to support the implementation of the Industry 5.0 Transition Plan.
  • Service provisioning for SMEs uptake of advanced technologies (individual technological assessments and/or and/or proof-of-concept testing).
  • Advanced training programme for the industry 5.0 transition (customizable modules for the upskilling and reskilling of employees).

To read the full description of the offered support, go to Open Call 1 Guide for Applicants – Section 2.3 Support provided.

6. Can auxiliary industry companies apply to the Acceleration Programme 1?

All SMEs operating in the Mobility, Transport & Automotive (MTA), Aerospace & Defence, and Electronics manufacturing value chains can apply to the Open Call, both manufacturing and auxiliary industry companies. However, it is mandatory that these SMEs need to adopt technologies or services in their plants related to the Industry 5.0 transition.