The project

SURE 5.0 is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe programme, which aims to support SMEs from the Civil Transportation (MTA and aerospace & defence) and Electronics ecosystems, to integrate in their manufacturing processes the industry 5.0 principles, in order to become more human-centric, sustainable and resilient.

For this aim, the project will foster the adoption and deployment of advanced technologies as well as the consideration of social innovation practices that will facilitate their twin transition (digital and green).

The project will mobilise EUR 2,6 million in cascade funds addressed to SMEs so they can finance their 5.0 projects.


Project Name

“Supporting the smes SUstainaibility and REsilience transition towards industry 5.0 in the mobility, transport & automotive, aerospace and electronics European ecosystems”




Project reference


Duration and funding

36 months

Total cost

4,988,125.00 €

EU contribution

4,988,125.00 €


HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-29 – ‘Innovate to transform’ support for SME’s sustainability transition (CSA)


Aerospace Valley (AV, France)

Rest of partners

  • Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA, Spain)
  • Silicon Alps Cluster GmbH (SAC, Austria)
  • Fraunhofer IPT (FhG, Germany)
  • F6S Network Ireland Limited (F6S, Ireland)
  • Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste (AIMEN, Spain)
  • Associazione Nazionale Filiera Industria Automobilistica (ANFIA, Italy)
  • Iniziativa Cube (INI, Italy)
  • EIT Manufacturing West (EITMW, Spain)
  • Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (TalTech, Estonia)
  • Athena Research Center/Corallia clusters Initiative Unit (CORALLIA, Greece).

Industry 5.0

What is it?

In order to face the tougher competition with international companies (especially in the US and China) and preserve its market share, the European industry started the transition from a traditional model to a more sustainable one, following the basis of the industry 4.0 concept, where digitalisation, robotics and AI driven technologies are used to increase the efficiency and flexibility of production. But as in all revolutions, there is a risk of going too far, too fast, thus creating new vulnerabilities. Due to this threat, a new concept emerged in the mid-2010’s: Industry 5.0.

Industry 5.0 shall not be seen as an alternative to the existing industry 4.0 paradigm, but as a complement. In fact, it keeps comprising the same objective of helping industries to digitise and embrace new advanced technologies, but adding three new principles:
Human-centricity: empowering people
Employees’ skills are at the core of a successful industrial transition. Increased adoption of advanced technologies will require new skills and, at the same time, will affect workers’ safety, working conditions, job satisfaction and physical and mental well-being. As production means evolve towards an increased digitalisation, industry employees and in particular operators, may perceive their role changed or even threatened. Thus, industry 4.0 tries to upgrade workers’ skills to enable them to use these novel tools, but not all workers are willing (and sometimes able) to invest time in learning new skills. Instead of that, Industry 5.0 recommends starting with workers’ skills and then to adapt the tools.
Sustainability: circular and low carbon economy
The entire value chains in the SURE 5.0’s relevant Transportation (MTA and Aerospace and Defence) and Electronics ecosystems depends on the use of material resources that can no longer be treated as waste but must, right from the early design stage, be oriented towards an end-of-cycle regeneration. This requires the introduction of new skills and processes in industries that can be more efficiently adopted through advanced technologies. SURE 5.0 will focus on the perspective of advanced technologies contributing to the transition from linear ecosystems towards circular ones. This requires developing innovative business models and processes that re-use, re-purpose and recycle natural resources, reduce waste and foster environmental sustainability.
Resilience: innovation, going digital, technologies, investments
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated how fragile value chains are, in particular in strategic sectors such as transportation and electronics. Securing value chains implies maintaining strong control at all levels: from the supply of raw materials, through the security of production sites, to the technical skills required to produce the final products. Support will be provided to selected SMEs in order to make easier their adoption of advanced technologies for adaptable production capacity, reliable forecasts, flexible business processes, fast business model redesign, etc.


We are a consortium formed by 11 partners from 8 different countries (France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Estonia and Greece). This collaborative group has been carefully selected with the right mix of cluster organizations, RTOs, universities and business innovation centres as members, being able to offer cross-border high level expertise in various domains of competence and the best value to SMEs.

Objectives and activities

The Work Plan is modelled on the SMEs journey, which starts in the work package 1 (WP1) and guides engaged SMEs through a training and upskilling process towards the implementation of Industry 5.0 principles (done in WP2 and WP3).

WP1 aims to develop the assessment methodology, select promising companies, and deliver open webinars and more detailed assessments. The services provided by the consortium can be found in WP2, while the selection and follow-up of the enterprises receiving financial support is carried out in WP3. WP4 gathers actions aiming at creating, developing and sustaining a community of companies with common challenges related to Industry 5.0. Finally, Work Packages 5 and 6 cover the project communication and management actions and Work Package 7 deals with Ethics compliance.


SMEs engage with the project through the self-assessment tool, access open webinars on Industry 5.0 related issues and may apply to the stage 1 call to receive an individualised assessment of their innovation, sustainability and resilience practices,).


Deployment of the consortium services offered to SMEs selected in stage 1 call, aiming at facilitating the understanding and assimilation of Industry 5.0, covering: the uptake of advanced technologies, training programmes, investment readiness and support on social innovation and human centricity.


Recruit, engage and monitor the SMEs eager to deploy/ implement their transition plan towards Industry 5.0, including the following tasks: the launch of the stage 2 call for applications related to business transformation & resilience projects, the evaluation and selection of proposals and the assessment of the progress development.


Set the right framework conditions and deliver the right tools to enhance long-lasting sense of community within and among the SURE5.0 target groups, which is indispensable to ensure
the continuity of the project activities and outcomes beyond the end of the project.


Communicate on the project opportunities for SMEs and disseminate results to stakeholders
in order to achieve the greatest possible impact.


Project management, including administrative issues and the work packages coordination through the implementation of the project management structure and the procedures defined in the Consortium Agreement.


Ethics compliance, Set out the ‘ethics requirements’ that the project must comply with.


Find here the public deliverables created in the framework of the project. They will be available for downloading as soon as they are validated by the European Commission

Deliverable WP Dissemination level Delivery date
D1.1 Technological services for Industry 5.0 uptake 1 PU – Public M6
D1.2 Open Webinar Report 1 SEN – sensitive M20
D1.3 Guide for applicants 1 PU – Public M6
D1.4 Report on Stage 1 SME selection 1 SEN – sensitive M19
D1.5 Report on SMEs assessments 1 SEN – sensitive M24
D2.1 Services catalogue for SMEs business transformation 2 PU – Public M12
D2.2 Technological services for Industry 5.0 uptake 2 SEN – sensitive M30
D2.3 Upskilling and reskilling Industry 5.0 programme and materials 2 SEN – sensitive M30
D2.4 Industry 5.0 investment readiness support report 2 SEN – sensitive M30
D3.1 Stage 2 documents KIT and third-party financing rules 3 PU – Public M12
D3.2 Stage 2 report 3 SEN – sensitive M25
D3.3 Third parties Progress and results consolidation report 3 SEN – sensitive M33
D4.1 Inventory of networks, centres and initiatives offering services 4 PU – Public M8
D4.2 Report on the creation and management of the Community of Practice Alliance members 4 SEN – sensitive M36
D4.3 Catalogue of Complementary Service Providers 4 SEN – sensitive M12
D4.4 SURE 5.0 exploitation and sustainability plan 4 SEN – sensitive M30
D5.1 Plan for the Dissemination and Exploitation, including communication activities 5 SEN – sensitive M2
D5.2 Communication channels and promotional material 5 PU – Public M4
D5.3 Report on policy input and impact 5 PU – Public M34
D6.1 SURE 5.0 project handbook 6 SEN – sensitive M2
D6.2 Project Monitoring Dashboards M6 6 SEN – sensitive M6
D6.3 Project Monitoring Dashboards M12 6 SEN – sensitive M12
D6.4 Project Monitoring Dashboards M18 6 SEN – sensitive M18
D6.5 Project Monitoring Dashboards M24 6 SEN – sensitive M24
D6.6 Project Monitoring Dashboards M30 6 SEN – sensitive M30
D6.7 Project Monitoring Dashboards M36 6 SEN – sensitive M36
D6.8 Data management plan 6 SEN – sensitive M2
D6.9 Ethics compliance Mid-Term Report 6 SEN – sensitive M18
D6.10 Ethics compliance Final Report* 6 SEN – sensitive M36
D7.1 OEI – Requirement No. 1 7 SEN – sensitive M2