I4MS, ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, is a European initiative supporting manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps in the widespread use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in their business operations. Under I4MS, SMEs can apply for technological and financial support to conduct experiments allowing them to test digital innovations in their business via open calls.

The European manufacturing sector includes approximately 2.1 million enterprises generating 31 million jobs and representing about 15% of the EU’s GDP1. 59% of all enterprises within the sector are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Given that together these companies generate about 45% of the total added manufacturing value, they are an important pillar of the European economy. For Europe to remain competitive internationally, its companies must be able to benefit from digital opportunities.

Phase 4 aims at accelerating the uptake of digital technologies in processes across Europe focused on extending the transformative impact to companies, regions and sectors, and supporting personalised and cost-effective small-scale production based on secure digital technologies.



Launched in July 2013 focusing on creating Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and establishing a core I4MS community/ecosystem.


Launched in Fall 2015, with the aim of further growth of the core I4MS community/ecosystem.


Launched in September 2017 and aimed at reinforcing the I4MS ecosystem. During this phase, European SMEs and mid-caps were exposed to new approaches and methodologies on business models, access to financing, and training opportunities to re-skill staff. A total funding of €34 million was available under Phase 3.


Launched in June 2020 focuses on helping service suppliers (IAs, DIHs and CCs) to provide a business-oriented description of the technological services they offer, complemented with Best Practices identification. A total funding of €35 million is available under Phase 4.