Change2Twin offers up to €90 000 for European SMEs and mid-caps to deploy digital twin solutionsI4MS_MASTER
The H2020 project and an Innovation Action under I4MS, Change2Twin launches its second Open Call to support European manufacturing companies on their digitisation using digital twin technology. SMEs and mid-caps looking to implement a Digital Twin can now apply to the Deployment Voucher Open Call.
Change2Twin will select up to 11 SMEs and mid-caps interested in developing and implementing technology and systems applicable to digital twins. Each Deployment Voucher is worth up to 90 000 Euro (lump sum), to cover the costs to deploy and implement technology and systems applicable to digital twins for manufacturing. Winners will be supported by 11-months technical mentoring programm throughout the implementation of the digital twin.
The call aims at manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps that are in search of finding solutions to digitise their processes and are established in the EU or other eligible countries. However, the ideal use case should be the use of digital twin technology for one or several of the following purposes: Virtual Design, Customer Engagement, Commissioning, Feedback to Engineering, Monitoring, Optimization & Best Quality, Scheduling, Diagnosis, Preventive Maintenance, Smart Logistics, Smart Systems.
The eligible candidates, SMEs or mid-caps established in the EU and associated countries, can submit their applications through the FundingBox platform microsite created for this purpose by filling up an easy online application form between 30th June 2021 (9:00 CEST) until 30th September 2021 (17:00 CEST).
The applicants can access a dedicated Open Call Help Desk at FundingBox Spaces Platform, an easy Guide for Applicants, and a Frequently Asked Questions document which will be constantly updated while the open call is running.
The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation framework under which Change2Twin was created has clearly identified that “The challenge is to accelerate the design, development, and uptake of advanced digital technologies by European industry – especially SMEs –, notably in sectors where digital technologies are underexploited”.
As an Innovation Action under the frame of the I4MS Coordination and Supporting Action from the EU, its general objectives align with the I4MS ones by ensuring that 100% of manufacturing companies in Europe have access to 100% of technologies needed to deploy a digital twin.
The Change2Twin project was launched in 2020 and will last 48 months, during which it will run four open calls, two Assessment Voucher calls, and two Deployment Voucher ones. Open Calls (OCs) are funding rounds in which entities can submit proposals in the hope of being selected to receive funds to get their technological ideas evaluated, deployed, and/or tested.