I4MS, short for 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.” I4MS offers its Community of variety of things, including innovative technologies, a skills observatory, best practises, and fantastic open calls that will allow SMEs to apply for funding and technical assistance to support their digital transformation. Here are three open calls that will no doubt be of interest to manufacturing SMEs in Europe.

“Awarding the best projects in additive manufacturing, CPS, IoT, robotics, HPC or laser technologies.”
1. Disruptors Awards

The Disruptors Awards is a competition that aims to award the most innovative experiments and best cases in additive manufacturing, CPS, IoT, robotics, HPC or laser technologies.

Open to all SMEs that have received technological and financial support from the Innovation Actions that are part of the I4MS initiative, it will select the best cases illustrating a company’s ability to innovate and implement ICT technologies to meet its business needs, bring radical innovation to their sector and capacity of achieving national or international scale.

Deadline: September 5th 2018 at 17:00 (CET)
Click here for more information about this Open Call.

“AMable is looking for original ideas for an additively manufactured product that is economically and technologically viable.”
2. AMable

The AMable open call is looking for innovative ideas for additively manufactured products. The selected teams will be supported by AMable to develop an idea towards a final product by offering the services across all steps from design to finish. The aim of the project is to accelerate the uptake of additive manufacturing technologies; from design to manufacture for functional parts throughout the European Union.

Deadline: 1st October 2018, 17:00 Brussels Local Time
Click here for more information about this Open Call.

“The CloudiFacturing programme is to distribute €735.000 to the European Industry.”
3. CloudiFacturing

Last but certainly not least, there is the CloudiFacturing open call. The call targets use cases in cloudification of production engineering for predictive digital manufacturing. Use cases should simulate manufacturing processes or manufacturing tools; leverage factory data to learn from it and optimise manufacturing processes. They also need to be end-user driven.

CloudiFacturing will invest up to €100.000 per application experiment in its first open call so be sure to respond to their open call if it of interest to you.

Deadline: 30th September 2018
Click here for more information about this Open Call.