The European Commission has recently launched the “Smart Factories in new EU Member States” project, whose main objective is to develop 30 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) across the EU13 Member States. The service contract has been awarded to PwC – in cooperation with Oxford University Innovation (Oxentia). The financial scope of the project is €1.8 million and it will run for 18 months. Interested candidates are invited to fill out the Application Form by 22nd October. The 30 selected organizations will be offered a specialized training program that will include different types of activities aimed at developing them as efficient and sustainable DIHs.
About the project
The public procurement project “Smart Factories in new EU Member States” will contribute to the efforts of EC to build a network of DIHs across Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, or Slovenia, where companies – especially SMEs – can have access to expertise, development and testing facilities of digital technologies, as well as finance and innovation services.
Who can apply?
How to Apply?
The call for the project has been published (https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/call-digital-innovation-hubs-eu13-member-states) and interested candidates are invited to fill out the Application Form (https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ApplicationForm) by 22nd October.
After an initial review, the selected organizations will be invited for individual interviews that will take place in October and November. In December, an independent Evaluation Committee, composed of representatives from the European Commission will select the final list of 30 DIHs that will be invited to participate in the training activities.
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About Smart Factories
More information about the “Smart Factories in new EU Member States” project can be found on: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/implementing-digitising-european-industry-actions/digital-innovation-hubs-smart-factories-new-eu