Submission procedures

The documents needed are mentioned below and can be found on the website

  • Proposal template
  • Guide for proposers
  • Open Call announcement

A DIH can apply with a consortium with one or two additional partners.

Yes, only proposals following the official template found on the DIH4CPS website will be accepted.

The proposals will be submitted in the EMS at

Eligibility criteria

Only proposals written in English will be accepted.

Yes, this open call is not limited to strictly technological innovations. Developments by SMEs/Mid-Caps of methodologies, in for example, augmented reality will also be considered.


For the definition of Mid-Caps, the EIB interpretation of EU recommendation 2003/361/EC is adopted as: “up to 3000 employees”

According to Recommendation 2003/361/EC:

“The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million.”

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No. Beneficiaries of the DIH4CPS project cannot be involved in any proposal in the open call.

The second Open Call will only allow applications from DIHs outside of the DIH4CPS-network. If you get funding from the first open call you cannot participate in the second open call. Submitting an unsuccessful proposal in the first open call does not affect your participation in the second open call.


Each experiment can receive a maximum contribution of 180 000 €.

Each individual third party can receive a maximum contribution of 100 000 € from the project DIH4CPS. Please note that if a third party has already received financial support by any other I4MS or Smart Anything Everywhere initiatives, the maximum amount of support can be 100 000€ – X (X= the amount of support already received by the other projects).

No, SMEs receive maximum 70% funding of the eligible costs presented in the proposal. Considering the maximum contribution of 100 000 € for financial support by any I4MS or Smart Anything Anywhere initiatives.

The proposal must include a proposed budget, including distribution among partners. At least 80% of the funding must go directly to the SMEs or Mid-Caps. In addition, each participant shall represent at least 20% of the overall budget of a proposal.

Each participant will receive 30% of the funding in the beginning of the application experimentation and 70% in the final of the application experimentation (pending monitoring and evaluation of the results achieved).

Eligible costs consist of:

  • Personnel costs
  • Software licenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Equipment costs
  • Partnering costs to industrial experimental facilities
  • Indirect costs (25% of direct costs)

No, there is no maximum amount of proposals in this open call. However, the maximum budget for this first open call is 1 800 000 €.


Subcontracting external parties is not an eligible cost. How the DIH will support the SME in the Application experiment (within the mini-consortium) shall be defined in the proposal.

  • There is a maximum amount of 180 000 € funding for each Application Experiment (for the whole mini-consortium).
  • Each individual third party can receive a maximum of 100 000 €.
  • Eligible costs and requested funding should be provided for both the mini-consortium and individual organizations according to the following template (included in the Proposal Template document):

  • Requested funding is 70 % of eligible costs (100% for non-profit organizations).
  • PM expenditure needs to be in line with the needs of the work to be performed in the proposal and has to be reported following the EC rules.

Each participant will receive 30% of the funding in the beginning of the application experimentation and 70% in the final of the application experimentation (based on the final correct delivery of work and the final financial expenditure reported).

Your organization, an RTO, can participate if it is the main representative of the DIH. If that would be the case, it could receive up to the 20% of the total budget of the mini-consortium. As a non-profit organization you can apply for 100% funding of your eligible costs.

Other Administrative procedures

The first DIH4CPS open call will close on 31st of August 2020 17.00 CET.

At least 10 experiments.

The proposals will be ranked by the following criteria, with scores ranging from 0 to 5.

  • Technical excellence
  • Industrial relevance, potential impact and exploitation plans
  • COVID-19 recovery roadmap
  • Workplan and budget
  • Consortium

Evaluations of the proposal will be finished in October 2020. Following this, the applicants will be notified of the evaluation results and negotiation with the highest-scored proposals will start.

The experiments will start in November 2020.

10 months, starting in November 2020 and ending in August 2021.

At the end of the project, a mandatory “Final Report” shall be submitted, consisting of:

  • Progress of experiments
  • Technical results, including KPIs
  • Dissemination and exploitation activities
  • Financial statement

The proposers will have to sign a consortium agreement defining IPR, prior to the signature of the financial third-party support. DIH4CPS beneficiaries should have free access to all experiment results during the project duration. The experiment will be shared as a success story in the network portal.

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Yes, a second open call will be launched in September 2021, with the focus on enrolling more DIHs in the DIH4CPS-network.

The DIH is expected to support the SMEs with various tasks such as exploitation of results, developing business models, technical support, etc. Administrative tasks to be carried out will be agreed upon between the mini-consortium and the DIH4CPS-consortium during the negotiation and contracting phase.

Main emphasis will be on the region of the DIH, as the project aims to achieve a “uniform DIH-coverage” across sectors and geographical regions in Europe. However, on each application an overall judgement will be applied to determine if the applying consortium fits with the project’s objectives.

  • Reporting of the Experiment will consist of a “Final Report” containing:
    • Progress of the experiment
    • Technical results including KPI
    • Dissemination and exploitation activities
    • Cost statement
  • Further reporting (deliverables during the experiment) will be agreed upon during the negotiation phase.