CHANGE2TWIN: Over 1.4M€ to implement Digital Twin Technologies in the Manufacturing Sector

Change2Twin is a EU project looking for end-user SMEs and mid-caps from the manufacturing sector willing to develop and implement digital twin technology.
The project is currently running the 2nd Open Call that will close next 16th April 2023, at 5m CET

About the Change2Twin Project

CHANGE2TWIN is a European project funded by the European Commission that seeks to finance projects of SMEs and mid-caps from the manufacturing sector in the EU or partner countries to develop and deploy digital twin technology.

What is a Digital Twin? A digital twin is a digital replica of an artefact, process or service that is so accurate that it can be the basis for decisions. The digital replica and physical world are often connected by streams of data. Change2Twin will address digital twins of artefacts, processes and services associated with manufacturing.

The Change2Twin Consortium is led by SINTEF AS and is composed of 18 partners from 9 European countries (Norway, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain) and follows a cascade funding scheme (take a look at our last publication about How Cascade Funding Works and discover all the benefits for your organisation), through which it will carry out 2×2 open calls to recruit SMEs or mid-caps from the EU or associated countries for which a total of €2.380.000 will be distributed in the form of grants. The first open call was closed with a total budget of €1.197.598.

CHANGE2TWIN 2nd Open Call Details

In the second open call for Deployment vouchers, a total of 1.182.402€ will be distributed to a maximum of 16 applicants who will participate in the 11-month support programme with the objective of developing and implementing a digital twin to improve their competitiveness. Beneficiaries will receive: 

    • Up to 90.000€ as a lump sum to cover the costs to deploy and implement technology and systems applicable to digital twins for manufacturing.
    • Technical mentorship to support the digital twin deployment in each phase of its implementation from user requirements to design specification.

The Deployment Voucher support programme is divided into two stages:

    • Stage 1 – Inception. For 2 months the technical partners will help you define the user requirements of your digital twin. Additionally, the framework of the experiment will be communicated and agreed with you.
    • Stage 2 – Experiment. For 9 months you will receive the necessary support to focus on the implementation of the digital twin technology.

The Implementation Voucher is also open to companies that did not receive or did not apply for the Evaluation Voucher support in any of the previous calls.


The Deployment Voucher is oriented to individual (single) legal entities meeting the following requirements: Manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps from the EU, Horizon 2020 associated countries or the UK. The list of the countries associated with Horizon Europe is available here.

The minimum level of digitisation for companies applying for the open call is 2, but the ideal profile is companies that already reached a digitisation level 3 (based on the Acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index to assess the digitalization level of companies), which means that they preferably already use dashboards and data from important business processes, such as production, are made available by the use of sensors. 

Change2Twin: Industry4.0 Stages

Notice that beneficiaries of both Assessment Voucher Open Calls are eligible to apply to the 2nd Deployment Voucher Open Call. Beneficiaries of the 1st Deployment Voucher Open Call are excluded from applying in this 2nd Open Call.


There will be 3 main criteria that will be considered by evaluators when assessing the proposals:

  • Excellence (analysing ambition, innovation and soundness of the approach and credibility of the proposed methodology).
  • Impact (evaluating market opportunity, business impact and time-criticality information use).
  • Implementation (will evaluate the team, the resources and other transversal criteria)

Transversal criteria such as ‘Environment and low carbon economy contribution’, ‘Equal Opportunities & Gender balance’ and ‘Social Impact’ will also be considered when there is a tie among the proposals.


The CHANGE2TWIN application form is available on FundingBox Platform, which is the unique entry point for all application submissions to the CHANGE2TWIN Open Call. Applications must be submitted in English and before the official deadline: 16th of April 2023, 17:00 (Brussels time)


The selected Experiments will be involved in the programme that will last 11 months for Deployment Vouchers. The total funding for the second open call is 1.182.402€ and will be divided into:

  • Up to 90.000€ as a lump sum to cover the costs to deploy and implement technology and systems applicable to digital twins for manufacturing.
  • Technical mentorship to support the Digital Twin deployment in each phase of its implementation from user requirements to design specifications.

The budget will be allocated in 2 phases:

  • Stage 1 – Inception. The beneficiaries will receive 19% of the financial support upon validation of the Individual Mentoring Plan.
  • Stage 2 – Experiment. The beneficiaries will receive 81% of the financial support upon the validation of the deliverable(s) established for this stage.


  • Launch of the 2nd Open Call 16/01/2023
  • Deadline of the 2nd Open Call 16/04/2023, 17:00 CET
  • Evaluation of the applications April 2023 –May 2023
  • Announcement of the final beneficiaries May 2023
  • Contracting procedure of the Sub-Grant Agreements June 2023
  • Tentative Start date of sub-projects July 2023
Change2Twin Open Call Timeline


For further questions and clarifications, you may check and address the following ways:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
  2. Guidelines for applicants [LINK]

How can SPLORO support your organisation with cascade funding grants?

We want to help you make these type of calls more accessible for your organisation. That is why we have designed a series of services to maximise your opportunities of receiving cascade funding grants:

  • Identification and analysis of funding opportunities: our team monitors all open calls and make a first check on the eligibility of your organization.
  • Proposals writing and submission management: we support you to land that idea that you have in mind and adapt it to the requirements of the call. In addition, we carry out the management and upload on the different platforms of all the necessary documentation to ensure that your project is eligible for the call.
  • Access to international network: if you have not identified a partner yet, or simply don’t know who to start this adventure with, in consortium projects we take care of finding the partner for your project.
  • Project management support: our service does not end with uploading the documentation, we help you throughout the full life cycle of the project, providing you management support and ensuring that you receive 100% of the grant you have won.

If you want to discover all the Cascade Funding opportunities we have created a dedicated webpage that maps out all available calls. We invite you to check it out and see what is on offer! We also have a free-subscription newsletter to be up to date with all the calls opening.

If you need assistance in the proposal writing preparation, finding the right partners for the call or even having a double-check on what you are currently preparing, do not hesitate to contact us

If you are, on the other hand, managing a cascade grant and want us to promote your call and do a review of this nature, feel free to contact, we can definitely address the topic and help with dissemination within our networks.

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