Mind4Machines offers up to 120k€ to develop your Industry4.0 technology solution

The Mind4Machines project will provide 3.3 M€ of direct financial equity-free support via two Open Calls, to raise the efficiency and competitiveness of the manufacturing industry by adopting the latest digital technologies for a smarter and greener transformation aligned with the latest EU policies.

About the Mind4Machines project

Mind4Machines is an EU funded project (EU Horizon 2020 INNOSUP Programme) that aims to establish large-scale demonstrators to test a range of digital solutions of technology providing SMEs and startups, which will enable manufacturing companies engaged within the Project to meet both digitalisation and sustainability industry challenges.

The project, that follows a cascade funding scheme, will run two open calls for proposals to facilitate the cross-sectoral and cross-border support needed by manufacturing SMEs to test and adopt the latest digital technologies for transformation towards smarter, greener, and more resource-efficient manufacturing, aligned with the latest EU policies. To get a full detail about how cascade funding works visit our earlier post and discover all the benefits of this financial instrument for your organisation.

Mind4Machines open call summary

Mind4Machines will provide EUR 3.3 M of direct financial equity-free support via two Open Calls. The ultimate goal of these calls for financial support is to fund and encourage the validation of the new cross-sectoral and cross-regional digital manufacturing value chains, delivering innovative goods, services and processes in new sectors.


Additional to the funding,the Mind4Machines project will support the call beneficiaries in their commercialisation and scaling up journey with our tailored innovation and go-to-market accelerator programme. The programme will provide, among others, services such training camps, mentoring, e-learning courses, pitching competitions, innovation support, support in reaching private investments, technology transfer, IP, and others.

Mind4Machines open call details

The Mind4Machines call funds the development, testing, validation and market uptake of INDUSTRY 4.0 solutions by increasing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL)/maturity of the proposed solutions in delivering innovative goods, services and processes. Thus, open calls are adapted to two maturity levels: TRL 5-7 and TRL 8-9, understanding that the needs of the technologies and business have different needs depending on their TRL. There are two type of financing schemes that varies depending on the TRL of the solutions and the objectives of the project:
    • Type I: Innovation Support: funds the development of innovative ICT based solutions for manufacturing industry. Targeted TRL 5-7.
    • Type II: Go-to-market Support: funds the demonstration and growth of the digital solution(s) on the industry market. Targeted TRL 8-9.

The application to this can be done by both single applicants and consortium-based applicants. All applicants [technology supplier applicant(s), industry partner(s)] must be registered in one of the EU27 Member States or in Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. The list of the countries associated with Horizon 2020 is available here.


The proposals consist of an online form with 3 main sections:

    • Excellence: This section should provide details about the innovative solution in terms of WHAT, WHY and WHO.
    • Impact: This section should provide information about the company’s market (also in the context of the potential new market resulting from this project), competition and potential for replicating your solution in other sectors/areas.
    • Implementation: This section should provide details about the concrete actions to be implemented, resource use and estimated timeline

On top of that, applicants will need to complete additional information about the environmental, social and gender impact. A summary of the application form in PDF format can be found here.


Minimum of 6 months, maximum of 9 months.

The Mind4Machines application form is available on F6S Platform, which is the sole entry point for all application submissions to the Mind4Machines Open Call. Applications must be submitted in English and before the official deadline: 29 June 2022, 17:00 CET

The first Open Call has a budget of EUR 1.650.000 that will be allocated by adopting two funding schemes:

  • EUR 1.020.000 for the INNOVATION SUPPORT Scheme
  • EUR 630.000 for the GO-TO-MARKET SUPPORT Scheme

Applicants propose the amount of the lump sum contribution on the basis of their estimated cost. The lump sum is fixed during grant preparation. Cofunding is not compulsory. The following table summarises the Funding scheme for the open call:

Transfer of the awarded financial contribution will be given in two batches, based on milestones and deliverables validated after the submission of an interim report (40% payment, after the first three months) and a final report (60% final payment), following the Working Plan described in the winning proposal.
  • Launch of the 1st Open Call 27/04/ 2022
  • Deadline of the 1st Open Call 29/06/2022, 17:00 CET
  • Evaluation of the applications 30/06/2022 – 29/08/2022
  • Announcement of the final beneficiaries 01/09/2022
  • Contracting procedure of the Sub-Grant Agreements 1/09/2022 – 30/09/2022
  • Tentative Start date of sub-projects 3/10/2022
The Mind4Machines consortium has recently carried out the open call launch event in which you will find more details about the project, the open call and the consortium that is behind the initiative. For further questions and clarifications, you may check and address the following ways: I. Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] II. Guidelines for applicants [LINK] III. Open Call Launch Event presentation [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 this financing:

  • 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 know more about our services for startups, do not hesitate to contact us and book a meeting with our CEO through this link ;). 

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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