DIGITbrain - First Open Call for Application Experiments

H2020 DIGITbrain project (https://digitbrain.eu). funded by EC under the Grant Agreement number 952071. includes Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) under two open calls. DIGITbrain has the ambition to transform the CloudiFacturing Solution and ecosystem (developed in the H2020 CloudiFacturing Project) towards the requirements of Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS), utilising the Digital Brain and its underlying technology components as the main innovation of the project.

This Open Call is focused on attracting Third Parties (especially manufacturing and ISV SMEs and mid-caps) to perform experiments to validate the DIGITbrain solution and to make SMEs more competitive by transferring innovative solutions into the wider manufacturing community. Experiments will be implemented in close collaboration with Digital Innovation hubs and technical partners of competence centers. This interaction should start during proposal preparation. DIHs and technical partners of competence centers acting as business and technical supporters for applicants. This collaboration should continue during the experiments’ deployment and execution.


Project full name

Digital twins bringing agility and innovation to manufacturing SMEs. by empowering a network of DIHs with an integrated digital platform that enables Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS)

Project acronym


Call identifier

DIGITbrain – OC1

Project grant agreement number


Call opening

31th March 2021 10:00h (CEST Time)

Submission Deadline

30th June 2021 17:00h (CEST Time)

Expected duration of participation in experiments

12 months

Total EC funding available for third parties in DIGITbrain-OC1

up to 700.000 EUR financial support for Third Parties. DIGITbrain considers that proposals requesting a contribution up to 100,000 EUR per experiment would allow the specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Maximum amount of financial support for each Third Party

60,000 EUR

Language in which proposal should be submitted


Email address for further information


Grounding on the Digital Twin concept, experiments will be focused on creating customised industrial products and facilitating cost-effective distributed and localised production for manufacturing SMEs or mid-caps, by leveraging edge, cloud and HPC-based modelling, simulation, optimisation, analysis and machine learning tools. Experiments will cover any segments in the manufacturing sector at large, including (but not limited to) discrete manufacturing, continuous production, or construction.

Experiments should aim at covering the development and uptake of digital technologies especially in segments where these are underexploited.


The following types of organizations and companies can be Third Parties:

  1. End Users from the manufacturing sector will be driving the experiments. Preferably an SME but also mid-caps. o Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
  2. Engineering or software consultants.
  3. Research Organizations.
  4. High-Performance Computing (HPC) providers.
  5. Any organization that will act as a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH).

An experiment consortium has to meet the following requirements:

  1. The minimum number of partners in an experiment consortium must include:
    •  One End User (SME and mid-cap manufacturing companies) and o One Technical partner acting as ISV, engineering or software consultant, Research Organization.
  2. All Third Parties must come from European Member States, Associated Countries or the United Kingdom.
    https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/statistics/framework-programme- facts-and-figures/horizon-2020-country-profiles en
  3. According to the EC rules, no third party is allowed to have received more than 100,000 EUR from Horizon 2020 I4MS and SAE Open Calls.