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ESMERA - SOCE Proposal

Submission deadline 2019-12-02 17:00:00 (UTC)

The ESMERA Project (European SMEs for Robotic Applications), funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program with grant agreement number 780265, offers financial support and mentorship for SMEs to develop robotic solutions in a competitive setting to address one of the challenges defined by key EU companies in several areas (such as energy, manufacturing, agri-food, construction, emergency response, retail, healthcare areas, etc). The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are Research and Technology Development (RTD) activities, aimed at a significant advance beyond the established state of the art.

The second Open Call for ESMERA asks for proposals aiming to develop innovative robotic technologies, to compete with each other in solving the challenges defined by industrial end-users. Such technologies may involve but are not limited to, fully/nearly autonomous robots or human-robot collaboration applications and should be able to be demonstrated in real-world scenarios. Detailed information about the defined challenges will be published in website. In the second call, ideally 20 experiments will be selected for Phase I and maximum funding of €75,000 per proposal will be granted in Phase I. In case that there is a large difference between the quality of the proposals in the different challenges, as evaluated by external experts, the number of the selected proposal for each challenge can be adjusted by the ESMERA Consortium. The best experiments among them will be selected for Phase II and each experiment will be funded up to €125,000 (Maximum €2,750,000 for all experiments).

Important dates:

Call publication date: 02.09.2019 at 09.00 (Brussel's time)

Pre-proposal submission deadline:  08.11.2019 at 18.00 (Brussel's time) (not mandatory)

Proposal submission deadline: 02.12.2019 at 18.00 (Brussel's time)

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