BOWI first call is open

Submitted by Anna Naydenova on 09 June 2020

New technology development opportunities and funding available for manufacturing SMEs.

240 000 € available to facilitate the uptake of new digital technologies in Bulgaria.

From 8th of June until 15th of September 2020, manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps are invited to apply for an open call to take part in 10 month-long technology transfer experiments and receive funding up to € 60 000 per experiment.

Selected manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps will receive technology and business mentoring support from their local digital innovation hub - a one-stop shop for digital solutions - which will be supported by a partner hub from digitally mature region who will take up the role of the technology expert. Selected Bulgarian SMEs will receive technology and business mentoring from ICT Cluster, the leading organization of DigiTech 4.0 and TNO. The aim of the experiment is to refine new digital solutions that afterwards will help the companies to reach new market potential and scale.

Proposals and submission

Proposals should address the application of technology and systems from the following technology areas:

  • low energy computing powering CPS,
  • cyber-physical and embedded systems,
  • internet of things,
  • flexible and wearable electronics,
  • organic and large area electronics,
  • man/machine interfaces,
  • advanced or high-performance computing,
  • robotics for manufacturing,
  • additive manufacturing technologies,
  • modeling and simulation
  • CPS for manufacturing

Manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps legally established in the following regions can apply for funding:

  • Nord-Vest, Romania,
  • Latvia,
  • Jihozápad, Czech Republic
  • Małopolskie, Poland
  • Yugozapaden, Bulgaria
  • Trøndelag, Norway.

In each of these regions 4 applications will be chosen for the conduction of the experiments that will be supported by the local digital innovation hub.

Proposals must be submitted in a one-step process via the online application form through FundingBox Platform .

Submissions stars on Monday, 8th of June 2020, and the deadline for application submission to this call is 15th of September 2020, at 13:00 CET.

About the project

The BOWI project is part of European Commission’s Smart Anything Everywhere initiative that aims to boost innovation uptake across Europe through widening and knowledge transfer between different regions and innovation hubs. The objective of the project is to support the collaboration between Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) across Europe to increase their capacity in supporting SMEs with digital technologies and thus strengthen regional economy and the competitiveness of the European SMEs. The BOWI project has received funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 873155.

For further information about the BOWI project and application criteria, please visit the website, contact your local digital innovation hub or see the application form.

All open call documents are available on this link

Documents for the call:

• BOWI Guide for applicants

• Frequently Asked Questions

• Contact us in the BOWI Help-desk or writing to bowi.helpdesk [at]

BOWI website

*Please note that the FAQs is a live document, it means that, if needed, we will update it every two weeks. The updated version will be always made available online.

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