Final SmartX call for funding is now open
The third and final call for expressions of interest for innovative projects in the smart textiles manufacturing chain under the three-year SmartX European Smart Textiles Accelerator project is now open.
During the project a total amount of €2.4 million will be available to directly fund innovation projects of small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups, which are active in the smart textiles manufacturing value chain in Europe.
Approved projects in the final call will receive a lump sum grant of up to €60,000 per (SME) and up to 200 hours free coaching during the application, project implementation and post-project exploitation stages, provided by internal staff or externally contracted experts linked to any of the 13 SmartX consortium partners.
Applicant SMEs are expected to implement their project together with other SME partners, specialised technology or service providers or potential customers and preferably with partners from other European Union (EU) or associated countries.
The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 15 January, 2021 and for submitting the finalised application 15 February, 2021.
Innovation projects should tackle any of the following emerging end markets for smart textiles in Europe: health and well-being, protection and sports or industrial applications including transport, architecture or interior.
SmartX specifically supports projects with high potential to develop the manufacturing value chain for smart textiles in Europe to drive high value-added smart textile products and related services faster to market.