Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case

Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case
Published on: 08/05/2018 Last update: 06/06/2018
Call number: 293/G/GRO/PPA/18/10482
Deadline: 02/08/2018

Objectives and description

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) offers potential for the modernisation of European industry. Therfore, this call aims to establish a virtual support platform connecting 3D printing-related facility centres located in different EU countries to improve services for innovative SMEs, and to test and validate a selection of 3D printing-based industrial projects.

This Call for proposals aims to address the following 3 specific objectives:

  • support the development of a pan-European platform of existing facilities (including available infrastructure and services provided) that are used particularly by SMEs for testing, validating and eventually integrating new 3D printing solutions into their products and process
  • identify and support 10 industrial user cases (through the platform) for testing and validating 3D printing solutions in different application fields
  • make concrete recommendations on how to ensure the sustainability of this platform at EU level in the future, and conduct a gap analysis of available support services for 3D printing at national level

Eligible applicants

Applicants must be established in one of the EU countries.

Budget and project duration

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €800.000.

The maximum duration of project is 36 months.

Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs: The contribution will be up to 80% of the total eligible cost of the action.

Call for proposals

The full text of the call for proposals is available below.

Applications must comply with the requirements set out in the full text and be submitted using the forms provided.

Applicants should use Electronic Submission System (SEP) to submit the proposal. You will need to create an EU Login account (formerly ECAS) if you do not already have one.

Please note that the deadline for electronic submission is 2 August 2018 at 17.00 (Brussels time).

Additional information, including the updated list of the call's questions and answers, will be posted on this page during the publication stage, so we encourage you to visit it regularly.

Questions on this call for proposals can be submitted in writing by sending an email to: