What is the Industry 5.0 Award?

Industry 5.0 provides a vision of the future of European industry, which aims to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth. Industry would become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production more sustainable and placing the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process.

The Industry 5.0 Award is a recognition prize for EU-funded projects that advance the Industry 5.0 vision. Projects should be able to present a convincing and inspiring solution, addressing Industry 5.0's three main pillars: sustainability, human-centricity and resilience, while also being clearly applicable in industry.

Award ceremony and prize

Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony in early June 2022. This will be a unique opportunity to showcase the qualities of the projects.

The winning project will receive communication support from the European Commission, which includes the preparation of promotional videos, social media publicity and an article in the Horizon Magazine.

The concept of the award was prepared in collaboration with European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) and industrial platform ManuFUTURE.

Eligibility criteria - who can apply?

Projects must have been funded by the Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe framework programmes or the European Institute on Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The official start date of the project must be after 1 September 2018 and the projects should clearly be applicable in industry.

How and when to apply?

Timeline of the award

  • 10 January 2022

    Opening of submissions

  • 1 April 2022

    Submission deadline (17:00 CET)

  • April 2022

    Evaluation of submissions

  • 25-29 April 2022

    Panel interviews for finalists

  • June 2022

    Award ceremony

Applications should be made using the application form template and should follow the guidelines set out in the rules of contest. You will find all useful documents below.

Please submit your applications to the following email:


Award criteria

Admissible and eligible projects will be evaluated and ranked against the following award criteria

  • contribution to sustainability
  • contribution to human-centricity
  • contribution to resilience
  • integration, inspirational power and cross-over effect

Further information about the scoring can be found in the rules of contest.

Frequently asked questions

Should the projects applying for this contest be already completed by the date of the submission deadline?

No, both ongoing and completed projects can participate in the contest, provided they fulfil eligibility criteria.


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