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Deadline: Mar 17, 2017  

 Enterprise and Industry
 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 Medical equipment
 Construction Technology
 Industrial Manufacturing
 Industrial Textile Manifacturing
 Manufacturing 2.0
 Business Development
 Industrial Engineering

1. What is MANUNET?

MANUNET is a network of Governments under the European Framework Programme targeted towards achieving co-ordinated calls in order to finance R&D in Manufacturing.

MANUNET is funding transnational research projects in the field of Manufacturing by offering coordinated calls from the participating regional & national governments.

The main objective of MANUNET is to strengthen Europe’s industrial capacities and business perspectives with special focus on SMEs (SMEs as defined in the Annex 1 of the Commission Regulation No 651/20141) by establishing cross-border partnerships through the mentioned co-ordinated calls. Added regional/national value through this transnational co-operation is one of the critical success factors for transnational project support within the MANUNET ERA-NET frame.



2.1. Participating countries/regions

The countries / regions listed below (and referred to as programme participants) are participating in MANUNET 2017 Call. Applicants from these countries / regions may expect funding through MANUNET programme. Applicants from other countries / regions may participate in the project consortia at their own expenses. Programme participants and the European Commission are providing funds totaling more than 30 Mio € for this call.



The Netherlands Norway
Russian Federation Spain



Asturias (ES) Basque Country (ES) Castilla y León (ES) Catalonia (ES) Gelderland (ND) Lombardy (IT) Navarra (ES) Noord-Brabant (ND) Overijssel (ND) Piedmont (IT) Puglia (IT) Tuscany (IT) Wallonia (BE)


2.2. Objectives and Topics

The strategic objective of the MANUNET Call 2017 is to enhance the competitiveness of Europe’s Manufacturing Industry by supporting the funding of Manufacturing research projects performed by enterprises and their strategic partnerships. Projects will typically be smaller than projects submitted to the EU Framework Programme and they will benefit from accelerated funding decisions.

The funding objectives of the call are trans-national application oriented and high risk R&D projects related to Manufacturing. The project proposals must clearly demonstrate:

  •   Transnational, collaborative R&D with a significant degree of innovation and scientific and technical risk

  •   SME strong participation

  •   Market orientation

  •   Application and practical use of manufacturing technologies

  •   Expertise of the project partners in their respective fields of competence

  •   Added value through transnational cooperation

  •   Scale of impact and market positioning of the applicant



The MANUNET Call 2017 for proposals includes all fields in Manufacturing, structured in the following topics:

  •   Knowledge-based engineering, information and communication technologies for manufacturing (industrial robotics, computer-aided engineering and design, automated manufacturing, zero defect manufacturing, product lifetime management, etc.).

  •   Manufacturing technologies for environmental and energy applications including resource efficiency and recycling

  •   Adaptive manufacturing technologies including processes for removing, joining, adding, forming, consolidating, assembling

  •   New materials for manufacturing (alloys, lubricants, coatings, textile fibres, construction, composites, insulation, etc.).

  •   New manufacturing methods, components and systems (development of demonstrators, devices, tooling and equipment, logistic systems, etc.).

  •   Other technologies, products and services related to the manufacturing field.

2.3. Eligible Project Structure

All MANUNET projects should be designed on the following principle:

  •   Consortia must comprise at least 2 separate legal entities from 2 different EU

    Member States or Associated Countries participating in the call.

  •   Consortia including at least 2 independent SMEs which can belong to the same


  •   Large companies, academic research groups, universities or other public

    organisations may also participate according to their regional/national financing

    regulations, as long as there are 2 independent SMEs.

  •   The composition of the consortium should be efficient in size in order to

    accomplish the objectives proposed. However, we expect small medium projects with no more than 4 or 5 partners.

2.4. Project Budget and Size

No overall budget limits have been defined at MANUNET level, but regional/national limits regarding the level of funding will apply. Efficient and small to medium size consortia projects are expected (2-3 countries).

2.5. Project Duration

The project duration should be appropriate to the objectives of the research, but not exceeding 24 months in total.



2.6. Dates and Deadlines


Call opening

16th January 2017


Deadline for pre-proposals

17th March 2017, 17:00 (CET)


Feedback to applicants

May 2017


Deadline for full proposals

12th July 2017, 17:00 (CET)


Communication of the evaluation results

Mid October 2017


Start of projects

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