The EU-funded SURE5.0 project has just launched its second Acceleration Programme addressed to SMEs in need of adopting technologies or services to digitally transform their production processes and turn them more human-centric, sustainable and resilient. Eligible candidates are SMEs established in the European Union or EU Associated Countries working in the Mobility, Transport and Automotive; Aerospace and Defence; and Electronics industrial ecosystems.

The SURE5.0 project aims to support European SMEs working on these industrial ecosystems, to advance in their digital transformation process while becoming more human-centric, sustainable and resilient. The project expects to involve around 1,000 SMEs in the project activities, of which 700 will be assessed, 90 will be provided with tailored services from partners and 53 will receive financial support.

The support will be provided in two phases through different tailored services and funding, based on your specific technological, business and personnel needs:

  • Phase 1 – assess & recommend: up to 83 SMEs will receive individual assessments and recommendations to design their roadmap. They will also be supported with tailored services from partners such as investment readiness assessment, 5.0 training module, and initial support on social innovation & human centricity.
  • Phase 2 – business transformation & resilience: at least 36 SMEs will receive up to €50,000 of funding to implement their transition project, with the help of experts included in the SURE5.0 Catalogue of Service Providers. Additionally, partners will keep on providing further tailored services such as business support, other on-demand training modules, introduction to the Social Innovation Tournament and advanced technological services.


SMEs operating in the Mobility, Transport & Automotive (MTA), Aerospace & Defence, and Electronics manufacturing value chains which:
  • Need to adopt advanced technologies or services to turn their production processes more sustainable, human-centric and resilience.
  • Are legal entities established and based in the European Union or EU Associated Countries.


Manufacturing companies, Producers of at least one product, Assemblers if they sell the product afterwards, Software and producer if they focus on the production part of their company, Within our three ecosystems.

In case of interest, companies must take the following steps:

  1. Fill in the self-assessment tool, a questionnaire to know their current situation and potential for transformation in terms of smart factory, strategy and organization, environmental sustainability, industrial resilience and human-centricity.
  2. Apply to phase 1, entering the F6S platform and submitting the corresponding application form duly filled in, together with their self-assessment report. The phase 1 call will be opened from 28 July with three cut-off dates: 25 October 2023, 3 January 2024, 28 February 2024
  1. Apply to phase 2 (just for phase 1 beneficiaries), presenting their transition plan towards a more human-centric, sustainable and resilient manufacturing process. The phase 2 call will be launched the 1 of March 2024 with two cut-off dates: 3 April 2024 and 31 July 2024

All relevant information about the 2 acceleration programme is available on the SURE5.0 project website:

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