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RIMA 2nd Open Call

Project acronym: RIMA
Project grant agreement No: 824990
Project full name: Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

RIMA, co-funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 824990, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to reinforce connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain – research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth.

The basic instrument of RIMA to financially support the development and deployment of robotics I&M applications will provide one type of eligible action: Robotics Innovation Experiments (RIEs).

Robotics Innovation Experiments (RIE) consist of developing, testing and validating the technical and economic viability of a robotic-based representative model or prototype system to be applied in ‘Target Use Domain’ operational environment. Beneficiaries to progress from TRL5 or TRL6 to TRL7.

Call identifier: RIMA_OC2_2020
Publication date: 15 November 2020
Deadline: 17 March 2021, at 16:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: RIE – up to 14 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: RIE €150 000
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Additional information:

Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a large economic activity – a global market estimated at 450 Billion Euro – spanning across multiple sectors such as energy, water supply, transport, civil engineering and infrastructure.

Currently, EU is a global leader in this rapidly growing field with more than half of all manufacturers of I&M robots based in Europe. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications.

RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) is a 4-year project aiming to tackle this gap by establishing a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) and industry associations to support the uptake of robotics – and help small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop novel solutions for different industry sectors.

RIMA, in 2 open calls, will select 50 Technology Transfer & Technology Demonstrator Experiments through the Open Call application. Start-ups, small & medium-sized companies (SMEs) and slightly bigger companies can apply. A total of €8.1 Million funding will be distributed to support these experiments during the project.
The focus will be on Robotics Innovation Experiments (RIEs) in the I&M robotics.

The selection of 50 promising experiments will be done via 2 Open Calls in 2019 and 2020/2021.

Successful candidates will receive funding to conduct their experiments. In addition, they will get access to acceleration services e.g. training, business mentoring and technical support from RIMA network.

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If you have any further questions or concerns about this application process, please contact Aneta Gałązka (+48507032677 – email:

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