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SmartX – Third call

Call title: SmartX – Third call
Project full name: Accelerating Smart Textile Entrepreneurship by Innovative Cross-regional, Cross-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Value Chains
Project acronym: SmartX
Project grant agreement number: 824825
Publication date: 15 November 2020
Deadline: 15 February 2021, 17:00 (CET)

IMPORTANT: Before formally applying to the SmartX calls, the submission of an expression of interest form is compulsory.
More information will be available at

Expected duration of participation: Between 10 and 12 months
Total EU funding available: €2 400 000 during the 3 years

Submission & evaluation process:

The direct funding to SMEs will be allocated through an open call procedure. 3 open calls for applications are foreseen between late 2019 and late 2020. The calls will be announced on the project website.

The application will allow project promoters to thoroughly explain their project and demonstrate how they intend to implement it, to reach their target markets and to successfully compete with their innovative solutions. As such, the whole selection process will endeavour to assess the excellence of the proposed idea and implementation, the maturity and management capacity of the team to drive the project to the market, and the potential of the proposed solution to scale-up in the international market in Europe and beyond.

12 members of an external Selection Committee will come together for a 1-day Selection Committee meeting, chaired by Textile ETP, during which they will listen to the presentation of each project, provided by themselves or project’s application coach using the 5-slide pitch deck. After each presentation, the SC will have a short clarifying discussion, starting with comments of the 2 SC members having reviewed the full application. Then all 12 members of the Selection Committee will individually score each application according to the evaluation criteria and scoring system described on the guide of applicants.

After collection of all scores, the Selection Management Committee will compile all scoring and establish a ranking list from highest to lowest scored proposal. In function of the previously agreed minimum threshold and the available funding for the call, the highest ranked proposals will be selected for funding. The selected projects will be contacted in the following weeks.

Projects are expected to start 2 months after Call closure.

Further information: Judith Bosch –

Task description:

During the project a total amount of €2.4 million will be available to directly fund innovation projects of SMEs / Start-ups active in the smart textiles manufacturing value chain in Europe.

What do we expect Applicants to do?

The project clearly addresses smart textiles, defined as materials, components, products or services using a combination of textile fibres, yarns or fabrics with (micro)electronic components such as conductive wires, microsystems, sensors, actuators, energy capture or storage devices, heat, light or sound-emitting devices etc. to realise a smart function that adds value to the end user of the enables product or service.

  • The technological maturity of the project at the time of application is at technology readiness level (TRL) 6-8
  • The project, if successfully implemented can have a strong positive impact on manufacturing of the developed/enabled materials, components or products in Europe and/or closes an important gap in the current European smart textiles value chain
  • The project develops materials, components, products or services clearly targeted at one or several of the following end markets (1) protection and sports, (2) health and well-being or (3) industrial applications in the manufacturing, transport, logistics, energy, agriculture, building or interior markets