European Project DigiFed

Digital Innovation Hubs federation for large scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs

DigiFed aims at unleashing a new era of digitalising European Industry especially for SMEs and mid-caps. The project partners support the development of new products and services enhanced by digital functionality and responding to societal and market needs. They also encourage the adoption of advanced digital technologies by European SMEs and midcaps with a focus on non-digital businesses.

Based on funding from private sector and public co-funding from partnering regions, DigiFed provides significant support for individual and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product and service offerings. Building upon existing Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) collaborations, DigiFed fosters new partnerships between stakeholders so that companies in Europe can benefit from the knowledge creation regardless of their location. To enhance the digitalisation, DigiFed aims to engage at least 200 SMEs and midcaps from all across Europe in its innovation programme. At least 80 of these will receive funding support and benefit from one of Digifed’s innovation pathways. DIHs will continue expanding and linking with other networks through its lifetime to create a truly EU-wide offering of sustainable cross-border DIH services for the benefit of European companies.

DigiFed focuses on Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems with a particular attention on security and privacy, autonomy and human-machine interaction. Its innovation pathways offer three instruments:

  • Generic Experiments target a group of mainly non-tech SMEs/midcaps to implement advanced technology demonstrators
  • Application Experiments allow individual SMEs/midcaps to define an R&I project to disrupt, upgrade or manufacture an innovative digital product or service
  • Digital Challenges focus on demand-side innovation where large companies will join forces with SMEs/midcaps for a digital challenge solution.

Three open calls for project applications will be announced throughout the project. The first one will open on March 17th 2020, followed by calls in September 2020 and March 2021.

As a partner in this project, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum will generate a common understanding and facilitate sharing of experience of the participating DIHs, ensuring the sustainability of the network.

Project Duration: 01/2020 - 12/2022

Participating Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872088.

Portrait Sabine Hafner-Zimmermann
Sabine Hafner-Zimmermann
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Portrait Meike Reimann
Dr. Meike Reimann
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