We are happy to announce the results of the First UFO Open call for innovation collaborative projects.
UFO (Emerging indUstries new value chains boosted by small flying objects) aims to support European SMEs in the development of innovative products and services integrating new Embedded Key Enabling Technology Solutions (digital technologies, microelectronics, nanotechnologies, sensors and Exploitation solutions) in the Small Flying Objects: Drones, High Attitude Platform Systems and Small Satellites answering the challenges of 6 Emerging Industries: Blue Growth, Digital Creative & Gaming, Mobility Technologies, Climate, Environment, Finance & Insurance.
The open call was closed on February 18th 2021. We received 52 project proposals applying for 3 types of vouchers: Feasibility, Market & Business Development and Demonstration activities. The applications were coming from the 5 partners’ countries – Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania and United Kingdom.
The winners of the first Open Call for innovation collaborative projects will receive up to €60,000 for feasibility and up to €150 000 for demonstration projects, alongside technical support from industry experts and business mentoring, networking, access to funding to support the project sustainability and market realisation.
The complete list of chosen applicants and their project topics can be found here:
The selected projects are targeting the challenges of the 6 industries as follows:
The selected projects are developing solutions in the following Small Flying Objects Technology Domain:
Congratulations to the 13 successful applicants – the competition was very tough!
Second Open Call & Matchmaking
Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for their efforts dedicated.
For everyone interested and participants not selected, we highly recommend you to apply for the Second UFO Open Call, to be launched on June 15th!
The Second Open Call will be followed by a Matchmaking event to support you in the formation of partnerships.
For more details and subscription to the event: https://ufo-project-open-call-matchmaking.b2match.io/
The European project UFO had received €4.3 million from the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission of which €3.6 million is dedicated to the support of SMEs through direct financial support and services provided by UFO partners. Present in 5 different countries (Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania and United Kingdom) UFO aims to finance more than 75 SMEs providing innovative solutions on the targeted emerging industries.
Cluster partners: Aerospace Valley [AV], Minalogic Partenaires [Minalogic], Foundation Cluster Information and Communication Technologies [ICT CLUSTER], Asociatia CLUJ IT [CLUJ IT], Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies [Corallia], Finance Innovation [FinInnov], Marine South East Limited [MSE], Knowledge Transfer Network Limited [KTN], and Associated Partner: Climate–KIC [Climate-KIC]