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Digitalisation – identification and development of skills to define and execute a digital transformation roadmap

Proposals  are expected to develop upskilling programmes under one of the following segments: Skill Driven Learning, Education for transforming organizations and Engage Society and Pupils.


Publication date
7 November 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
20 November 2023, 23:59 (CET)
Level of funding
EU level




Proposals under this topic are expected to develop upskilling programmes based on one of the following segments: Skill Driven Learning, Education for transforming organizations and Engage Society and Pupils.

Activities/actions supported

Proposals should aim to upskill the manufacturing workforce, enabling them to support the development and execution of digital transformation roadmaps by:

  • Enabling line managers to identify and define the necessary skills required for establishing and implementing of a digital transformation roadmap,
  • Helping employees assimilate and identify the benefits of digitalization at all levels within the company and effectively communicate these advantages.
  • Equipping operators with cross-sectoral skills that combine digital and project management skills to develop a roadmap aligned with the company's strategy.
  • Developing of critical thinking skills to interpret data for informed decisionmaking. Providing the necessary skills for the workforce to operate meta-factories, which involve data analytics, understanding and collaborating with artificial intelligence, automation, and cybersecurity

Anticipated outcomes

Proposals under this topic should clearly demonstrate how new teaching, learning, and upskilling methodologies, and approaches add to the State of the Art, clearly identifying and illustrating a market analysis, whilst addressing the following expected outcomes:

  • Increase the company’s change management and its capacity to develop digital transition roadmaps.
  • Improve digital technologies related competencies and company’s internal sources of information with digitalization potential, to improve the enterprise resource planning or business process management.
  • (Applicable to “engage” segment) foster the understanding of digital technologies in the manufacturing industry and their impact in society

Institution providing the funding

European Commission - EIT Manufacturing

Size of funding

The total maximum funding allocated to this call is up to €4.750.000. The maximum amount allocated per projects varies according to the project segment:

  • Segment 1 (Skill-Driven Learning): Up to €400.000
  • Segment 2 ( Education for transforming organizations): Up to €400.000
  • Segment 3 (Engage society and pupils): Up to €250.000



Overview of eligibility criteria

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries at the time of proposal submission: the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions; the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States; the countries associated with Horizon Europe and the low- and middle-income countries.

Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes at least 3 legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:

  • at least 1 independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least 2 other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

More information about the eligibility of proposals and the profile of applicants is available in the Call Guidelines for education proposals

Overview of award criteria

The proposals which successfully pass the eligibility check are evaluated and scored against 5 criteria: 

  • Excellence (5 points),
  • Impact (5 points), 
  • Implementation (5 points), 
  • Strategic Fit (5 points),
  • EU Dimension (5 points). 

The maximum score for a proposal is 25. The default threshold for individual criteria is 3 and the default overall threshold is 15. 

More details about the scoring are available in the Call Guidelines for education proposals.



Application procedures

All Activity Leaders must submit the proposals via the Plaza submission tool.

The following documentation must be submitted by the applicants through the Plaza submission tool no later than the call deadline:

  • Online application form
  • Business Owner deck
  • Instructional Designer deck
  • GANTT 

Derailed guidelines on the application procedure are available in the Call Guidelines document, available here.

Application support available

In case of questions, please contact supportateitmanufacturing [dot] eu (support[at]eitmanufacturing[dot]eu) and educationateitmanufacturing [dot] eu (education[at]eitmanufacturing[dot]eu).

Agora, EIT's online community platform, is also open to all entities to have access to the most updated information on the call and to help them build up proposal consortia.


Useful links

Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info