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Sustainability - Skills for identifying and applying enabling technologies for sustainable manufacturing

Proposals are expected to develop upskilling programmes under on 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 are expected to develop upskilling programmes based on one of the following segments: “Skill-driven learning”, “education for transforming organisations” and “engage society and pupils”.

Activities/actions supported

Submitted proposals should address the following  barriers and provide solutions to overcome them:

  • Bridging the gap between highly skilled advanced research and less advanced technical education, while facilitating effective knowledge transfer from academia to industry.
  • Addressing the technical complexity of enabling technologies, mitigating any fear of failure or perception of high risk that may discourage their adoption.
  • Increasing awareness of the goals and benefits of sustainable manufacturing, fostering incentives for its widespread adoption.

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, providing a market analysis, whilst addressing the following expected outcomes:

  • Development of life cycle assessment and lean production skills for CO2 neutral manufacturing for any hierarchical level or functional area of the company/organisation.
  • Development of a holistic sustainability view of product design principles, production line, and the use of sustainable materials.
  • Correct application and use of standards and best practices for the manufacturing industry and capability building for compliance with EC/national/regional regulations and directives.
  • Improved use of data to produce relevant metrics and toolkits to enhance decision-making for sustainable manufacturing.
  • (Applicable to the “engage” heading) increased awareness about the importance of environmental sustainability in the manufacturing industry.

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

Proposals must be submitted 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 

Detailed guidelines on the application procedure are available in the Call Guidelines document 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