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News article15 May 2023Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Industry 5.0 Award contest opens: apply by 15 September 2023

Today, the Commission is launching the Industry 5.0 Award dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results make European industry more human-centric, resilient and sustainable. The award has been prepared in collaboration with European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), the industrial platform ManuFUTURE, European Institute of Innovation and technology and the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency.

This is a unique occasion to highlight innovative projects that contribute to Commission priorities such as: the European Green Deal, A Europe fit for the digital age, and An economy that works for people. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness, take stock of the implementation of Industry 5.0 in research and innovation programmes, and develop the framework moving forward.

Eligible projects must have obtained funding from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe or the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Projects involving deep-tech start-ups are particularly encouraged to participate. The official start date of the project must be after 31 August 2018 and the projects’ progress to date, and results should have clear application in industry. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2023 – 17:00 CET (Brussels time).

Projects will be evaluated by a high-level independent jury from industry, civil society, social partners, and academia. The winner will receive communication support and visibility on the European Commission’s channels, including social media publicity through and an article in the Horizon Magazine. Finalists will be invited to the award Ceremony during the annual Research and Innovation days in October 2023 where they will be able to showcase their projects.

The contest is open for applications


Industry 5.0 provides a vision of the future of European industry as an engine for systemic transformation. It aims to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth, to become a resilient provider of prosperity that can anticipate future challenges, by making production more sustainable and placing the wellbeing of the industry worker at the centre of the production process.

Industry 5.0, as a key driver of industry engagement with the New European Innovation Agenda, can contribute to accelerating innovation within the European innovation ecosystem and provide a targeted support to deep tech start-ups.

In 2022, the Award winner was RAMP-PV (a deep tech start-up, pioneering up-cycling of raw materials from photovoltaic panels), The Award runners-up were SHERLOCK (developing collaborative robots) and SeCoIIa (exploring safe and secure human-robot interactions).

More information

Industry 5.0 award

Industry 5.0 website


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Publication date
15 May 2023
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation