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Industry 5.0 Award 2023

The award recognises EU-funded projects that make an outstanding contribution to building a more human-centric, sustainable and resilient European industry.

Due to the postponement of the R&I days 2023, it was decided to postpone this year's edition of the Industry 5.0 Award and re-open it in 2024.

What is the Industry 5.0 Award?

The Industry 5.0 Award provides a vision of the future of European industry, which aims to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth. Industry would become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production more sustainable and placing the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process.

The concept of the award is prepared in collaboration with European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), industrial platform MANUFUTURE, European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and EIT Manufacturing.

Projects competing for the Award should present inspiring and applicable solutions, addressing the 3 main pillars of Industry 5.0: sustainability, human-centricity and resilience. In 2022, RAMP-PV, a deep tech start up, won the Award for its project for up-cycling of raw materials from photovoltaic panels. (get more inspiration from last year’s finalists)

Applications for the 2023 Industry 5.0 Award are now open 

Eligibility criteria - who can apply?

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).

Award criteria

Admissible and eligible projects will be evaluated and ranked against the following award criteria

  1. contribution to human-centricity
  2. contribution to sustainability
  3. contribution to resilience
  4. integration of criteria 1, 2 and 3 into a holistic contribution in terms of vision, inspirational power and cross-over effect

Further information about the scoring can be found in the rules of contest.

How and when to apply?

Applications should be made using the application form template and should follow the guidelines set out in the rules of contest. You will find all useful documents below.

Please submit your applications to the following email: RTD-INDUSTRY-5 [dot] 0_AWARDatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (RTD-INDUSTRY-5[dot]0_AWARD[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)


  1. 15 May 2023

    Submission opening

  2. 15 September 2023

    Strict deadline for submission (17:00 CET)

  3. Mid-October 2023

    Pre-selection and evaluation

  4. Second half of October 2023

    Panel interviews in Brussels for the 3 finalists

  5. End of October 2023

    Information on evalution results/award

Frequently asked questions

Should the projects applying for this contest be already completed by the date of the submission deadline?

No, both ongoing and completed projects can participate in the contest, provided they fulfil eligibility criteria.

What format should we use when submitting the application form?

Both .docx / .doc, as well as .pdf forms are acceptable for submission.

Contact and more information

For more information, please contact us at  RTD-INDUSTRY-5 [dot] 0_AWARDatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (RTD-INDUSTRY-5[dot]0_AWARD[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Learn more about Industry 5.0 



15. MAJ 2023
Industry 5.0 Award - Application form
(409.24 KB - DOCX)


7. JULI 2023
Industry 5.0 Award - Rules of Contest
(165.74 KB - PDF)


6. JANUAR 2021
Industry 5.0 - Towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry