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Industry 5.0 Award

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

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.

Eligibility criteria - who can apply?

Eligible projects must have obtained funding from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe or the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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

How and when to apply?

After the Award competition is launched, applications, in the relevant application form, should be sent 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)

Award editions

In 2024, Industry 5.0 is teaming up with the European Innovation Council for an Accelerator Challenge called Enabling virtual worlds and augmented interaction in high-impact applications to support the realisation of Industry 5.0.

Read more about this EIC Accelerator Challenge

In 2023, due to the postponement of the R&I days 2023, we decided to postpone the Industry 5.0 Award.

In 2022, RAMP-PV, a deep tech start up, won the Award for its project for up-cycling of raw materials from photovoltaic panels.

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.


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)