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European Smart Textiles Accelerator open for entries

19 December 2019


First call of the SmartX European project is now opened

SmartX, European Smart Textiles Accelerator, is a 3-year programme with a budget of nearly €5 million funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The aim of the accelerator is to fund up to 40 smart textile projects by 2020. The first call for funding is now open to European small and medium-sized businesses.

The projects should tackle any of the following emerging end markets for smart textiles in Europe:

  • health and well-being
  • protection and sports
  • industrial applications including transport, architecture or interior

SmartX specifically supports projects with high potential to develop the manufacturing value chain for smart textiles in Europe to drive high value-added smart textile products and related services faster to market.

The support consists of a maximum direct financial contribution (grant) of up to €60,000 per SME and up to 200 hours free-of-charge coaching during the application, project implementation and post-project exploitation stages, provided by internal staff or externally contracted experts linked to any of the SmartX consortium partners.

Applicant SME's are expected to implement their project together with other SME partners, specialised technology or service providers or potential customers and preferably with partners from other EU or associated countries.

Read more about the SmartX project and how to apply.

The deadline expressions of interest is 15 February 2020. The deadline for submitting the finalised application is 29 February 2020.

For more information about SmartX project and how to apply, contact Claire Griffin from Invest Northern Ireland on Tel 028 9069 8356 or email claire.griffin@investni.com.