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The Inspection & Maintenance robotics programme RIMA launched its first open call with €8.1 million equity-free funding for small & medium sized and slightly bigger companies

19/09/2019

Launched within the framework of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) is an acceleration project that aims at connecting research and industry organisations  to deploy robotics technologies in I&M (Inspection & Maintenance) applications to fit market needs.

RIMA, the pan-European acceleration programme for Inspection & Maintenance robotics, has launched its first open call with €8.1million equity-free funding for small & medium sized and slightly bigger companies.

Applications to the Open Call will be accepted until the 19. December 2019 at 16:00 CET. 

Through this call, RIMA will select 25 projects that will develop experiments in the field of I&M robotics for water supply & sanitation; road, rail & infrastructure in cities; transport hubs; nuclear infrastructure; oil & gas extraction; energy generation & distribution.

Each selected consortium will receive up to €300.000 equity-free funding, access to acceleration services and expertise of a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), all dedicated to help the innovation and commercialization process of new I&M robotics solutions in Europe.


A sector with challenges to overcome

I&M represents a large economic activity with a global market estimated at 450 Billion Euro. There is massive potential for robotic applications, to increase productivity and improve safety, but the total market size of robotics is still negligible in relation to the overall market size.

Currently the EU is a global leader in this rapidly growing field with more than half of all manufacturers of I&M robots based in Europe. It hosts over 50% of the I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications.

RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) is a 4-year project aiming to tackle this gap by establishing a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) and industry associations to support the uptake of robotics – and help small, medium-sized and slightly bigger companies to develop novel solutions for different industry sectors.

Find out more and apply to RIMA's first open call here: https://rimanetwork.eu/open-call-2/

Find out more about the RIMA project and network here:  https://rimanetwork.eu/