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€3.2 million Open Call funding available

The Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform (ZDMP) project team invites you to apply for your share of €3.2million EC H2020 Funding split over 2 separate Open Calls aimed at European SME software developers, tech companies and manufacturers to create, test, validate and/or integrate innovative zero-defect solutions for Industry4.0 using the ZDMP components, services and platform.

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ZDMP Open Call 2 is extended to 15th of October 5pm CET, 2021 from the 1st October. The new date supersedes any and all references to the previous date which may be in published material such as webinar videos, Guidance for Applicants etc.


It is essential that you read the Guidance for Applicants first and if you have further issues, refer to the ZDMP Open Calls FAQ

Call Details
Call Total Budget
Number of Calls
Call Open/Close
Call opens 2nd August 2021, Call closes 15th of October 5pm CET, 2021 (following an extension)
Expected Funding
50,000€ -150,000€
Duration of sub-projects
9 months
Project Execution
January 2022 to September 2022
Expected Projects Awarded
Roughly 20
Funding Model
Lump-Sum funding, “70% funding for SMEs”
Open Call 2

Call opens 2nd August 2021, Call closes 15th of October 5pm CET, 2021 (following an extension)

In the second of our Open Calls, valued at 2,000,000 Euros – we intend to award around 20 sub-projects for SME technology providers, SME or start-up software developers, and/or companies of any size from either the manufacturing or supply chain domains to undertake activity in the following areas:

General Information

  • Funding Amount per Sub-project: 50,000 to 150,000 Euros

  • Experiment Duration for all Sub-projects: 9 months (fixed)

Activity Areas

Open Call 2 consists of three broad activity areas:

  • Develop

  • Integrate

  • Validate

Call 2 is mainly focussed on ZDMP Applications – zApps, although projects with a focus on the ZDMP Platform and components are not excluded.

Proposals should focus directly on a single area of activity, but ZDMP recognizes that minor inclusion of other activity areas may sometimes occur naturally in a sub-project.

Sub-projects will be awarded across all three areas dependent on the number and quality of proposals received in each activity area.

Activity Area 1: Develop

Sub-projects for the development of digital manufacturing applications and solutions for Industry4.0 via the ZDMP platform.

These are sub-projects that develop new applications or solutions that can be integrated into and/or provided via the ZDMP platform. They should consist of novel combinations generally using several existing ZDMP components with existing components or services that you provide. The aim is to extend the functionalities and offerings of the ZDMP platform and marketplace as well as your business, by providing easy-to-use applications for Industry4.0 end-users needing zero-defect solutions.

In this type of sub-project the focus is on:

  • Developing new Design-time / Run-time zero-defect smart manufacturing applications/solutions that can be integrated with/made available through the ZDMP Platform and/or Marketplace

  • Developing new, easy-to-use AI/Machine Learning applications/solutions potentially utilising new/upgraded algorithms for zero-defect smart manufacturing processes

  • Development/Extension of existing ZDMP applications (zApps) which are open-source to provide added value to the platform and/or to reach new Industry4.0 domains (outside of ZDMP pilot domains – Automotive/Electronics/Machine Tools/Construction)

Any application developed must be substantially different from those developed within the ZDMP project.
See existing ZDMP Applications here -

Aim: To create new applications/solutions for the enhancement of the ZDMP platform, to provide new services to Industry4.0 and to give the opportunity to sub-project participants to build high quality applications by leveraging existing functionalities and capabilities within the ZDMP platform and your own businesses. The application should be fully working and potentially marketable at the end of the activity with no or minimal technical work. You should avoid any repetition of zApps already developed within the ZDMP project (see

Target Audience: SME / Start-up technology providers, software developers.

Technical Note: All new and/or extended applications will need to be ZDMP platform compliant and be able to connect with ZDMP Core Components (Portal, Marketplace, Service & Message Bus, Application Runtime, Secure Installation, Communication & Authentication and potentially Storage).

Further details:

  • Application Runtime (Mandatory) – This is the platform where the zApps must be deployed.

  • Portal (Specifically the DashButton) coupled with Secure Authentication (Both Mandatory) - The use of the Dash Button is the single-sign on component for ZDMP and also provides a common visual entry point into installed ZDMP applications.

  • Secure Installation and Marketplace (Mandatory) - This is used to deploy zApps, so although it is not being integrated with as such, a manifest file needs to be provided which is then used for installation from the ZDMP Marketplace.

  • API Gateway (Mandatory) - If any backend is exposed, this should be performed via the API Gateway. If they want to call any existing ZDMP component or zApp, this should be done via the gateway.

  • Message Bus (Advised) - Typically this is needed to access other ZDMP components although it may not be needed in every zApp dependent on functionality

  • Storage (Optional) - if any kind of storage is needed, then where possible the ZDMP storage should be used – however, in many scenarios they may not be possible since an existing technology basis may already have its own storage.

Activity Area 2: Integrate

Sub-projects to extend the ZDMP offering by connecting ZDMP with external platforms, ecosystems and in-house technology.

The focus for this activity area is on:


  • The integration of existing 3rd Party zero-defect smart manufacturing Design-time and Run-time applications / components / services with the ZDMP Platform.

  • The integration/interoperability of third-party ecosystems and platforms, including SMEs / Manufacturers with micro in-house specific platforms, with the ZDMP platform.

  • The integration of existing ZDMP open-source applications (zApps) and/or components with third party processes / components / tools / services in new manufacturing domains/scenarios.

Aim: To extend ZDMP platform functionality by integrating with existing applications, components, services, or platforms. You should avoid any repetition of zApps already developed within the ZDMP project -


Target Audience: SME technology providers / software developers, and/or companies of any size from either the manufacturing or supply chain domains that provide applications, platforms or solutions.

Technical Note: The integration of applications and components and 3rd Party platforms must use the ZDMP API Gateway and Secure Authentication.

In a typical scenario, and if only an existing application is integrating to ZDMP by calling some components then only the ZDMP API Gateway and Secure Authentication.

However, since some aspects of integration move into the territory of ‘development’ – all the observations mentioned above under ‘Development’ also apply.

Activity Area 3: Validate

Sub-projects for validation and/or testing of ZDMP applications (zApps) and components in digital manufacturing domains.

The focus for this activity area is on:


  • Functional Validation of ZDMP applications and/or components InCloud and/or OnPremise – eg workflows, UI, integration with other ZDMP applications and/or components, algorithms, data acquisition.

  • Scenario Validation: Deploy and run ZDMP applications and/or components in a range of smart manufacturing domains/scenarios – eg ‘real-world’ validation using real-world data, zApp security.

  • Technical Validation of ZDMP applications and/or components – a list of zApps can be found on

  • Performance Testing of ZDMP applications and/or components in a range of smart manufacturing domains/scenarios – eg AI model prediction & result testing, security, data acquisition & ingestion.

  • Usability Testing of ZDMP applications and/or components InCloud and/or OnPremise.

Aim: To test and validate ZDMP applications and/or components in additional use cases / domains / environments (Cloud vs Premises) in order to ensure the quality of ZDMP offerings to the broader community of end-users.

Target Audience: SME technology providers or software developers and/or companies of any size from the wider manufacturing domain.

Technical Note: ZDMP provides an Experimentation Facility (see which can be used by a maximum of 2 sub-projects for validation and testing purposes.

Eligible Applicants

For all Activity Areas, ZDMP will welcome submissions from either:

  1. Single SME Applicants or,

  2. Small Consortia of a maximum of two partners led by an SME.

In the case of (2) the consortium must consist of either another SME or an academic/research partner or large organisation. Academic/research partners and large organisations must be in a clear supporting role only (eg. an SME manufacturing/supply chain company (lead) and a large technology provider; or an SME technology company (lead) and a large manufacturer).

All sub-projects will be funded from 50,000 to 150,000 Euros to complete a 9 month period of work (Fixed Duration).

Further Information

You can find more information about this Call by following the links below, and check further materials on the resources page (

For all documentation relating to the Open Call (including the Guidance For Applicants).

To register your attendance at our Application Support Webinars.

To find out what others have been asking…

ZDMP Open Call Application Portal (F6S)


Contact us on – Please note that we expect to respond within 2 working days, but we can not comment on individual proposal ideas that you may have.

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