Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) federation for large scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs
01/2020 – 12/2022
DigiFed’s ambition is to become a world leading pan European accelerator for the deployment of embedded and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). The main objective is to encourage the adoption of advanced digital technologies by EU SMEs with a focus on non-digital businesses. DigiFed implements a business plan for the sustainability of the federation of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), while providing significant support mechanisms for individual and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product and service offerings.
The focus is on Cyber Physical and Embedded Systems with a particular attention to security and privacy, autonomy and human-machine interaction. Its innovation pathways offer two main instruments: “Generic Experiments” target a group of mainly non-tech SMEs to implement advanced technology demonstrators with co-funding from regional authorities; “Application Experiments” allow individual SMEs to define an R&I project to disrupt, upgrade or manufacture an innovative digital product or service.
With the aim to engage at least 200 SMEs and midcaps from across Europe in its innovation programme, at least 80 of these will receive also funding support and benefits from one of Digifed’s innovation pathways-half of these will be businesses with low digital maturity. Both funding from private sector and public co-funding from regions of DIHs will be leveraged in order to maximise value from EU investments.
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