1. The application area of the call -robotics and smart manufacturing- is wide. Does the call address to specific focus areas? If yes, what areas? For example, do smart gates counts?
No. TRINITY call primary focus is “agile production”. Robotics, ICT and Cyber-security are only tools to increase agility.
2. What are the criteria for SMEs (or slightly bigger companies) to be eligible?

The definition of ‘SME’ refers to the one given in Horizion2020 guidelines.

Nevertheless, for FSTP (Financial Support to Third Parties) purpose “SMEs or slightly bigger” is defined by extending the current European Commission definition of SME to increase the Employee Threshold to 500 and the Turnover to €100M.

Whether you count as an SME may depend on how you count your workforce, turnover or balance sheet. Please note that you must take into account any relationships you have with other enterprises. Depending on the category in which your enterprise fits, you may then need to add some or all the data. For more details: Regulation 2003/361/EC – see “Annex” for a full definition of a SME.

3. What is the expected composition of the consortium presenting an application? Is it an individual project proposal or more than one entity is required? If so, who is eligible to submit the proposal?
No individual proposal is eligible. This call is intended for a consortium of minimum 2 and up to 3 partners on a cross-country collaboration. This means that the consortium members must be from at least 2 different countries.
4. Is the maximum funding of 300.000€ allocated to the consortium or to each consortium partner?

This call foresees a maximum grant of 200.000€ per consortium.

Partners that might have received prior funding from TRINITY or other DIH^2 projects, can receive funding up to max 300.000€ for individual company.

5. Can a company apply funding from several DIH project?


6. How long (in terms of pages) the application is planned to be?
The proposal (submitted in PDF) can be up to 12 pages in total including the cover page. Pages beyond this threshold will not be evaluated.
7. Does SME receive 100% funding?

·      The maximum funding rate is 70% of the eligible total costs.·      The funding of the leading SME (or slightly bigger company) must be at least 40% of the entire use-case demonstration budget.

8. What are eligible costs? What kind of activities will be supported?

For eligible costs it is meant personnel costs, subcontracting, and consumables.

9. Can I purchase equipment, such as a robot, using TRINITY money?

The depreciation of the equipment used in the project is eligible, according to the company’s depreciation policy.

The maximum depreciation time is 10 months assuming that the equipment is used only for the project and all the time.

Assuming a 5-year full depreciation (100%), TRINITY covers the 5% of the purchase value for equipment purchased specifically for the project and used only for it during the 6 to 10 months demonstration period.

10. Can SMEs propose an additional funding for the project from their own resources? For example, 200.000€ from TRINITY + 200.000€ of own resources.
TRINITY funds up to the 70% of direct costs and up to 200.000€. Therefore, companies must invest their own money to cover 100% of the expenses.
11. What should be delivered at the end of the project (deliverables)? How is it decided that a project has reached the expected results stated in the proposal?

The expected outcomes from your demonstration project are:

·      public abstract

·      video of the achieved result (your demonstrator in use)

·      short report (e.g. a white paper) to be published.

Companies can choose to deliver or publish additional material at their own convenience.

12. Can I present the same proposal for the open calls foreseen in the other robotics Innovation Actions?

No, the grant is based on PIC number, and for a single PIC number the grant cannot exceed 300.000€.

The 300.000€ threshold applies to each consortium for each Innovation Action, but a consortium cannot submit the same proposal in more than one call.


A consortium can receive funding from the different innovation actions, for instance, 200.000€ from RIMA, 300.000€ from DIH², and 200.000€ from TRINITY, provided it does not submit the same proposal in more than one call.

13. How will TRINITY evaluate the proposals submitted?
TRINITY will open a call for experts via the F6S platform. The experts will be chosen taking into consideration gender balance and academy-industry balance.
14. How is conflict of interest addressed?? What if a TRINITY partner is part of the consortium submitting a proposal to get funding from TRINITY DIHs?

TRINITY partners can assist but cannot perform subcontracting to a SME. If a SME would like to turn to one of the TRINITY partners for assistance in the preparation of the project proposal, the costs cannot be covered by TRINITY funding.

Please note that turning to one of TRINITY partner for consulting will not automatically guarantee the shortlisting of your proposal.</div>

15. A large company X is willing to apply for the funding, but it is not eligible because it is not included in the ‘SME’ definition. They would like to use their subsidiary company Y as an applicant for the open call because it fits to the SME definition. Is it possible?

The company Y is valid for the call if it is completely independent from the company X or any other company.

By ‘independent’ it is meant that if the large company X owns more than 25 % of the subsidiary company shares, company Y is calculated as a large enterprise and not valid for applying for the call.  If the company Y itself owns more than 25 % of the shares of another large company C, it is still not valid for the call.

Please refer to the user guide to the SME definition for more information.</div>

16. If a company would like to test TRINITY modules but is not interested in applying for the funding, is this possible? If yes, with what terms?
The idea at the core of TRINITY DIHs is that SMEs should apply for funding to test TRINITY concepts, ideas, but also codes and algorithms if possible. How much such information is openly and freely disclosed is entirely up to our partners.
17. Does each company in the consortium have to write a separate contract? Will they have their own budget?
The contractual agreement is signed between TRINITY and the SME that is lead applicant. The lead applicant can then subcontract the other entities of the consortium (up to 3 including the lead applicant).
18. BREXIT: Are participants from UK eligible to apply?
Yes. In conformity with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, the entities established in the UK continue to be eligible to receive Union funds under actions carried out in Horizon 2020. This includes Funding Support Third Party activities (FSTP).
19. Is it mandatory to have partners from two of three different EU countries (cross-border dimension)?

Yes. At least two countries must be involved in one consortium.

20. Is it possible to receive funding for other institutions besides SMEs (e.g. research institutes, universities)?


The funding rate is available for both companies and other institutions, such as research institutes, by the 70% margin. The main clause for receiving funding is the possibility to transfer the research results to on-site production. However, depending on each individual case, it solely lies on the project descriptions (proposals) and how they are evaluated.

In any way, in case of non-industrial legal entities (e.g. Universities) involved in the consortium, funding will be provided if the leader of the consortium is a SME, and the total funding for the SME (or slightly bigger company) must be at minimum 40% of the entire experiment budget.

21. What is the maximum funding available?

The maximum funding that is available to distribute is 200.000€.

22. Do standard, yet customized, projects receive funding?
A project will receive funding depending on its level of innovation and the impact on the agility of production.
23. When a robot provider is needed to be developed as a sub-supplier, how it should be denoted in the provided budget: as a sub-supplier to the main partner or a separate partner?
Project partners need to be listed as they are the suppliers for the lead SME. TRINITY will sign the contractual agreement with the leading SME, which has the responsibility to redirect funding to partners mentioned in the plan.
24. Can a technology provider be the leader of the consortium?

Yes, provided it is a SME.

25. How many Project partners there can be in a consortium?

3 partners for a consortium is the maximum.

26. What is the scope of the Project proposal?
The scope of the project proposal is to present your project planning that involves determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, features, functions, tasks, deadlines, and ultimately costs. In other words, it is what needs to be achieved and the work that must be done to deliver a project.
27. Is there a maximum number of proposals which can be funded?
No. The limit to the number of proposals to be funded is given by the total budget available for the open call (€3.5 million).
28. What is the targeted TRL (Technology readiness Level) of the final result?

Proposals funded start from a TRL around 6-7, with a target to clearly reach the TRL 7.

29. What are the rules of Intellectual Property (IP)?
IP belongs to the consortium. For the funding, only the described dissemination material is required (abstract, videos and final report).
30. Can the description of the 'Benefit and Competition' titles in the “Executive summary” be merged into 1 section?
Yes, it can. Nevertheless, both parts need to be clearly answered for the evaluation’s scope.
31. Can you apply for a proposal that implements more than one Use Case?


32. How detailed should be the description of the section “Potential impact and exploitation plans”?
The more detailed description the better. Evaluators need to see the real effect and impact of your project’s idea.
33. If the project is more related to moving goods in a warehouse rather than in a manufacturing plant, is that part of the scope?
The project remains in the scope of the call as far as the demonstrator can be applied to the manufacturing industry.
34. What if the consortium has multiple clients with different applications and wish to submit 2 different proposals?

One company can be the lead applicant in one submitted proposal only.

35. Is it necessary to fill the Annex 7 before or after the acceptance of the project?

No. It is only requested in case your application is accepted for funding.

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