EARASHI Open Call 1: Cascade Funding for Embodied AI/Robotics Applications for Industry

EARASHI (Embodied AI/Robotics Applications for a Safe, Human-oriented Industry) Open call to projects.


The funding instrument will include a lump-sum grant of up to 200 k€ per project for developing solutions at demonstration scale and coaching session during and beyond their development.


The total duration of a project is expected to be 15-18 months.

Granted company cannot individually receive more than 200 k€. Only startups and SMEs are eligible to receive such funding.

R&D demonstration projects targeting EARASHI challenges will be developed to reach Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 starting form TRL 4-5, following a competitive based approach.


The demonstration projects will respond to one of EARASHI 10 challenges, and address EARASHI overall scope:

  • Support the industry in the uptake of advanced digital eco-responsible technologies (in particular AI, Data and Robotics)
  • Support workers in their daily activities and improve their working conditions (safety, health and well-being) leading to a productivity increase
  • Adopt a worker-centric approach by considering worker well-being and health at work (e.g. MSD and stress), design thinking methodology of production machines, worker acceptance and Ethics


The granted projects are expected to have impact on the:

  • Decrease of the number of workers that perceive stress at work / the number of accidents at work / number of workers already suffering from MSD
  • Increase of the number of ROS-users (ROS=Robot Operating System )
  • Improvement of trust in AI, Data and Robotics (implementation of ADR in manufacturing)
  • Machine retrofit and refurbishment
  • Deployment of eco-design approach
  • Standardized, easy, non-hazardous dismantling processes shortened in time and costs


The granted projects products are expected to have market potential and reach commercialization as project’s outcome.


Pan-European demonstration projects (EU member states or Horizon Europe associated countries) are strongly encouraged, through cross-border collaboration either with the EARASHI partners providing the technical Building Blocks and expertise or through the companies building up the proposal.


The project must:

  • Be proposed by a micro-consortium of a minimum of 1 independent legal entity (maximum 2) including exclusively Start-up or SME
  • Involve an EARASHI building Block partner chosen among the Building Block portfolio.
  • Address one of EARASHI challenges


EARASHI Challenges

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  • CHALLENGE 1: Mobile robotic assistance for repetitive tasks
  • CHALLENGE 2: Robotic assistance for heavy duty
  • CHALLENGE 3: Machine/tools for recycling goods, electronics, batteries
  • CHALLENGE 4: Digitalization procedure for production tools & machines for industry 5.0
  • CHALLENGE 5: Workers’ stress monitoring and assistance to limit work-related stress
  • CHALLENGE 6: Collaboration between AI and Human supervisors to solve complex problems
  • CHALLENGE 7: Human-centric robotic assistance for assembly work cell
  • CHALLENGE 8: Automation for the optimization of intra-factory logistics
  • CHALLENGE 9: Enhanced digital planning to optimize the execution of the tasks of production operators
  • CHALLENGE 10: Gamification of work tasks via the use of digital technologies (AI, Drone, AR…)




  • Start-up: representing 100% of your project’s total declared budget
  • SME: representing 70% of your project’s total declared budget


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Feb 16 2023 - May 12 2023