20 new Experiments start Development Phase

20 new experiments started within the ESMERA project as of May, 1st 2020. Within the project´s second Open Call, which ended in December 2019, 69 applications were registered, all proposing to solve either a pre-defined robotics challenge or bringing with them their own challenge provider and challenge.

Out of these 69 applications, the most promising 20 experiments have now been selected. In Phase I of ESMERA, proving their concept, they get funding of up to 75.000 Euros each as well as technical support and business mentoring by the ESMERA consortium.

Within the European Commission´s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, ESMERA aims to boost robotics innovation by European Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). Key European companies defined real-life industrial challenges, specific problems that seek innovative solutions in manufacturing, construction, energy, healthcare, retail, food processing, emergency response and agriculture. Applicants could also bring their own challenge provided that it is supported by an industry in direct need of the potential robotic solution (challenge provider). Within this second Open Call, 15 experiments address pre-defined ESMERA challenges, five have brought in their own open challenge.

The 20 selected experiments will now have nine months to prove their concept. During that phase, the ESMERA consortium provides technical support, business mentoring and training to bring the experiments up to speed. After the next nine months, external evaluators will review their progress and select the final experiments that will then proceed in Phase II, the final stage toward industrializing and commercializing the robotics product.

ESMERA comprises two Open Calls. The first Open Call, which ended in November 2018, has already brought to light five final experiments that already are in Phase II of the ESMERA project. One more agricultural experiment will follow within the next months.

Altogether, almost 2,9 million Euros have been approved and distributed among the ESMERA experiments so far of both the first and second Open Call. The following 20 selected proposals alone receive an overall amount of 1.245.000,00 Euros for starting into their development phase.

List of the 20 selected proposals for Phase I, starting May 1st.


Partners Project Acronym Area Country
Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators B.V.,
Riwo Engineering B.V:
TOGETHER Agriculture Netherlands
Spin Robotics IVS,
Pehama Production A/S
MoCAAS Manufacturing Denmark
Agricultural & Environmental Solutions,
National Centre for Scientific Research „Demokritos“
Agricultural University of Athens
Irta Agriculture Greece
Flox Limited FLOX Agriculture UK
Sewts GmbH SWTS-FE Manufacturing Germany
Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
craftworks GmbH
SUSPICION Manufacturing Austria
ZeniaLabs Automation Intelligence S.L.
Electronics and Opto-Mechanics Engineering EXOM S.L.
Alpha Laser GmbH
Tecnalia Research & Innovation
ROVER4RT Construction Spain / Germany
Follow Inspiration S.A. WGL Retail Portugal

Universitá degli Studi di Firenze

ROMERO Emergency Response Italy
Kilt Oy

Enekos Oy

Web2Print Garment Manufacturing Finland
Hidropar Hareket Kontrol Teknolojileri Merkezi Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi SARAF Manufacturing Turkey
Pulverizadores Rocha

INESC TEC Tecnologia e Ciencia

Prysm Agriculture Portugal
SARA Agriculture Spain
IT+Robotics srl
University of Padova
SPIWI Food Processing Italy
MetraLabs GmbH Neue Technologien und Systeme

Universidad de Extremadura

Universidad de Málaga

SA3IR Retail Germany / Spain
Ingeniarius, Ltd. RAIL-O-BOT Construction Portugal
WPWEB PLUTO Construction Italy
University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Helvetis SA

AeroWind Energy Croatia / Switzerland
Cyber Surgery SL NeRo Healthcare Spain


In January 2018, the European Commission launched the ESMERA project to unlock the innovation potential of robotics SMEs. ESMERA promotes applied robotics technology developed for industrial challenges set by key European companies. Thereby the SMEs get a chance to implement, apply and prove new technologies that address real-life problems and thus already have a market.