ESMERA (European SMEs Robotics Applications) is a starting point for European SMEs designing and developing robotic solutions.

To unlock the innovation potential of these SMEs, ESMERA promotes applied robotics technology developed for industrial challenges set by key European companies. Thereby the SMEs get a chance to realise new technologies that address real life problems and thus already have a market. ESMERA offers direct financial support to the solution-providing SMEs, through a cascade funding mechanism. On top, the core partners of ESMERA will provide the beneficiaries with an environment for developing, evaluating, testing and demonstrating novel robotic technologies, alongside with nontechnical mentoring and support. Read more here.

The call for first experiment proposals is now open!

The challenges

ESMERA offers eight industrial challenges addressing real-life problems in four challenge areas: Energy, Manufacturing, Construction and Agri-food. Under these areas, multiple sectors such as Gas & Oil, Nuclear, Assembly, Processing, Agriculture, Food Processing, Buildings and Infrastructure will be considered. The focus will be on applications that cannot be served by existing robotics solutions and thus are not provided by integrators or technology providers at the moment. The challenges will be selected to be open to innovation, meaning that they will allow multiple approaches to be used by the SMEs who will be free to explore new directions in developing robotics technologies. You can find the challenges here.



Webinar Recording is Online
The recording of the pan-European ESMERA webinar “Funding Opportunities in the ESMERA project and how to apply” is now available. For those who missed the live webinar, you can now follow the webinar and the Question&Answer-Session on the ESMERA YouTube channel.
Invitation to the ESMERA Webinars
The ESMERA consortium invites you to its first pan-European webinar introducing the ESMERA project with its funding opportunities to interested SMEs, Startups and potential partners from academia and industry. It takes place on Thursday, September 27th, 10:30 – 11 read more
ESMERA FAQs are online
FAQs regarding the EU funded project ESMERA (European SMEs Robotics Applications) are now available and online. They will be updated contiously as more questions emerge. Please follow this link.
ESMERA at R-18 Robotics Conference
The EU-funded robotics project ESMERA (European SMEs Robotics Applications) will take part in the robotmesse R-18, a three day expo-conference of the robotics industry. It takes part at the Odense Congress Center in Odense, Denmark from September 11th to September 13th.
First call for experiment proposals is open
SMEs developing robotic technologies may now apply for providing solutions to predefined real-life challenges. The respective challenge winners will receive direct financial support through a cascade funding mechanism by the European Commission of up to 200.000 euros each.
Now online: the ESMERA social media channels
The ESMERA social media channels are online! Connect with us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and stay always up-to-date with our status updates, pictures and videos. Also, if you like to see more in-depth information about ESMERA in your inbox we suggest subscribing to our newsletter.
ERF 2018: meet ESMERA in Tampere
More than 800 European robotics experts are expected to attend the European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe. We are really excited about the event which will be held in Tampere, Finland, from 13-15 March 2018.