Funding opportunity for healthcare robotics: DIH-HERO Tech Demonstrator Call


Medical robotics at Imperial College London: Mechatronics in Medicine group.

This call provides up to € 100K to demonstrate the feasibility of new, innovative, and enhanced robotics solutions for healthcare applications.

DIH-HERO Overview

DIH-HERO is an independent platform (funded by Horizon 2020) that connects Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe to create a sustainable network for all those who are active in the healthcare robotics sector. 

Through its different calls for funding, it supports SMEs and slightly larger companies working in robotics for healthcare. From robots for environment disinfection, eye surgery, to sensor-based systems for telerehabilitation, DIH-HERO's portfolio is diverse and growing!


DIH-HERO COVID-19 Call awarded projects. (Left to right: ACCREA Engineering, Akara Robotics, F&P Robotics, Hocoma, KELO Robotics, MetraLabs, PAL Robotics, Rubedo Sistemos and Voxdale).

Technology Demonstrator Call 2021

More SMEs will benefit from this scheme through the opening of a second Technology Demonstrator call. The major aim of this call is to stimulate cross-border collaboration among pan-European companies (SME’s and slightly larger companies) working in Healthcare Robotics. 

The type of activity that qualifies for receiving financial support is a technology demonstrator project, demonstrating the feasibility of new, innovative and enhanced robotic solutions in one of the defined major healthcare application domains:

  • Diagnostic Robotics
  • Interventional Robotics
  • Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Robotics supporting Patients
  • Robotics supporting Healthcare Professionals

Key Information:

  • Application deadline: 30 June 2021
  • Maximum duration of projects: 9 months
  • Maximum amount of financial support for each third party project: € 100,000
  • Call identifier: DIH-HERO Technology Demonstrator Call 2021
  • DIH-HERO calls - Further information:
  • Email address for further information:


  1. Third parties receiving financial support must be a legal entity, being an SME or a slightly larger company from EU/EEA countries (Note that as Horizon 2020 obligations are upheld, UK companies can apply).
  2. At least two parties have to be involved (either two SMEs or slightly larger companies from two different EU/EEA countries, or one SME or slightly larger company and one end-user (e.g. hospital) from 2 different EU/EEA countries.
  3. There must be no conflicts of interest with the DIH-HERO consortium partners (note: Imperial College London is a Core partner).

For further requirements and information visit DIH-HERO's 2021 Technology Demonstrator call website or join the DIH-HERO Knowledge Conference on May 19th, session: Funding opportunities for healthcare robotics within DIH-HERO and beyond.


Ana Cruz Ruiz

Ana Cruz Ruiz
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