Vanguard Initiative

The CGreen cluster, as part of the Piedmont Innovation Cluster System to foster the development and competitiveness of the region, wants to inform you about the launch of the “Vanguard Initiative SME Success Story Call” !

This support scheme will offer “Financial aid to SMEs facing obstacles in their innovation processes in one of the thematic and industrial areas of the VI Pilots” (incl. 3DP).

The VI Innovation Voucher (5 Vouchers will be granted in total) will consist of a one-time, lump-sum payment of €11.000 to finance interregional collaboration activities between at least two legal entities (of which at least one SME) registered in at least two different VI regions and countries.

The eligible activities are the following:

  • Development of new product/process in one of the areas targeted by the VI Pilots:
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments
    • Bio-Economy
    • Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing
    • High-Performance Production through 3D-Printing
    • Nano-enabled Products
    • Smart Health
  • Improvement of existing product/process (not including TRL9 activities) in one of the areas targeted by the VI Pilots (see list above)
  • Purchase of strategic services and/or expertise by Research providers and/or R&D institutions located in Vanguard Regions, aimed at the development of new products or services in one of the areas targeted by the VI Pilots
  • Acquisition of other types of services (e.g. demonstrators, pilots etc.) from technological/service providers located in another Vanguard Region


Please find more information here (incl. the guide for applicants, the application form, the final call text, etc.).

Should you have any question, please email

The deadline is close but filling in the application form can be done quite quickly!