Open Call for Developers and Pilots

Launches 1 May 2024

Call closes 3 July 2024 (17h00 CEST)

Join XR4ED to contribute to the establishment of a leading EU platform for learning and training with XR.
Apply to the Call for Developers or Call for Pilots to contribute and validate new XR-based solutions addressing key educational domains.
The XR4ED Open Call is a €4.6 million programme that will fund a total of 20 projects, 10 in each call.

Call closes 3 July 2024 (17h00 CEST)

What is the XR4ED Open Call?

The XR4ED Open Call and respective funding programme aims to catalyze innovation and excellence in XR technologies for education while providing financial and technical support to start-ups, SMEs, industry players, and education-focused actors. The programme has a dual focus: fostering innovation and supporting the development of XR educational solutions, by encouraging the ideation and development of pioneering XR solutions within XR4ED’s thematic areas.

The financial support aims to advance early prototypes of XR educational solutions to market-ready products, complemented by technical assistance, workshops, dedicated growth coaching, and progress monitoring provided by consortium participants. Market validation is a key element of the call and programme, with pilots being required to test XR solutions in diverse educational environments, engaging end-users such as schools, high schools, universities, teachers, students, parents, and VET institutions. 

 Projects funded through the initiative must comply with open standards (e.g., WebXR, OpenXR) and publish their outcomes in the European XR4ED Solutions Catalogue.

The XR4ED Open Call is structured into two tracks, and will fund a total of 20 projects that will run for a period of 12 months, tentatively starting in October 2024.

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Tracks and themes

The XR4ED Open Call is a two-track call that aims to fund innovative XR-based solutions that address key educational domains.

  • The objective of the Open Call for Developers is to enrich the XR4ED platform and targets the development of new solutions and additional components into the XR4ED platform.
  • The objective of the Open Call for Pilots to run end-user pilots and targets the deployment and customisation of the XR4ED solutions and to demonstrate the adoption of XR technologies in an educational environment.

The two open calls share the same six thematic areas. Proposals submitted to the call for developers or pilots must select one of the thematic areas and develop solutions aligned with its specific objectives, requirements, and KPIs, as detailed in the open call documentation.

Virtual field trips

Content creation and exploration

Awareness of climate change and biodiversity challenges

Training of young professionals and upskilling

Distance and Blended learning

Inclusiveness and accessibility

As part of the development of their project, applicants will be required to use the XR4ED platform and its functionalities. Further information on the use of such XR4ED technologies is provided in the open call documentation.

Who can apply?

The XR4ED Open Call accepts applications from the following entities:

Start-ups and SMEs

that are providers of XR technologies for education or providers of digital learning solutions.

Universities

working on XR research and innovation focused on digital learning solutions.

Vocational and educational training (VET) organisations

working in the XR4ED thematic areas and capable of working on programmes and pilots aligned with the challenge.

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What’s in it for me?

Grants of up to €230.000

SME-led projects, including in consortia, can receive up to €230.000 in grants.

Access to XR4ED technologies

Access to XR4ED technologies that are required to be used as part of the development of the applicant’s solutions.

Mentorship & technical support

Access to mentorship from XR4ED partners, technical support in development of proposed solutions, workshops and technical sessions, and regular monitoring of activities.

Visibility and promotion

Support to increase external visibility and to promote the project and results, including with potential investors, and access to relevant events.

What are you looking for?

The XR4ED Open Call is looking for new and innovative XR-based solutions addressing key educational domains, with solutions being later published in the publish their outcomes in the European XR4ED Solutions Catalogue.

The innovation and quality of the applications and respective solutions will be evaluated against the following aspects:

Inovation

Impact

Replicability

Implementation & Capacity

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How to apply?

Download individual XR4ED Open Call documents or the complete documentation pack:

Call closes 3 July 2024 (17h00 CEST)

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Need more help?

Info webinars and Q&A sessions

Register and participate in our XR4ED open call events. These online events, addressed to potential applicants interested in applying to the acceleration programme, will provide detailed information about the call and will be useful to clarify questions and help you submit a better proposal.

Upcoming session

Helpdesk

Contact our helpdesk at the following email: opencalls@cyens.org.cy