Follow us:  

  • Home
  • News&Events
  • Latest news


New european project for construction sector and AM: METABUILDING H2020 project

One of the biggest challenges within the European Built Environment Sector is to foster innovation, especially at the SME level, which account for more than 80% of the output of the Construction Sector, worldwide.

In general, Construction companies’ investment in R&D is extremely low. Moreover, this albeit extremely important industrial sector (9% of EU GDP with 18 million direct jobs) has one of the lowest levels of digitization, having a negative impact on its productivity. METABUILDING starts from the assumption that the Open Innovation paradigm can help the sector by boosting collaborative, cross-sectoral actions for the benefit of all, within an enlarged, cross-border European Built Environment innovation ecosystem. So, this three-year project will involve five European industrial sectors (Construction, Digital Industrial, Additive Manufacturing, Nature-Based Solutions and Circularity & Recycling industries) searching for synergies. 

METABUILDING will contribute to structure this enlarged EU Built Environment Innovation Ecosystem, taking concrete actions to drive the emergence of national  “metaclusters” as the new paradigm of networked regional and national clusters, collaborating to achieve critical mass and share knowledge and resources, enabling SMEs to internationalise their activities and reach European markets. These actions will be developed in 6 EU countries (Austria, Italy, France, Hungary, Portugal, Spain), involving around at least 90 European clusters hosting more than 6.000 SMEs as the main target group of the METABUILDING Innovation Action.

The METABUILDING project will implement Cascade Funding mechanisms to bring financial support to SMEs to EU regions.METABUILDING will also feature an Open Innovation Digital Platform available to all stakeholders of the enlarged Built Environment sector in Europe that will host innovation-related information and a digital marketplace, allowing partner matchmaking for international collaboration and support collaborative projects. This digital platform will be closely related to the ECTP (European Construction Technology Platform, partner in this project) and is expected to remain and grow to cover all EU countries and other construction-related industrial sectors, during and after the project span.


-It will provide direct innovation support to SMEs by implementing Cascade Funding mechanisms channeled through three types of calls for proposals (SEED, GROW and HARVEST).

-To foster cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other players of the enlarged Built Environment Sector, enhancing competitiveness of SMEs and preparing them for international business collaboration.

Through the metaclustering actions, the project will help construction-related clusters in the 6 target countries to achieve together critical mass and share resources and experience, needed to upscale their business scope to Europe.

METABUILDING Platform will put at the reach of SMEs the insourcing of innovative previously developed technology solutions from other industrial sectors and from past EU funded R&D projects.

More info:

1st webinar for young students /professionals

 The SAM project -Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing, is pleased to invite you to the next webinar of the series. Join us on the 24th of September at 10.30am (CEST) to discover what Additive Manufacturing can offer you in terms of job opportunities and career development. Our speakers from the EU funded project SAM will present the opportunities and the main obstacles faced by students and young professionals who would like to pursue a career in AM.      


Which are the skills needed to comply with the fast-changing requirements of the sector? How is AM an innovative technology? How can you exploit the heterogeneous potential of AM

These questions and many more will be discussed throughout the three sessions of the webinar:

“ The potential of 3D Printing – What can I do and which opportunities do I have with 3D printing”

  1. “Working in AM in disruptive times - experience from a project on the passive NIP masks (Non-Invasive PEEP (Positive End Expiratory Pressure)) for the treatment of people with respiratory problems"

“Latest findings on the skills needs of the AM industry”


Check the full agenda and register


Do you have an idea that could help against covid-19? Then apply to the AMable OC and #print4virus!

We hope to support many of those companies with up to 10.000 Euros and expert consulting from the AMable team.

The second challenge set is ready for your proposals!

Submission deadline is 17.08.2020 17:00 CEST. More info on the flyer