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EU-Japan Research and Development Cooperation in Net Futures

Opening Date 07-01-2014 Deadline Date 10-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 07-01-2014 Total Call Budget €6,000,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11.12.2013

Topic: Optical communications EUJ-2-2014

Specific Challenge: The research activity focuses on technologies of optical communication networks, which will allow coping with the expected significant traffic growth and meet the flexibility requirements imposed by major trends in the evolution of network usage, out of which cloud computing notably.

 Scope: The proposed research should target at least one of two following topics:

·         Programmable optical hardware

In order to allow more flexibility in the control and management of optical networks and enable the advent of software defined optical networking, further work in the development of flexible/programmable optical hardware is required.

·         Super-capacity optical transport networks

The continuous increase in traffic demand calls for new approaches to transmission over optical fibres, so that progresses of several orders of magnitude can be achieved in the capacity of transport networks. Amongst these new approaches, one can notably mention Space Division Multiplexing.

Expected impact:

·         Key enabling technologies that contribute to the emergence of new generations of optical transport networks, which will allow coping with the expected significant traffic growth and meet the flexibility requirements.

·         Joint contributions to International Standardization and/or Forum activities.

Types of action:

Research & Innovation Actions –The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1,5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

To see the budget earmarked for this topic, please look at the call budget distribution table by topic in the workprogramme.

This call for proposal is jointly organised by the European Commission and MIC and NICT in Japan. For information on Japanese participation on this topic please contact MIC at the following email address:

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

    Additional eligibility critera:
    * Proposals submitted to this call which do not include coordination with a Japanese proposal will be considered ineligible.
    * The proposed project duration shall not exceed 36 months.
    * The Japanese authorities can consider non-eligible proposals with participation of partners from third countries (countries other than Japan, EU and Associated states). Consultation to MIC or NICT representatives is highly advisable before submitting proposals involving third country organisations.
    * Proposals will only be selected on the condition that their corresponding coordinated Japanese project will be funded by MIC or NICT.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. In addition the following apply:

    Additional evaluation sub-criterion to criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation":
    Balanced effort between the two coordinated projects and a research plan properly involving coordinated research activities between Europe and Japan, that ensure a more genuine EU-Japan cooperation and represent an added value to the activities.

    Additional evaluation sub-criterion to criterion 2 "Impact":
    Standards are an important element in the field of international cooperation. Beyond access to additional research capability, international cooperation in the context of industrial research should have global consensus and standards as a main target. Contribution to the elaboration of new standards or adoption of standards through implementation of research results.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

    3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation of Call H2020-EUJ-2014:

    Coordination agreements:
    Participants in the EU Collaborative Projects are required to conclude a coordination agreement with the participants in the coordinated project funded by MIC or NICT. A final draft of these agreements has to be provided with the proposal.
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:
    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Example of administrative forms and template for the technical annex. For this call you must use a specific technical annex template.
    Evaluation form. A specific evaluation form will be used in this call.
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility 
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Flash Call Info en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5i. Information and communication technologies (ICT) en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Euratom - Work Programme en
  • Proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex) - For this call you must use a specific template for parts 1-3 of the technical annex en
  • Checklist for a Coordination Agreement en
  • Guide to ICT related activities in WP2014-15 en

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