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TOPIC : Open Innovation Test Beds for Characterisation (IA)

Topic identifier: DT-NMBP-07-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017
Focus area: Digitising and transforming European industry and services (DT)

Types of action: IA Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
two-stage
31 October 2017
Deadline:
2nd stage Deadline:
23 January 2018 17:00:00
28 June 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Efficiency of materials up-scaling and use in new products in European manufacturing industries depends on advances in characterisation and testing. Essential industry competencies comprise technologies, know-how and proficiency in interpretation of results, data, and characterisation standards in order to help bring new materials into products. The challenge is to establish open user-driven characterisation test beds including all aspects of novel multi-scale and multi-modal characterisation solutions management, analytics and mining of the resulting data (Materials Informatics). Interaction is required between the stakeholders regarding the latest technological solutions, such as non-destructive characterisation approaches.

Scope:

Proposals should establish an open innovation characterisation test beds that will create, sustain and drive the use of novel materials characterisation techniques to support industrial innovation and will network materials characterisation stakeholders and concretely implement an integrated approach. In particular:

  • Collectively develop novel advanced solutions for specific and relevant industrial problems. Support advanced data analysis and storage, standardisation, reference materials, regulation and safety;
  • Facilitate common approaches to common problems for fast adoption of innovative tools for characterisation by industry and strengthen the interface between academia and industry;
  • Enable the integration of information based on materials modelling and characterisation through the development of widely agreed and standardised datasheets to enhance value chain interactions;
  • Network relevant stakeholders across Europe for defining roadmaps, application of real-time methods, implementation of regulatory and safety requirements, training and management of information (including Materials Informatics) and development of new skills.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project by agreeing on metadata for the description of materials characterisation and databases.

Activities should start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 at the end of the project.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU around EUR 9 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Translation of industrial needs into characterisation workflows, increased awareness and uptake by industry, and effective access of materials manufacturing companies to the know-how and advanced tools;
  • Measurable reduction of costs for product design and time-to-market by means of faster and cheaper evaluation of production process deviations;
  • Increased ability and quantifiable cost reduction for industry to comply with regulations.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation
Open Science

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme. 

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme. 
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

The following exceptions apply:

The threshold for the criteria Excellence and Impact will be 4.

The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.

Under 3 (a) Proposals are first ranked in separate lists according to the topics against which they were submitted (‘topic ranked lists’). When comparing ex aequo proposals from different topics, proposals having a higher position in their respective 'topic ranked list' will be considered to have a higher priority in the overall ranked list.
Under 3 (b) For all topics and types of action, the prioritisation will be done first on the basis of the score for Impact, and then on that for Excellence.

 

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (two-stage call):
For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

 

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

 

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2018-20
5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Explanatory Notes on Open Innovation Test Beds

Open Innovation Test Beds Guidelines for Internal Management and Access Conditions

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

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.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

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