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TOPIC : Cloud Computing

Topic identifier: EUB-01-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
08 November 2016
Deadline: 14 March 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Updates
  • 12 January 2017 14:18

    As of 1st January 2017, Switzerland is associated to the entire H2020 programme. In consequence, it is now also associated to this topic. In a nutshell this means that Swiss partners in a proposal are now on an equal footing with partners from EU Member States or other Associated Countries. For the details, please read this note.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Cloud computing is now an established global paradigm for the delivery of IT services in all sectors of the digital economy. However, further enhancements are still required in critical aspects of cloud computing, including enhanced security and privacy; trustworthy clouds; resource pooling; data management and traceability; virtualization; and hybrid systems. Support towards intercontinental experimentation on cloud infrastructures and services are necessary as well, especially in the context of EU-Brazil cooperation.

Scope:

Research and Innovation Actions

The focus of the joint research will be the development of innovative technologies for next generation cloud infrastructures and services able to cope with the challenges from different application domains in business and societal contexts. The technologies to be developed should aim at future standardization as well as take into account interoperability and data portability.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 1.0 and 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately by two distinct projects. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The joint EU-Brazil research is intended to develop innovative cloud computing technologies leading to next generation solutions. The research collaboration will also facilitate and enhance policy coordination between the EU and Brazil in relevant areas. In particular, projects are expected to:

  • Facilitate the development of cloud-enabled, secure and trustworthy applications based on robust standardized technologies.
  • Develop technologies to manage hybrid resources in the cloud, as well as solutions for cloud-centered data management.
  • Submit joint contributions towards international standardization activities.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

Topic conditions and documents

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

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that 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 part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    Additional admissibility criterion:

    - Participants in the EU collaborative projects are required to conclude a coordination agreement with the participants in the coordinated project funded by the RNP (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa - Brazilian National Research and Education Network). A draft of this agreement has to be provided with the proposal.

    Additional eligibility criteria:

    - Proposals submitted to this call which do not include coordination with a Brazilian proposal submitted to RNP for evaluation will be considered ineligible.
    - The proposed project duration shall not exceed 36 months.
    - Proposals will only be selected on the condition that their corresponding coordinated Brazilian project will be funded by the RNP.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    - Criterion 2 "Impact": additional evaluation sub-criterion: 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.

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


    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. 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
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information

     
  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.
    - 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.
     
  8. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Euratom Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

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