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TOPIC : 5G Networks

Topic identifier: EUB-03-2017
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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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:

5G is expected not only to boost the services already provided by 4G (LTE-Advanced-PRO), but also to enable several new services and applications in multiple environments, as identified notably by ITU (ITU-R M.2083 recommendation), NGMN, 3GPP SA group and 5G PPP. 5G standardisation started in 2016 and is expected to extend until 2020 for a full specification. Within this time frame, there is still significant work to carry out to make sure that the multiple technologies contemplated for 5G will meet the full range of service requirements. Early validation with the widest possible footprint of candidate technologies for 5G is hence needed to support global consensus based on "derisked" technologies.

Scope:

Research and Innovation Actions

The focus of the joint research will be to test and validate technologies currently contemplated for early 5G standardisation, primarily at radio access level but with a clear use case focus. The main goal is to validate technologies supporting 5G KPIs that cannot be addressed by today's existing technologies. Considering the joint interest of Brazil and the EU to use 5G in support of digitisation of vertical business sectors (health care, automotive, smart factories, energy, smart cities, agribusiness, etc.), the work could address specific vertical use case scenarios, namely massive Machine-type Communications (mMTC)/Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLL). Or it could address coverage of low population density areas. For this latter case, validation of spectrum options is in scope.

The testing and validation of technologies supporting core 5G standards is expected to be carried out through prototypes and user experiments.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1 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:

The 5G joint EU-Brazil research is intended to support the development of innovative technologies in the context of 5G radio access or core network, to provide solutions for demanding requirements of "vertical" sectors or for coverage of low density regions.

Other impacts include:

  • novel contributions on 5G standards in support of global industry consensus,
  • support and spin off contributions to the ITU/3G PP standardisation roadmaps, e.g. through submission of joint contributions in these fora by EU and Brazilian players,
  • validation of 5G use cases applicable to low density regions or mMTC/URLL scenarios.
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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Topic 5G Networks - EUB-03-2017
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