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TOPIC : Multi-level modelling and testing of electric vehicles and their components

Topic identifier: GV-07-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
04 October 2016
Deadline: 01 February 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Detailed modelling and testing at component and sub-component level (for instance in electrochemistry and electromagnetics) can be used to improve the understanding and design capabilities for higher performance and lower cost, allowing to recover or maintain technological leadership in key sectors of the EV value chain. Whenever the knowledge is fragmented, a truly European effort is preferred to help shorten the development and validation time of the tools. New technologies and new materials will enable further improvements in EV-efficiency but will also add complexity in control, calibration and safety analysis. Novel tools are required particular for covering the entire chain of integration into vehicles and subsystems. Consequently there is a need for advanced testing methods and tools as well as scalable and easy to parameterise real-time models for usage in different development environments in order to ensure safety and improve efficiency of future EVs and hence reducing development and testing efforts significantly.


Proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:

―Investigations on scalable real-time models for e-drive components (e-motor, batteries, inverters, fuel-cell, etc. ) that seamlessly can be used for design, simulation, diagnosis and testing based on existing models and corresponding test and modelling procedures to automatically identify parameters of these models.

―Development of heterogeneous testing facility for electric traction drive and storage system that enable the functional optimisation, testing and diagnosis of new e-drive concepts at higher frequencies and voltages.

―Development of systems and methods to assess reliability, energy content and commercial certainty for battery systems at all levels of technology, from cell via packs, vehicles to recycling.

―Investigation on reliable and automated methods and procedures for parameter identification of physical and/or empiric models of batteries (state of charge and health, lifetime, etc.). Potential for international cooperation in establishing standard procedures should be explored.

―New tools and methods integrated with control development for improving safety analysis and reducing costs.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 4 and 10 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Actions on new testing and simulation tools and methods will lead (depending on the chosen scope) to a:

―Reduction of development and testing efforts for e-drivetrains by 40%

―Improved efficiency of e-drivetrains under real driving conditions by 20%, which will contribute to climate action and sustainable development objectives.

―Improved powertrain safety for all types of electrified vehicles by a factor of 10 with no additional expenses in safety studies.

―Increased collaboration between firms and academia and other projects with similar research activities and further leverage the EV-development ecosystem in Europe.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs)
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

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

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

    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
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 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.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  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.

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