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TOPIC : Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics

Topic identifier: ICT-02-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
IA Innovation action
Opening date:
20 October 2015
Deadline: 12 April 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics (TOLAE) is an emerging technology with high growth potential, well suited for applications that need large area and/or flexibility or stretchability. To be able to fully benefit from the opportunities brought by this technology and widen the scope of its applications, improvements are sought on features such as reliability, manufacturability and performance. The main challenge is to develop and also demonstrate prototypes of innovative TOLAE-enabled solutions with the above characteristics. This can be addressed in two complementing ways, hybrid integration bringing new opportunities for traditional electronics on flexible substrates and improving readiness of TOLAE technologies for use in dedicated applications.


a. Research and Innovation Actions

Advancing the readiness of TOLAE technologies and/or hybrid integration for use in applications.

Actions will address the development of advanced materials, technologies and scalable manufacturing processes (ranging from vacuum deposition to printing under ambient conditions) and/or the hybrid integration of micro/nano-electronics (including thin silicon) and photonics components. Focus is on conformable, flexible or stretchable substrates (such as paper, plastic, metal foil, glass or textile). The goal is to have reliable TOLAE-enabled devices with more functionality, better performance and longer lifetime that are ready for use in applications with high growth or high volume potential.

Actions may include related work on design and modelling tools in particular addressing variability issues in printing, interfacing of hybrid integration and reliability. Work could also address specific needs for textile electronics.

Actions should demonstrate strong industrial and user commitment, be driven by user requirements and include validation of the results for the chosen applications. They should include standardisation and address the value chain, as appropriate.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

b. Innovation Actions

Proposals should cover one or both of the following themes:

  • Set-up and validation of pilot line for Hybrid Systems

The objective of the pilot line is to provide design and development services in particular for SMEs. Focus is on manufacturing of Hybrid Systems where conventional micro-/nano-electronics and photonic components are integrated on flexible substrates. The action should be driven by stakeholders able to set-up and run the pilot line. Proposals should describe the business cases and exploitation strategy for the industrialisation of the pilot line and the pilot line should be open access by offering services to external users under fair conditions. There should be a strong commitment to manufacturing in Europe. The pilot line could make use of existing (research or industrial) pilot lines.

  • Demonstration of TOLAE-enabled product prototypes

The objective is to develop and demonstrate innovative product prototypes enabled by TOLAE technologies in automotive, healthcare, smart packaging and buildings[1]. Proposals may include small scale pilot manufacturing.

The action should build a dedicated innovation value chain (preferably covering the full value chain).

The action should target medium- to high-volume markets, be driven by concrete business cases and address user needs. They should include exploitation strategies for the targeted products with strong commitment to industrialise and manufacture them in Europe.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 8 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. In case of proposals covering one theme, one action for each theme will be selected.

Expected Impact:

Proposals should describe how the proposed work will contribute to one or more of the following impact criteria, as appropriate, and provide metrics, the baseline and targets to measure impact.

a. Research and Innovation Actions

  • Increased readiness of TOLAE technologies, in particular on functionality, performance, manufacturability and reliability, and wider exploitation of TOLAE in concrete applications with high-growth or high volume potential;
  • Improved business opportunities and value creation in Europe by strengthening cooperation along the value chain.

b. Innovation Actions

  • Fabrication of reliable hybrid systems with short time-to-market and higher investment in advanced manufacturing capabilities;
  • Market introduction of innovative and competitive TOLAE-enabled products targeting medium- to high-volume applications in automotive, healthcare, smart packaging and buildings;
  • Industrial leadership in TOLAE technology, improved business opportunities in Europe and strengthening Europe's position in growing market segments.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation

[1]Demonstration of wearable solutions for healthcare and well-being are addressed under topic IoT-01 Large Scale Pilots.

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 (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  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
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

    Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    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, 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.

    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:

    • The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).

    • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.

    • Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

  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: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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