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TOPIC : Software Technologies

Topic identifier: ICT-10-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
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:

Software is an enabling technology underlying all ICT developments. Recent advances in the areas of Cloud, Internet of Things, and Big Data increase the need for programming and modelling methods, platforms and software reuse that facilitate the development of more interconnected, flexible, reliable, secure and efficient software. The convergence and interrelationship of all these technologies require a holistic approach in the software development that goes beyond software production within specific application domains.

Scope:

Research and Innovation Actions

Proposals may cover one or both of the themes identified below.

  1. Advanced software development approaches and methodologies: Novel development approaches which would drastically increase development productivity and various dimensions of software quality such as security, reliability, performance, scalability and adaptability. Aspects that can be covered include: novel requirement engineering approaches; tools and mechanisms for managing software quality, including big data analytics on user feedback and run-time software performance monitoring; tools for automated deployment and dynamic configuration; tools and techniques for automating software interoperability and compliance testing. Algorithms and techniques for extracting knowledge (e.g., specifications, designs or models) from the huge amount of existing open source code; tools using that knowledge in the development of new software.
  2. Seamless software architectures: Innovative architectures, frameworks and platforms addressing the need for evolvable, secure, context-aware and self-adaptive software in highly connected and interoperable systems. Support for the development and testing of software for distributed systems in heterogeneous environments, addressing issues such as data consistency, reliability, scalability and the efficient use of underlying resources.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Proposals should provide appropriate metrics for the claimed impacts:

  • Reduction of the time to market of the new generations of software enabled products and services;
  • A significant and substantiated productivity increase in all aspects of software life-cycle especially for distributed systems;
  • Ability to meet software quality levels required by a fast growing number of software-enabled products and services;
  • Increased reuse of code, design or functional requirements in the development of new software.
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

     
  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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