TOPIC : Nanoinformatics: from materials models to predictive toxicology and ecotoxicology (RIA)
|Publication date:||27 October 2017|
|Types of action:||RIA Research and Innovation action|
|DeadlineModel: Opening date:||two-stage 31 October 2017||Deadline: 2nd stage Deadline:||
23 January 2018 17:00:00
28 June 2018 17:00:00
|Time Zone : (Brussels time)|
Topic DescriptionSpecific Challenge:
Despite the significant amounts of data on physico-chemical and toxicological and ecotoxicological properties of nanomaterials generated over the last decades, detailed knowledge on how these properties are linked to specific physico-chemical characteristics is only beginning to emerge. The challenge is to develop and implement modern methods, more cost effective and less reliant on animal testing, for toxicity investigations in each stage of product innovation, through making best use of joining existing and emerging data with the help of progress in nanoinformatics.Scope:
- Development of models that support the prediction of both specific functionalities and hazard and are crucial to establish safe-by-design principles at early stages of material development;
- Development of a sustainable multi-scale modelling framework, based on the integration/linking of different types of nanoinformatics models in order to advance towards predictively linking of physico-chemical NM property models to NM functionality and hazard;
- Uptake and valid use of these tools and nanoinformatics models, user-friendly interfaces to enhance accessibility and usability of the nanoinformatics models, and clear explanations of their applicability domains, especially regulatory compliance, should be provided for different stakeholders (industry, regulators, and civil society).
In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation is particularly encouraged.
Activities should start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 at the end of the project.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU around EUR 6 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:
- Reliable nanomaterials safety data systems, models and strategies to allow material characteristics to be linked to adverse outcomes;
- A validated accessible framework, designed to predict human and environmental toxicological hazards;
- Increased confidence in nanosafety nanoinformatics predictive models through agreed standards, harmonised standard operating procedures, considering OECD validation principles.
Topic conditions and documents
1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
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- Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
- Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.
The following exceptions apply:
The threshold for the criteria Excellence and Impact will be 4.
The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.
Under 3 (a) Proposals are first ranked in separate lists according to the topics against which they were submitted (‘topic ranked lists’). When comparing ex aequo proposals from different topics, proposals having a higher position in their respective 'topic ranked list' will be considered to have a higher priority in the overall ranked list.
Under 3 (b) For all topics and types of action, the prioritisation will be done first on the basis of the score for Impact, and then on that for Excellence.
4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:
Information on the outcome of evaluation (two-stage call):
For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):
Research and Innovation Action:
6. Additional provisions:
Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.
8. Additional documents:
1. Introduction WP 2018-20
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2018-20
5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology WP 2018-20
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. See the Online Manual.
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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