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Open Competitive calls and calls for third parties

Project full name: Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2
Project acronym: FORTISSIMO 2
Call identifier: Fortissimo 2 Call-2
Call title: Second call for new Fortissimo 2 application experiments
Grant agreement number: 680481
Publication Date: 21st September 2016
Deadline: 7th December 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Expected duration of participation: no longer than 18 months, with expected commencement 1st May, 2017
Indicative budget for Fortissimo 2 Call-2: The indicative total funding budget is € 3. M of which the indicative funding budget for Third Parties is € 2.25 M.
Maximum funding request per proposal: € 175,000 (covering all participants, i.e. both Third Parties and existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries). Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below. An explanation of the funding model is provided in the FAQ document available at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls.
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission
E-mail: ff2-calls@fortissimo-project.eu

Additional information

Submission Details

Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using the proposal submission tool accessible via the Fortissimo web-site.

The central component of proposal submission is the uploading of two PDF-documents (whose size must not exceed 5.0 MB) compliant with the instructions on proposal structure given below.

Proposal format and structure: Proposals must be submitted in English. Each proposal must comprise 2 parts: Part A (containing administrative information), Part B (containing the body of the proposal, whose structure is explained below).

Part A of the proposal contains a cover page and a set of tables to provide administrative data, including a tabular list of proposal participants. The participant list should include for each participant, if available, the Participant Identification Code (PIC) issued by the European Commission. Note that having a PIC is not a requirement of the call. Only requested information should be included in Part A. Addition of extraneous information such as letters of support etc. will result in the proposal being rejected without further evaluation.

The main section of the proposal – Part B - must not exceed 10 pages in length (excluding the Part B cover page). The Part B text should be no smaller than 11 point Arial font. Proposals submitted with a Part B whose length (excluding the cover page) exceeds the 10 page limit will be rejected without further evaluation.

ALL PROPOSERS MUST TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE ABOVE RULES.

The structure of the proposal Part B (and indicative length per section) should be as follows:

  1. Summary (0.5 pages)
  2. Industrial relevance, potential impact and exploitation plans (3.5 pages)
  3. Description of the work plan and concept (3 pages)
  4. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers (2 pages)
  5. Justification of costs and resources (1 page)

A management structure will be imposed on the successful proposals. That is, the proposal will not need to contain a description of how the resultant project would be managed.

Proposal exemplars for both Part A and Part B can be found at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission.

It is a requirement that these exemplars be followed and in particular that the proposal budget be provided using the embedded spread-sheets.

The proposal Part B exemplar document includes, in particular, instructions on budgeting for the use of computing resources.

Indicative budget for Call-2

Fortissimo 2 will make use of the new Third Party method to enable the inclusion of new experiment partners. The indicative total funding budget is € 3 M of which the indicative funding budget for Third Parties is € 2.25 M.

The funding of Third Parties must follow the same principles as used for existing project beneficiaries of Fortissimo 2, which receives European Commission funding as an “Innovation Action”. Thus, Third Parties will receive 70% funding of eligible costs arising (except for non-profit organisations which receive 100% funding).

The funding for an individual experiment may not exceed € 175 K. Proposers should consider their actual needs and not target this figure. The evaluation will take into account the appropriateness of the requested resources.

The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (arising from both Fortissimo 2 open calls), is € 150 K. The participation of existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries across all experiments selected in Fortissimo 2 open calls may not exceed 25% of the total funding assigned to the calls.

Fortissimo 2 reserves the right to make the appropriate and necessary budget cuts in the case that erroneous budget data is included in accepted proposals.

Evaluation Criteria

Fortissimo 2 Call-2 targets the augmentation of the existing set of application experiments, which is to be understood to mean the experiments in Fortissimo 2 – consisting of those which are being executed as part of the initial tranche of experiments as well as those from the first open call that will commence in November 2016 - as well as the application experiments of the original Fortissimo project.

The new application experiments should provide business relevant investigations and demonstrations of high-performance data analytics or of modelling and simulation of coupled physical processes in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that deliver business benefits for manufacturing and engineering SMEs and Mid-Caps. Priority will be given to proposals for experiments which:

  1. are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users and, by implication, organisations engaging in Fortissimo for the first time;
  2. complement the activities already included within Fortissimo.

In this context, complementarity is understood to mean activities that address new applications, business cases, industrial sectors and market segments and the enhancement of the project’s ability to demonstrate the impact of the Fortissimo approach for a broad set of industrial users. Extensions of existing experiments are thus not considered to be complementary. In addition, end-user companies already involved in Fortissimo or Fortissimo 2 are not eligible to participate in new experiments in Fortissimo 2 and proposals involving such companies will be rejected.

Fortissimo 2 experiments should also consider how they can develop services, deployed in the Fortissimo Marketplace, which can subsequently be used by other end-users. However, it is not a requirement that each experiment leads to such a service. The successful uptake of HPC and/or HPDA by an end-user would still be classified as a successful outcome to any experiment.

Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include HPC and Big Data experts, HPC Centres or ISVs either already included within or external to the Fortissimo 2 consortium. It is to be noted that Engineering Consultancy companies may take the role of the industrial end-user, where that is representative of the corresponding market segment / industrial sector. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project Information about and contact details of existing Fortissimo 2 partners are available on the Fortissimo web-site.

Innovation in the experiments shall be addressed at all levels of the value chain:

(1) End-users get "one-stop-shop" access to simulation technologies novel to them involving coupling of codes on an HPC-system or analysis of complex data, for example for using the benefits of real-time response in the HPC and Big Data cloud.

(2) Independent software vendors provide access to their software either in the HPC enabled modelling and simulation domain or in the Big Data analytics domain and ensure the full and effective use of the available resources.

(3) Domain and software experts deliver the innovative ICT solution to the end-user while making sure that the HPC and Big Data Cloud resources provided by the Fortissimo Marketplace are used effectively.

(4) Resource providers arrange efficient, secure and adequately private access to well-managed HPC or Big Data analytics resources.

The criteria for evaluation will comprise:

  1. Impact including industrial relevance and exploitation plans;
  2. Soundness of concept, innovation and quality of the work plan;
  3. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers;
  4. Effective and justified deployment of resources;
  5. Cross-border collaboration (an explanation is provided in the Call-2 FAQ document).

For Criteria 1 to 4, each criterion will carry a score ranging from 0 to 5. A threshold score of 3 will apply to the first three criteria. Criterion 1 will have a weight of 2, Criteria 2 to 4 a weight of 1.

Criterion 5 will not influence the score of a proposal, but will be used in the selection of successful proposals: the selection will be made such that at least 80% of proposals selected for funding involve cross-border collaboration.

Adherence to the proposal format and structure described previously – and notably to the prescribed page limit – will allow the independent external evaluators to evaluate the proposal against all of the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. As explained earlier in this document, failure to adhere to the proposal format instructions will lead to immediate rejection of the proposal.

Project full name: Platform for Online Interoperability and Performance Test
Project acronym: F-INTEROP
Call identifier: F-Interop01 call
Call title: F-Interop Open Call
Grant agreement number: 687884
Publication Date: 31st July 2016
Deadline: 25th January 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: between 3 and 10 months
Indicative budget for the call: The indicative funding budget for Third Parties is € 610,000
Maximum funding request per proposal: € 100,000 per third parties. Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below.
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.f-interop.eu/index.php/open-call
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.tfaforms.com/421545
E-mail: maria.prokopi@digicatapult.org.uk

Additional information

F-Interop is a three years European Horizon 2020research and innovation project. It is researching and developing online interoperability and performance test tools supporting emerging IoT-related technologies from standardization to market. F-Interop ambitions are the following:

  1. Supporting researchers communities, SMEs involved in developing new products, and standardization processes, through a close collaboration with standards development organizations, including ETSI, oneM2M,IETF and W3C;
  2. Integrating and extending several European testbeds federating them with a shared "Testbed as a Service" platform interconnecting over 32 testbeds (Fed4FIRE,OneLab, IoT Lab) and 4755 nodes;
  3. Researching and developing online testing tools for the Internet of Things, including interoperability and conformance tests, scalability tests, Quality of Service(QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) tests, and Energy efficiency tests;
  4. Developing online certification and labelling mechanisms in order to enable an easier participation of researchers and industry in the standardization process.

Through an Open call process F-Interop aims to facilitate SMEs and developers communities to use and enrich the developed testing platform with additional modules and extensions.

The F-Interop project invites projects extending the F-Interop platform through the process of an open call. The F-Interop Open Call will support R&D for 4 categories of projects:

  1. New testing tools
    Grants of €100K each are allocated to support up to three 3rd party projects for developing and integrate new testing tools. Funding will cover SW development and HW-SW integration.
  2. New test design
    Grants of €60K each are allocated to support up to three 3rd party to develop new interoperability tests designs and specifications for supported protocols, including ETSI, IETF, ITU, IEEE and W3C standardization communities.
  3. Plugtest Events
    Grants of €10K are allocated to award third parties to conduct three remote, online plugtest events, to directly involve interop communities and collect direct usability feedback. Funding will cover the planning, promotion and delivery of each event, as well as preparation of a summary report.
  4. SME F-Interop assessment reports
    Grants of €10K each are allocated to support up to ten SMEs to test F-Interop platform and provide a written report on potential improvements, with particular attention to UX evaluation.

ROBOTT-NET has launched an open call for voucher projects, consisting of cost-free assistance in bringing promising novel robotic ideas closer to market.

Winning projects are granted in two rounds, with submission deadlines on 13th July and 14th December 2016.

Do you have a team with the skills it takes to create innovative technologies, enabling robots by developing new capabilities? Or do you run a production you want to optimize by introducing novel robotic solutions, which you can’t just buy off-the-shelf? Both small, medium and large companies, as well as universities and research centres are eligible for vouchers and can apply at http://robott-net.eu/vouchers.

Closed Competitive calls and calls for third parties

Project full name: SoftFIRE - Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+
Project number: 687860
Call identifier: SoftFIRE-OC1
Call title: First SoftFIRE Open Call for Experiments
Total budget: € 500,000
Maximum Funding per proposal: € 50,000
Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research and applications that need to run experiments to test, evaluate and optimize their solutions and applications. The rules of participation are indicated in SoftFIRE First Open Call.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 3 months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: online submission through the SoftFIRE submission portal.
Call deadline: extended to 20 September 2016, at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
Proposal Template: Proposals must use the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: SoftFIRE First Open Call
Notification of Acceptance: 30 September 2016
Contact: opencall@softfire.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.softfire.eu/open-calls/

Project full name: European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) from any sector building Innovative Cyber Physical System (CPS) products to sustain demand for European manufacturing
Project acronym: EuroCPS
Call identifier: EuroCPS03 call
Grant agreement number: 644090
Call opening: 27th April 2016
Call deadline: 1st June 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call acceptance: 20th July 2016
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Webpage (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): http://www.eurocps.org/innovators-projects/
E-mail: olivier.thomas@cea.fr

Additional information

EuroCPS is part of Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative under Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT) which aims to generate new and breakthrough technologies, boost competitiveness, to create jobs and to support growth by offering a European-wide network of Design Centers (competence partners & platform providers).

This call provides Europe’s SME and new entrants with the opportunity to develop new CPS-products and components based on existing CPS platforms available in the market. EuroCPS will provide design support to enable rapid development and lower the entry costs for designing and optimizing the proposed novel CPS solutions. New business and innovation opportunities between innovator entities, major CPS-platform providers, and competence centers are expected outcomes.

Industrial experiments will be funded for developing innovative CPS products that will increase the competitiveness of European innovator entities. The targeted products shall be designed, constructed and built on the EuroCPS Platforms provided by AVL, IFAT, Intel, ST-F, ST-I and Thales. The planned work has to be in collaboration with at least one of the EuroCPS Competence centers for design support located across the European region at AVL, BME, DIGICAT, HTNL, CEA, FhG, FPG, LTU, UNIBO and Thales. More details on locations and available competences, platforms and design centers are available at www.eurocps.org.

SME and new entrants are invited to submit proposals which should address Industrial Experiments, aiming at the development of new CPS-enabled products and focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  1. Software intensive projects whose expected outcomes are software prototype demonstrators running on a EuroCPS platform.
  2. System integration projects whose expected outcomes are integrated system component prototypes.
  3. CPS with innovative components projects whose expected outcomes are system architecture virtual prototype demonstrators of the CPS products.

Three independent experts from three different sectors will evaluate all eligible proposals to identify those of sufficient standard (impact, quality, excellence) to qualify for funding. For SW and system integration projects, industrial experiments with high technology readiness level (TRL) are required with a demonstrator prototype as outcome. The prototype may also be used as a first generation product. For CPS with innovative components projects, proof of concept with emulation and simulation is expected. The maximum duration of the industrial experiment is 12 months.

The expected average cascade funding per applicant is €50.000 with a maximum of €70.000 for one industrial experiment. Applicants may have more than one experiment funded, with a total funding of all experiments below €150.000. The funding rate is 70% of the budget. Further in-kind support in form of coaching by competence centers and technology access and assistance from platform partners is provided on top of the cascade funding contribution.

Applicants have to contact any of the EuroCPS Networking partners CEA, AVL, Thales, LTU, BME, UNIBO, FhG, DIGICAT, HTNL and FPG in order to get more information on the competences available at the centers, the supported EuroCPS platforms and about how to submit an eligible proposal. All the information provided is public and will be available for all parties.

Project full name: WiSHFUL - Wireless Software and Hardware platforms for Flexible and Unified radio and network controL
Project number: 645274
Call identifier: WiSHFUL-OC2
Call title: Second WiSHFUL Open Call for Experiments
Total budget: € 215,000
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 6 months
Language of the proposal: English
Submission deadline: 24 June 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Feasibility check deadline: 16 June 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Proposal Template: Proposals must follow the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: WiSHFUL Open Call 2 documentation
Contact: contact@wishful-project.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.wishful-project.eu/open-calls

Call identifier: CPSELabs-16-01
Call opening: 27th April 2016
Call deadline: 22nd June 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Proposal language: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for proposal submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

A new European initiative provides a unique opportunity for technology businesses to win funding for innovation activities. Businesses can apply for up to €150,000 to fund an industrial experiment, and successful applications will also receive technical support from one of Europe's top research centres.

To apply, engineering and technology businesses should describe an industrial experiment they would like to carry out and submit it before the 22nd June deadline. Proposals should be in "cyber-physical systems" (CPSs). These are systems that include computational elements as well as interaction with the physical world (e.g., through actuators and/or sensors). Many firms working in ICT, IoT, embedded systems or engineering will find they are eligible to apply for funding and support. Relevant application areas are wide-ranging and include: adaptive production systems; urban sustainability; smart cities; autonomous vehicles; and maritime engineering.

This opportunity is created by the EU-funded CPSE Labs project, which aims to support Europe's innovators. The project has brought together nine of Europe's top design & research labs, into a pan-European network spanning five countries. Each funded experiment will be partnered with a research centre, to equip successful applicants with infrastructure, knowledge, and tools needed to support rapid development of innovative CPS products and services.

Detailed information about the Open Call is available on the CPSE Labs website.

Project full name: Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2
Project acronym: FORTISSIMO 2
Call identifier: Fortissimo-2 Call-1
Call title: First call for new Fortissimo 2 application experiments
Grant agreement number: 680481
Publication Date: 18th February 2016
Deadline: 18th May 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: no longer than 18 months, with expected commencement 1st November, 2016
Indicative budget for Call-1: The indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €1.31 M.
Maximum funding request per proposal: €250,000 (covering all participants, i.e. both 3rd Parties and existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries). Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below.
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission
E-mail: ff2-calls@fortissimo-project.eu

Additional information

Submission Details

Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using the proposal submission tool accessible via the Fortissimo web-site.

The central component of proposal submission is the uploading of a PDF-document (whose size must not exceed 5.0 MB) compliant with the instructions on proposal structure given below.

Proposal format and structure: Proposals must be submitted in English. The main section of the proposal must not exceed 10 pages in length (with text no smaller than 11 point Arial font). Thus, with the inclusion of the cover page and administrative pages (discussed below), the maximum page count is 13 pages. Proposals will be truncated to this page count and the independent expert evaluators will only be provided with the truncated version.

The structure of the proposal (and indicative length per section) should be as follows:

  1. Summary (0.5 pages)
  2. Industrial relevance, potential impact and exploitation plans (3.5 pages)
  3. Description of the work plan and concept (3 pages)
  4. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers (2 pages)
  5. Justification of costs and resources (1 page)

As indicated above, the overall length of the above 5 sections must not exceed 10 pages.

A management structure will be imposed on the successful proposals. That is, the proposal will not need to contain a description of how the resultant project would be managed.

In addition to the 10-page proposal description, a cover page and 2 pages of administrative data, including a tabular list of proposal participants, must be provided. The participant list should include for each participant, when available, the Participant Identification Code (PIC) issued by the European Commission.

A proposal exemplar can be found at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission.

It is strongly recommended that this exemplar be followed and in particular that the proposal budget be provided using the embedded spread-sheet.

The proposal exemplar document includes, in particular, instructions on budgeting for the use of computing resources.

Indicative budget for Call-2:

Fortissimo 2 will make use of the new Third Party method to enable the inclusion of new experiment partners (integration of new Third Parties will be conform with the Horizon 2010 grant agreements, for further information see the annotated model grant agreement subject to the specific terms of the call which funded Fortissimo 2). The indicative funding budget for Third Parties for Fortissimo 2 Call-1 is € 1.31 M.

The funding of Third Parties must follow the same principles as used for existing project beneficiaries of Fortissimo 2, which receives European Commission funding as an “Innovation Action”. Thus, Third Parties will receive 70% funding of eligible costs arising (except for non-profit organisations which receive 100% funding).

The funding for an individual experiment may not exceed € 250 K. Proposers should consider their actual needs and not target this figure. The evaluation will take into account the appropriateness of the requested resources.

The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (arising from both Fortissimo 2 open calls), is € 150 K. The participation of existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries across all experiments selected in Fortissimo 2 Call-1 may not exceed 25% of the total funding assigned to Fortissimo 2 Call-1.

Erroneous budget data included in accepted proposals will not result in final, corrected budgets that exceed the upper requested limit for funding of the experiment as a whole or of individual participants: Fortissimo 2 reserves the right to make the appropriate and necessary effort and budget cuts.

Evaluation Criteria

The Fortissimo-2 Call-1 targets the augmentation of the existing set of application experiments, which is to be understood to mean the experiments which are being executed as part of the initial tranche of experiments in Fortissimo-2, as well as the application experiments of the original Fortissimo project.

The new application experiments should provide business relevant investigations and demonstrations of high-performance data analytics or of modelling and simulation of coupled phenomena in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that deliver business benefits for manufacturing and engineering SMEs and mid-caps. Priority will be given to proposals for experiments which:

  1. are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users and, by implication, organisations engaging in Fortissimo for the first time;
  2. complement the activities already included within Fortissimo.

In this context, complementarity is understood to mean activities that address new applications, business cases, industrial sectors and market segments and the enhancement of the project’s ability to demonstrate the impact of the Fortissimo approach for a broad set of industrial users. Extensions of existing experiments are thus not considered to be complementary.

Fortissimo 2 experiments should also consider how they can develop services, deployed in the Fortissimo marketplace, which can subsequently be used by other end-users.

Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include HPC and Big Data experts, HPC Centres or ISVs either already included within or external to the Fortissimo 2 consortium. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project Information about and contact details of existing Fortissimo 2 partners are available on the Fortissimo web-site.

Innovation in the experiments shall be addressed at all levels of the value chain:

(1) End-users get "one-stop-shop" access to simulation technologies novel to them involving coupling of codes on an HPC-system or analysis of complex data, for example for using the benefits of real-time response in the HPC and Big Data cloud.

(2) Independent software vendors provide access to their software either in the HPC enabled modelling and simulation domain or in the Big Data analytics domain and ensure the full and effective use of the available resources.

(3) Domain and software experts deliver the innovative ICT solution to the end-user while making sure that the HPC and Big Data Cloud resources provided by the Fortissimo Marketplace are used effectively.

(4) Resource providers arrange efficient, secure and adequately private access to well-managed HPC or Big Data analytics resources.

The criteria for evaluation will comprise:

  1. Impact including industrial relevance and exploitation plans;
  2. Soundness of concept, innovation and quality of the work plan;
  3. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers;
  4. Effective and justified deployment of resources.

Each criterion will carry a score ranging from 0 to 5. A threshold score of 3 will apply to the first three criteria. The first criterion will have a weight of 2, the other criteria a weight of 1.

Adherence to the proposal format and structure described previously – and notably to the prescribed page limit – will allow the independent external evaluators to evaluate the proposal against all of the above-mentioned evaluation criteria.

Project full name: MONROE-Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe
Project number: 644399
Call identifier: MONROE-OC1
Call name: First MONROE Open Call for Experiments and Extensions
Total budget: € 1,800,000
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 12
Maximum funding per proposal: € 150,000
Number of partners per proposal: The target number of participants per proposal is maximum 2.
Type of participants: The profile of participants is academics, industry or SMEs active in research and/or development of mobile broadband technologies, protocols and/or applications. The rules of participation are the same as for any H2020 proposal.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 18 Months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: via email to info@monroe-project.eu
Call deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 17:00h CET (Brussels time)
Notification of acceptance: Monday, May 2, 2016
Starting date: June, 2016
Proposal Template: MONROE First Open Call applicants must use this Proposal Template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: Call Announcement
Contact: info@monroe-project.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.monroe-project.eu/firstopencall/

Call objectives

Building and operating a mobile broadband (MBB) testbed is the key goal of the MONROE project. Such a testbed, however, cannot be built without the feedback of the experimenters who will be the main users of it. Therefore, external users are in the core of the MONROE project. Through the first competitive open call, MONROE aims to involve the external users in the design process of the testbed to create a platform that meets the expectations of its users. The experimenters selected through the first open call will access to the prototype platform. They will be allowed to run active/passive measurements as well as propose protocol experiments, which require active traffic generation and SW support from the MONROE consortium. They can further propose SW extensions to the platform as well as HW extensions to the infrastructure. Since the experimenters will have access to the prototype system, they are expected, as their contribution, to provide SW/HW extensions and/or feedback that will be used to refine the platform to its final version.

Project full name: Graphene-based revolutions in ICT and beyond
Project acronym: GRAPHENE
Project Framework Partnership Agreement number: 649953
The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are listed at:

Deadline: 20 February 2016, at 08:00 a.m. (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2018
Maximum amount of financial support:

  • Topic description: Magnetic sensors / Work package: Sensors: €70,000
  • Topic description: Integration of 2D nanostructures in coatings and thin films / Work package: Functional Foams and Coatings: €80,000

Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://graphene-flagship.eu/project/expression-of-interest
Contact persons for technical questions:

  • Topic description: Magnetic sensors / Work package: Sensors: Herre van der Zant (h.s.j.vanderzant@tudelft.nl)
  • Topic description: Integration of 2D nanostructures in coatings and thin films / Work package: Functional Foams and Coatings: Xinliang Feng (xinliang.feng@tu-dresden.de)

E-mail address for submissions: Dr Katarina Boustedt (katarina.boustedt@chalmers.se)

Additional information

The Graphene Flagship's overriding goal is to take graphene, related layered materials and hybrid systems from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionize multiple industries. This may bring a new dimension to future technology and put Europe at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the investment as technological innovation, economic exploitation and societal benefits.

This requires the focus of the Flagship to evolve over the years, placing more resources in areas where this transition is more likely. To accomplish this we are looking for new industrial partners that bring in specific industrial and technology transfer competences or capabilities that complement the present consortium.

Project full name: Road-, Air-, Water-based Future Internet Experimentation
Project acronym: RAWFIE
Call identifier: RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call
Project grant agreement number: 645220
Deadline: 14 March 2016 (Monday), at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: 30 months (starting from July, 2016 to December, 2018)
Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: € 150,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.rawfie.eu/rawfie-infrastructure-2016-call
E-mail address for submissions: rawfie-contact@cnl.di.uoa.gr [Please use the call identifier "RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016" in the subject of your email]
Tel.: (+30) 2107275148, (+30) 2107275127

Additional information

Project RAWFIE, co-funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645220, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

RAWFIE (Road-, Air- and Water- based Future Internet Experimentation) is a project funded by the European Commission (Horizon H2020 programme) under the FIRE initiative aiming to provide research and experimentation facilities through the growing domain of unmanned networked devices. The main objective of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call is to enhance certain parts and characteristics of the federated infrastructure. Specifically, the project searches for improvements in terms of hardware, software and new facilities that could host experiments. Specifically, the types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support are the following:

  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 1: Testbed additions.
    The project searches for facilities belonging to (at least) one of the following categories:
    1. Indoor and/or Outdoor Vehicular Testbeds (VT) that will deal with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs);
    2. Indoor and/or Outdoor Aerial Testbeds (AT) that will deal with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs);
    3. Indoor and/or Outdoor Maritime Testbeds (MT) that will deal with Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).
    In the context of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call, the project invites Testbed operators (i.e., owners and managers of testbed facilities) to participate and expand the existing RAWFIE infrastructure. The proposers should provide either indoor or outdoor facilities capable of hosting at least one of the three considered kinds of vehicles (UGVs, USVs, UAVs).
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 2: UxV additions and customization.
    In the context of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call, the project invites manufacturers and providers of robotic devices to participate and expand the existing RAWFIE equipment. The project expects proposals that will provide a considerable number of devices (between 5 and 10) that belong to exactly one of the considered types of vehicles (UGVs, USVs and UAVs). The exact number of devices considered by each proposal should comply with the requested funding and will be part of the evaluation process. Proposals considering higher number of devices will be considered favorably.
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 3: Software enhancements.
    RAWFIE foresees the enhancement of the existing project developments by bringing into the infrastructure software that could belong to the following categories:
    1. Horizontal applications. The project is looking for cross-layer applications and software that could provide added value to the infrastructure by bringing into RAWFIE novel features in different types of experimentation. Indicative examples of expected software include network administration software and resource management tools.
    2. Supporting software at testbed-tier. This category refers to the addition and/or the extension of existing software architectures and products that could be included in the RAWFIE architecture and become part of the RAWFIE software stack in order to improve existing functionality.
    In both categories, the adoption of open technologies, specifications and standards will be preferred.

Project full name: CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems
Project acronym: CPSE Labs
Call identifier: CPSELabs-15-02
Project grant agreement number: 644400
Call opening: Wednesday October 28, 2015
Deadline: Wednesday December 2, 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Maximum EC contribution for experiments per applicant: € 150,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

CPSE Labs now invites technology and engineering firms to submit proposals for industrial experiments to develop innovative cyber-physical products and services. Businesses may be awarded up to &eur;150,000 and receive technical support if their proposal is selected.

Cyber-physical systems are networked collections of interacting devices, sensors, hardware and software services for collaboratively realising new functions. The field of CPS includes developers and manufacturers of devices and software, technology suppliers, and systems integrators. Many technology and engineering firms are already working in cyber-physical systems without identifying it as such.

Successful proposals submitted to CPSE Labs under our 2nd Open Call will receive funding as well as support, training and expertise from our Europe-wide network of state-of-the-art Design Centres. All funded experiments will be carried out by the successful applicant(s) in collaboration with at least one CPSE Labs Design Centre: Offis, fortiss, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid, Indra Sistemas, KTH or Newcastle University. Our Design Centres can provide support and training to equip successful applicants with infrastructure, knowledge, and tools needed to support rapid development of innovative CPS products and services.

Detailed information about the Open Call is available on the CPSE Labs website.

Project full name: Future Internet Core Platform Extension, Availability and Sustainability
Project acronym: FI-Core
Call identifier: FIWARE-LAB-OPEN-CALL-2015
Project grant agreement number: 632893
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Deadline: October 29, 2015 - 17h00 CET extended to November 16, 2015 - 17h00 CET
Expected duration of participation: start of November 2015 to end of December 2016 (14 months)
Total EU funding available for new partners: up to 1.625.000€
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.fiware.org/fiware-lab-open-call-2015
E-mail address for proposal submission: CNECT-ICT@ec.europa.eu (subject: “Competitive call for beneficiaries providing FIWARE Lab nodes support”)
E-mail address for further information: fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.org

Additional information

The FI-Core project, funding part of the activities of the FIWARE PPP initiative, has reserved a portion of the project budget to fund specific tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries that will join the consortium after start of the project. These later-joining beneficiaries are selected by means of a competitive Open Call for beneficiaries providing FIWARE Lab nodes support.

The Open Call is devoted to the following goals:

  • Expand the FIWARE Lab federation with new nodes to increase the capacity of our current facilities and provide an improved service to the users from the Acceleration Programme and beyond
  • Reinforce the support team with additional support resources for first level helpdesk and also dedicated support teams for the new nodes
  • Foster the creation of production grade commercial FIWARE instances with credible business plans
  • Secure the sustainability of the FIWARE experimentation facilities
  • Foster the incorporation of FIWARE players that will remain active beyond the FI-Core life span

It is expected that participants to this call will propose a concrete and specific plan that enables to achieve these goals during the given time-frame and beyond. Selected beneficiaries will be invited to refine and implement the final plan together with the project Coordinator and in collaboration with the rest of the project partners.

A maximum budget of 1.625.000€ will be assigned to selected beneficiaries for this purpose, to be executed from the start of November 2015 until end of December 2016 (14 months). The maximum EC contribution for individual proposals is 250.000€ or 325.000€, depending on the support level offered. Even if the duration of this activity is limited to the mentioned period, proposals that show long term commitment with the sustainability of the FIWARE technologies will be favoured.

The proposed plan shall include but doesn’t need to be limited to the following activities:

  • FIWARE Lab node deployment and setup. Open Call participants should contribute to this activity through: new FIWARE Lab nodes deployment and integration as part of the federated network of FIWARE Lab nodes. Additional information can be found at the Guide for Applicants of this Open Call
  • FIWARE Lab node operation and support. Open Call participants should contribute to this activity through: operation and level 1 and 2 support of FIWARE services running on each FIWARE Lab node in collaboration with other nodes, ensuring privacy protection and providing, at least, the following SLAs to end-users accessing FIWARE Lab services:
    • FIWARE Lab services availability on the node above 95% threshold.
    • Level 1 and Level 2 support, Mon to Fri, 9 am to 5 pm CET.
    • Ticket response time before EOB of the following work day for 95% of requests.
    • Ticket resolution time within 2 work days (EOB of the second one) for 95% of requests. Tickets transferred and accepted by level 3 support as tickets that will require a software patch or workaround to be developed by the level 3 support team will be considered resolved at level 1 and 2 support levels.

This FIWARE Lab Open Call addresses players who can demonstrate experience and credentials in the definition and implementation of similar plans. In particular, we target proposers who can prove their experience with OpenStack. The degree of involvement in developer and user communities will be a plus.

The following documents include helpful information to prepare your proposal (a FAQ will be created once an initial set of questions is answered, please check it regularly):

Project full name: Ensuring the Integrity of the European food chain
Project acronym: FoodIntegrity
Call identifier: FoodIntegrity Calls for project Extension (4 call Topics)

  • FI01 TOPIC 1, Standardisation and harmonisation of untargeted food integrity methods
  • FI02 TOPIC 2, Innovative approaches to assure the integrity of complex foods
  • FI03 TOPIC 3, A feasibility study of how information can be shared along the supply chain to identify risks to the integrity of food
  • FI04 TOPIC 4, Rapid, on-site, cost-effective methods for feed/food fraud detection

Project grant agreement number: 613688
Publication date: 15th June 2015
Deadline: 14th August 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 1st March 2016 to 31st December 2018
Total EU funding available for new partners: € 3,000,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/foodintegrity/index.cfm?sectionid=22
Web address for proposal submission: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/securefiletransfer/ (contact FIprocurement@fera.co.uk for access)
E-mail address for further information: FIprocurement@fera.co.uk

Additional information

This Call for additional research in the FoodIntegrity project aims to bring new partners forming mini-consortia performing complementary research to those already defined in the project.

Objective: Food Integrity the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished or in perfect condition.

Providing assurance to consumers and other stakeholders about the safety, authenticity and quality of European food (integrity) is of prime importance in adding value to the European Agri-food economy. The integrity of European foods is under constant threat from fraudulently labelled imitations that try to exploit that added value. The FOODINTEGRITY project will directly address this issue and will be an international focal point for harmonisation and exploitation of research and technology for insuring the integrity of European food. Comprising an inner core of project participants from industry, academia, research institutes, technology providers and a global network of stakeholders, FOODINTEGRITY will rationalise and harmonise capability to provide a coherent structure and process for assuring the food supply.

FOODINTEGRITY will: facilitate the sharing of information between stakeholder groups regarding European food integrity; establish processes for harmonising & exploiting existing databases; establish fit for purpose methodology to address stakeholder needs; identify and address research gaps by procuring and delivering 3M of commissioned projects; establish a self-sustaining Food-fraud early warning system for identifying emerging fraud risks; establish a self-sustaining worldwide network of stakeholders to ensure maximum uptake of the project legacy.

Improved verification procedures will be developed for food control and industry stakeholders using 3 key commodities as exemplars: olive oil, spirit drinks & seafood. In addition a consumer study in China will assess their consumer attitudes in the face of substantial counterfeiting of European food. Finally it will establish expert food authenticity platforms that will supply independent expert opinion on food authenticity/food fraud to the European Commission, Codex and other national/international bodies.

Project full name: European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus
Project acronym: ECHORD++
Call identifier: ECHORD++-02
Project grant agreement number: 601116
Call opening: May 4, 2015
Deadline: June 23, 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of experiments: 12 to 18 months
--> Average EC contribution per experiment: € 300,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.echord.eu/news-details/news/second-call-for-experiments-now-open/
E-mail address for further information: info@echord.eu

Additional information

This competitive call for experiment proposals is related to the EU-funded project ECHORD++ (FP7-ICT-601116). In the context of ECHORD++, small-scale projects, "experiments", will be conducted, which will use state-of-the-art robotic equipment, addressing one of the following scenarios: Cognitive tools and workers for cognitive factories, general purpose robotic co-workers, cognitive logistics robots for industry, medical robotics, agricultural and food robotics, and urban robotics. Each experiment has a maximum duration of 18 months, the funding of an experiment is expected to be about € 300,000. The total indicative funding for this call is € 4.8 Mio.

Deadline: June 23rd 2015, at 17:00 (Brussels time)

The research community, enterprises and robot manufacturers are asked to submit experiment proposals, written in English only. Please note that FP7 only offers part-funding of research activities. More information and the full call documents, including the guides for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the web site http://www.echord.eu. If you have further questions, please contact us via info@echord.eu.

Project full name: Human Brain Project
Project acronym: HBP
Project grant agreement number: 604102
Call opening: 15 May 2015
Deadline: 3 July 2015 at 17h00 (CET)
Total EC funding available: 8 million Euros
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for call information and submission: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/164

Additional information

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is an ambitious 10 years long research initiative, and is one of the two FET Flagships. HBP is developing innovative ICT platforms that will help neuroscientists integrate data and knowledge about the brain across all levels of its spatial and temporal organisation (from genes to behaviour, into detailed reconstructions and simulations) with the aim of better understanding the functioning of the human brain and its diseases.

Through this Call for Expressions of Interest on "Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience", HBP is looking for partners who will join the project's next phase, which will be funded under Horizon 2020 (H2020). Prospective project Consortia are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more cognitive functions in "Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience".

For further information about this call and a guide for proposers, see the HBP website.

Information days will be organised in several Member States. HBP Researchers will be presenting the scope of this call, the evaluation process and the proposal selection criteria. They will also be explaining what HBP is about and providing examples of visionary cross-cutting research themes that prospective project Consortia could be addressing.

For more information about these Info Days, again see the HBP website.

Project full name: CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems
Project acronym: CPSE Labs
Call identifier: CPSELabs-15-01
Project grant agreement number: 644400
Call opening: Wednesday April 29, 2015
Deadline: Wednesday June 3, 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of experiments: 9 to 18 months
Maximum EC contribution for experiments per applicant: € 150,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu
E-mail address for further information: service@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

European technology and engineering firms and innovators are invited to submit proposals for small-scale experiments to advance the development of innovative products and services in the area of cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Cyber-physical systems are networked collections of interacting devices, sensors, hardware and software services for collaboratively realising new functions. The field of CPS encompasses the developers and manufacturers of devices and software, technology suppliers, as well as systems integrators. CPS are often large-scale systems that monitor and control physical as well as organisational and business processes in real-time, require a high degree of autonomy and dependability, and integrate different technical as well as application domains. This increased complexity poses new challenges to the design, engineering and operation of such systems.

CPS Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) is a European Union-funded initiative to support businesses wishing to engineer or operate dependable cyber-physical systems in Europe. CPSE Labs funds experiments with a clear innovation focus that are carried out by European businesses, research organisations, or public authorities. CPSE Labs provides support and expertise from a pan-European network of state-of-the-art Design Centres to equip innovators with CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge, and tools for realizing novel CPS-based products and services. Experiments should demonstrate the application of existing CPS technologies to new application areas or new use cases, or help in the creation of new products or services in new or existing value chains.

CPSE Labs welcomes proposals from European CPS innovators, particularly from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and organisations that are new to European Union research funding initiatives. Experiments are carried out in close collaboration with the partners of one of the CPSE Labs Design Centres in France (ONERA and LAAS-CNRS), North Germany (Offis), South Germany (fortiss), Spain (Univ. Politecnica de Madrid and Indra Sistemas), Sweden (KTH), and the UK (Newcastle Univ.). The Design Centres offer expertise and training in developing cyber-physical systems, as well as development environments, tool chains, architectural frameworks, and technology platforms that form the basis for the experiments, including in this first call:

  • 4DIAC framework for distributed industrial automation and control
  • FMI-based virtual co-simulation
  • Model-based safety assessment techniques (AltaRica, Hazop UML)
  • GenoM and Mauve-OROCOS frameworks for robotics systems programming
  • Open Services for Life-Cycle-Collaboration (OSLC) open standard
  • Overture family of VDM-based technologies (Overture, Crescendo, Symphony)
  • SOFIA2 interoperability platform for smart spaces

More details on the CPSE Labs Design Centres, their competencies, and technical platforms are available at www.cpse-labs.eu.

Project full name: European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) from any sector building Innovative Cyber Physical System (CPS) products to sustain demand for European manufacturing
Project acronym: EuroCPS
Call identifier: EuroCPS01 call
Project grant agreement number: 644090
Call opening: Wednesday April 29, 2015
Deadline: Wednesday June 3, 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Maximum duration of industrial experiment: 18 months
Maximum EC contribution for industrial experiments per applicant: € 150,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Webpage (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): http://www.eurocps.org/innovators-projects/
E-mail address for submissions: https://www.eurocps.org/opencall/
E-mail address for further information: olivier.thomas@cea.fr

Additional information

EuroCPS is part of Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative (www.smartanythingeverywhere.eu) under Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT) which aims to generating new and breakthrough technologies, boost competitiveness, create jobs and support growth by offering a European-wide network of Design centers.

This call provides Europe's SME's and new entrants with the opportunity to develop new CPS-products and components based on existing CPS platforms available in the market. EuroCPS also provides design support to encourage rapid development and lower the entry costs for designing and optimizing novel CPS solutions by initiating new business and innovation opportunities between innovator entities (SMEs and large companies), major CPS-platform providers, and competence centers.

Industrial experiments will be funded for developing innovative CPS products that will help increase the competitiveness of European innovator entities. The targeted products shall be designed, constructed and built on the EuroCPS Platforms provided by AVL, IFAT, Intel, SEI, ST-F, ST-I and Thales. The planed work shall be in collaboration with at least one of the EuroCPS Competences centers for design support located across the European region at AVL, BME, DIGICAT, CEA, FhG, FPG, LTU, UNIBO and Thales. More details on locations and available competences, platforms and design centers are available at www.eurocps.org.

SME and new entrants are invited to submit proposals which should address Industrial Experiments, aiming at the development of new CPS-enabled products and focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  • Software intensive projects whose expected outcomes are software prototype demonstrators running on a EuroCPS platform.
  • System integration projects whose expected outcomes are integrated system component prototypes.
  • CPS with innovative components projects who's expected outcomes are system architecture virtual prototype demonstrators of the CPS products.

Independent experts will evaluate all eligible proposals to identify those of sufficient standard to qualify for possible funding. Industrial experiments with high technology readiness level (TRL), which will produce a demonstrator prototype as an industrial experiment outcome will be considered. The prototype may also be used as a first generation product. The expected duration of the industrial experiment is 9 to 18 Months.

The maximum European Commission contribution for industrial experiments per applicant is &euro150000. The Funding rate is 70 %. The Maximum duration of industrial experiment is 18 Months. This comes in addition to coaching by competence centers and assistance from platform providers.

Applicants are encouraged to contact any of the EuroCPS Networking partners CEA, AVL, Thales, LTU, BME, UNIBO, FhG, DIGICAT, HTNL and FPG for more information about the call. The information that can be provided is restricted to details about the competences available at the centers and the supported EuroCPS platforms. All the information provided is public and will be available for all parties.

Project full name: Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment for Laser Based Manufacturing
Project acronym: APPOLO
Call identifier: APPOLO Open Call
Project grant agreement number: 609355
Instrument type: Large-scale integrating project
Call opening: 12th January 2015
Deadline: 18th March 2015 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: start not earlier than July 2015 and to finish not later than 31st August 2017.
Total EC funding available for new partners : € 1,200,000
Number of new partners to be selected : at least two new partners per assessment experiment plus one exiting partner from APPOLO HUB.
Expected maximum funding per experiment: 200.000 € for new beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.appolo-fp7.eu/open-call.html
E-mail address for submissions: submission@appolo-fp7.eu
E-mail address for further information: opencall@appolo-fp7.eu

Additional information

The project APPOLO, currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, launches an open call for assessment experiments with new equipment for emerging manufacturing technologies based on ultra-short pulse (sub-ns) lasers. The about two year running experiments aim at validation of the technologies needed for large and global markets. The equipment should be tested for the selected technological process in close-to industrial environment using the assessment service of laser application laboratories around Europe joined to APPOLO HUB. Validation will be performed in close collaboration between equipment supplier, end-user and an application laboratory connected to the APPOLO HUB. The new laser assessment experiments should provide business relevant technical investigations and demonstrate applicability of the new equipment for industrial applications.

Approximate 6 proposals will be selected for funding in this competitive call, including at least two new partners per proposal from equipment supply (preferable SME) and end-user sides with clear exploitation plans and one existing partner from APPOLO HUB in order to perform the equipment/technology assessment. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

A full description of the APPOLO Open Call can be downloaded from: http://www.appolo-fp7.eu/open-call.html. There you also find detailed instructions for proposal submission, information about the evaluation criteria to be applied, and the template of the APPOLO evaluation form.

  • Proposal should include at least two new partners, which need service from the existing APPOLO HUB (and consortium) partners:
    • equipment supplier, preferable SME;
    • end-user;
    • exiting partner from APPOLO HUB application laboratories.
  • New equipment to be assessed should be one for laser based manufacturing, including but not limited to: lasers, positioning, beam shaping, guiding and scanning, on-line monitoring and control;
  • The assessment experiments in the proposal should rely on existing expertise and infrastructure within APPOLO consortium, to be able to perform assessment of the new equipment in close to industrial conditions;
  • Area of industrial application of laser technologies should correspond the topics of the call. However, as main goal of the Open call is to increase overall impact of the APPOLO project by adding new application and end-users, overlapping with running assessment value chains in terms of type of new equipment and applications will be scored as a weakness of the proposal.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Proposals are to be submitted as PDF files attached to e-mail to submission@appolo-fp7.eu.

Project full name: Laser Equipment Assessment for High Impact Innovation in the Manufacturing European industry
Project acronym: LASHARE
Call identifier: LASHARE Competitive Call 1
Project grant agreement number: 609046
Call opening: 1 February 2015
Deadline: 16 March 2015 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 24 months
Duration of an assessment: maximum of 22 months
Funding : Total funding available for new partners amounts to 1,767,000 €, the requested funding for each LEA (including user, supplier and RTD) should not exceed 250,000 €
Email address for further information: cc@lashare.eu
Further information: www.lashare.eu

Additional information

The project LASHARE is currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013). LASHARE requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

LASHARE has a vacancy in its consortium for partners established in an EU Member State or FP7 Associated State.

LASHARE aims to advance innovative equipment solutions that have been demonstrated at laboratory level, Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3-4, towards robust prototypes at TRL 7-8. The development is guided by an Assessment Framework that involves an industrial user, an RTD partner and the supplier of the equipment. The laser based equipment assessment (LEA) should focus on the benefit of the supplier which should be an SME. The role of the users is to provide guidance towards requirements and provide the basis for validation.

All assessments shall be related to equipment for laser-based material processing. Suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment are expected to install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. The primary aim is to strengthen the ICT equipment supplier base, predominantly SMEs, through a close cooperation with globally acting manufacturers, by improving the manufacturing processes in relation to quality, speed, environmental and resource efficiency. Equipment assessments require the following steps: Task 1: Initialisation of the Assessment that defines the requirements and objectives for a specific application scenario; Task 2: implementation of a development and improvement plan; Task 3: Validation in an industrial like environment; and Task 4: Resume of the Assessment which collects the achievements and identifies the next steps towards successful market launch. Special emphasis is on SMEs on the supply side.

The LEAs shall cover innovative laser applications in laser-based material processing and address improvements related to quality, speed, flexibility and resource efficiency of laser-based material processing. The project aims to select between 10 and 12 new LEAs for funding in this competitive call. Each of the LEA teams will consist of a user, a supplier and an RTD partner. The RTD partner must be one of the existing LASHARE RTD partners.

The core task of the laser-based equipment assessment shall focus on sensors and knowledge based ICT systems that enable at least one of the following aspects;

  • autonomous set up of machine and laser parameters for fast and flexible manufacture
  • process and quality control for robust processes and fully documented production in the area of complex manufacturing tasks.

Project full name: Computational Cloud Services and Workflows for Agile Engineering
Project acronym: CloudFlow
Call identifier: CloudFlow-1
Project grant agreement number: 609100
Instrument type: Large-scale integrating project
Call opening: 30 June 2014
Deadline: 30 September 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1. January 2015 to 31. December 2015
Total EC funding available for new partners: € 770,000
Number of new partners to be selected: 1-4 partners for each of the 7 new experiments
Expected maximum funding per experiment: 110.000 € for new beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/first-call
Web address for submissions: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/submission-tool
Email address for further information: info@eu-cloudflow.eu

This Open Call for proposals seeks to increase the number of partners and Application Experiments currently being carried out within the CloudFlow project. Application Experiments shall be rooted in computational technology for manufacturing and engineering industries, preferably SMEs, giving them affordable access to Cloud technology. Application Experiments are expected to extend the CloudFlow infrastructure and to address workflows along the value chain in and across companies. Priority will be given to innovative product development and products, such as mechatronic systems and cyber-physical systems, including, e.g., multi-domain simulation (mechanics, electronics, software, fluid dynamics, acoustics, etc.).

EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW EXPERIMENTS

Application Experiments shall demonstrate as many as possible of the following characteristics:

  • being driven by an end-user need
  • addressing a real use case
  • demonstrating high potential to benefit from Cloud technology
  • being compatible with the existing CloudFlow infrastructure
  • being innovative
  • being complementary to the existing experiments, see: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/experiments

A full description of the 1st CloudFlow Open Call can be downloaded from: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/first-call

CONSORTIA

An application experiment consortium should typically have 1-4 partners out of the following range:

  • End user (mandatory as 'driving' partner)
  • Independent software vendor
  • HPC provider
  • Research institution

Their work will be complemented by existing partners from the CloudFlow Competence Center to safeguard a smooth integration with the CloudFlow infrastructure.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Proposals are to be submitted using the proposal submission tool at: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/submission-tool
There you also find detailed instructions for proposal submission, information about the evaluation criteria to be applied, FAQs, and the template of the CloudFlow evaluation form.

Project full name: Cloud based Simulation platform for Manufacturing and Engineering
Project acronym: CloudSME
Project grant agreement number: FP7-608886
Instrument type: IP
Call opening: 30 April 2014
Deadline: 25 June 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015
Total EC funding available for new partners: € 400,000
Number of new experiments to be selected: around 10
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://cloudsme.eu/opencall
Web address for proposal submissions: opencall@cloudsme.eu
Email address for further information: G.Z.Terstyanszky@westminster.ac.uk

Simulation software can significantly improve the position of SMEs in the engineering and manufacturing sector by reducing costs and delivering more efficient development, production, procurement, logistics and financial processes. However, the take-up of simulation software by SMEs has until now been low due to high entry barriers that include hardware prices, licensing costs and technical expertise. CloudSME is developing a cloud-based, one-stop-shop simulation software platform solution that significantly lowers these barriers, thus enabling much wider take-up of simulation software technologies by engineering and manufacturing SMEs. Simulation software service providers may use the platform in the form of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enabling them to quickly create customised software applications in the cloud for their clients – engineering/ manufacturing SMEs - who see their customised application running as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. To achieve greater impact of the CloudSME one-stop-shop simulation solution, the project requires the participation of up to ten new beneficiaries established as SMEs in an EU Member State or an FP7 Associated State. These new beneficiaries should be either

  • an engineering and manufacturing SME needing simulation software to improve efficiency of their activities, and who will use simulation software services supported by CloudSME (See Annex III of the Open Call), or
  • a consortium incorporating at least one simulation software provider SME and one or more engineering/manufacturing SMEs who will use the provider's simulation software.

Simulation software providers as new CloudSME beneficiaries should:

  • adapt their simulation software to the CloudSME one-stop-shop service platform and deploy it,
  • help SMEs to create simulation software applications on the CloudSME platform using their simulation software.

Engineering or manufacturing SMEs as new CloudSME beneficiaries should:

  • define requirements of business activities to be supported by simulation on the CloudSME platform
  • contribute to the creation of simulation software-based applications supporting their business activities on the CloudSME platform, jointly with the simulation software and technology providers within CloudSME
  • use the simulation software application in their business activities and provide feedback on the improvements achieved.

Project full name: INTElligent FIXtures for the manufacturing of low rigidity components
Project acronym: INTEFIX
Project grant agreement number: 609306
Instrument type: CP-IP
Call opening: 19 February 2014
Deadline: 2 April 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2016
Total EC funding available for new partners: € 1,450,000
Number of new experiments to be selected: at least 3
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.intefix.eu
Web address for proposal submissions: http://intefix.cesga.es
Email address for further information: intefix@tekniker.es

This call for additional experiments in the INTEFIX project aims to bring new partners forming mini-consortiums performing complementary experiments to those already defined in the project.

INTEFIX is funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme through the “Challenge 7 ICT for the enterprise and manufacturing� and “Objective 7.2: Equipment assessment for sensor and laser based applications� of the call FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF.

The new experiments to be selected in this open call shall bring together suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment and end users to install and test new solutions for intelligent fixtures, validating the new system in established or dedicated manufacturing lines. The primary aim is to strengthen the ICT equipment supplier base, predominantly SMEs, through a close cooperation with globally acting manufacturers, by improving the manufacturing processes in relation to quality, speed, environmental and resource efficiency.

The proposed solution should include the assessment of sensor/actuator-driven equipment targeting smart production flexibly through an effective monitoring and control of small lot size or single components manufacturing with high added value. The assessment framework shall address improvements related to precision, speed, cost, flexibility and efficiency of machining processes.


The expected impact as listed in the call FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF includes:

  • Penetrate new application areas (e.g. high customisation, end-of-life product engineering and manufacturing), close to the market and opening new markets
  • Strengthen supply-side SMEs by enabling them to supply manufacturers with new equipment and components for improved manufacturing operations.

Project full name: Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT And Beyond Project acronym: GRAPHENE 2
Project grant agreement number: 604391
Instrument type: CP-CSA
Call opening: 25 November 2013
Deadline: 5 February 2014 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1st October 2014 to 31 March 2016
Total EC funding available for new partners: € 8,746,000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.graphenecall.esf.org/
Email address for submissions: graphene-call@esf.org (subject: FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries)
Email address for further information: open-call@mediafi.org

The ramp-up phase of the GRAPHENE Flagship project (1st October 2013 - 31 March 2016) is currently funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), as part of the FET Flagship Programme. The GRAPHENE Flagship Project consortium will be extended with new partners demonstrating complementarities to carry out specific research tasks within the project. The new beneficiaries will be selected from proposals submitted in response to this Competitive Call and having comprehensive expertise in the following research topics:

  1. Standardization
  2. Chemical sensor, biosensors and bio-interfaces
  3. Membrane technologies: from nanofluidics to nanoresonators
  4. Catalysts for energy applications
  5. Functionalized materials for composites and energy applications
  6. Functional coatings and interfaces in high-performance, low-weight technological applications
  7. Integration of with semiconductor devices: a scalable back-end approach
  8. New layered materials and heterostructures
  9. Passive components for RF-applications
  10. Integration with Si photonics
  11. Prototypes based on graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems
  12. Open topic, dedicated to bottom-up blue sky research
  13. Updating the Science and Technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems

Project acronym: FI-CONTENT 2
Project grant agreement number: 603662
Project full name: Future media Internet for large scale CONTENT

The FI-CONTENT 2 project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its Open Call for new beneficiaries. FI-CONTENT 2 is part of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-CONTENT 2 project aims at establishing the foundation of a European infrastructure for promoting and testing novel uses of audio-visual content on connected devices. The partners will develop and deploy advanced platforms for Social Connected TV, Mobile Smart City services, and Pervasive Games. To assess the approach and improve these platforms, user communities in 6 European locations will be activated for living lab and field trials.

The objective of the open call is to recruit around five to ten new content usage driven partners to complement the three platforms that the FI-CONTENT 2 project is building, by creating new applications or providing missing technologies to extend the platforms' capabilities. It is expected that the new partners will contribute to one or more of the following topics:

Social Connected TV Platform

  • Device Discovery,
  • Cross-Device Communication,
  • Interactive Content and Services,
  • Service and Platform APIs,
  • Search and Discovery;

Smart City Services Platform:

  • Real-time Translation of text and audio of any Smart City Guide Content,
  • Word Spotting / Summarization of Smart City Guide Content,
  • Service Continuity / Complementarities Between Devices,
  • Rich-Media Ad-Insertion,
  • Platform Enrichment (Data and Content);

Pervasive Gaming Platform

  • Augmented Reality Tracking,
  • Reality Mixer,
  • Games with Things,
  • Content Creation and Integration,
  • Game Social Platform.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will be managed according to the corresponding Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and Collaboration Agreement, which the new partners shall adhere to.

Full information on this call is available on http://mediafi.org/open-call/

Call open: The call opens on 30th September 2013
Deadline: The call closes on 8th January 2014 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: beginning of April 2014 to end of March 2015 (12 months)
Total EC funding available for new partners: up to 1.35 Million Euro
Number of new partners to be selected: around 5 to 10
Call identifier: FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://mediafi.org/open-call/
Email address for submissions: cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: “FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries�)
Email address for further information: open-call@mediafi.org

Identifier: XIFI-1
Call title: Expansion of the infrastructure capacity of the FI-PPP
Project full name: XIFI: eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet
Acronym: XIFI
Grant agreement number: 604590
Deadline: 27th November 2013, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Expected duration of participation: April 2014 to March 2015
Maximum budget available for new beneficiaries: 2,170,000 €
Maximum funding request per proposal: 200,000 €
Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English

Proposal submission: via email to cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu
Internet address and full open call information www.fi-xifi.eu/open-call/
E-mail: contact@fi-xifi.eu

The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) initiative aims to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe by delivering a common platform supporting large-scale trials running in different business domains and leveraging on a wide range of Future Internet (FI) infrastructures. In this context, the XIFI project focuses on the infrastructure element, by paving the way for a sustainable federation of FI infrastructures offering FI-PPP services.

The objective of this Competitive Call is to enlarge the infrastructure capacity of the FI-PPP by additional infrastructure nodes. It is expected that at least ten proposals for additional experimentation facilities will be selected under this call.

Detailed information about the open call and its aspects can be retrieved online, including:

  • Call announcement
  • General Information and Requirements
  • Description of technical work and tasks expected
  • Guide for applicants
  • Frequently asked questions

Project full name: FINESCE Future Internet Smart Utility Services
Acronym: FINESCE
Grant agreement number: 604677
Web address for call information and submission:
http://www.finesce.eu/open-call
Call opening: 16 September 2013
Deadline: 13 November 2013 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: March 2014 to February 2015
Total EC funding available: € 1,288,600
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Email address for further information: : Dr. Fiona Williams contact@finesce.eu

The FINESCE project, currently active as a project in the Future Internet PPP of the Seventh European Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities, contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013), requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project.

Area 1 –To support the consortium by undertaking investigations of the proposers own creative ideas for dissemination and promotion of energy related services and applications, related to FI-WARE functionality and the FINESCE trial topics.

Area 2 – To support the consortium by expanding the scope of our trials, or developing a visualisation of energy consumption, developing an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system or developing a management system for the energy distribution networks.

Anticipated budget for tasks, with the total budget of 1.288.600 Euro, under:
Area 1: 250.000 Euro
Area 2: 1.038.600 Euro

EC funding per individual task:
Area 1: Minimum 50.000 Euro promoting energy related services based on FI-Ware functionality.
Area 2: Maximum 350.000 Euro for part-funded contracts as project beneficiaries

Project full name: The Human Brain Project
Acronym: HBP
Grant agreement number: 604102

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a ten-year, large-scale European research initiative whose goal is to understand the human brain and its diseases and ultimately to emulate its computational capabilities. The ramp-up phase of the project (October 2013 to March 2016) is currently funded (54 M€) by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), as part of the FET Flagship Programme.

The HBP has reserved a portion of its ramp-up phase funding for specific research tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries who will join the consortium in 2014. These new beneficiaries will be selected from proposals submitted in response to this Competitive Call. The Competitive Call covers the following topics of the HBP work plan:

  1. Human and mouse neural channelomics and receptonics.
  2. Genotype to phenotype mapping of the mouse brain.
  3. Identifying, gathering and organizing multimodal human and nonhuman neuroscience data.
  4. Cognitive architectures.
  5. Novel methods for rule-based clustering of medical data.
  6. Neural configurations for neuromorphic computing systems.
  7. Virtual robotic environments, agents, sensory and motor systems.
  8. Theory of multi-scale circuits

Identifier: GN3PLUS: Open Call for additional beneficiaries
Project full name: Multi-Gigabit European Research and Education Network and Associated Services
Acronym: GN3plus
Grant agreement number: 605243
Deadline:The call closes on 29 May 2013 at 17h00 Brussels time
Expected duration of participation: October 2013 to the end of March 2015
Total EC funding available: is up to 3 300 000 €
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Further information: http://www.geant.net/opencalls
Submission: opencalls@geant.net (Subject: “GN3PLUS: Open Call for additional beneficiaries [Topic Number]�)

Objectives of the Call: The GN3plus project seeks INNOVATIVEUSE CASES TO RUN ON EXISTING GÉANT PRODUCTION AND EXPERIMENTAL NETWORK FACILITIES,beneficiaries to carry out SELF CONTAINED RTD WORK PACKAGES to support on-going GN3plus Research and Technology Development (RTD) activities and beneficiariesto carry outRTD todeliver INNOVATION IN A MULTI-DOMAIN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING ENVIRONMENT.

The GN3plus project implementing the GÉANT network, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its first Open Call for additional beneficiaries to carry out certain tasks within the project. The GÉANT network advances all aspects of European research and education networking; it encompasses the fast and reliable GÉANT network and a portfolio of advanced connectivity, network support and access services for European research and education network projects, institutions and end users.

The GN3plus Open Call is structured around three themes:

Theme 1: Seeks RTD users/use cases/projects to make use of existing GÉANT production and experimental network facilities. Projects will showcase, and preferably further the development of, newly emerging network technologies and services using the infrastructure that the GN3plus project has to offer. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate innovation in the area of data communications and telecommunications networking even if they address relatively niche applications. The overall aim is to enable innovative advanced use and experimentation on GÉANT facilities and to incorporate new users, use cases and projects within the GN3plus project.

Theme 2: Seeks beneficiaries to carry out self-contained utility packages of work that can be used by the ongoing RTD work programmes in GN3plus. Covering a range of topics from optical to end-to-end services. The overall aim of this work is to enable new beneficiaries to innovate and collaborate within the GN3plus consortium.

Theme 3: Seeks beneficiaries to carry out RTD to deliver Innovation in a Multi-Domain Research and Education Networking Environment�. The overall aim of this work is to enable GÉANT to provide world class connectivity and services to the knowledge community and to push the state of the art through innovation.

Please note that activities to be carried out by the new beneficiaries will be partly funded rather than fully funded, in alignment with the funding schema defined for research activities by the European Commission (up to 75% of direct costs). New beneficiaries may join the project either as Partners or as Third Parties to existing GN3plus consortium members in respect to FP7 rules. IPRs will be managed according to the corresponding Consortium Agreement, which the new beneficiaries shall adhere to.

Full information on the detailed call text and how to submit proposals http://www.geant.net/opencalls.

Identifier: BUTLER open call
Project full name: uBiquitous, secUre inTernet-of-things with Location and contExt-awaRenes
Acronym: BUTLER
Grant agreement number: 287901
Deadline:April 13th at 17:00 Brussels time
Expected duration of participation: June 2013 to September 2014
Total EC funding for new partners: is up to 120 000 €
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Further information: contact@iot-butler.eu

The BUTLER project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new partner to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for a partner established in an EU Member State or FP7 Associated State, and having comprehensive expertise in the integration of Internet of Things technologies and conduct of end user trials.

The tasks involve the participation to the set up of a cross domain (horizontal) field trial based on the prototype of the BUTLER platform. The new partner will have to:

  • Implement a cross domain “Smart Lifeâ€� field trial. The domains we are looking for include: health, home/office, transportation and shopping
  • Provide access to end users and have the ability and experience of conducting end user trials
  • Participate to the technology integration and software industrialization of BUTLER’s platform into a consistent and reliable field trial

One partner will be selected for funding in this competitive call, which will be preferably a SME or an organisation demonstrating plans for sustainable exploitation of BUTLER project achievements.

Identifier: FI-WARE: Open Call 3 for additional beneficiaries
Project: FI-WARE: Future Internet Core Platform
Acronym: FI-WARE
Grant agreement number: 285248
Publication date: 21 December 2012
Deadline:27 February 2013 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: beginning of May 2013 to end of April 2014 (12 months)
Total EC funding available: up to € 4 200 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: “FI-WARE: Open Call 3 for additional beneficiaries�)
Further information: http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/, fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.eu

FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers – GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors. This infrastructure will bring significant and quantifiable improvements in the performance, reliability and production costs linked to Internet Applications – building a true foundation for the Future Internet.

FI-WARE is the cornerstone of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-WARE project has reserved a portion of the project budget to fund specific tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries that will join the consortium after start of the project. These later-joining beneficiaries are selected by means of a series of competitive Open Calls. The First and Second FI-WARE Open Calls were devoted to cover development of Generic Enablers fulfilling needs identified by Use Case projects funded in phase 1 of the FI-PPP program.

The Third FI-WARE Open Call now launched will be devoted to the following goals:

  • Take up of FI-WARE results by Internet application developers and entrepreneurs
  • Creation and support of a dynamic innovation ecosystem around FI-WARE results
  • Achieve maximum market visibility for the technologies and services developed by FI-WARE

It is expected that participants to this call will propose a concrete and specific plan that enables to achieve these goals during the given time-frame. Selected beneficiaries will be invited to refine and implement the final plan together with the FI-WARE Coordinator and in collaboration with the rest of the FI-WARE partners.

A maximum budget of 4,2 M€ will be assigned to selected beneficiaries for this purpose, to be executed from beginning of May 2013 until end of April 2014 (12 months). Even if the duration of this activity is limited to the mentioned period, proposals that show a commitment towards phase 3 of the Future Internet PPP will be favoured.

The proposed plan shall include but does not need to be limited to the following activities:

  • Develop an approach to effectively and efficiently reach the target audience of Internet application developers and web entrepreneurs so that they engage not only in learning, providing feedback about, and experimenting with FI-WARE technologies but ultimately also deliver innovative FI-WARE based Internet applications to their markets. As part of this approach, the plan shall include:
    • Definition and implementation of outreach and promotional campaigns, notably towards Internet application developers and entrepreneurs.
    • Organisation of the necessary physical workshops and gatherings, at least one being linked to and visible within a large-scale event in Europe, as well as online events/tools such as webinars.
    • Organisation of at least one Software Development Contest, with proper incentives, targeted to reward the most innovative applications based on FI-WARE to be demonstrated on the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab.
  • Develop an approach to effectively and efficiently reach relevant stakeholders and partners who may contribute to further enhance the scope of the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab, by means of bringing resources and infrastructures that will enable to create a richer experimental and trial environment involving end users that helps to attract the attention of developers, entrepreneurs, researchers.
  • Develop an online platform, scalable enough to grow up to hundreds of thousands of users enabling networking activities across all the stakeholders of the innovative ecosystem to be incubated around FI-WARE (for instance: web entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, serial entrepreneurs, accelerators, crowd-funding platform providers, large corporations, media, research). The platform should allow advanced functionalities to support the communities' needs.
  • Contribute to dynamise the presence of FI-WARE in most relevant social web communities such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or more specialised communities, particularly those of European impact.

This FI-WARE Open Call addresses players who can demonstrate experience and credentials in the definition and implementation of similar plans. In particular, proposers who can prove their ability to mobilize thousands of users and can contribute a working online platform able to support the creation of an innovation ecosystem around FI-WARE involving different stakeholders will be favoured.

Full information is available on http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/

Project: Overcoming clinical relapse in multiple myeloma by understanding and targeting the molecular causes of drug resistance
Acronym: OVER-MyR
Grant agreement number: 278706
Publication date: 20 July 2012
Deadline: 30th September 2012
Expected duration of participation in project: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014
Total EC funding available: € 144 593
Project coordinator: Prof Karin Vanderkerken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Further information: www.over-myr.eu, karin.vanderkerken@vub.ac.be

We are looking for a new SME partner in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • The identification of small molecule therapeutics targeting Multiple Myeloma resistance mechanisms
  • The identification of clinical development candidate

We need a company that will screen the cell lines we develop against compound libraries. Ideally, the applicant company will be able to take the lead compound(s) discovered further along the clinical development path.

Multiple Myeloma (MM) is a currently incurable rare malignant plasma cell disease, which invariably relapses despite therapy. The objective of OVER-MYR is to understand the causes of drug resistance and relapse, develop novel strategies to overcome these, provide proof of principal for phase I/II trial, and thus impact on MM-patient’s survival. Currently-used drugs target both MM cells (MMC) and cells of the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment or ‘niche’ that are critical for supporting MMC survival, proliferation and growth. Since patients repeatedly relapse after such treatments, the following mechanisms of relapse are considered and need to be investigated:

  1. drugs have spared specific subclones or subpopulations of MMC
  2. drugs induce alterations in cells of the ‘niche’ that promote drug-resistance.

Identifier: FI-WARE: Open Call 1 for additional beneficiaries
Project: FI-WARE: Future Internet Core Platform
Acronym: FI-WARE
Grant agreement number: 285248
Publication date: 31 January 2012
Deadline:25 April 2012 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: July 2012 to April 2014
Total EC funding available: up to € 2 000 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: “FI-WARE: Open Call 1 for additional beneficiaries�)
Further information: http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/, fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.eu

The FI-WARE project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its First Open Call for new project partners.

FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers – GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors. This infrastructure will bring significant and quantifiable improvements in the performance, reliability and production costs linked to Internet Applications – building a true foundation for the Future Internet.

FI-WARE is the cornerstone of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-WARE project will develop open specifications of FI-WARE GEs, together with a reference implementation of each GE for testing. Some of these open specifications will be submitted for standardization. FI-WARE aims to draw upon results already achieved through earlier research projects. It will further develop them and integrate them.

FI-WARE’s First Open Call will allow the incorporation of new partners that can contribute or develop the following GEs for their integration as part of FI-WARE. They also need to provide support to FI-PPP use case projects validating conceptual prototypes developed on top of FI-WARE.

  • Middleware for efficient and QoS/Security-aware invocation of services and exchange of messages.
  • Business Models and Business Elements (BM & BE) Definition and Simulation.

IPRs will be managed according to the corresponding Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and Collaboration Agreement, which the new partners shall adhere to. In particular, specifications of GEs must be publicly available on the FI-WARE’s website/wiki and be royalty-free. Contributed implementations of these GEs should be licensed free of charge to projects funded under the FI-PPP program and commercialized under FRAND conditions.

Submitters to this Open Call should be legal entities that are established in an EU Member State, or FP7 Associated State.

Please note that activities to be carried out by the new partners will be partly funded, in alignment with the funding schema defined for research activities by the European Commission.

Full information, including details about expected functionality to be covered by the above mentioned GEs, is available on http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/

Identifier: BonFIRE-2- New experiments // Cloud provider
Project: Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation
Acronym: BonFIRE
Grant agreement number: 257386
Publication date: 1 February 2012
Deadline: 7 March 2012 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: September 2012 to August 2013 for experiments; September 2012 to November 2013 for Cloud provider
Total EC funding available: Up to € 600 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: submissions@bonfire-project.eu
Further information: http://www.bonfire-project.eu/, bonfire@bonfire-project.eu

The BonFIRE project seeks to incorporate A SET OF EXPERIMENTS TO RUN TESTS ON ITS MULTI-SITE CLOUD FACILITY and a also a CLOUD PROVIDER TO PARTICIPATE AS ADDITIONAL CLOUD SITE IN THE ‘BonFIRE MULTI-CLOUD ’ (Proof of Concept).

The BonFIRE project is designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud-based FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems targeting in particular but not exclusively the research community on Internet of Services.

The BonFIRE vision is to give researchers in these areas access to a distributed cloud facility which supports experimentation of their systems and applications and the evaluation of cross-cutting aspects. We expect that this will enable innovative scenarios from the services-based distributed computing research community to be tested. Additionally, we seek a Cloud Provider to become a BonFIRE site.

The call is structured in 2 topics as follows;

[Topic a)] BonFIRE has defined three different scenarios relevant for experiments targeting this open call where testing can be performed under different conditions:

  1. Extended cloud scenario: It consists of using four BonFIRE computing sites interconnected through today’s public internet.
  2. Cloud with a controlled experimental network scenario. This scenario consists of using nodes connected over a user-controlled emulated virtual internet. This second scenario is supported by the Virtual Wall environment enriched with Cloud capabilities.
  3. Extended cloud with complex network implications scenario. This consists of using two cloud sites interconnected through a controlled network that allows studying the implications of the network behavior on services and clouds, and experiment with new solutions and approaches. This scenario implies a vertical federation with a cloud-to-network interface.

The project will support the researchers to set up and run their experiments on BonFIRE. We will also provide appropriate methods for describing, deploying, managing, executing and measuring experiments in our distributed cloud infrastructure.

Experiments shall propose innovative usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility. These activities should exhibit a degree of innovation in the use of the facility, including system level experiments, making a comprehensive use of several components of the facility, potential impact on users, etc.

[Topic b)] The project also seeks a Cloud provider to become a BonFIRE federated site and to enable the deployment of experiments.

The profile of the company we are looking to engage with is a private/public cloud infrastructure provider with access to their own platform and the ability to support the creation of a new BonFIRE site on its infrastructure. The new provider will give access to their platform via programmable APIs and web-based interfaces and have enough capacity to host a lab-like project environment.

Identifier: TEFIS – new experiments
Project: TEstbed for Future Internet Services
Acronym: TEFIS
Grant Agreement number: 258142
Instrument type: Integrated project
Thematic priority: Future Internet experimental facility and experimentally-driven research [ICT-2009.1.6]
Deadline: 11 May 2011 17h00 Brussels time
Total EC funding available: € 731 000 (max € 200 000 per experiment)
Project Coordinator: THALES Services SAS
Language of proposal: English
Submission: tefisopencall@cdt.ltu.se
Further information: http://www.tefisproject.eu/opencall.html

The TEFIS project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new partner to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

Brief summary of task(s) requested:

TEFIS seeks to incorporate new experiments to run tests orchestrated across multiple heterogeneous testbeds.

The experiments shall propose usage scenarios exploiting at least 2 of the 6 facilities provided by TEFIS:

  • PlanetLab – evaluation of network protocols and networked services over Internet
  • PACA Grid – computing resources
  • ETICS – Improving the quality and reliability of distributed systems
  • Botnia Living Lab – end-users involvement in products and services development
  • IMS testbed – validate and test applications over IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem)
  • Kyatera – network performance evaluation

Experiments should support the technical activities of TEFIS by providing feedback about the use of the platform and new functionalities that would be interesting to include in future versions

Experiments should also support the project dissemination activities by providing use case example; guidelines, best practices, etc.

The rules of participation and funding for each partner are the same as for any FP7 project.

We foresee to have typically one, maximum three participant organizations per experiment.

Identifier: BonFIRE-1- New experiments
Project: Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation
Acronym: BonFIRE
Grant agreement number: 257386
Publication date: 27 January 2011
Deadline: 9 March 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2011 to May 2012
Total EC funding available: up to € 750.000 (max € 200.000 per experiment)
Language of proposal: English
Sumission: ict@ec.europa.eu
Further information: http://www.bonfire-project.eu/, bonfire@bonfire-project.eu

The BonFIRE project wants to incorporate a set of experiments to run tests on its multi-site cloud facility.

The BonFIRE project is designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud-based FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems targeting in particular but not exclusively the research community on Internet of Services. The BonFIRE vision is to give researchers in these areas access to a distributed cloud facility which supports experimentation of their systems and applications and the evaluation of cross-cutting aspects.

We expect that this will enable innovative scenarios from the services-based distributed computing research community to be tested. To achieve this objective, BonFIRE has mainly worked on two different scenarios relevant for this open call where testing can be performed under different conditions:

  1. Extended cloud scenario: It consists of using the 4 BonFIRE computing sites interconnected through today’s public internet.
  2. Cloud with a controlled experimental network scenario. This consists of using nodes connected over an emulated virtual internet. This second scenario is supported by the enrichment of the Virtual Wall environment with cloud capabilities.

We are mainly looking for Testing Experiments that want to trial on the cloud semi-consolidated software technologies or semi-mature results of services R&D IoS projects. Examples could be (but not restricted to) SMEs with beta technology, research partners with results of IoS call 1 project, academics with innovative technology in computer science, etc. The experiments should exploit the unique features of BonFIRE facility. Experiments shall propose usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility. These activities should exhibit and justify a degree of innovation in the use of the facility, including system level experiments, making a comprehensive use of several components of the facility, multisite testing, potential impact on users, etc.

Identifier: OPTIMIS New cloud provider
Project: Optimized Infrastructure Services
Acronym: OPTIMIS
Grant agreement number: 257115
Publication date: 13 January 2011
Deadline: 3 March 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2011 to May 2013
Total EC funding available: up to € 250.000
Language of proposal: English
Sumission: ict@ec.europa.eu
Further information: http://www.optimis-project.eu/, optimis-callinfo@ymir.atosorigin.es

The OPTIMIS project started in June 2010 and is currently funded until 30th June 2013. At the current stage we are looking for a Cloud provider partner to participate in two of the project's use-case activities: cloud bursting and cloud brokerage, in order to perform the following tasks:

1. Offer access to products or infrastructure during their participation on the project:

  • Infrastructure providers: Provide access to their platform via programmable APIs and web-based interfaces during project execution. Provision of a dedicated lab-like project environment where the project related development will be carried out, installed and integrated. Provision of operational support for this environment.
  • Platform and Solution providers: Provide access to their solutions during project execution. Use, adaptation and integration of their solutions with the required components of the OPTIMIS toolkit.

2. As the rest of project partners:

  • Direct participation in the technical activities of the project for implementing the use case scenarios. This includes being able to help with solving issues that might rise during the development and implementation time, being able to tweak the systems in place to work with the framework being developed within OPTIMIS etc.
  • Support the rest of technical and business activities in the project, by contribution to general project requirements and use cases and contribution to identification of the Business Potential of the project’s solutions together with identification of project’s potential for its own business.

Identifier: PD-1-2011
Project: ICT project PlanetData
Acronym: PlanetData
Grant agreement number: 257641
Publication date: 1 January 2011
Deadline: 11 February 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 4 to 12 months, starting earliest in June 2011.
Proposal format: proposals can include one or more organisations eligible for EU funding, and should have an indicative funding between €15,000 and €100,000.
Project Coordinator: THALES Services SAS
Language of proposal: English.
Further information: www.planet-data.eu, alice.carpentier@sti2.at

CALL EXTENSION
For the competitive call of the ICT project PlanetData (see below), please note that the call deadline has now been extended to 16th February 2011, 17h00 Brussels time.

The ICT project PlanetData has vacancies in the consortium for partners having comprehensive research and technological expertise in the area of “Consuming Linked Data�.

Specific topics in the thematic area:

We solicit proposals for research projects with a focus on demonstration of developed technologies in a concrete application context making use of publically available Linked Data sets. Relevant topics include but are not limited to Web-scale data management, searching and querying, reasoning, Linked Sensor Data, quality assessment and data curation, analytics and mining, front-ends and visualisation, as well as business and incentives models for data-driven services and applications. Submissions should demonstrate the applicability of their research results with an application that consumes data from the open Web, ideally of societal value, including, but not limited to the following domains: public sector information and statistical data, bibliographic and media sector information, life sciences, Earth science and environmental data, geospatial data, as well as transportation and urban management.

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Identifier: POLYBRIGHT New Project Partner
Project: POLYBRIGHT
Acronym: POLYBRIGHT
Grant agreement number: 228725
Deadline: 25 January 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 01 March 2011 to 30 September 2013
Total EC funding available: Research and technology development: € 127 131 / Demonstration: € 324 000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.polybright.eu/competitive-call.html, alexander.olowinsky@ilt.fraunhofer.de

The POLYBRIGHT project started in October 2009 and is currently funded until 30 September 2013. At the current stage, we are looking for an industrial partner to join the consortium, in order to perform the following tasks:

  • Experiments and feedback on the new welding processes
  • Provision of industry specifications for product design with respect to joint geometry and appearance
  • Characterisation of materials undergone new laser welding process
  • Definition of design and setup of a prototype machine
  • Definition of industry quality assurance specifications
  • Definition and development of quality control system consisting of camera/sensor and closed-loop-control
  • Development and validation of a process-control-system according to defined specifications and requirements
  • Definition of prototype test set-up and performance
  • Welding test according to definitions and specifications with prototype
  • Validation of welding process and process control system
  • Evaluation of welded samples according to definitions and specifications (homologation)

Project: European consortium for systematic stem cell biology
Acronym: EUROSYSTEM
Grant agreement number: 200720
Research area: HEALTH-2007-2.1.2-3 Fundamental approaches to stem cell differentiation
Start Date: 01 March 2008
End Date: 29 February 2012
Contract Type: Large-scale integrating project
Project Status: Execution
Project Cost: € 15 820 000
Project Funding: € 12 000 000
Deadline: 3 December 2010
Further information: http://www.eurosystemproject.eu/news

The European Stem Cell Group is holding an extraordinary call for members.
This is an opportunity to join a unique community of leading stem cell researchers from across Europe.
We have a small number of places available for established and emerging researchers to join the Group and become Associate Principal Investigators with EuroSyStem.

Project: Development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health, product quality and performance in European organic and “low input� milk, meat and egg production
Acronym: LowInputBreeds
Grant agreement number: 222623
Instrument type: Large collaborative project
Deadline: 30 September 2012 12:00 (Bruxelles time)
Expected duration of participation: 1 November 2010 to 29 February 2012
Total EC funding available: € 90 000 (€ 30 000 for each partner)
Research costs: € 40 000 to € 60 000 (supported by EU funding of 75 - 50%)
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/, filippo.biscarini@agr.uni-goettingen.de

The project “Low Input Breeds�, currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the Euroepan Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation, requires the participation of 3 new project partners to carry out specific tasks within the project that will be further on described.

Summary of tasks:
The call is to recruit partners to collaborate in the dairy cattle sub-project (SP1, Improving “Low Input� dairy cattle) of the Low Input Breeds project. The main objective of this sub-project is to simulate the day by day operations in a dairy cattle herd. For the day by day operations in the herd, different sizes and types of operations within herds, i.e. breeding strategies, age structures and culling decisions have to be considered following probabilities of occurrence. The individual variability of a cow will be simulated for a multitude of traits (production, health, growth, type traits, fertility, survival, feed intake). Based on daily phenotypic values, input and output in terms of energy efficiency will be determined for different low input production systems.
Three additional ICPC (International Cooperation Partner Countries) partners from the Mediterranean, North Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East regions are being recruited to:

  1. support the project with substantial data of interest:
    • the main interest is in phenotypic data on beef traits of dairy cattle (weaning weight, growth rate, feed intake, etc …);
    • additionally, phenotypic test day data for dairy traits are considered;
    • any other available phenotypic data on dairy cattle;
    • corresponding pedigrees;
  2. provide detailed information related to breeding strategies (outline of the breeding program);
  3. provide detailed information about herd parameters (herd size, culling rates within herds, culling strategies).

The main decision for recruiting partners will be based on data quantity and data quality.

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Identifier: TOBI CALL FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PARTNER
Project: TOBI
Acronym: TOBI
Grant agreement number: 224631
Publication date: 31 January 2012
Deadline: 2 June 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: July 2010 to April 2014
Total EC funding available: up to € 480.000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.tobi-project.org/call-partner, nl.millan@hsantalucia.it

The project TOBI currently active in the Seventh Framework program of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for an industrial partner established in an EU Member State or Associated State, to perform the following tasks:

  1. Support the development of one or more Application and/or Research project areas, according to applicant experience.
  2. Actively participate in the development of TOBI industrial strategy to bring TOBI results in the field of BCI technology to the market.

Identifier: COSMIC-partner8
Project: Complementary Organic Semiconductor and Metal Integrated Circuits Project
Acronym: COSMIC
Grant agreement number: 247681
Deadline: 26 May 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2010 to December 2013
Total EC funding available: up to € 444 750
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.project-cosmic.eu, info@project-cosmic.eu

The deadline for submission of proposals to the COSMIC competitive call described below has now been extended to 26th May.

The project COSMIC currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for a partner established in an EU Member State or Associated State, and having comprehensive expertise in the research area of organic integrated circuits. The new partner's task is to demonstrate the project developments in an ambitious lead application for organic integrated circuits, e. g. a line driver circuit for QVGA displays (240 lines) or a comparable flexible organic circuit of similar complexity. The work includes specification, design, fabrication and characterisation of the integrated circuit, which must be based on p- and n-type organic semiconductors and has to be fabricated in the final stage on foil substrates.

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Project: EVIMalaR
Acronym: EVIMalaR
Grant agreement number: 242095
Publication date: 21 January 2010
Deadline: 15 March, 2010
Expected duration of participation: 60 months
Language of proposal: Preferably English
Further information: www.evimalar.org, evimalar.office@bio.gla.ac.uk

The European Virtual Institute of Malaria Research (EVIMmalaR), a joint research FP7 Network of Excellence, invites letters of Interest, from European and African scientific teams, to integrate malaria research directed towards a better understanding of the basic knowledge of the parasite, its vector and of the biology of the interactions between the parasite and both its mammalian host and vectors. The research interest of applicants shall be focussed on studies in the biology and pathology of the malaria parasite.

Identifier: haptimap_competitive_call
Project: HAPTIMAP
Acronym: HAPTIMAP
Grant agreement number: ICT-2007-224657
Deadline: 24 March 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2010 to August 2012
Total EC funding available: up to € EUR 200 000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.haptimap.org/competitive-call.html, HaptiMap-management@design.lth.se

The HAPTIMAP project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new commercial project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for up to two new commercial partners established in an EU Member State or Associated State to develop a map or location based service that uses haptic, audio and/or visual information for the interaction. An alternative would be to enhance an existing service. The expected spread and impact of the service is important: We want to strengthen the project by adding commercial applications/services that demonstrate the usefulness of our designs.


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