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TOPIC : CSA-for-Lighthouse Initiative Industry4.E

Topic identifier: ECSEL-2018-3-CSA-Industry4E
Publication date: 05 April 2018

Types of action: ECSEL-CSA ECSEL Coordination & Support action
Opening date:
05 April 2018
Deadline: 24 May 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

In December 2016, the ECSEL JU Governing Board adopted, with the Lighthouse Initiative Industry4.E, an important effort in the field of the Digitalisation of the European Industry. It was accompanied by a first project Productive4.0 and by the setting up of a LIASE (Lighthouse initiative Advisory Service). The present call is for a Coordination and Support Action to support the Lighthouse Initiative in establishing the Lighthouse and its coordination with amongst other national activities in the field.


Proposals should aim at coordinating the relevant stakeholders, project consortia, as well as policy makers, in full collaboration with the LIASE, addressing all of the following:

  • Establish a communication platform for all stakeholders;
  • Promote the objectives of the Lighthouse Initiative;
  • Facilitate connections between the stakeholders;
  • Help shaping the Lighthouse Initiative during and beyond H2020;
  • Organize outreach events;
  • Facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders;
  • Help the networking of respective national and international activities in the field.

It is expected that such an activity is driven by a consortium led by organisations that are active in the field and have experience in coordination and support activities in the context of ECS (electronic components and systems)

Expected Impact:

The following impacts are expected to be addressed:

  • A goal-driven, federated effort towards a challenging industrial vision to generate European industrial leadership in Industry digitalisation, and a strong potential for longer term technological innovation and economic exploitation.
  • Involvement and commitment from key stakeholders.
  • Increased transnational collaboration between the relevant European initiatives in the field.
  • Spreading of excellence on digitalisation of industry across Europe.
  • Increased awareness of European activities in this field.
Topic conditions and documents

Applicants are invited to carefully read all the provisions below before preparing and submitting their proposals

1.   Eligible countries: described in Annex 1 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018.

2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex 1 and Annex 7 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018.

CAUTION: The proposals must include a draft plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results!

      Proposal page limits and layout:

      Chapter on "excellence" - 60 pages
      Chapter on "impact" - 60 pages
      Chapter on "implementation" - 60 pages
      For the layout requirements, please, refer to Part B (Technical Annex) of the ECSEL proposal template for the CSA Actions in the submission system below.

3.   Evaluation:

4.   Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreement:
      Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
      Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

5.   Proposal templates and model grant agreements (MGA):

      The Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below. They include the following: 

      Part A -  will be filled directly in the submission tool (web-based application)

      Part B -Technical Annex Template. For the applicants convenience a model of the Part B is provided in the "Additional Documents" section below (this is for information only, cannot be edited)

      ECSEL JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
      H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

6.   Additional requirements:

      Additional Call Requirements apply to this call and are provided in the specific document in the "Additional Documents" section below.
     Classified information - described in Annex 1 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7.   Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the H2020 main Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

8.   Additional documents


ECSEL PAB Decision on ECSEL Calls 2018

ECSEL JU – Regulation of establishment

H2020 Regulation of Establishment

H2020 Rules for Participation

H2020 Specific Programme

Submission Service

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