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TOPIC : IoT Pilots

Topic identifier: EUB-02-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
08 November 2016
Deadline: 14 March 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Updates
  • 12 January 2017 14:18

    As of 1st January 2017, Switzerland is associated to the entire H2020 programme. In consequence, it is now also associated to this topic. In a nutshell this means that Swiss partners in a proposal are now on an equal footing with partners from EU Member States or other Associated Countries. For the details, please read this note.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

In order to make use of the rich potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) in real-world scenarios, technologies and tools developed so far need to be demonstrated in controlled environments with the ultimate goal of validation. Given the specific nature of this Call, widely replicable pilots are targeted in view of solving specific societal challenges, in the context of EU-Brazil cooperation.

Given the considerable amount of work carried out on M2M/IoT and Cyber Physical Systems architectures (e.g. IoT-A), platforms (e.g. FIWARE, CRYSTAL, SOFIA) and standards (e.g. oneM2M) over the last few years, pilots are encouraged to exploit this previous work where applicable. The goal is to further demonstrate the generic applicability of these architectures, platforms and standards and to identify where standards are missing or should evolve, as well as relevant pre-normative activities.

Pilots aim at validating IoT approaches to specific socio-economic challenges in real-life settings. Pilots' objectives include user acceptability, technology assessment and optimisation, business model validation, approaches to sustainability and replicability. They should be implemented through close cooperation between users and suppliers with the active involvement of relevant stakeholders on the demand side.


Research and Innovation Actions

IoT finds applicability in a broad range of industry, business and public services scenarios. Specific focus will be on implementing pilots incorporating the whole value-chain, and involving all relevant stakeholders, in particular end-users. Where relevant, institutional involvement may be appropriate.

The joint call would support three pilots each addressing a distinct area among the following areas of interest for EU-Brazil collaboration:

  • Environmental monitoring

Environmental and carbon footprint –as well as energy and water consumption- can be drastically reduced by an optimised management both along and across value-chains.Sensors can be used to measure and monitor a series of distinct environmental variables. The data collected across different areas can in turn be used for data analytics and decision-making. A pilot combining a system approach to integrate a large number of sensors across a large set of variables will test the acceptability and scalability of the selected IoT platform and test how to optimise results and reduce costs, as well as validating standards and interoperability.

  • Utilities: smart water management

Smart water management can reduce leakages, optimise watering and irrigation and improve water consumption both in cities and for agricultural purposes.A pilot focusing on integrated solutions enabling real-time interconnection of heterogeneous sensors and actuators, geo-localisation and data fusion including data from meteorological forecast will test the acceptability and scalability of the selected IoT platform. High reliability and low maintenance costs are key parameters as well as the possibility to replicate the pilot in other locations.

  • Utilities: energy management at home and in buildings[1]

A group of IoT use cases in the area of the residential smart grid that involve the use of a home energy management system (HEMS) that would exploit automation and self-learning capabilities to monitor and steer local energy consumption (electricity and carbon fuels) and generation. This includes the better steering of HVAC units according to thermostats, weather forecasts, dynamic electricity pricing, and availability of (locally) generated renewable energy.

  • Smart assisted living and wellbeing

A group of IoT use cases which use intelligent devices (e.g. wearables, sensors, smartphones, and intelligent home appliances) to autonomously generate reports on an individual's physical activity, overall vital signs and well-being. It allows the use and sharing of generated data for personal use or report to specific services (e.g. doctors, nurses, dieticians and sport coaches) through connected devices. It also enables "smart assisted living": the remote follow-up of vulnerable people (children, elderly, hospital patients, etc.) and the automated notification of emergency services, family, etc. when necessary.

  • Smart manufacturing: customisation

A group of IoT use cases that enable the production of customised outputs. Such production systems combine the low unit costs of mass production processes with the flexibility of individual customisation. This includes:

  • Continuous Additive Manufacturing;
  • Flexible automation for robot manufacturing;
  • Robot systems for additive manufacturing;
  • Production of one-of-a-kind customer designs; and dynamic production systems and shop floors - mobile robot for efficient and flexible use in cleanrooms.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU up to EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately by three distinct projects. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Three projects in three different areas are expected.

Expected Impact:

Pilots should empower citizens, both in the public and private spheres, and businesses, as well as improve the associated public services where appropriate. Pilots are not only expected to validate technologies and architectures for a specific set of use cases requirements, but also the related business models to guarantee the sustainability of the approach. Security and privacy aspects relating to access to and processing of collected information need to be properly taken into consideration.

Improved sharing of information, approaches and solutions, as well as expertise through:

  • pilots on both sides and across the Atlantic, involving end-users.
  • establishing common benchmarks;
  • contributing to standardisation and to open-source and open-data repositories
  • linking with ongoing work in the IoT Focus Area.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation
Open Innovation

[1]Proposers interested in this area are also encouraged to read Topics EE7 and EE12 dealing with energy efficiency and LCE 1, LCE 2 and LCE 5 dealing with the distribution grid and storage under the Energy Work Programme.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    Additional admissibility criterion:

    - Participants in the EU collaborative projects are required to conclude a coordination agreement with the participants in the coordinated project funded by the RNP (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa - Brazilian National Research and Education Network). A draft of this agreement has to be provided with the proposal.

    Additional eligibility criteria:

    - Proposals submitted to this call which do not include coordination with a Brazilian proposal submitted to RNP for evaluation will be considered ineligible.
    - The proposed project duration shall not exceed 36 months.
    - Proposals will only be selected on the condition that their corresponding coordinated Brazilian project will be funded by the RNP.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    - Criterion 2 "Impact": additional evaluation sub-criterion: Standards are an important element in the field of international cooperation. Beyond access to additional research capability, international cooperation in the context of industrial research should have global consensus and standards as a main target. Contribution to the elaboration of new standards or adoption of standards through implementation of research results.

    - Criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation": additional evaluation sub-criterion: Balanced effort between the two coordinated projects and a research plan properly involving coordinated research activities between Europe and Brazil, that ensure a more genuine EU-Brazil cooperation and represent an added value to the activities.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

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

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

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

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

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

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

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Euratom Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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