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TOPIC : IoT joint research

Topic identifier: EUK-02-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
20 October 2015
Deadline: 19 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Over the last year, IoT has moved from being a futuristic vision to an increasing market reality. The Internet of Things is also considered to be a game changer in terms of the digital representation of the real-world (more precise and correlated data from real events and occurrences) and new ways of collaboration and exchange. An important action is now to stimulate the creation of IoT ecosystems, integrating the future generations of applications, devices, embedded systems and network technologies and other evolving ICT advances, based on open platforms and standardised identifiers, protocols and architectures.

The biggest challenge will be to overcome the fragmentation of vertically-oriented closed systems, architectures and application areas and move towards open systems and platforms that support federation of multiple applications at global scale.


Research and Innovation Actions

The scope is to create harmonised IoT architectures and reference implementations, integrating future generations of devices, embedded systems and network technologies and other evolving ICT advances. These environments support citizen and businesses for a multiplicity of novel applications. They address the issue of security and privacy mechanisms for devices, architectures, service and network platforms, including characteristics such as openness, dynamic expandability, interoperability, dependability, cognitive capabilities and distributed decision making, cost and energy-efficiency, ergonomic and user-friendliness. In the context of EU-Korea cooperation, the focus is on federation and interoperability of IoT platforms. It covers the integration of existing approaches and development of common IoT Reference Architectures towards joint IoT infrastructure reference implementation models and IoT standardisation, taking into account smart and semi-autonomous objects and issues of semantic interoperability.

Prototype installations shall be linked to pilots in the area of smart city, health care or smart service with smart factory and smart logistics. Proposed solutions should be experimented and tested through a federation of existing IoT testbeds.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Credible cross-regional demonstrations of support societal and business applications through interoperable frameworks ensuring application and service portability;
  • Interoperability across different IoT architectures models and IoT infrastructures towards complex IoT application scenarios;
  • Joint contributions to International Standardization and/or Forum activities, and community building.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

Topic conditions and documents

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  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan). 

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

    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 MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) or IITP (Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion). A final 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 South Korean proposal submitted to MSIP or IITP for evaluation will be considered ineligible.
    - The proposed project duration shall not exceed 24 months.
    - The Korean authorities can consider non-eligible proposals with participation of partners from third countries (countries other than South Korea, EU and Associated states). Consultation to MSIP or IITP representatives is highly advisable before submitting proposals involving third country organisations.
    - Proposals will only be selected on the condition that their corresponding coordinated South Korean project will be funded by MSIP or IITP.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme 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 South Korea, that ensure a more genuine EU-South Korea 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
    Specific proposal templates
    Specific evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

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

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


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