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TOPIC : Federated Cloud resource brokerage for mobile cloud services

Topic identifier: EUK-03-2016
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:

Cloud federation enables cloud providers to expand their business globally and easily adjust to unexpected increases in demand through dynamic resource brokerage. The dynamicity of mobile users and applications coupled with the advent of different devices and sensors make it difficult for the cloud provider to predict in advance the need for the cloud resources required to fulfil the application's requirements. Mobile cloud services require the support of very scalable cloud platforms in order to provide optimal services to mobile users especially for services and data hosted and executed across borders.

Advancements are needed in the area of Cloud Resource Brokerage that will provide effective utilization and optimization of heterogeneous resources (such as storage and communications) for mobile applications and services in federated cloud environments.


Research and Innovation Actions

The focus of the joint research will be the development of an innovative cloud resource brokerage platform where advanced Cloud technologies are supporting the unpredictable mobile application needs to address the challenges (i.e., heterogeneity, ultra- scalable resource provisioning & availability, computing offloading, code portability, data integrity, context-awareness, quality of service, etc.) stemming from different application domains in business and societal contexts. The technologies developed should take into account interoperability, and portability issues and aim towards future standardization. The technologies developed should be validated through relevant mobile applications requiring a federated Cloud environment, in which services and data can be hosted and executed efficiently across borders.

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 demonstrations based on cross-border business and/or societal applications of robust interoperable technologies for mobile applications on cloud platforms.
  • Concrete implementations of interoperable solutions for Cloud resource brokerage technologies that are candidates for standardisation.
  • Joint contributions to International Standardization and/or Forum activities.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

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 (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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