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TOPIC : Smart System Integration

Topic identifier: ICT-02-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
IA Innovation action
CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 23 April 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific Challenge: The aims are to develop thenext generations of smart systems technologies and solutions, based on systemic miniaturisation and integration, of heterogeneous technologies, functions and materials, and to establish European competitive ecosystems for the design, R&D, prototyping and testing, manufacturing and industrialisation of smaller, smarter (predictive, reactive and cognitive) and energy autonomous Smart Systems. These ecosystems will provide services for cost efficient access to European manufacturing capabilities and expertise, including training, design and pilot line production and testing, in particular for new users of Smart Systems.

This specific challenge contributes to the strategy of micro and nano electronics KET in the area of More than Moore and complements the activities of topic ICT25. 

Scope: The focus is on:

a.      Research & Innovation Actions for one or both of the following:

         To advance the state of the art of heterogeneous integration of micro and nanotechnologies (nanoelectronics, micro- electro-mechanic, magnetic, photonic, micro-fluidic, electrochemical, acoustic, bio/chemical principles and microwave technologies)into smart systems.

Work will be driven by industrial requirements and specifically target multi-disciplinary R&D in the following areas:

-       Miniaturised systems based on high density 3-dimensional heterogeneous integration.

-       Autonomous deployable smart systems that include efficient energy management (Zero Power technologies) and energy harvesting from their operating environment,

-       Advanced Smart systems with multi-functional properties, including sensing, storing, processing, actuation and ultra-wideband communication.

Actions may address performance, design and testing, but the focus will be on the integration into systems, including manufacturability and packaging.

         Research and development of application specific smart systems. Work will be driven by users-requirements and will target concrete solutions. It will exploit the convergence of key enabling technologies, focusing on the synergies between micro-nanoelectronics and biotechnologies.

Work should develop along the full value chain and include validation of results in realistic environments and business cases. Relevant industrial supplier(s) in the addressed application(s) must be included in the consortium. Actions should include tests, end-of life and recyclability issues.

b.      Innovation Actions target access services for academia, research institutes and SMEs to   accelerate the deployment of smart systems and enable the access to design and manufacturing capabilities for prototyping, early validation and first production. Assessment for technology suppliers in smart systems will target the evaluation of equipment, processes and building blocks with potential customers.

c.       Pre-commercial procurement action will focus on enabling the take-up and deployment of  lab on chip based technology developments for in-vitro diagnosis.

d.      Coordination and Support Actions

         Networking and collaboration among and with clusters in smart system integration in order to promote, create awareness and establish roadmaps.

         Surveying and coordinating the consideration of societal issues and users' requirements across the projects.

         Training activities or organisation of conferences in the area of smart systems integration.

Actions should ensure close synergies with national/regional R&D activities when relevant.

Expected impact:

a.      Research & Innovation  Actions

         Increased integration and combination of new functionalities at micro- and nano scale, with decreased size (x10), decreased costs (x10), increased predictive and cognitive functions and increased autonomy with energy management and scavenging,

         Secured and reinforced European leadership in the microsystem sector,  expanding its share in smart systems for medical, telecom, consumer, safety and security, energy and transport applications,

         Seized new opportunities in addressing societal challenges, e.g. in health, well-being, environment and food/beverage quality and safety.

b.      Innovation Actions

         Wider adoption of miniaturised smart systems in innovative and sustainable products meeting industrial and end-users needs in a broad range of applications and sectors.

         Overcoming the "valley of death" in bioelectronics by building the full innovation chain, and best practices in validation, regulation and market exploitation. 

c.       Pre-commercial procurement action

         Increased awareness, access and adoption of innovative solutions by European public procurers in healthcare.

d.      Coordination and Support Actions

         More coordinated R&I activities in smart systems integration in Europe; increase awareness, education and training skills.

Types of action:

a.       Research & Innovation Actions – A mix of proposals requesting Small and Large contributions are expected

b.      Innovation Actions – A mix of proposals requesting Small and Large contributions are expected

c.       Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund actions  – Proposals requesting a Small contribution are expected

d.      Coordination and Support Actions

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Innovation Procurement

Topic conditions and documents

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

To see the budget earmarked for this topic, please look at the call budget distribution table by topic in the workprogramme.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme 
  3. Evaluation

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

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. 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
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

    Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

    Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
    Specific requirements for innovation procurement supported by Horizon 2020 grants (PCP, PPI)
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

  8. 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.
  9. Additional information on this topic

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Additional documents

  • Call Flash Info en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5i. Information and communication technologies (ICT) en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en

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