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TOPIC : Prototyping new innovative services

Topic identifier: INFRAEOSC-02-2019
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
16 October 2018
Deadline: 29 January 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Develop an agile, fit-for-purpose and sustainable service offering accessible through the EOSC hub that can satisfy the evolving needs of the scientific community by stimulating the design and prototyping of novel innovative digital services. Innovative models of collaboration that genuinely include incentive mechanisms for a user oriented open science approach should be considered.


Research and Innovation Actions that target gaps in the service offering of the EOSC hub and develop innovative services that address relevant aspects of the research data cycle (from inception to publication, curation, preservation and reuse), for example allowing implementation of new scientific data-related developments and intelligent linking and discovering of all research artefacts.

Whereas initially the new services would have to respond to specific needs of particular scientific communities by the end of the project they should be leveraged to foster interdisciplinary research, serving a wider remit of research needs, as well as new users like industry and the public sector. Scalability of the new solution should be tested by user communities from different disciplines during the project lifetime. These services should be based on systems and technologies that have reached TRL 6 before the start of the project and will be brought to at least TRL 8 by the end of the project. Proposals should demonstrate how the resulting services complement, enrich and could potentially be integrated into the EOSC hub. Proposals retained for funding under this topic should take due consideration of any accessibility requirements set under the projects funded under EINFRA-12-2017 topic that may be available at the time the call will be open, in view of their integration into the mainstream services of the EOSC hub.

Consortia are encouraged to include SMEs that are willing to develop or contribute to the development of new innovative interdisciplinary services with a view of future integration in the EOSC hub.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 5 and 6 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

  • Integrating co-design into research and development of new services to better support scientific, industrial and societal applications benefiting from a strong user orientation;
  • Supporting the objectives of Open Science by improving access to content and resources, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • Fostering the innovation potential by opening up the EOSC ecosystem of e-infrastructure service providers to new innovative actors.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Science

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
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 Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.


Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.


3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme. 
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

For the criterion Excellence the third and fourth sub-criteria are substituted by:

  • The extent to which the proposed work is beyond the state of the art, builds on technologies at TRL 6 or above, and demonstrates innovation potential (e.g. ground-breaking objectives, novel concepts and approaches, new products, services or business and organisational models).
  • Appropriate consideration of interdisciplinary approaches and use of stakeholder knowledge to enrich the existing EOSC service offering

For the criterion Impact the second and third sub-criteria are substituted by:

  • Potential to enhance capacity for innovation and production of new knowledge.
  • Quality of the proposed measures to: Exploit the project results (including IPR), and more specifically ensure the integration of services in the EOSC for the benefit of a broader set of user communities; Enhance EOSC's potential to support multidisciplinary research; Manage research data where relevant; Effectively disseminate and communicate the project activities and results to appropriate target audiences.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

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


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

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template will be available in the submission system.
Specific self-evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

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

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
4. Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) WP 2018-20
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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. 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.


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Topic Prototyping new innovative services - INFRAEOSC-02-2019
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