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Call title: 2nd 5GINFIRE Open Call "Innovative experiments"
Full name of the EU funded project: Evolving FIRE into a 5G-Oriented Experimental Playground for Vertical Industries
Project acronym: 5GINFIRE
Grant agreement number: 732497
Call publication date: 4 October 2018
Call deadline: 18 December 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 6 months
Total EU funding available: €450 000
Submission & evaluation process: Submissions must be done by using the proposal templates and through the dedicated submission tool – available on the project website. Evaluations will be done by at least two independent experts. The conclusion on the proposals and ranking will be done at experts' consensus meetings.
Project website: https://5ginfire.eu/
E-mail: Halid Hrasnica (hrasnica@eurescom.eu) or contact@5GinFIRE.eu

Additional information

The main technical objective of 5GinFIRE is to build and operate an open and extensible 5G NFV-based reference (Open5G-NFV) ecosystem of experimental facilities that not only integrates existing FIRE facilities with new vertical-specific ones, but also lays down the foundations for instantiating fully softwarised architectures of vertical industries and experimenting with them. The initial instantiation of the Open5G-NFV ecosystem was targeted to the automotive vertical industry requirements, addressed across state-of-the-art 5G infrastructures. However, it is as generic as possible in order to host other verticals applications.

In alignment with the overall project objectives 5GINFIRE is organising a competitive open call targeting external organisations, including industry, SMEs, research institutions, and academia, interested in performing experiments on the top of the infrastructure provided by 5GinFIRE. This 5GinFIRE open call invites experimenters to use the 5GINFIRE experimental facilities, taking advantage of the provided testbed features such as SDN, NFV and VxFs to test vertical applications.

Project full name: Towards smarter means of production in European manufacturing SMEs through the use of the Internet of Things technologies
Project acronym: IoT4Industry
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-01-2017-twoStage
Call title: Application of IoT Technologies in the Manufacturing Environment
Grant agreement number: 777455
Publication date: 20 September 2018
Deadline: 20 December 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Indicative budget for the call: €1 875 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €120 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://www.iot4industry.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://iot4industry-innovation-vouchers.fundingbox.com/

Additional information

IoT4Industry is a 30 months project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. This project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (sensors, chips, electronics component, communication networks, cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, digital security, etc.) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, industrial processes, factories environment, supply chain integration, intra logistics & logistics 4.0 product life cycle, smart packaging, etc. It will achieve this goal through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The call is focused on the application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment. It will finance small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs, consisting of the integration and the use of IoT technologies (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security) into machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes, and factories environments.

The call asks for projects which shall gather at least one entity representing the "IoT" side (technology offer) AND another entity representing the industry side (demand) which could be a machine or tool manufacturer or a factory. At least one of these entities shall be a European SME.

Projects are expected to be innovative, i.e. going beyond the state-of-the art in terms of technologies used and use cases addressed.

A clear industrial application is expected involving a final customer / end user.

Project acronym: DIATOMIC
Project full name: Digital Innovation Hubs boosting European Microelectronics Industry
Project grant agreement number: 761809
Call title: DIATOMIC 2nd Open Call
Deadline: 31 January 2019, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of sub-projects: 9-15 months
DIATOMIC funding for Open Call #2: €1 610 000
Funding & budget: The budget per experiment may vary from €70 000 to €200 000. The total funding of the non-industry and/or non-profit partners (if any) cannot exceed the 40% of the entire experiment budget. Each partner can receive funding in the range €20 000-€100 000.
Applicants & consortium eligibility: The call is open to small consortia (2 to 3 partners) from the EU and H2020 associated countries:

  • Technology providers in the areas of advanced microelectronics & smart systems integration, namely: tech SMEs and research/ non-industry legal entities (i.e. research centres, academia, Competence Centers);
  • Technology adopters/ users: SMEs (or mid-caps) active in health, agrifood, and/or manufacturing (Industry 4.0);

Note: digitalisation of non-tech SMEs is in the focus of DIATOMIC.
Submission details: Full proposals (only in English) should be submitted via F6S
Web address for further information: https://diatomic.eu/

Additional information:

DIATOMIC is an exclusive network of Digital Innovation Hubs—funded under the EC's Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

It is a pan-European business and technology ecosystem, with focus on health, agrifood, and manufacturing sectors, uniquely suited to microelectronics startups/SMEs seeking to accelerate the time to market of novel digitised products and services.

DIATOMIC offers an intensive, milestone-driven acceleration programme, designed around 3-stages, each of which is a step closer to market entry: 'Design', 'Develop', 'Market'.

Some high-level benefits include up to €200 000 in equity-free funding per application experiment, access to advanced technological tools and testbeds, as well as mentoring/networking services to speed up time-to-market of novel products and services based on advanced microelectronics technologies and smart systems integration.

Project acronym: TETRAMAX
Project full name: TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments
Project grant agreement number: 761349
Call identifier: TETRAMAX-BILATERAL-TTX-2
Call title: 2nd open call for Bilateral Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
Publication Date: 31 October 2018
Deadline: 31 January 2019, 23:59 (CET)
Expected TTX duration: Between 6-12 months
Expected TTX start and end date: At the first day of the selected TTX starting month. Any date prior to 1 May 2019 is not possible. The TTX has to end by July 2020 at the latest.
Total financial support per TTX / TTX partner organisation: Financial support per TTX is between €20 000 and €50 000 maximum (for two partner organisations). On average, financial support of €35 000 per TTX is anticipated. Organisations involved in a TTX need to make sure that they have not received more than €100 000 via open calls (Financial Support to Third Parties/cascading funding) during the entire H2020 ICT programme.
Number and type of partner organisations involved in the TTX: One academic and one industry partner from two different EU countries or associated countries; in justified cases, both partners can be SMEs.
Submission language: English
Project web address: https://www.tetramax.eu
Full open call information: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/
TTX online proposal submission platform: http://tetramax.fundingbox.com/apply
Request for more information: opencalls@tetramax.eu

Additional information:

Today's European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalisation era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organising and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded "application experiments" connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customised Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Competence Center Network (CCN) on CLEC will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing the opportunities for technology transfers. In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

TETRAMAX is one of the new initiatives established under the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative which seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries.

Coordinator: Prof. Rainer Leupers, RWTH Aachen/DE, leupers@ice.rwth-aachen.de

Goal of a bilateral TTX

During a bilateral TTX, one academic partner (publicly funded, university or research institution) based in an EU member state or associated country transfers a particular novel HW or SW technology in the domain of CLEC for CPS and IoT to a receiving industry partner (privately funded, preferably an SME or mid-cap) from a different EU member state or associated country. In justified cases, both partners can be SMEs, which means that one SME partner is the technology provider and the other SME partner is the technology receiver.

The receiving partner adopts and deploys this technology to enable improved products or processes (e.g. by gains concerning product cost, performance, or power consumption). Thereby, the technology receiver will achieve innovation and measurable impact, e.g. in terms of increased revenue or newly created jobs.

Details on the open call including the Guide for Applicants and the online proposal submission platform can be found at https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/

Project full name: Boosting Innovative Digitech Value Chains for agrofood, forestry and environment
Project acronym: DIVA
Call identifier: DIVA 1st open call
Call title: Call for maturation, demonstration and internationalisation projects
Grant agreement number: 777890
Publication date: 30 November 2018
Deadline: 1 February 2019, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 18 months max
Indicative budget for the call: €1 350 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://www.projectdiva.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.projectdiva.eu/funding-calls/
E-mail: contact@diva.eu

The DIVA Open Call is supported by DIVA project (Boosting innovative DIgitech Value chains for Agrofood, forestry and environment), funded by Horizon 2020 program, under Grant Agreement 777890.

In the wake of the Digitising Europe Industry initiative, the DIVA project aims to provide support to the emergence and development of new industrial digital-based value chains with applications to the Agrifood, Forestry and Environment sectors. The DIVA project seeks for cross-sectoral projects between the digital industries with technologies such as marketplaces, big data, cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, IoT, digital/electronic/photonic components, etc., and other emerging industries such as creative, logistics, experience industries, new packagings applied to the Agrifood, Forestry and Environment sectors, etc. These new technologies bring new perspectives, either to fulfil existing needs from application sectors or to create and develop new services and products.

DIVA Open Calls aim at funding innovative projects led by SMEs in order to accelerate new ideas along the innovation chain, from the emergence of new concepts, products or services up to the demonstration and the internationalisation stages.

Project acronym: NGI0 PET
Project full name: NGI Zero PET
Project grant agreement number: 825310
Call identifier: 2019-02
Deadline: 1 February 2019
Expected duration of participation: 1-18 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €50 000
Submission language: English
Complete overview of the call text and proposal guidelines: https://nlnet.nl/PET/
Email address for further information: ngi0-PET@nlnet.nl More information about Next Generation Internet: https://ngi.eu/

Additional information:

NGI0 PET, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825310, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve the objectives of the Next Generation Internet initiative and to contribute to a resilient, trustworthy and sustainably open internet.

The following types of activities qualify for financial support, provided they are cost-effective and have a clear link to the topics directly relevant to NGI0 PET - privacy and trust enhancing technologies - and the objectives set out in the call:

  • scientific research
  • design and development of open source software and open hardware
  • validation or constructive inquiry into existing or novel technical solutions
  • software engineering aimed at adapting to new usage areas or improving software quality
  • formal security proofs, security audits, setup and design of software testing and continuous integration
  • documentation for researchers, developers and end users
  • standardisation activities, including membership fees of standards bodies
  • understanding user requirements and improving usability/inclusive design
  • necessary measures in support of (broad)er deployability, e.g. packaging
  • participation in technical, developer and community events like hackathons, IETF, W3C, RIPE meetings, FOSDEM, etc. (admission fee, travel and subsistence costs)
  • other activities that are relevant to adhering to robust software development and deployment practices
  • project management
  • out-of-pocket costs for infrastructure essential to achieving the above

Project proposals should be in line with the NGI vision and the topic of privacy and trust enhancing technologies. They should have research and development as their primary objective, and should be complete and concise (no longer than two pages for the main application). Proposals should have a clear European dimension.

Project acronym: NGI0 Discovery
Project full name: NGI Zero Discovery
Project grant agreement number: 825322
Call identifier: 2019-02
Deadline: 1 February 2019
Expected duration of participation: 1-18 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €50 000
Submission language: English
Complete overview of the call text and proposal guidelines: https://nlnet.nl/discovery/
Email address for further information: NGI0-Discovery@nlnet.nl More information about Next Generation Internet: https://ngi.eu/

Additional information:

NGI0 Discovery, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825322, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve the objectives of the Next Generation Internet initiative and to contribute to a resilient, trustworthy and sustainably open internet.

The following types of activities qualify for financial support, provided they are cost effective and have a clear link to the topics directly relevant to NGI0 Discovery - technologies related to search and discovery - and the objectives set out in the call

  • scientific research
  • design and development of open source software and open hardware
  • validation or constructive inquiry into existing or novel technical solutions
  • software engineering aimed at adapting to new usage areas or improving software quality
  • formal security proofs, security audits, setup and design of software testing and continuous integration
  • documentation for researchers, developers and end users
  • standardisation activities, including membership fees of standards bodies
  • understanding user requirements and improving usability/inclusive design
  • necessary measures in support of (broad)er deployability, e.g. packaging
  • participation in technical, developer and community events like hackathons, IETF, W3C, RIPE meetings, FOSDEM, etc. (admission fee, travel and subsistence costs)
  • other activities that are relevant to adhering to robust software development and deployment practices
  • project management
  • out-of-pocket costs for infrastructure essential to achieving the above

Project proposals should be in line with the NGI vision and the topic (search and discovery). They should have research and development as their primary objective, and should be complete and concise (no longer than two pages for the main application). Proposals should have a clear European dimension.

Call title: First Call for catalyst funding
Full name of the EU funded project: Engage - The SESAR Knowledge Transfer Network
Project acronym: Engage KTN
Grant agreement number: 783287
Publication Date: 15 November 2018
Deadline: 15 February 2019, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Indicative budget for the Call: €480 000 (catalyst funding will support focused projects; the total catalyst funding budget of €960 000 is being split between two Calls; the second Call is expected to open in 2020 with the remainder of the catalyst funding budget)
Maximum funding per catalyst project: €60 000
Maximum funding per Third Party: €60 000
Eligibility rules: Project proposals may be submitted by a single entity, or a consortium of between two and four entities. Consortia can include partners from the same country, as well as partners from different countries. The same eligibility conditions apply to this Call as for the original call for proposals leading to the award of the Engage KTN (see first Call for catalyst funding document). Funding through this Call will be made available as 'financial support to third parties' and complies with Article 15 of the Engage KTN Grant Agreement.
Submission & evaluation process: For full details and submission instructions, refer to the Call document on the Engage KTN website
Further information: EngageKTN-coordinator@westminster.ac.uk / www.engagektn.com

Call title: 2nd Open Call access to the Cross4Health Acceleration Programme
Project full name: Collaboration among Aerospace, Energy, Creative industries and biotechnology, ICT and Medical Devices sectors in generating innovative solutions, business models and workflows that enhance patient-centred care
Project acronym: Cross4Health
Grant agreement number: 731391
Publication date: 16 November 2018
Deadline: 18 February 2019 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 9 months
Total EU funding available for new partners: €55 000/company
Submission language: English
Submission and further information (to come): https://www.cross4health.eu/2ndOpenCall.html

Additional information:

The 2nd Cross4Health Open Call will remain open from the 16th of November 2018 until the 18th of February 2019 at 17:00, CET (Central European Time).

Cross4Health 2nd Open Call is seeking project proposals looking into technology and know-how from the Aerospace, Energy, Creative Industries, Biotechnology, ICT, and Medical devices sectors for the generation of innovative solutions for Healthcare.

All applications must address one of the Challenges proposed for this specific Open Call, which can be found in section 4 in the call document.

By applying to the 2nd Cross4Health Open Call, you will compete to get engaged in the 2nd Cross4Health Acceleration Programme, where up to 40 SMEs will obtain innovation support worth up to €55 000 each. There can be more than one SME per project, but only two SMEs can receive the direct cash support (total innovation support including the direct cash funding and consortium services is limited to max €110 000 per project) and distributed as follows:

  • €25 000 in Direct Cash Funding per SME partner (more information in section 9).
  • Up to €30 000 per SME partner in Innovation Services: conceived as a seamless service package, including services provided by Consortium Partners and external providers (Innovation Vouchers), a unique value proposition for the selected projects and assigned as follows:
    • Up to €15 000 per SME partner in Innovation Vouchers to be used in services provided by external providers validated by Consortium.
    • Up to €15 000 per SME partner in additional services provided by Consortium Partners.

Call title: COVR Award, 1st call
Project full name: COVR - Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces
Project acronym: COVR
Grant agreement number: 779966
Publication date: 15 November 2018
Deadline: 28 February 2019 at 23:59 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: Up to 9 months
Total EU funding available: Indicative budget for the call is €1 800 000
Submission & evaluation process: Selection of FSTP beneficiaries will be disclosed on 19 April 2019
Further information: http://safearoundrobots.com/

Task description

There are multiple possible tasks to be completed through a COVR Award. This could be to test and measure safe limits for a collaborative robot. Develop new collaborative robot technology or develop novel testing protocols and methods for validating cobot safety.

Project acronym: FED4SAE
Project full name: Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative
Project grant agreement number: 761708
Call identifier: FED4SAE03 call
Opening Date: 4 December 2018
Deadline: 5 March 2019, 17:00 (CET)
Call acceptance: 25 April 2019
Submission language: English
Web page (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): www.fed4sae.eu
E-mail address (information): info@fed4sae.eu

Additional information

Through the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative, the European Commission is helping digitise European industry. FED4SAE is part of this strategy, targeting a large network of 'small' companies (startups, small/medium enterprises and midcaps), including both technology specialists and low-tech companies.

We are looking for companies that want to:

  • Develop novel and innovative smart solutions to take a leading position in their target markets.
  • Use the most advanced technologies and industrialised solutions to link the physical world with the virtual world in combining hardware and software expertise.
  • Gain premium access to resources, competencies and reduce development time.
  • Enter into a unique European ecosystem gathering leading industrial companies, world-class research organisations, innovation accelerators and private investors.

To do this, FED4SAE offers companies:

  • Product support via industrial platforms - existing products provided by market leaders (AVL, Intel, ST and Thales) - in the domain of cyber-physical and embedded systems that can bring the innovation to a state of maturity.
  • Technical expertise via advanced platforms by RTOs (BME, CSEM, Digital Catapult, Fraunhofer IISB, fortiss, KTH, Unican) - either innovative technical solutions or testbeds - which will add value to the product.
  • Innovation management - focusing on business - to help your innovation get to the market via the FED4SAE and the Smart Anything Everywhere ecosystem.
  • Up to €58 000 in funding - representing 70% of the declared budget in your proposal.

FED4SAE welcomes proposals addressing one of our focus areas (described below) or any other smart application domain (mobility, city, health & well-being, industry, agriculture, food, etc.). They shall be pan-European, allowing awarded companies to collaborate cross-border with the providers of our industrial and advanced platforms. FED4SAE is already supporting 16 projects with SMEs coming from all over Europe and is looking forward to granting 15 additional experiments.

If you have a promising idea for an innovative solution, we will help you get it to market – do not miss this opportunity and apply to our open call to develop your innovative solution! Register in our portal and contact one of our networking partners now who will be pleased to help you in submitting your proposal and finding the right industrial platforms, advanced technologies or testbeds that best suit your needs!

Important guidance on our process, rules and the offered technologies and platforms can be found on our website www.FED4SAE.eu and in our Guide for Applicants.

Through our open calls, FED4SAE provides a unique marketplace organized as a one-stop-shop with access to leading edge industrial platforms along with access to several advanced technologies and testbeds as well as support through expertise, know-how, coaching, design support and tech transfer from our partners.

FED4SAE welcomes proposals addressing any smart application domain (mobility, city, health & well-being, industry, agriculture, food, etc.) involving both advanced and industrial platforms. Additionally, in the 3rd open call FED4SAE is introducing three dedicated focus areas to encourage the development of CPS and embedded systems solution in fields presenting growth opportunities in Europe and to support highly innovative experimentation:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Software-Oriented projects
  • Smart Cities and Smart Infrastructure projects
  • Smart Sensor projects

In order to cover the envisaged range of topics in the supported Application Experiments, an accompanying indicative percentage of selected experiments per focus area is given below. The FED4SAE consortium keeps the right to modify the final distribution, so that priority will be given to the best proposals in the areas of CPS and embedded systems in the targeted focus areas and domains.

FED4SAE offers several different leading edge industrial platforms:

  • TIME4SYS from Thales
  • Integrated and Open Development Platform from AVL
  • WeSu platform and ODE-STM32 Nucleo Expansion Boards from STMicroelectronics Italy
  • Neural Compute Stick from Intel – Computer Vision at the edge
  • Compute Card from Intel – a credit card sized computer
  • STM32F platform from STMicroelectronics France

Application Experiments can run from 9 to 12 months, but in any case have to be completed by 31 August 2020. The expected outcome of our Application Experiments is a demonstrator prototype with high technology readiness level (TRL). The prototype may also be used as a first generation product.

Interested European startups, SMEs and mid-Caps are encouraged to review details of our platforms, technologies and testbeds on www.FED4SAE.eu and contact our project members to find out more:

  • CEA Leti (France)
  • Intel Research and Development Ireland (Ireland)
  • STMicroelectronics SRL (Italy)
  • STMicroelectronics Grenoble (France)
  • Thales SA (France)
  • AVL List GmbH (Austria)
  • Digital Catapult (UK)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
  • fortiss (Germany)
  • CSEM (Switzerland)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) (Hungary)
  • University of Cantabria (UNICAN) (Spain)
  • Blumorpho SAS (France)
Focus Area: Artificial Intelligence and Software-Oriented projects
Indicative percentage of selected Experiments: 40 – 50%

FED4SAE's Artificial Intelligence and Software oriented projects are can rely on the industrial platforms

  • Integrated and Open Development Platform (IODP) by AVL
  • TIME4SYS by Thales

in conjunction with extensive coaching for these platforms.

Alternatively, they can use any of our industrial platforms (including TIME4SYS and IODP) in combination with the advanced technologies

  • Neural Network Dependability Kit or Eclipse 4Diac by fortiss
  • AIDE by KTH
Focus Area: Smart Cities and Smart Infrastructure projects
Indicative percentage of selected Experiments: 30 – 40%

FED4SAE's Smart Cities and Infrastructure projects are relying on a combination of one of our industrial platforms with the testbeds

  • Low Power Wide Area Network based CPS solutions Testbed (Lorawan LPWAN) by DigiCat
  • CPS Massive urban infrastructure in technology and service assessment testbed (Smart City) by Unican
  • Research Concept Vehicle - An Open Platform for Sustainable Transportation R&D (RCV) by KTH
  • Smart Home, Health and Transportation Testbed (PTL) by CEA
Focus Area: Smart Sensor projects
Indicative percentage of selected Experiments: 20 – 30%

FED4SAE's Smart Sensor projects are relying on a combination of one of our industrial platforms with the advanced technologies or testbeds

  • Gas Sensor Testbed, Corrosive Gases Testbed, Energy Electronics Testbed, π-Fab infrastructure from Fraunhofer IISB
  • Reliability Testbed by BME
  • Sensinact Middleware, Sigma Fusion or LINC Middleware by CEA
  • Localization Solver, Vision in a Package, WiseNET, WiseDEP and WiseMAC, Advanced nanotechnology for chemical sensing, Advanced manufacturing/packaging by CSEM

Project acronym: TETRAMAX
Project full name: TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments
Project grant agreement number: 761349
Call identifier: TETRAMAX-VALUECHAIN-TTX-2
Call title: 2nd open call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
Publication Date: 12 December 2018
Deadline: 31 March 2019, 23:59 (CET)
Expected TTX duration: Between 12-18 months
Expected TTX start and end date: At the first day of the following month after entry into force of the TTX funding agreement. Any date prior to 1 July 2019 is not possible. The TTX has to end by February 2021 at the latest.
Total financial support per TTX: Financial support per TTX is between €50 000 and €100 000 maximum (for 3+ partner organisations); on average, €70 000 per TTX is anticipated.
Total financial support per TTX partner organisation: Maximum possible funding per TTX partner: €60 000. Organisations involved in a TTX need to make sure that they have not received more than €100 000 via open calls (Financial Support to Third Parties/cascading funding) during the entire H2020 ICT programme.
Number and type of partner organisations involved in the TTX: Three or more partners (in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed) from at least two different EU member states or associated countries; partners must be legal entities, such as universities, research organisations, SMEs and mid-caps, other companies.
Submission language: English
Project web address: https://www.tetramax.eu
Full open call information: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/
TTX online proposal submission platform: http://tetramax.fundingbox.com/apply
Request for more information: Prof. Rainer Leupers, RWTH Aachen University/DE: leupers@ice.rwth-aachen.de

Additional information:

Today's European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalisation era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organising and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded "application experiments" connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customized Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Competence Center Network (CCN) on CLEC will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing the opportunities for technology transfers. In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

TETRAMAX is one of the new initiatives established under the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative which seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries.

Goal of a Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary TTX

The TTX consortium consists of three or more partners (in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed) representing a value chain from research over initial product innovation towards a wider market penetration. The TTX partners must be based in at least two different EU member states or associated countries. This TTX type brings together:

  • One partner (A) providing a particular novel CLEC hardware or software technology from research; up to three further auxiliary partners (from academia or industry) may be included in the consortium in case an interdisciplinary cooperation is required for a successful TTX.
  • One "Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partner" (B) testing and deploying the technology in its dedicated, possibly even non-tech, products with its end customers.
  • Another partner (C) productizing this technology as a "platform" in the long-term for a wider market.

For instance, a university (A) acts as a technology provider and intends to transfer a novel CLEC technology to a manufacturing SME (B) as a technology receiver in terms of non-exclusive licensing, together with training, services, and documentation, etc. as necessary. The technology receiver intends to experimentally use the new technology in order to enable improved products, processes, or services, thus acting as an OEM and early technology adopter. In case the developed technology could be generalised and applied to other industries as well, another specialised partner (C) could engage as a "catalyst" (not competing with the technology receiver) to extend the value chain by productising and maintaining the technology, e.g. in the form of customisable software tools, hardware IP and/or professional services, so as to serve a much broader market. In case of a successful TTX, the "catalyst" would finally license a robust product back to the technology provider and a receiver and will also offer the technology and services as a platform to various other customers. Auxiliary partners may optionally assist in the transfer and the productisation process.

It is assumed that the start TRL will typically be 3 (experimental proof of concept) or 4 (technology validated in lab), while the target TRL will be 8 (system complete and qualified) on average.

Details on this call incl. submission process and all relevant documents: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/

Project full name: Innovation in personalised Nutrition through Cluster cooperation in the Silver economy
Project acronym: INCluSilver
Call identifier: INCluSilver Innovation Voucher
Call title: INCluSilver Innovation Voucher
Grant agreement number: 731349
Publication Date: 22 September 2017
Deadline: 15 July 2019, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 22 months
Indicative budget for the call: €2 800 000
Maximum funding request per applicants: €60 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://www.inclusilver.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.inclusilver.eu/how-to-apply/
E-mail for general questions: https://www.inclusilver.eu/contact/

Additional information

INCluSilver aims at supporting the collaboration between actors belonging to the different sectors, to create the right conditions for generating and validating innovative ideas in the field of personal nutrition for the silver population that have a great potential to reach the market.

With this call for financial support to third parties, Inclusilver will provide up to €60 000 per SME through innovation, IPR and travel vouchers, to support their innovative ideas addressing one of the 7 challenges, identified by the project, related to personal nutrition for the silver population. In additional the selected SMEs will benefit from additional innovation support services provided by the Inclusilver partners.

Additional information regarding each type of vouchers (amount, eligibility criteria, deadlines for submitting applications, etc.) and the call in general can be found in the "Third Party Service Providers Handbook".

Project full name: SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH
Project acronym: SmartEEs
Call identifier: smartEEs12-2017 call
Grant agreement number: 761496
Publication Date: 18 December 2017
Deadlines and cut-off dates:

Cut-off Dates
1st cut-off 19 March 2018, 17:00 (Brussels time)
2nd cut-off 20 July 2018, 17:00 (Brussels time)
3rd cut-off 16 November 2018, 17:00 (Brussels time)
4th cut-off 19 April 2019, 17:00 (Brussels time)
5th cut-off 20 September 2019, 17:00 (Brussels time)

Maximum budget available for an Application Experiment: €165 000:
€80 000 (max.) worth of technical and non-technical services delivered directly by SmartEEs
€60 000 (max.) Voucher assigned to the Innovative Company
€25 000 (max.) In-kind contribution (own funding) from the Innovative Company. Can be the input of labour, and materials time to the Project
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and proposal submission: https://smartees.eu/smartees-call-for-projects/
E-mail for general questions: helpdesk@smartees.eu

Project full name: Building Capacity for Design Enabled Innovation in Urban Environments
Project acronym: Designscapes
Call title: Open Call for Pilot Proposals
Grant agreement number: 763784
Publication Date: 13 July 2018
Deadline:
Stage 1 (Feasibility Studies): 26 October 2018 30 November 2018, 17:00 CET
Stage 2 (Prototypes): 31 May 2019, 17:00 CET
Stage 3 (Scalability Proofs): 29 November 2019, 17:00 CET
Expected duration of participation:
Stage 1 (Feasibility Studies): 3 months
Stage 2 (Prototypes): 6 months
Stage 3 (Scalability Proofs): 9 months
Total EU funding available: €1 500 000
Submission & evaluation process: As described in articles 15 and 17 of the official call text, made available at the URL below
Further information: http://designscapes.eu/wp-content/themes/designscapes/docs/Designscapes_call_announcement_def.pdf

Additional information

Task description

The Designscapes Open Call for Pilot Proposals aims to support, among others (please note this list is not exhaustive):

  • Projects where the urban dimension promotes a more intensive use of Design in the innovation processes of public and/or private sector organisations;
  • Projects where a more intensive use of design in the innovation processes of public and/or private sector organisations facilitates the generation of more effective responses to big collective problems of greatest importance for humankind;
  • Projects demonstrating that the more efficient/effective way Design Enabled Innovation deals with and tries to solve the big collective problems of humankind is linked with the fact that Design per se allows to realise goals of resource aggregation and collective value creation that are not easy to achieve otherwise;
  • Projects where the framing of Design Enabled Innovation practices within urban environments facilitates the transfer of innovations to other urban contexts – be they neighboring or not;
  • Projects where an appropriate and purposeful use of Design facilitates the absorption by/within less innovative urban environments of innovations realised by/within more advanced urban contexts.

Supported pilot projects are conceived of as real-life testbeds of Design Enabled Innovation achieved in the practical life of Cities.

Additional information may also be required/presented:

The overarching aim of the Designscapes project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments, highlighting the systemic challenges embedded therein and supporting those innovation processes that, thanks to a Design enabled approach, bring collective values and increase the capacity of innovative solutions to tackle crucial, "wicked" and systemic problems successfully.

The target of this Call for proposals is to identify and support no fewer than 100 European pilot projects – 50 feasibility studies, 40 prototype developments, 10 scalability proofs – involving an average global number of 300 natural persons in the respective teams, composed of (e.g.) design professionals and academics, startup entrepreneurs, young and serial innovators, business (incl. SMEs) and government managers and officials, leaders and members of NGOs as well as expert facilitators of participatory decision making and creative brainstorming processes.

This critical mass of projects is expected to provide substantial evidence in support of the view that the urban/local and cross-city/regional dimensions promote, procure and stimulate Design enabled Innovation (henceforth: DeI), highlighting the main barriers, drivers, enablers and conditions for DeI to materialise in urban environments.

The Designscapes Open Call for pilot proposals has a global budget of €1.5 million and three distinct deadlines, as described in the following table:

Stage Topic Opening Date Deadlines (all at 5pm Brussels time)
1 Feasibility Studies 13 July 2018 26 October 2018 30 November 2018
2 Prototypes 27 October 2018 31 May 2019
3 Scalability Proofs 1 June 2019 29 November 2019

These three deadlines are completely independent from one another, namely an applicant can decide to bid for any of these but being successful in one does not create any title to access the following stage in a preferential manner.

The definitions of Feasibility Study, Prototype and Scalability Proof are supplied in the Glossary being an integral part of the Call text.

The budget allocations for the three deadlines are respectively: €250 000.00 for the feasibility studies, €1 000 000.00 for the prototype developments and €250 000.00 for the scalability proofs.

The maximum grant per project is €5 000.00 for the feasibility studies, €25 000.00 for the prototypes and the scalability proofs.

The funding rate is a lump sum of €5 000.00 maximum for the feasibility studies and 70% of eligible costs for the prototype developments and the scalability proofs (100% for non-profit making entities).

In addition to funding, awarded projects will receive technical support from selected members of the DESIGNSCAPES consortium, as described in §7 of the official Call text.

Project full name: RDA Europe 4.0 – The European plug-in to the global Research Data Alliance
Project acronym: RDA Europe 4.0
Call title: RDA Europe Open Call for Evaluators
Grant agreement number: 777388
Call publication date: 27 June 2018
Call deadline: 28 February 2020, at 18:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 20 months
Total EU funding available: €39 375 (daily rate of €400. Approximately 30 evaluators will be selected)
Web address for further information: https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/evaluators / https://grants.rd-alliance.org/contact

Task description

External evaluators will operate remotely via a dedicated web interface and will be responsible for evaluating the applications to cascading grants in response to RDA Europe's open calls. The project aims to have a pool of up to 30 external evaluators with differing expertise to enable flexibility when assigning applications. Evaluators will be routinely selected from the pool to ensure that no conflict of interest exists in their duties as evaluators. Consequently, evaluators will be asked to sign a non conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement, before being accepted to perform their duties for a specific RDA Europe 4.0 cascading grant evaluation. Performances from external evaluators will be paid using a daily rate of €400, with workload for each evaluation agreed in advance.

Who Can Apply?

Professionals with experience in data sciences and a good understanding of European Commission's processes and procedures are welcome to apply. They should also have been involved in the Research Data Alliance as a contributor to a Working Group, Interest Group or some other activity, especially in the past 12 to 18 months.

Further criteria and conditions

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Evaluators should not be RDA Europe 4.0 Governing Board members, nor part of the RDA Europe 4.0 project consortium.
  • Individuals from RDA Europe 4.0 project consortium institutions who are not officially assigned to and financially supported by the RDA Europe 4.0 project are eligible to apply.
  • Evaluators can apply for RDA Europe 4.0 individual grants; if funded, they will not be asked to evaluate applications of the grant type they hold.
  • Evaluators will be asked to sign a non conflict of interest agreement, before being accepted to perform their duties for a specific RDA Europe 4.0 cascading grant evaluation. A conflict of interest exists if an evaluator:
    1. was involved in any way in the preparation of the proposal or submitted the proposal itself
    2. stands to benefit directly or indirectly if the proposal is accepted
    3. has a close family or personal relationship with the applicant or the applicant's organisation
    4. is a director, trustee or partner or is in any way involved in the management of the applicant's organisation
    5. is employed or contracted by one of the applicant's organisation or any named subcontractors
    6. has submitted a proposal for the same domain and in response to the same call
  • If the evaluator's institution applies for a node or RDA output-adoption grant, the evaluator should declare their conflict of interest in reviewing the application.

Evaluation And Selection

Candidates will be asked to submit an application together with their CV; the application will be evaluated upon the following criteria:

  • Have a strong demonstrated expertise in an area relevant to RDA’s mission;
  • Be actively involved in RDA as a contributor to a Working Group, Interest Group or some other activity, especially in the past 12 to 18 months;
  • Active engagement in RDA plenaries, national, and/or regional workshops is desirable;
  • Previous experience as an evaluator (e.g. for the European Commission, other funding bodies) is desirable;
  • Have a good understanding of the European Commission’s processes and procedures, irrespective of affiliation and nationality;
  • Selection of evaluators will include criteria to establish balanced representation:
    • Geographical balance
    • Gender balance
    • Domain expertise balance

Deadline And Notifications

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form at https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/evaluators. This is a continuous call and will remain open according to the project’s need; applicants could select the periods and the calls they would like to evaluate.

Project full name: Pan-European Access for manufacturing SMEs on technology services for clean production through a Network of premier key enabling technology centres (KET TCs) with one stop shop access including Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and discourse with policy makers on Regional Innovation Systems (RIS3)
Project acronym: KET4CleanProduction
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-03-07-08-2017
Call title: Cross-border multi-KET projects for integration of clean production in manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises
Grant agreement number: 777441
Publication Date: 1 June 2018
Evaluation Cut-off Dates: 31 July 2018, 31 October 2018, 31 January 2019, 30 April 2019, 31 July 2019, 31 October 2019, 31 January 2020, 29 April 2020, each 17:00 CET
Deadline: 29 April 2020, 17:00 CET
Expected duration of participation: 6 months
Total EU funding available for third parties: €2 000 000
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €50 000 (provided as lump sum). The micro grant covers 70% of the total project costs. The remaining 30% have to be provided by the applicant SME.
Submission language: English
Submission of proposals: via webpage https://www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants
E-mail address for further information: info@ket4sme.eu

Task description

KET4CleanProduction is a coordination and support action (CSA) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. The project fosters the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies (KETs) by small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to upgrade their production processes towards resource- and energy efficiency. To support this goal, the project aims to create an open innovation ecosystem with a one-stop-shop web platform and has an open call for proposals for financial support (€50 000 per SME) to

  • facilitate the access of manufacturing SMEs to technology services and facilities for clean production innovation and
  • enable cross-border cooperation with two international KET Technology Centres in clean production.

The call is open to all SMEs located in one of the EU member states or H2020 associated countries[1]. The applicant SME must be a single company (not in a consortium) and active in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing comprises the physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. This includes many different sectors ranging from machinery and equipment to automotive, chemical industry, medical, healthcare, transportation, food etc. (all activities included in NACE Rev. 2 Section C[2]).
A cross-border project requires one SME and two KET Technology Centres from at least two different EU member states. Eligible KET Technology Centres are defined as being registered (1) on the KET TC mapping by the European Commission's DG Growth and (2) on the KET4CP mapping.

The types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support have to focus on the integration of advanced manufacturing technologies and combination with multi-KETs seeking one or several of the following clean production objectives (or a related objective specified by the applicant):

  • the development of new production processes;
  • the improvement of the manufacturing of existing products by reducing production costs;
  • the improvement of the manufacturing of existing products by reducing the reliance on raw materials
  • the improvement of the manufacturing of existing products and by reducing the consumption of energy during the whole life cycle of products;
  • the diminution of the adverse impacts on the environment by reducing the generation of waste and pollution emission.

A micro grant proposal form can be submitted at any time while the call for proposals is open until 29 April 2020 or until the maximum funding capacity of the project is reached. Proposals are evaluated by an external evaluation board every three months, at distinct cut-off dates, with the first one being on 31 July 2018. Proposals will be evaluated as submitted after each cut-off date: No additions or changes in the micro grant proposal will be considered after the submission. By accepting the micro grant, the applicant SME commits to providing an implementation report and feedback on the supported activities.

Applications should be made via https:/www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants following the steps described in the "Guide for Applicants". The KET4CleanProduction consortium can be contacted via e-mail (info@ket4sme.eu) or the contact form.

Project full name: ROS-Industrial quality-assured robot software components
Project acronym: ROSIN
Call identifier: ROSIN-FTP
Call title: ROSIN Call for Focused Technical Projects
Grant agreement number: 732287
Publication Date: 31 March 2017
First cut-off date: 30 June 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Deadline: There is no specific deadline. The call will remain continuously open until the exhaustion of the available budget or the end of the ROSIN project on 31 December 2020. Received proposals will be evaluated in batches 4 times per year.
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Indicative budget for the call: €3 500 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €100 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.rosin-project.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://rosin-ftps.fluidreview.com/
E-mail: info@rosin­project.eu

Closed Competitive calls and calls for third parties

Project full name: Circularize ValUe CHains across European Regional Innovation Strategies
Project acronym: C-VoUCHER
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-01-2017-twoStage
Call title: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains
Project grant agreement number: 777773
Publication Date: 1 October 2018
Deadline: 30 November 2018, 23:59 CET (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 9 months
Indicative budget for the call: €372 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://c-voucher.fundingbox.com/
Web address for proposal submission: https://c-voucher.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: ola@fundingbox.com

Additional information:

Mentoring, networking and designer-in-residence support

Circularity Programme & potential venture capital investments

C-Voucher, a European project financed by the European Commission, is looking for 12 SMEs willing to embark on a journey transforming their traditional, linear value chains into circular ones. A circular approach to business - at centrepiece of the C-Voucher project - gives European SMEs leverage over their competition and offers new business perspectives on products and services.

The Open Call aims at selecting 12 SMEs from five different sectors (Health, Blue Growth, Textile, Agro-Food and Manufacturing). We are looking for SMEs that want to address sectoral sustainability challenges while developing and strengthening their core business by the use of design thinking and enabling technological solutions.

Out of the 12 selected companies, 6 will be offered up to €60 000 in business consultancy services and access to funding solutions.

Applications can be submitted online at https://c-voucher.fundingbox.com/.

Who can apply?

European Union SMEs from Health, Blue Growth, Textile, Agro-Food and Manufacturing sectors, showing willingness and readiness to define and develop business processes leading to more efficient use of resources and improved competitiveness.

What's in it for the SMEs?

SMEs will be offered support of dedicated teams including designers-in-residence, business mentors, technology suppliers and funding experts. Their internal business processes will be analysed and redesigned with the design thinking methods to help the companies innovate and grow.

What types of projects will be prioritised?

C-Voucher is looking for companies willing to transform their current linear value chains into circular ones. The aim is to improve business competitiveness and obtain greater resource efficiency through for example:

  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Material Resource Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficiency
  • Biological Products
  • Product Life Cycle Extension
  • Performance Economy
  • Sharing Economy
  • Platform Economy

What are the examples of key enabling technologies supporting the transformations?

C-Voucher transformations will be supported by technological solutions, such as the following examples:

  • Digital (mobile, machine-2-machine, cloud, social, big data analytics, cyber security, blockchain)
  • Hybrid (trace & return systems, 3D printing)
  • Engineering (modular design, advanced manufacturing, advanced recycling, life and material sciences, nanotechnologies)

What challenges can be addressed by the projects?

C-Voucher provides a catalogue of sector-specific challenges that can be addressed by the Applicants (other industry challenges might be used if defined properly):

  • Health: regulations on material contents, conflict of interests (e.g. health vs. environment), medical waste management, distribution of medical products
  • Blue Growth: role in reverse infrastructure and logistics, energy- and resource optimisation, parts (and spare parts) design, production and supply chain
  • Textile: non-harmonised regulations regarding collection, storage and transport of used textiles, lack of recycling solutions for fibres, lack of knowledge about recycling textiles besides clothes-to-clothes
  • Agro-Food: differences in regulations between countries constituting a barrier for greater resource efficiency, lack of trust and transparency in food chain, lack of in-house expertise about strategic innovation processes, lack of collaboration throughout the value chain
  • Manufacturing: poor quality of recycled materials, esp. from mixed materials, lack of collaboration partners/suppliers, lack of data from Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), hindering design process (e.g. materials selection), little understanding about the necessity to produce reusable products

More information available at https://c-voucher.fundingbox.com/.

Project acronym: TETRAMAX
Project full name: TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments
Project grant agreement number: 761349
Project web address: https://www.tetramax.eu/
Project coordinator: Prof. Rainer Leupers, RWTH Aachen University/DE (leupers@ice.rwth-aachen.de
Call title: 1st open call for Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
Call identifier: TETRAMAX-ENTREPRENEURIAL-TTX-1
Publication Date: 31 August 2018
Full open call information: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/
TTX online proposal submission platform: https://entrepreneurial1-tetramax.fundingbox.com
Proposal submission deadline: 30 November 2018, 23:59 CET (Brussels time)
Expected TTX duration: 3-6 months
Expected TTX start and end date: at the first day of the following month after entry into force of the TTX funding agreement. Any date prior to 1 March 2019 is not possible. The TTX has to end by November 2019 at the latest.
Total financial support per TTX: Between €20 000 and €30 000 maximum; On average, a financial support of €25 000 is anticipated per TTX. Financial support will be granted to the applicant's organisation.
Number and type of partner organisations/team members involved in the TTX: Team: The TTX team comprises three distinguished team members: principal investigator, entrepreneurial lead, mentor
Organisations: All team members are typically from one site located in an EU member state or in a country associated to H2020; nevertheless, the team may be formed by one or more entities, and team members may be located in a different country.
Language of the proposal: English
Request for more information: opencalls@tetramax.eu

Additional information:

TETRAMAX and types of activities

Today's European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalisation era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organising and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded "application experiments" connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customised Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

TETRAMAX aims at fast-track innovation in various ICT based application domains with European leadership and strategic importance. Several TETRAMAX competence fields are listed below (Annex 1).

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Competence Center Network (CCN) on CLEC will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing the opportunities for technology transfers. In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

TETRAMAX is one of the new initiatives established under the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative, which seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries.

Overall goal and description of an Entrepreneurial TTX activity

The overall goal of an Entrepreneurial TTX is to mobilise, challenge and train small teams of potential entrepreneurs in the CLEC space, thereby having a long-term perspective. Therefore, this TTX is solely devoted to the exploration and evaluation of market and business opportunities, for example for typical "start-up formation" scenarios and acquisition of investments in the longer term. The focus is on a critical and systematic evaluation and generation of sustainable business opportunities for new, possibly disruptive, actors in Europe's digital technology markets.

The expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) may range of 2-4.

A TTX team intends to bring itself towards a convincing business plan and to get "investor ready". The TTX is a framework for describing a new technology-based business using a Business Model Canvas.

The TTX can be described in five steps:

  1. Fill out the Business Model Canvas.
  2. Develop testable hypotheses.
  3. Specify business cases.
  4. Run business cases and learn from them.
  5. Persevere, pivot or perish. The term "pivot" here denotes revising business model assumptions in light of the lessons learned. For innovative products facing a lot of market uncertainty, pivoting is the rule rather than the exception.

Once the call is open, details on the Entrepreneurial TTX concept will be published at https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/

Establishment of an Entrepreneurial TTX team

The TTX team comprises at least three distinguished team members:

  • Principal investigator (PI): PI takes on the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and is a senior researcher associated with the research-based technology for the TTX. PI will be the formal TTX applicant of the TTX proposal, and officially employed at a legal entity (typically a university). PI will participate actively in the TTX, e.g. in the capacity as "door opener" for business contacts. Being the applicant, the legal entity will be the sole recipient of the financial support.
  • Entrepreneurial lead (EL): EL takes on the role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is a person with the business interest and technical competence needed to investigate the commercial potential of the proposed innovation. EL is operationally responsible for leading the TTX through the entire process.
  • Mentor (M): A business-oriented person experienced in taking research-based technologies to the marketplace. M will guide and track the progress according to the milestones set out for the TTX.

Specifications of the TTX team members:

  • The TTX team is mainly formed by one academic entity (typically a university) located in one EU member state of in a country associated to H2020. Nevertheless, both the establishment and the location are flexible, for example: all are from the same academic entity/university, or from different academic entities or from other organisations, and may be located in the same or in different countries.
  • While EL and PL are often from the same academic institution, EL may also be employed at another organisation.
  • M should ideally be recruited from a different EU country / country associated to H2020 to bring in a more global market experience and perspective. M may be a private person but may also be employed at a legal entity.
  • Additional team members may be added if needed. The person(s) and the benefits for the TTX shall be justified in the TTX proposal.

Project acronym: L4MS
Call identifier: L4MS: Logistics for Manufacturing SMEs experiments
Call title: L4MS 1st OPEN CALLS
Grant agreement number: 767642
Publication date: 1 September 2018
Deadline: 30 November 2018 at 13:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation in acceleration programme: from November 2018 to August 2019 (if beneficiaries success across different stages, see additional info below)
Indicative budget for the call: €1 512 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: www.L4MS.eu
Web address for proposal submissions: www.L4MS.eu
E-mail: helpdesk@L4MS.eu

Call title: ATTRACT – Phase 1: Call for proposals
Project full name: breAkThrough innovaTion pRogrAmme for a pan-European Detection and Imaging eCosysTem
Project acronym: ATTRACT
Project grant agreement No: 777222
Call publication date: 1 August 2018
Call deadline: 31 October 2018, at 23.59 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Total EU funding available: €17 000 000
Maximum amount of financial support: €100 000 for each selected Consortium of third parties
Submission & evaluation process: Submissions must be done by using the proposal template and through the dedicated submission tool available on the project website
Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English
Further information: https://attract-eu.com/ / questions@attract-eu.com

Additional information:

Task description

ATTRACT is a pioneering initiative bringing together Europe's fundamental research and industrial communities to lead the next generation of detection and imaging technologies.

ATTRACT is calling for organisations to bring forward breakthrough projects on pioneering detection and imaging technologies.

Do you have a revolutionary idea about co-developing disruptive detection and imaging technologies for the advancement of science and envisioning market applications?

Read the call conditions, submit your project idea and get funding to make it real!

Who can apply?

Project proposals shall be submitted as a joint proposal by a group of at least two independent legal entities having their seat in EU or H2020-Associated Countries.

The ATTRACT Open Call will only accept proposals that have peaceful purposes.

Project acronym: ESMERA
Project grant agreement No: 780265
Project full name: European SMEs Robotics Applications
Project web address: http://esmera-project.eu
Call title: The first Open Call for ESMERA Experiments
Call identifier: ESMERA-FOCE
Full call information: http://esmera-project.eu/Open-Calls
Call publication date: 1 August 2018
Proposal submission deadline: 31 October 2018, at 18.00 (Brussels time)
Proposal submission web address: http://opencalls.esmera-project.eu
Expected duration: 9 months for experiments in Phase 1 (max 18 months for experiments advancing to Phase 2)
Total budget for the 1st Call: €2 200 000 (maximum 16 experiments for the Phase 1 and maximum 8 experiments for the Phase 2)
Maximum funding per proposal: €200 000 (€75 000 for the Phase 1, €125 000 for the Phase 2, including 25% indirect costs)
More information: opencalls@esmera-project.eu

Project full name: ACTivating InnoVative IoT smart living environments for AGEing well
Call title: ACTIVAGE FIRST OPEN CALL
Grant agreement number: 732679
Publication date: 31 July 2018
Deadline: 31 October 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Total EU funding available: €600 000
Web address for further information: www.activageproject.eu/open-call
Contact e-mail: opencall@activageproject.eu

Additional information

Submission & evaluation process

  1. Registration at ACTIVAGE website and download all open call documents.
  2. Complete the documents and submit them at the portal web (activage.submittable.com/submit).
  3. Proposal evaluation.
    Every proposal will be checked to ensure that it meets requirements before it is sent for evaluation to the Open Call Review Board (OCRB). This board consists of an external and independent group of experts, who will be monitoring the whole process to ensure tracking of every action.
    The experts will be individuals with experience in the fields of innovation linked to this Open Call and also with the highest level of knowledge. They will sign a declaration of confidentiality concerning the evaluation process and the content of the proposals they evaluate. They will also declare their absence of any conflict of interest for the assigned tasks.
    Each proposal will be evaluated anonymously by 3 reviewers, following the next evaluation criteria: excellence, implementation, impact and sustainability, with a maximum of 10 points per criteria.
    Each evaluator will record his/her individual opinion on each proposal using the web portal. A ranking list will be assembled with all proposals that score above the thresholds (6 out of 10 in each individual category).
    The final list of the funded projects will be created according the ranking list of the proposals and assuring at least one funded projects (winner) per challenge.
    Notifications on funding or rejections will together with any feedback be sent out by the beginning of December 2018.

Task description

The main objective of the Open Call is to implement and deploy innovative and mature IoT enabled solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA). This should be done within the current ACTIVAGE deployment sites and using the IoT infrastructures and AIOTES interoperability services and tools. The proposals should include evaluation and demonstration of the value of open IoT platforms and interoperability frameworks for the design, implementation and deployment of new services, features and use cases and for the scaling up of AHA-IoT enabled markets.

In concrete terms, the proposals will help to validate different key aspects of the ACTIVAGE project:

  • To enlarge and extend current AHA applications and services portfolios on the ACTIVAGE’s deployment sites, integrated into the respective Use Cases.
  • To improve the value of the current AHA services thanks to new or complementary functionalities, security pathways, and new features.

Project full name: European Robotic Framework for Bipedal Locomotion Benchmarking
Project acronym: EUROBENCH
Call identifier: EUROBENCH FSTP-1
Call title: EUROBENCH 1st Open Call (FSTP-1) "DEVELOPMENT of the benchmarking framework"
Grant agreement number: 779963
Publication date: 15 July 2018
Deadline: 31 October 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 20 months
Total EU funding available: €2 952 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €300 000 (up to 100% of projects costs)
Maximum funding request per Third Party: €100 000
Submission language: English
Eligibility rules: Participants can apply alone or in consortia. Consortia can include partners from the same country, as well as partners from different countries. Countries eligible for funding are specified in the Section A of H2020 Work Programme.
The submission of proposals will be done through an online platform linked to the EUROBENCH Website.
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.eurobench2020.eu/fstp-open-calls
E-mail: fstp@eurobench2020.eu
Task description: Teaser video

Additional information

The EUROBENCH project aims to create the first unified benchmarking framework for robotic systems in Europe. This framework will allow companies and/or researchers to test the performance of their robots at any stage of development. The project is mainly focused on bipedal machines, i.e. exoskeletons, prosthetics and humanoids, but aims to be also extended to other robotic technologies. To this aim, EUROBENCH will develop:

  • Two Testing Facilities, one for wearable robots (including exoskeletons and prostheses) and the other for humanoid robots, to allow companies and/or researchers to perform standardized tests on advanced robotic prototypes in a unique location, saving resources and time.
  • A unified Benchmarking Software, which will allow researchers, developers and end-users worldwide to design and run the tests in their own laboratory settings.

To realize these goals, The EUROBENCH 1st Open Call (FSTP-1) "DEVELOPMENT of the benchmarking framework" is looking for companies and research institutions interested in designing and developing testbeds, benchmarking algorithms and datasets of bipedal performance.

Project full name: Towards smarter means of production in European manufacturing SMEs through the use of the Internet of Things technologies
Project acronym: IoT4Industry
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-01-2017-twoStage
Call title: First Call for Expression of Interest
Grant agreement number: 777455
Publication date: 28 June 2018
Deadline: 20 October 2018, 23:59 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 2 months
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://www.iot4industry.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://iot4industry-eoi-1.fundingbox.com/

Additional information

IoT4Industry is a 30 months project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. This project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (sensors, chips, electronics component, communication networks, cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, digital security, etc.) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, industrial processes, factories environment, supply chain integration, intra logistics & logistics 4.0 product life cycle, smart packaging, etc. It will achieve this goal through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.

This call for Expression of Interest (EoI) precedes the forthcoming IoT4Industry Call for Collaborative Projects that will be opened as of 20th of September. The goal of this call for EoI is thus, to collect projects ideas and give interested companies a first feedback on their intended projects. This should facilitate the preparation of high quality projects and make them match with the forthcoming call for Collaborative Projects expectations.

Entities submitting an expression of interest coherent with the project objectives will get access to the following support services:

  • access to more information about the call and feedback on project idea;
  • access to collective training sessions;
  • access to matchmaking events;
  • suggestions of matching partners to complete project idea (if needed).

Answering to the call for Expression of Interest is not a prerequisite for taking part in the calls for collaborative projects. However, it is mandatory for benefitting from the four services described above.

IMPACT Connected Car is a high performance and equity free acceleration program supported by Fundingbox, Fundación para la Promoción de la Innovación, Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en la Industria de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG), INSERO E-Mobiliy A/S, MOV'EO, Moravian-Silesian Automotive Cluster, Lubelski Park Naukowo - Technologiczny S.A, Fundacio Barcelona Mobile World Capital, INTERNETSIA S.L., Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Ferrovial Servicios, S.A., PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMOBILES S.A., FIWARE Foundation, Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, THE SWAMP IOT FACTORY SL, Little Electric Car España, S.L, Eevo IO ApS, Argus Cyber Security, HEVO BV, among other big players.

IMPACT Connected Car aims at creating value link-chains for innovation in the Connected Car Open Space, with vehicle, infrastructure and device and TelCo interactions and consumer and business services through a 6 months acceleration and smartization programme.

The IMPACT Connected Car Open Space (Community) is a continuous opportunity for networking across value chains, beyond funding, available at http://impactconnectedcar.fundingbox.com/.

Regarding the Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP), IMPACT Connected Car will finance over 64 disruptive SMEs and startups through 2 Open Calls with up to €60 000 per SME plus acceleration and coaching services, in addition, the best-in-class performers will have access up to €200 000 per SME through Crowd-funding Services.

Project full name: Impacting on the Emerging Connected Car VaLuE Chains
Project acronym: Connected Car
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-01-2016-twoStage
Call title: IMPACT Connected Car 2nd OPEN CALL
Grant agreement number: 731343
Publication date: 11 June 2018
Deadline: 18 October 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: from January 2019 to July 2019 (if beneficiaries succeed across different stages, see additional info below)
Indicative budget for the call: €1 174 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000 for the most promising projects (if beneficiaries succeed across different stages, see additional info below)
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.impact-accelerator.com/connected-car/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://iccar-opencall2.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: info@fundingbox.com

Additional information

Through 2 open calls all along the project, IMPACT Connected Car will create a portfolio of 64 disruptors of the Connected Car Industry situated within TRL 7 "System prototype demonstration in operational environment" and TRL 9 "Actual system proven in operational environment", which will act as beachheads in the creation of new value chains in the following challenges/verticals:

  • Safety and security;
  • Driver assistance;
  • Well-being;
  • Mobility management;
  • Vehicle management;
  • Infotainment.

Within this second open call IMPACT Connected Car the 18 best performing selected SMEs across the Smartization Programme will receive up to €60 000 through several lump-sums across each stage, as described below, and will additionally benefit of a mixture between innovative acceleration services and hybridisation mechanisms to contribute to foster the cross-sectoral fertilisation and the value chain innovation.

This means that:

  • 40 beneficiaries will pass to Stage 1 [Disruptive Bootcamp] after the evaluation process in the Open Call (See section 5 on Selection Process) and receive €3 000 of EU Grant
  • 22 out of previous 40 will pass to Stage 2 [Ignition Plan] and receive €7 000 of EU Grant
  • 18 out of previous 22 will pass to Stage 3 and receive [Product Development]€50 000 of EU Grant
  • The final 18 beneficiaries will be able to receive up to €60 000 if they successfully complete all the Smartization Programme, as described in Guide for Applicants available at the Open Call website (€3 000 + €7 000 + €50 000)

For more information please refer to FAQs and the Guide for Applicants, you can also visit our website and register in the IMPACT Connected Car Community.

Project full name: Data Pitch
Grant agreement number: 732506
Total budget: €7 067 230.00
Publication date of second call: 2 July 2018 at 12:00 pm (CEST)
Deadline of second call: 2 October 2018 at 12:00 pm (CEST)
Submission language: English
Maximum funding request available: €100 000
Acceleration: 6 months
Web address for call information and registration: http://datapitch.eu/apply/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://datapitch.eu/apply/
Guide for applicants: http://datapitch.eu/apply/ (available on 2 July 2018 at 12:00 pm (CEST)
Interviews: 29 October - 9 November 2018 (first round, remote interviews of shortlisted applications), 26 - 28 November 2018 (second round, only if required by review panel, face to face in London, UK)
Email: call@datapitch.eu

Additional information

Data Pitch is an EU-funded open innovation programme bringing together corporate and public sector organisations that have data with startups and SMEs that work with data. It is centred around a competition with several tracks, which describe challenges set by the data-owning organisations, and an accelerator programme (6 months duration) to help startups and SMEs develop solutions to meet these challenges.

Each challenge can be addressed via the use of one or more data sets, open, shared or closed. The startups and SMEs will put forward proposals for creating high impact, innovative products and services in response to the challenges defined by the data owners. Each proposal will respond to a particular challenges from the call.

Successful applicants will receive an important financial and advisory boost to their idea, with support to develop a concept into a robust and sustainable business.

  • Investment up to €100 000
  • Introduction to investors
  • 6-month business acceleration ODI and Beta-i
  • Peer-networking and support via meetups in major European cities
  • Access to technology and data sets, as well as training materials and webinars by Data Pitch experts.

Applications should be made via datapitch.eu/apply and following the steps described there. The applications will be online. They will consist of a short proposal (around 5 pages), supporting documents, and a form with basic information about the company. The applicants are single companies (no consortia) and must be registered with the European Commission as an SME at the time of submission.

Proposals will be reviewed by Data Pitch and shortlisted applicants will be asked to present their idea in an interview with an expert panel at the dates specified above. A first round of interviews will take place remotely, and a second round of interviews will take place only if required by the review panel, face to face in London, UK.

Data Pitch is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and is being delivered by the University of Southampton, Open Data Institute, Beta-i and Dawex.

Project acronym: AMable
Project full name: AdditiveManufacturABLE
Project grant agreement number: 768775

Project AMable, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768775, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are Feasibility Study Experiments or Best Practice Experiments on innovative product ideas that need Additive Manufacturing.

Call identifier: AMable OC 1
Deadline: 1 October 2018
Expected duration of participation: 4-12 months depending on the activity
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €60 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web link for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines/call results) on your official project web site: www.amable.eu/calls
Email for further information: call-for-proposals@amable.eu

CloudiFacturing - Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing - is a European Innovation Action (IA) in the framework of Factories of the Future (FoF) with the mission of optimising production processes and manufacturability, using Cloud/HPC-based modelling and simulation, and leveraging online factory data with advanced data analytics; thus, contributing to the competitiveness and resource efficiency of manufacturing companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With our Open Call, we are looking for innovative use cases in the context of the project's mission. The use cases shall clearly state their industrial impact and exploitation perspective for the involved manufacturing companies, based on their expected benefit from leveraging computational engineering and production services and workflows powered by the CloudiFacturing technology.

Project acronym: CloudiFacturing
Project full name: Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing
Project grant agreement number: 768892
Call identifier: CloudiFacturing-1
Opening Date: 1 July 2018
Deadline: 30 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
Total EC funding available for new partners in CloudiFacturing-1: up to approx. €735 000 financial support for 3rd parties, which corresponds to approx. €1 million budget
Expected maximum funding per experiment: Approx. €100 000 per experiment depending on number of partners (max. €60 000 for 3rd parties)
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://www.cloudifacturing.eu/open-calls/
Web address for submissions: https://www.cloudifacturing.eu/proposal-submission/
Email address for further information: contact@cloudifacturing.eu

Additional information

EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW EXPERIMENTS

From a proposer's point of view, the objectives are as follows. The Application Experiments shall:

  • democratise the access to cloud-based HPC resources,
  • support SMEs to boost their competitiveness,
  • facilitate cross-border cooperation,
  • profit from a network of experts,
  • excellent opportunity for SMEs to access EC-funding for experiments with new technology and to address current challenges,
  • relatively compact proposal and lightweight the evaluation process,
  • high success rate in comparison to the EC's SME program – at least in former Open Calls,
  • support from CloudiFacturing Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in preparation phase of proposals, and
  • being complementary to the existing experiments – see www.cloudifacturing.eu/our-first-experiments/

More details on our 1st CloudiFacturing Open Call can be downloaded from our website.

CONSORTIA

The use cases need to be driven by the end user, a manufacturing company, preferably an SME.

Small consortia consisting of 2 to 5 multidisciplinary partners, e.g.

  • end users from the manufacturing sector,
  • Independent Software Vendors (ISVs),
  • engineering or software consultants, aka Value-Added Reseller (VARs),
  • research organisations,
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) providers,
  • Digital Innovation Hubs,

have the opportunity to propose use cases from different manufacturing sectors to be executed within the framework of the CloudiFacturing project.

An Application Experiment consortium has to meet the following requirements:

  • The minimum number of partners in an experiment consortium is 2:
    • one end user and
    • one ISV or VAR.
  • Each consortium has to include partners (3rd parties) from at least two European or Associated Countries, i.e. experiments must be cross-border.

Optionally, the experiment consortium can be augmented by consultants, research organisations, DIHs (see section 4.1. in the Guide for Applicants: Who can become 3rd party) and even additional end users or ISVs / VARs.

CONSORTIA

Proposals have to be submitted electronically in PDF form via the following webpage: www.cloudifacturing.eu/open-calls/submission-tool

PDF files must not exceed 5 MB. Proposals not using the proposal template for the CloudiFacturing-1 Open Call will not be evaluated. Proposals must be received before the closing time and date of the call: 30 September 2018, 17:00 h (Brussels local time).

Provided the call is not yet closed, the consortium can upload the proposal several times, overwriting previous versions. Only the last version received before the closing time will be considered for evaluation. Proposals handed in later or provided by any other means will not be considered.

Project acronym: IoF2020
Project full name: Internet of Food and Farm 2020
Project grant agreement number: 731884
Call identifier: IoF2020 Open Call
Opening Date: 5 June 2018
Deadline: 30 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Communication of the evaluation results to applicants: 31 October 2018
Contracting with successful proposals and prepayment: 31 December 2018
Start of new use cases: 1 January 2019
Submission language: English
Web page (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): https://www.iof2020.eu/open-call

Additional information

Overview of the IOF2020 Open Call

The internet of things (IoT) has a revolutionary potential. A smart web of sensors, actuators, cameras, robots, drones and other connected devices allows for an unprecedented level of control and automated decision-making. The project Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) explores the potential of IoT-technologies for the European food and farming industry.

The goal is ambitious: to make precision farming a reality and to take a vital step towards a more sustainable food value chain. With the help of IoT technologies higher yields and better-quality produce are within reach. Pesticide and fertiliser use will drop or phased out and overall efficiency is optimised. IoT technologies also enable better traceability of food, leading to increased food safety.

Nineteen use-cases organised around five trials (arable, dairy, fruits, meat and vegetables) develop, test and demonstrate IoT technologies in an operational environment in Europe, benefiting both conventional and organic agri-food chains, with the first results expected in the first quarter of 2018.

IoF2020 uses a multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and the development of sustainable business models. IoF2020 aims to increase the economic viability and market share of developed technologies, while bringing end-users' and farmers' adoption of these technological solutions to the next stage. The aim of IoF2020 is to build a lasting innovation ecosystem that fosters the uptake of IoT technologies. Therefore, key stakeholders along the food value chain are involved in IoF2020, together with technology service providers, software companies and academic research institutions.

The current 19 use cases are a good starting point, but still just a beginning. Therefore, IoF2020 is preparing an open call that will allow us to ask new teams to join our journey within the Internet of Food and Farm to enlarge the IoF2020 ecosystem and create more impact in the European food and farming sector.

For the full text please go to https://www.iof2020.eu/open-call.

Objective of the Open Call and major challenges

IoF2020 looks for proposals that present in a convincing way a high impact on the supply chain, a high level of technical feasibility & innovation as well as a strong economic sustainability. Proposals should be supported by a coherent team of stakeholders that represent the entire IoT supply chain (technology providers, service integrators, end-users, etc.). As IoF2020 is following the multi-actor approach[1], proposals submitted by single parties will not be considered.

Increasing impact

The primary objective of the Open Call is to increase the scale and impact of the IoF2020 initiative. The Open Call will allow new use case teams to join our journey within the Internet of Food and Farm to enlarge the number of IoF2020 stakeholders and create more impact on the European farming and food sector. The new use cases should substantially enlarge the number of actual IoT-users, in areas and production sectors with growth potential. New use case teams are preferably led by partner from the private business sector. The participation of innovative SMEs in use cases is encouraged and could enable SMEs to test innovative technologies and services.

Major challenges

For the Open Call we are looking for highly impactful and market-ready IoT innovations that will be validated and demonstrated, following the multi-actor approach in:

  1. IoT use cases in new regions
    Figure 1 and Table 1 clearly show that the eastern part of Europe is not or less covered, and, to a lesser extent, also the northern part of Europe. Applications for new use cases in EU member states that are not yet involved in IoF2020, including associated countries, are therefore encouraged to apply[2].
     
    Although the ecosystem and context in other countries can be very different from the countries where current use cases take place, it is encouraged to learn from the existing use cases reusing IoT innovations and technologies that are already developed and tested. New use cases can of course also choose to combine their own equipment with useful elements from current IoF2020 solutions. In this way it is expected that the impact of current IoF2020 solutions will be maximised.
     
  2. Post-farm use cases and other sectors
    We are welcoming use cases from EU member states already involved in IoF2020, that extend the impact of IoF2020 in the post-farm segments of the supply chain. Complementary areas could be in e.g. logistics, processing, retail and in particular the end-consumer. Use cases addressing other subsectors (other crops, animals, etc.) are also encouraged, as well as use cases addressing new business models with focus on SMEs.
     
    From Table 1 it can be concluded that current use cases are focusing on the farm level. In particular, this holds for the arable and dairy trial. Although a fair number of use cases are including logistics and processing, they are still primarily focused on the farm level, when looking deeper into the activities. Only a few use cases are including consumer aspects.

Applicants do not have to choose between the two challenges but can also address both challenges at the same time, which also has consequences for the available budget (see next section).

Available budget and Call Schedule

Based on the specific challenges that were described in the previous chapter the IoF2020 Open Call budget is subdivided into two separate tranches according to the abovementioned specific challenges:

  1. New EU regions: ± €3 500 000
  2. Post-farm stakeholders and other sectors: ± €2 500 000

The requested funding for each proposal may vary between €300 000-500 000 depending on the challenges that are addressed:

  • Proposals focusing on challenge 1 (new regions) and only reusing and validating experience, results and knowledge of an existing use case in a new region are eligible for requested funding of up to €300 000.
  • Proposals focusing on challenge 2 are eligible for requested funding of up to €300 000.
  • If proposals additionally introduce new mature IoT technology or include test beds in more countries, a larger requested funding of up to €500 000 can be requested.
  • Proposals covering both challenges (for example: post-farm/other sectors in a new region) are eligible for requested funding of up to €500 000. The budget for financing such proposals will come from the two tranches equally (i.e. 50-50%).

Current planning

The IoF2020 open call will open in June 2018. The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2018. The selection process and the contracting will take place in October, November and December 2018 so that the new use cases can start in January 2019.

Opening Date: 1 June 2018
Deadline: 30 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Submission language: English
Web page for full call information (including guidelines, technical specification and helpdesk): https://synchronicity-iot.eu/open-call/

Call title: 1st 5GINFIRE Open Call - phase 2 - "Initial experiments and additional functionalities and infrastructures for experimentation"
Full name of the EU funded project: Evolving FIRE into a 5G-Oriented Experimental Playground for Vertical Industries
Project acronym: 5GINFIRE
Grant agreement number: 732497
Call publication date: 18 June 2018
Call deadline: 19 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 6 months for experimenters, 14 months for new functionalities and infrastructures
Total EU funding available: €800 000
Submission & evaluation process: Submissions must be done by using the proposal templates and through the dedicated submission tool – available on the project website. Evaluations will be done by at least two independent experts. The conclusion on the proposals and ranking will be done at experts' consensus meetings.
Project website: https://5ginfire.eu/
E-mail: Halid Hrasnica (hrasnica@eurescom.eu) or contact@5GinFIRE.eu

Additional information

The main technical objective of 5GinFIRE is to build and operate an open and extensible 5G NFV-based reference (Open5G-NFV) ecosystem of experimental facilities that not only integrates existing FIRE facilities with new vertical-specific ones, but also lays down the foundations for instantiating fully softwarized architectures of vertical industries and experimenting with them. The initial instantiation of the Open5G-NFV ecosystem is driven by the automotive vertical industry deployed across state-of-the-art 5G infrastructures. However, it is as generic as possible in order to host other verticals applications.

In alignment with the overall project objectives 5GINFIRE is organising a competitive open call targeting external organisations, industry including SMEs, research institutions, and academia, interested to perform experiments on the top of the infrastructure provided by 5GinFIRE. In order to further improve the 5GinFIRE ecosystem and add new needed functionalities for experimenters, the open call mechanism is used to involve third parties, which are able to provide the needed additional infrastructures and functionalities. Therefore this 5GinFIRE open call targets the following types of experimenters and facility providers:

  • Category 1 (call identifier 5ginfire-1-exp-2): Invite experimenters to use the 5GINFIRE experimental facilities, taking advantage of the provided testbed features such as SDN, NFV and VxFs to test vertical applications
  • Category 2:
    1. Invite open source developers to provide missing functionality that is necessary for the lifecycle management of infrastructure components that enable virtualised infrastructures (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-a-2).
    2. Invite designers and facility providers of other verticals to take advantage of the 5GinFIRE toolsets, facilities and best practices, and integrate new experimentation infrastructures / testbeds in the 5GINFIRE portfolio (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-b-2).

Project full name: Fed4FIRE+: Federation for FIRE
Project grant agreement number: 732638
Call identifier: F4Fp-04-M
Call title: 4th Fed4FIRE+ Competitive Call - Innovative Experiments (Category "Medium Experiments" with focus on IoT & 5G)
Publication: 18 June 2018
Deadline: 18 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Detailed information (including documents & access to the online submission tool): http://www.fed4fire.eu
Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English
Contact: contact@fed4fire.eu

Additional information

Until now, the Fed4FIRE+ Federation has financially supported nearly 100 experiments from SMEs, industry, academia and research organizations.
The Fed4FIRE+ project continuously builds on this experience and organizes series of Open Calls for experiments and testbeds and by using the Cascade Granting mechanism. During its life time of five years, the Fed4FIRE+ project organizes bi-annual open calls for various types of experimentation (large, medium, small) and experimental infrastructures.

Feasibility check deadline:

All proposers must contact the Fed4FIRE+ consortium and elaborate their intentions in order to verify the feasibility of the proposals to be implemented in the scope of the project and to receive a first feedback on in the proposal planned activities following the steps below:

  1. Prepare a draft version of your proposal or a 1-page description and mention Fed4FIRE facilities to be used. If you don't know a testbed please submit a question to contact@fed4fire.eu before 7 September 2018 at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
  2. Please request this feasibility check before submitting or uploading the proposal through the portal.
  3. The testbed owner or Patron will respond by completing a formal statement that he/she has been informed about your proposed experiment and that he/she agrees that it can be carried out on the required testbed(s).
  4. This formal statement needs to be included in the proposal.

Call Objectives:

The major objective of this Call is to make Fed4FIRE+'s federated infrastructure directly available for execution of innovative experiments by experimenters at both industrial (including SMEs) and research organisations. Examples of such experiments may include but are not limited to testing of new protocols or algorithms, performance measurements or scalability testing. These Calls envisage experiments by which existing products or services are tested, implemented or optimized on the Fed4FIRE+ testbeds rather than proposing or developing new ideas from scratch.

This call focusses on proposals of experiments in the area of IoT (Internet of Things) and 5G. More information on the specific objectives can be found in the call document.

Funding for Experimenters:

Funding is available to support experimenters, as described in the following table.

Experiment Type Max Experimenter Funding Per Experiment Testbed Patron Funding per experiment Max number of experiments funded in this call Max duration of experiment
Medium €55 000 €5 000 5 5 months

Eligibility:

  • Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in EC H2020-projects.
  • Proposers must from parties or organisations that are not already part of the Fed4FIRE+ project consortium.
  • Proposers can submit multiple experiment proposals, but only one experiment per proposer will be selected for funding in this Call.
  • Proposers who have submitted proposals in previous calls of the Fed4FIRE+ – project are allowed to re-submit.

Project acronym: FED4SAE
Project full name: Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative
Project grant agreement number: 761708
Call identifier: FED4SAE02 call
Opening Date: 29 May 2018
Deadline: 18 September 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Call acceptance: 6 November 2018
Submission language: English
Web page (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): www.fed4sae.eu
E-mail address (information): info@fed4sae.eu

Additional information

Scope: FED4SAE is part of the Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative. The three-year project aims to facilitate the acceleration of European Cyber-Physical System (CPS) and Embedded Systems solutions to market and will boost digitization of European industry by strengthening companies' competitiveness in the CPS market. It is targeted at European start-ups, SMEs and midcaps in all sectors dedicated to building and creating novel and innovative digital products and services addressing new markets, such as smart cities, smart agriculture, smart food, smart health and wellbeing, smart building, smart transport and others.

We are looking for companies that want to:

  • Develop novel and innovative smart solutions that will enable them take a leading position in their target markets
  • Use the most advanced technologies and industrialised solutions to link the physical world with the virtual world in combing hardware and software expertise
  • Gain access to resources, competencies and save development time
  • Enter into a unique European ecosystem gathering leading industrial companies, world class research organisations, innovation accelerator and private investors

What we offer: Through our open calls, FED4SAE provides a unique marketplace organised as a one-stop-shop with access to leading-edge industrial platforms along with access to several advanced technologies and testbeds as well as support through expertise, know-how, coaching, design support, tech transfer from our partners.

Through our open calls, FED4SAE provides a unique marketplace organized as a one-stop-shop with access to leading-edge industrial platforms along with access to several advanced technologies and testbeds as well as support through expertise, know-how, coaching, design support, tech transfer from our partners.

Application Experiments will receive relevant business and innovation management support - linking applicants to suppliers, well-connected business infrastructures and existing regional innovation hubs - to facilitate the industrialization of the developed solution.

On top of that, we are providing up to €60 000 of funding for the selected proposals - at a funding rate of 70% of the budget – to support the development of the proposed solution.

The FED4SAE Application Experiments are expected to be designed and developed based on one of the following FED4SAE industrial platforms:

  • TIME4SYS from Thales
  • Integrated and Open Development Platform from AVL
  • Neural Compute Stick from Intel – Computer Vision at the edge
  • Compute Card from Intel – a credit card sized computer
  • STM32F platform from STMicroelectronics France
  • WeSu platform and ODE-STM32 Nucleo Expansion Boards from STMicroelectronics Italy

Our Research and Development centers offer access to a wide range of advanced technologies and testbeds:

  • Silicon Impulse, LINC, Sensinact and SigmaFusion from CEA
  • WiseNET, GPS free localization solver, Vision in a Package, Hyper Vision, WiseDep Chemical Sensing, Soft Mems, Adv Manufacturing & package from CSEM
  • π-Fab from Fraunhofer IISB
  • AIDE from KTH
  • Eclipse 4diac from fortiss
  • Reliability testbed from BME
  • Products and Technologies Living-lab testbed from CEA
  • Lorawan LPWAN Testbed from DigiCat
  • Research Concept Vehicle testbed from KTH
  • Santander Smart City testbed from UNICAN
  • Corrosive Gases, Gas Sensor and Energy Electronic testbed from Fraunhofer IISB

How to enter: To benefit from our acceleration program, apply to our open call to develop your innovative solution.

Each Application Experiment is based on a combination of one of our industrial platforms with an advanced technology or testbed - or extensive coaching in case TIME4SYS or IODP are used. The expected outcome of our Application Experiments (ranging from between 9 to 18 months) is a demonstrator prototype for software-intensive or system integration projects with high technology readiness level (TRL). The prototype may also be used as a first generation product.

Interested European startups, SMEs and mid-Caps are encouraged to review details of these platforms and technologies on www.FED4SAE.eu and contact our project members to find out more:

  • CEA Leti (France)
  • Intel Research and Development Ireland (Ireland)
  • STMicroelectronics SRL (Italy)
  • STMicroelectronics Grenoble (France)
  • Thales SA (France)
  • AVL List GmbH (Austria)
  • Digital Catapult (UK)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
  • fortiss GmbH (Germany)
  • CSEM (Switzerland)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) (Hungary)
  • Cantabria University (UNICAN) (Spain)
  • Blumorpho SAS (France)

Our Networking Partners are pleased to help applicants with registration, submitting proposals and finding the right industrial platforms, advanced technologies or testbeds that best suit your needs.

Applicants should use the proposal template when writing their proposals. Important guidance as well as a detailed explanation of our rules, the types of experiments we support and more information about our platforms, technologies, testbeds and competences can be found on our website www.FED4SAE.eu and in our Guide for Applicants.

Project full name: INNOvative LABS for leveraging cross capacity building between ICT, Health, BIO and Medicine sectors for new emerging industries in personalized health
Project acronym: INNOLABS
Call identifier: INNOLABS – 2nd Open Call
Call title: INNOLABS 2nd Open Call for innovative projects in personalized healthcare
Grant agreement number: 691556
Publication date: 31 May 2018
Deadline: 17 September 2018 at 17:00 (CEST)
Expected duration of participation: 9 months
Maximum funding request per proposal: €50 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: https://www.innolabs.io/2nd-open-call.html
Email: info@innolabs.io

Task description: INNOLABS is searching for Innovative Ideas to empower mHealth. If you are an SME, bringing solutions related to mHealth, ageing population, personalised healthcare… We are looking for you! Through INNOLABS Open Calls, we will support projects coming from cross-sectoral teams that are led by a SME based in the EU, together with another partner. By applying for this 2nd Open Call you will enter in a competition to engage the 2nd INNOLABS Acceleration Programme.

Additional information

The Second INNOLABS Open Call will remain open from 31 May 2018 until 17 September 2018.

INNOLABS 2nd Open Call for innovative projects in personalised healthcare is seeking applications targeting a combination of ICT, BIO, Health and Medical sectors for the benefit of ageing populations and rural areas that incorporate mHealth technologies and bring society closer to the next generation healthcare system.

All applications must address one of the Challenges proposed for this specific Open Call:

  • Decision support systems
  • Augmented reality for personalised carew
  • Biotech for healthy ageing

By applying to the 2nd INNOLABS Open Call, you will compete to get engaged in the 2nd INNOLABS Acceleration Programme over a period of 9 months, where over 30 projects will obtain support worth up to €50 000 (per project) and distributed as follows:

  • €25 000 in Direct Cash Funding
  • Up to €25 000 in Innovation Services: conceived as a seamless service package, including services provided by Consortium Partners and external providers (Innovation Vouchers), a unique value proposition for the selected projects and assigned as follows:
    • Up to €15 000 in Innovation Vouchers to be spent in services provided by external providers validated by the project consortium
    • Up to €10 000 in additional services provided by project consortium partners

The full details on eligibility and how to apply are available via https://www.innolabs.io/2nd-open-call.html.

Project full name: Optimizing Support for Innovating SMEs
Project acronym: OaSIS
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-07-2017
Call title: OaSIS Call For Regional Development Agencies' Participation
Grant agreement number: 777443
Publication Date: 17 May 2018
Deadlines and cut-off dates: 15 June 2018, 15 July 2018, 15 September 2018, all at 24:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: between 12-18 months
Indicative budget for the call: €40 000
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €4 000
Submission language: English
Web address for further information (open call text, application form, selection & participation guidelines) on project web site: http://www.projectoasis.eu/
E-mail for further information: kruszelnicki@transfer.edu.pl

Project full name: RDA Europe 4.0 – The European plug-in to the global Research Data Alliance
Project acronym: RDA Europe 4.0
Call title: RDA Europe Open Call for Early Career working with data
Grant agreement number: 777388
Call publication date: 20 July 2018
Call deadline: 30 August 2018, at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 2 months
Total EU funding available: €12 250 (7 grants of maximum €1 750)
Web address for further information: https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-early-careers / https://grants.rd-alliance.org/contact

Task description

RDA Europe is offering financial support (7 grants of maximum €1 750) to Early Career European Researchers & Scientists working with data to attend the 12th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Gaborone, Botswana 5-8 November 2018, as part of the International Data Week 2018.

Now at its 10th edition, the RDA Europe Early Career programme has become a platform for early career researchers working with data to share ideas, experiences and practical advice, while learning what leading data scientists and practitioners are currently working on. This programme has offered grant winners the opportunity to engage directly with and support the work of RDA Working and Interest Groups, to learn and contribute, and become a part of the RDA global data sharing community.

The successful applicants will be offered financial support to participate in the 12th RDA Plenary and will be:

  • Required to display a poster summarising their studies and areas of interest during the plenary meeting;
  • Assigned to a working group and expected to attend group meetings;
  • Asked to take notes and provide a summary of the working group's meeting for internal use by the group members;
  • Required to write a publishable summary about the 12th RDA Plenary meeting to be posted as a blog / news piece on the RDA website, referencing the applicant as the author directly.

Who Can Apply?

The applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • Currently engaged in Bachelor, Masters, PhD or Postdoc studies
  • Study is conducted in a higher education or research institution based in Europe;
  • Studies are of relevance to RDA Recommendations or Outputs and cover at least one of the Working or Interest Groups.

Further criteria and conditions

  • Previous Early Career programme winners should not re-apply.
  • It is not possible to apply for both the Early Career support programme and the Expert support programme in the same round.
  • RDA Ambassadors are not eligible for the Early Career support programme.
  • Members of RDA governance bodies (TAB, OAB, Council & Secretariat) are not eligible for the Early Career support programme.
  • RDA Europe 4.0 project partners are not eligible for the Early Career support programme. This exclusion refers to staff of the five project beneficiaries working directly on RDA Europe 4.0, not other staff of these institutions or members of the consortium who act as RDA Europe nodes.

Evaluation And Selection

Applications will be evaluated by a group of external expert evaluators, according to the following criteria:

  • Area of interest (as broad a coverage of RDA Working or Interest Groups as possible); an understanding of the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR data movement; knowledge of the Open Science agenda, and how these intend to evolve in Europe is a plus;
  • Relevance of their work to RDA activities (as indicated by answers to questions on benefits to the applicant and future involvement in RDA);
  • Linguistic skills (good knowledge of English will be required to generate content);
  • Evaluation will also consider the following criteria to establish balanced and diverse distribution of the grants:
    • Geographical balance
    • Gender balance
    • Preference given to candidates who have not already previously received RDA funding
    • Preference given to candidates in underrepresented fields within RDA

Deadline And Notifications

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form at https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-early-careers by 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application on 21 September 2018.

Project full name: RDA Europe 4.0 – The European plug-in to the global Research Data Alliance
Project acronym: RDA Europe 4.0
Call title: RDA Europe Open Call for Data Experts
Grant agreement number: 777388
Call publication date: 20 July 2018
Call deadline: 30 August 2018, at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 2 months
Total EU funding available: €9 000 (5 grants of maximum €1 800)
Web address for further information: https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-experts / https://grants.rd-alliance.org/contact

Task description

RDA Europe is offering financial support (5 grants of maximum €1 800) to European Experts, mid-career or senior data professional / scientists, to attend 12th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Gaborone, Botswana 5-8 November 2018, as part of the International Data Week 2018.
The purpose of the grants is to encourage and support participation of individuals who have a strong interest in RDA, and are drivers or adopters of one or more of the RDA outputs to enable data sharing by or from their project or organisation. Please note that all successful candidates will be expected to provide a report from the meeting in the form of a publishable summary or a blog as part of the grant assignment.

Who Can Apply?

The applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • Experts are broadly defined as mid-career or senior data professionals / scientists;
  • Be involved in RDA as active member, participant, chair, or contributor to a WG or IG, especially in the past 12 to 18 months;
  • Contribute or be committed to RDA Recommendations or Outputs;
  • Actively engage in Plenaries, national, and/or regional workshops and related initiatives;
  • Have the ability to recruit collaborators across different segments of the European data community;
  • Operate as an influencer within their Member State and is able to influence digital agendas on data;
  • Be part of an active data community and have a good understanding of the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR movement; knowledge of the Open Science agenda, and how these intend to evolve in Europe;
  • Reside/work in Europe

Further criteria and conditions

  • Previous Expert programme winners can apply, but should only apply in later rounds as consecutive plenary attendance will not be supported.
  • It is not possible to apply for both the Expert support programme and the Early Career support programme in the same round.
  • RDA Ambassadors are not eligible for the Expert support programme.
  • Members of RDA governance bodies (TAB, OAB, Council & Secretariat) are not eligible for the Expert support programme.
  • RDA Europe 4.0 project partners are not eligible for the Expert support programme. This exclusion refers to staff of the five project beneficiaries working directly on RDA Europe 4.0, not other staff of these institutions or members of the consortium who act as RDA Europe nodes.

Evaluation And Selection

Candidates will be asked to submit an application that will be evaluated upon the following:

  • A statement describing their interest in and commitment to the vision of RDA, in-progress Working/Interest Groups and/or one or more existing RDA Recommendations and Outputs; plans for future involvement and expected benefits;
  • A summary of previous and current activities demonstrating their involvement and contributions to RDA related activities, Working/Interest groups, development and/or promotion and/or adoption of RDA Recommendations and Outputs;
  • Wider engagement with other initiatives and/or national activities (and the national RDA node, if applicable) belonging to the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR movement; and/or initiatives on defining and implementing the Open Science agenda at national and European levels;
  • Evaluation will also consider the following criteria to establish balanced and diverse distribution of the grants:
    • Geographical balance
    • Gender balance
    • Preference to candidates that have not already previously received RDA funding
    • Preference given to candidates in underrepresented fields within RDA

Deadline And Notifications

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form at https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-experts by 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application on 21 September 2018.

Project full name: RDA Europe 4.0 – The European plug-in to the global Research Data Alliance
Project acronym: RDA Europe 4.0
Call title: RDA Europe Open Call for New Nodes
Grant agreement number: 777388
Call publication date: 23 May 2018
Call deadline: 16 August 2018, at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 20 months
Total EU funding available: €168 000 (3 grants)
Web address for further information: https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/nodes / https://grants.rd-alliance.org/contact

Task description

RDA Europe is offering financial support for the set up of new RDA Europe nodes. RDA Europe, the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance, has recently established a network of national nodes to foster adoption of RDA outputs in the region, and thereby enable interoperability and data sharing on a global scale. Nodes engage with research communities, support national agendas, contribute to the EU Open Science Strategy, and aim to increase the uptake of standards and participation in RDA globally. In collaboration with a diverse range of national and regional stakeholders, they support the RDA mission of building the technical and social bridges that enable open sharing of data.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any organisation, or ideally, group of organisations, based within the EU Member States and Associated countries, where there is not an existing node, can apply to the call. Nodes have been established in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. If you are based in one of these areas, please contact the existing node to engage with them.
  • Applicants should be active in the sphere of research data management, and hold influence within the country or region. Applicants must be able to engage a wide range of stakeholders, with demonstrable experience of building communities, operating effective communications channels, running events, and promoting standards. Applications that include multiple stakeholders in the governance structure are preferred. Applications should demonstrate that some or all of the members are actively involved in RDA.

Further criteria and conditions

  • Nodes are expected to play a dual role in representing their communities in RDA, and promoting engagement with RDA across the communities they serve. This involves but is not limited to:
    • Acting as a central contact point between national/ regional data practitioners and RDA;
    • Fostering a diverse data community by engaging a wide range of stakeholders across domains;
    • Growing existing RDA membership by demonstrating the value to individuals and organisations in the region and contributing to the RDA global growth;
    • Contributing to the definition of research data policies at a national and/or regional level;
    • Running events to engage, train and build consensus on nationally important data issues;
    • Raising awareness of RDA activities, events and funding calls, and encouraging involvement;
    • Consolidating and increasing the adoption of RDA outputs, recommendations and ICT Technical Specifications by targeted activities, profiling potential use cases across all scientific domains and organisations;
    • Promoting and supporting data management best practices, standards and solutions;
    • Interacting with national/regional research funding bodies, ministries and other government officials to influence data policy and digital agendas;
    • Developing robust sustainability plans and business models to ensure node continuation after initial (seed) funding;
    • Representing national interests in RDA Interest/Working groups and governing structures.
  • Nodes are expected to plan, implement and disseminate their activities in coordination with RDA Europe 4.0 project partners, RDA global and other nodes. Nodes will nominate a representative to sit on the RDA Europe 4.0 Governing Board, and will participate in governance decisions. Node are required to undertake/deliver the following tasks and outputs:
    • Node management plans
    • Schedule of collaborative events
    • KPIs appropriate to the country/region
    • Participation in monthly RDA Europe node network meetings
    • Regular reporting on node activities, outreach and impact
    • Dissemination of activities via multiple communication channels
    • Node activity feedback collection and impact assessment

Evaluation And Selection

Candidates will be asked to submit an application that will be evaluated upon the following criteria:

  • Existing RDA involvement (20%): You should be actively involved in RDA activities and able to point to contributions in the past 12 to 18 months. This includes attending plenaries, speaking at events, taking part in IG/WG activities and adopting RDA recommendations and outputs Potential nodes should have a good understanding of the RDA mission and principles and be able to communicate this to national and regional audiences for reciprocal benefit. They should also demonstrate work members have already done to support RDA and promote the adoption of outputs.
  • Potential impact (30%): Proposed nodes should be well-connected and influential within a diverse range of stakeholder communities. Strong relations with national ministries and funding bodies is preferred to advance data policy agendas, promote strategic investments in infrastructure and support node sustainability. Nodes should seek to integrate RDA with relevant EU initiatives to support and influence EU open science strategy. The workplan should be detailed, realistic and achievable, while demonstrating a high potential impact. The engagement of early career researchers, data professionals and recognised experts who could act as ambassadors and increase the rate of uptake is key. Nodes should also detail how impact will be monitored.
    Suggested outputs and KPIs:
    • Increase of at least 15% of individual RDA members in the country/region by the end of the project
    • Set-up/maintenance of an RDA national webpage on RDA global https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/national-groups
    • At least one new documented adoption case of RDA outputs/recommendations/ICT specifications in the country/region that can be used in RDA material and publications (e.g. CODATA Journal)
  • Community connections (20%): Nodes should have a wide range of existing multi-disciplinary community connections and the ability to recruit a large, new cohort of RDA members from the region. Experience of community engagement and communication is a strength. Nodes should strive for diversity and inclusivity in all forms (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, professional/domain background etc). Activities should promote openness and balance and respond to community needs rather than self-interest.
    Suggested outputs and KPIs:
    • At least four meetings organised with funders/ministries/national and regional bodies
    • At least two events organised by the node engaging the community
    • List of organisations, disciplines and communities engaged
  • Sustainability (30%):The nodes should have already secured or have the capacity to secure self-funding or additional funding for complementary activities in the country/region represented by the node. Detailed plans should be provided for continuing work beyond the funded period. This may include engagement with funders and exploratory work to trial different approaches.
  • Nodes should provide an overview of the country/region landscape and the strategies for the node beyond the RDA Europe 4 project (after May 2020).

Deadline And Notifications

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form at https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/nodes by 16 August 2018, 17:00 CEST. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application on 1 October 2018.

Call title: 2nd StandICT.eu open call
Project full name: Supporting European Experts presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT
Project acronym: StandICT.eu
Grant agreement number: 780439
Publication Date: 5 June 2018
Deadline: 4 August 2018, at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Total EU funding available: €140 000
Task description: Support European experts with a grant between €1 000 to €8 000 for contribution to ongoing development as chair or member of an SDO WG, or contribution to standards documentation or support to ensure participation at workshop or event
Eligibility requirements: applicants must reside / work in Europe, complete application in due time to the call submitted on the http://www.standict.eu website
Submission & evaluation process: The proposal evaluation will be done by a pool of independent evaluators according to:
Criterion 1: Soundness of the proposal and foreseen impact on European strategy (30%)
Criterion 2: Technical excellence & adherence to the standardisation requirements and SDO activities (30%)
Criterion 3: Experience and qualification of the applicant (20%)
Criterion 4: Economics of the proposal (20%)
Further information: http://www.standict.eu
E-mail for further information: Paolo Lombardi (p.lombardi@trust-itservices.com)

Action acronym: SCHIP
Action grant agreement number: 734906
Action full name: Social Challenges Innovation Platform

The action Social Challenges Innovation Platform, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734906, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third, as a mean to achieve its own objectives.

The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are entrepreneurial solutions able to solve social challenges. The action will provide a total grant of €2 400 000 to 81 solutions best addressing the social challenges posted there between September 2017 and July 2018.

Publication Date: 21 September 2017
Deadline: 15 July 2018, 23:59 (CET). There will be three cut off dates for the evaluation of solutions received.

Cut-off 1:
21 December 2017
Cut-off 2:
15 April 2018
Cut-off 3:
15 July 2018*
Calls launch: 21 September 2017 15 January 2018 15 April 2018
Submission deadline: 21 December 2017, 23.59 CET 15 April 2018, 23.59 CET 15 July 2018, 23.59 CET
Notification to selected solution providers: 21 February 2018 15 June 2018 15 September 2018
Start of the grant: within 3 months from the selection [duration 6 months] within 3 months from the selection [duration 6 months] within 3 months from the selection [duration 6 months]
* SocialChallenges.eu call for grants might finish the available budget with the second cut-off. In this case the third one will be cancelled.

Expected duration of participation: 6 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €30 000
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-04-2016
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Web address for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines): http://www.socialchallenges.eu/
Email address for further information: info@socialchallenges.eu

RobotUnion is the pan-European Robotics Acceleration program.

Project full name: ORCA – Orchestration and Reconfiguration Control Architecture
Grant agreement number: 732174
Call identifier: ORCA-OC2-EXT
Call title: Second ORCA Open Call for Extension
Submission deadline: Extended to 9 July 2018, 17:00 CET
Feasibility and Relevance check deadline: Extended to 2 July 2018 by the end of the day
Total budget for Open Call 2 for Extension: €300 000
Maximum budget per Extension: €75 000
Expected number of Extensions to be funded: 4
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and proposal submissions: https://www.orca-project.eu/open-calls/2nd-orca-open-call-extensions/
E-mail: opencalls@orca-project.eu

RobotUnion is the pan-European Robotics Acceleration program.

Project acronym: RobotUnion
Project full name: RobotUnion
Grant agreement number: 779967
Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2016-1
Call title: RobotUnion
Publication date of the first call: 17 April 2018
Deadline of the first call: 3 July 2018, 13:00 CET
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 20
Maximum funding request per proposal: €223 000 for top performers
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://robotunion.eu
Web address for proposal submissions: http://robotunion.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: info@robotunion.eu

Additional information

RobotUnion will select 20 startups that will be financed with up to €223 000 equity free in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected will receive €3 800 in cash equity free and services in the first phase. The 10 best of these startups will enter in the product acceleration program and will receive up to €120 000 in cash equity free and technological services to be offered by RTOs present in the consortium (VTT, DTI, TU DELFT, TECNALIA and PIAP). Finally the 4 best startups will receive up to €100 000, so in total they can receive up to €223 000 equity free in cash plus services.

The four best startups will also have the possibility to be privately funded with around €1M with the help of Blumorpho, Odense Seed and Venture and Chrysalix that are part of RobotUnion consortium.

Selected companies would be able to participate in a 12 months Premium Acceleration Service, led by top Research and Technology Organisations from all over Europe, key world class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs, which will include:

  • State-of-the-art technical support and access to "premier-class" technology provided by top Research and Technology Organisations like VTT, DTI, TU DELFT, TECNALIA and PIAP.
  • World class Training and high level Mentoring by a pool of tier 1 mentors from Google, Airbnb, Ikea, Yahoo, Prisa, Microsoft, among others, provided by ISDI.
  • Internationalisation services. Presence in top EU Scaleups events such as 4YFN@Mobile World Congress, Slush, Web Summit and International PR exposure powered by Mobile World Capital.
  • Fundraising services provided by Blumorpho (private funding) and FundingBox (public funding).
  • Engagement with world top industry leaders such as MADE representing world Manufacturing leaders like Danfoss, Grundfos, Vestas or LEGO among others. ARLA in Agro Food; FENIN in Healthcare and FERROVIAL in Civil Infrastructure.

RobotUnion is looking for startups in the robotics sector, we will prioritize the following verticals: Agrifood, Healthcare, Inspection and Maintenance and Manufacturing, but we will accept any project in the robotics arena.

Apply: http://robotunion.eu. Read the guidelines.

Project acronym: MIDIH
Project full name: Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs
Grant agreement number: 767498
Call identifier: MIDIH OC1
Call title: MIDIH first Open call: Data driven applications and experiments in CPS/IOT
Publication date: 29 March 2018
Deadline: 29 June 2018, 17:00 Brussels local time
Expected duration: 6 months
Total budget: €960 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Project web address: http://www.midih.eu/
Proposal full call information: http://www.midih.eu/open-call.php
Submission site: https://midih.ems-innovalia.org/ (a contact tool is available inside the submission site)
E-mail: midih_opencall@innovalia.org

Additional information

Project MIDIH, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767498, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

MIDIH aims at realizing services to support ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, in particular technological, business and skills building services offered in a one-stop-shop global marketplace. MIDIH will not only help SMEs and corporates understand the new technologies, but also take full advantage of them, providing an operational framework that will stimulate trust, confidence and investments.

The project calls for contributions to validate its approach from data driven experiments in CPS/IoT under the following topics:

  1. Technological topics which address technologies around the MIDIH architecture. Expected applicants are IT SMEs as technology providers.
     
    T1. Modeling and Simulation innovative HPC/Cloud applications for highly personalised Smart Products
    The T1 topic looks for product-oriented industrial modelling & simulation IT experiments, which are using the MIDIH "Data in Motion" and "Data at Rest" architectures and reference implementations and the MIDIH Data Infrastructures. Candidates are required to provide advanced algorithms / applications based on the MIDIH architecture and to provide the correspondent datasets to be experimented in MIDIH HPC/Clouds.
     
    T2. Smart Factory Digital Twin models alignment and validation via edge clouds distributed architectures
    The T2 topic looks for factory-oriented Digital Twin IT experiments, which are using the MIDIH "edge / fog" computing architecture and reference implementations and the MIDIH Didactic Factories in Milano and Bilbao. Candidates are required to provide advanced Factory digital models and to deploy them onto the MIDIH edge/fog framework available in our two didactic factories.
     
    T3. Advanced applications of AR / VR Technologies for Remote Training / Maintenance Operations (Smart Product and Smart Factory)
    The T3 topic looks for product-oriented or factory-oriented virtual / augmented reality IT experiments, which are using the MIDIH "Data in Motion" and "Data at Rest" architectures and reference implementations and the MIDIH Training Facilities. Candidates are required to provide advanced VR/AR applications based on the MIDIH architecture and to experiment such systems in one of our two Training Factories in Milano and Bilbao.
     
  2. Experimentation topics must cover one of the three main scenarios: Smart Factory, Smart Product or Smart Supply chain. The usage of components of the reference architecture is mandatory.
    Expected applicants are manufacturing SMEs.
     
    E1. Integrating CPS / IOT subtractive production technologies in Additive Manufacturing experimental facilities
    The E1 topic looks for CPS/IOT data-driven experiments to explore the design challenges and opportunities of additive manufacturing combined with traditional subtractive technologies, aspects of products customization, rapid manufacturing, design concepts, assembly strategies, combinations of components, cybersecurity etc. Experiments must use the MIDIH reference architectures and reference implementations and the MIDIH Data Infrastructures.
     
    E2. Integrating CPS / IOT factory automation technologies in Robotics experimental facilities
    The E2 topic looks for CPS/IOT data-driven experiments for sensor data collection, data analytics, and machine learning for the implementation of factory automation technologies supported by robotics which must use MIDIH reference architectures and reference implementations and the MIDIH Data Infrastructures.
    Candidates are required to provide experiments based on the MIDIH architecture and to provide the correspondent datasets to be experimented in MIDIH HPC/Clouds.
     
    E3. Integrating CPS / IOT discrete manufacturing technologies in Process Industry experimental facilities
    The E3 topic looks for CPS/IOT data-driven experiments involving all actors along the full value chain – from different types of raw material suppliers, through industrial transformation into intermediate products and applications, with the goal of reducing the environmental footprint and increase industrial efficiency. The experiments must use MIDIH reference architecture and reference implementations and the MIDIH Data Infrastructures.
    Candidates are required to provide experiments based on the MIDIH architecture and to provide the correspondent datasets to be experimented in MIDIH HPC/Clouds.
     
    E4. Integrating CPS / IOT factory logistics technologies in Warehouse management experimental facilities
    The E4 topic looks for CPS/IOT data-driven experiments involving the integration of the different actors and stakeholders of the supply chain that will guarantee a total coordination and alignment between all the value chain phases. The experiments must use MIDIH reference architecture and reference implementations and the MIDIH Data Infrastructures.
    Candidates are required to provide experiments based on the MIDIH architecture and to provide the correspondent datasets to be experimented in MIDIH HPC/Clouds.

More information and the full call documents, including the Guide for Applicants can be found on http://www.midih.eu/open-call.php or contacting midih_opencall@innovalia.org.

Project full name: European Data Incubator
Grant agreement number: 779790
Total budget: €7 708 441.51
Publication date of the first call: 28 March 2018
Deadline of the first call: 27 June 2018, 12:00 (CET)
Submission language: English
Incubation period: 8 months
Maximum funding available per proposal: €100 000
Web address for call information and registration: https://edincubator.eu/call-1/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.f6s.com/edincubator
Guide for applicants: https://edincubator.eu/documentation/ (available on 28 March 2018, 12:00 (noon) CET)
E-mail: opencall@edincubator.eu

Additional information

European Data Incubator (EDI) is an EU-funded Big Data incubator offering a dedicated incubation programme and a total of €5 000 000 equity-free funding to EU-based start-ups and teams. It aims to leverage the technology and knowledge on Big Data across industries and countries. Start-ups get free access to a Cloud environment for scalable data processing and datasets provided by 15 European companies from a variety of domains (Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0, Retail, Finance, Transport, Internet & Media). EDI implements a 3-phase incubation programme: EXPLORE > EXPERIMENT > EVOLVE, in which the selected start-ups/SMEs will be offered a set of technical and business services to develop a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and to reach commercial and/or investment agreements with data providers, corporates and/or private investors.

Features of the incubation programme:

  • intensive programme of 8 months focused on Big Data business growth
  • large data sets and major challenges from data providers made available for applicants
  • business and technical support offered by experts around Europe
  • facilitation of collaborations with corporate partners

Applications should be made via https://www.f6s.com/edincubator and following the steps described at https://edincubator.eu/documentation/. They will consist of a short proposal filled in using a web form with the following sections: a) administrative data about the applicant's organizational configuration, b) technical approach of the applicant to address the selected challenge, c) business-related information about the applicant, d) capabilities of the team participating in the call. Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criterion: (1) technical approach, (2) business potential and (3) team composition. The domain-specific challenges will be assessed according to an additional criterion: challenge fit.

Project acronym: VICINITY
Project grant agreement number: 688467
Project full name: Open virtual neighbourhood network to connect intelligent buildings and smart objects
Publication Date: 15 March 2018
Deadline: 15 June 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 6 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €60 000
Call identifier: VICINITY 1st Open Call Third party IoT infrastructures
Language in which the proposal should be submitted: English
Web link for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines/call results) on your official project web site: http://vicinity2020.eu/vicinity/content/open-calls
Email address for further information: opencalls@vicinity2020.eu

The project VICINITY, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688467, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are:

  • Integrate a new IoT infrastructure into VICINITY;
  • Co-operate with the VICINITY partners to demonstrate of the open call project's results within the duration of the proposed project;
  • The proposal must explain how the IoT infrastructure supports existing use-cases, services, and/or business models in VICINITY, or new ones, and/or undertake co-creation activities.

Financial support will be provided to individual SMEs, large companies, research institutes, and public authorities such as (city) communities, which are - established in an EU Member State or in an Associated Country which is qualified and is compliant with the rules of participation H2020. Only one entity per proposal will be admitted, so activities in co-operation with other organisations will not be considered eligible.

Action acronym: INNOVOUCHER
Action grant agreement number: 671295
Action full name: INNOVOUCHER: Implementing a European Label for Innovation Vouchers.

The action INNOVOUCHER, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 671295, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a mean to achieve its own objectives.

The objective of this action is to enable small and medium sized enterprises and their associations to acquire knowledge, technology and innovation services supplied by accredited providers located in other EU Member States. The action will provide a total grant of €600.000 to a maximum of 25 beneficiaries.

Publication Date: 15 March 2018
Deadline: 15 June 2018, 5pm Brussels time.

Calls launch: 15 March 2018
Submission deadline: 15 June 2018, 5pm Brussels time
Notification to Beneficiaries: 31 July 2018
Start of the projects: From Sub-Grant Agreement signature until 28th February 2019

Expected duration of participation: 5 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €24 000
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-2014-6
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Web address for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines): http://www.innovoucher.eu/call
Email address for further information: info@innovoucher.eu

Project acronym: DIATOMIC
Project full name: Digital Innovation Hubs boosting European Microelectronics Industry
Project grant agreement number: 761809
Call title: DIATOMIC - 1st Open Call for Application Experiments based on Advanced Microelectronics and Smart System Integration targeting Health, Agrifood, and Manufacturing sectors
Publication Date: 15 March 2018
Deadline: 15 June 2018 at 12:00 PM (CEST)
Total financial support per application experiment / experiment partner organisation: The budget per experiment may vary from €70 000 to €200 000. Each partner can receive funding in the range of €20 000 - €100 000 (in case all partners being funded at 100%)
Number and type of partner organisations involved in the experiment: Consortia consisting of 2 to 3 partners: SMEs (or midcaps) and research/non-industry organisations (i.e. research centres, universities, competence centres) coming together either as technology providers or end users; Taking advantage of advanced microelectronics and smart systems integration (health, agrifood, manufacturing)
Submission language: English
Project web address: https://www.diatomic.eu/
Proposal submission web address & full call information: https://diatomic.eu/index.php/open-calls/
More information: info@diatomic.eu / https://www.f6s.com/diatomic/

Additional information:

DIATOMIC a network of three Digital Innovation Hubs specialised in health, agrifood and manufacturing. Designed as a one-stop shop, DIATOMIC aims to accelerate the adoption electronic components, sensors, smart objects and systems in health, agrifood and manufacturing sectors.

DIATOMIC pulls together resources and expertise from each Digital Innovation Hub, offering a comprehensive service package: advanced testbed and experimentation facilities, needs-based business and matchmaking services, and much more.

The three-year project is a part of the Horizon 2020 Smart Anything Everywhere initiative and brings together technological research centers (Fraunhofer IPA, Instituto Pedro Nunes and BioSense), competence centres (INTRASOFT Intl, Libellium and Synelixis), innovation consulting (InoSens), SMEs community (F6S) and investors (FastTrack).

Call Details

DIATOMIC is looking to support innovative and scalable application experiments within advanced microelectronics (AME) technologies and smart system integration (SSI) domains. The call is open to small consortia consisting of 2-3 partners, from the EU and H2020 associated countries. Microelectronics components and smart system integration are considered as an essential part of proposed technological concepts, starting from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3. In addition, consortia are requested to provide an initial exploitation plan for their experiments. Following selection and evaluation process, each experiment will enter DIATOMIC Design-Develop-Market program lasting between 9 and 15 months.

Submission Details

  • Call opens: 15 March 2018
  • Submission deadline: All submissions must be made by 12:00 PM CEST, 15 June 2018
  • Electronic submission: Proposal should be submitted only via F6S

For Open Call documentation, visit https://www.diatomic.eu/. To request matchmaking support for the purposes of consortium building, fill in the application form on F6S.

Call title: Third INDEMAND Open Call-Paris
Project full name: Demand driven co-creation for public entities
Project acronym: inDemand
Call identifier: H2020 SC6 CO-CREATION 2016
Grant agreement number: 763735
Call publication date: 8 March 2018
Call deadline: 8 June 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 7 months
Total EU funding available: €90 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €30 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and submission: : https://www.indemandhealth.eu/
E-mail: indemandcall@indemandhealth.eu

Additional information:

inDemand is a new model where Healthcare organizations and companies co-create Digital Health solutions, with the economic support of public regional funds in 3 pilot regions: Murcia Region (Spain), Paris Region (France) and Oulu Region (Finland).

inDemand applies at the same time demand-driven and co-creation approaches. inDemand aims to solve the challenges identified by the customer -the Healthcare organizations- and increasing the capacity of health entities to systematically identify and solve their needs while co-creating opportunities for private companies.

More specifically, inDemand aims to support eHealth projects that meet the challenges identified by the healthcare organisations.

inDemand main objective is that SMEs will develop digital solutions with higher success rate -in terms of their application in practice/market uptake- because they have been developed side by side with the client. To this end, inDemand is specifically launching 6 calls, two in each inDemand region.

In this third Call, the best projects from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be selected to enrol into a co-creation program where each SME will obtain a grant up to a maximum of €30 000.

Visit our website, download the application form and guidance document and submit your application form now! Do not hesitate to contact the inDemand representatives. You can register to the project to make yourself visible in the project, to be updated on the project and to get in contact with your local representative.

Project full name: SUpport and PartnERship for the development of multiple sustainable and market ready value chains in the BIO-based economy
Project acronym: SuperBIO
Call identifier: SuperBIO-Innosup-1-2015
Call title: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains
Grant agreement number: 691555
Publication Date: 17 November 2016
Deadline: 4 June 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 06 months
Indicative budget for the call: €1 800 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Submission language: English (translation from Spanish or Polish available)
Web address for full open call information: http://www.h2020-superbio.eu/apply-now
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.h2020-superbio.eu/apply-now
E-mail: stefan.ruyters@fbbv.be

Additional information

SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding programme. The €3.8 million project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the biobased economy. It therefore engages with the EU biobased business community. The project provides 10 different types of innovation services to third party SMEs which are funded by the project for 75%. As such, it brings these value chains closer to reality.

SuperBIO provides (i) networking and advice to SMEs on innovation opportunities, (ii) value chain building and (iii) 10 different professional innovation services. Advice and value chain building are free of charge. Innovation services are 75% funded by SuperBIO and are provided by professional and leading service providers/consultants from Belgium, UK and Germany.

Services include proof-of-concept/scale up, Innovation capture and patent filing, techno-economic evaluation, market research, feedstock analysis, sustainability and regulatory appraisal, LCA, business planning, access to investors, subsidy and grant strategy.

SuperBIO has an open call for proposals for SMEs active in the biobased economy. An application form can be submitted at any time until 22 June 2018 or until the maximal capacity of the project is reached. Proposals are evaluated monthly by the consortium members based on 6 criteria (check our guidance document). Deadline each month is the first Monday of the month. A cross border value chain will be built including at least 3 stakeholders from at least 2 different countries taking advantage of the wide network of the consortium with clusters from Spain, Belgium, France and Poland, and networks in UK and Germany. SuperBIO organizes a value chain meeting (telco) at which the needs and gaps of the value chain are analysed. After that SMEs have access to the innovation services program. SMEs get 75% funding support by SuperBIO, and need to cofund the remaining 25% in cash.

Visit our website, download the application form and guidance document and submit your application form now! Do not hesitate to contact the SuperBIO representatives. You can register to the project to make yourself visible in the project, to be updated on the project and to get in contact with your local representative.

Project acronym: TETRAMAX
Project full name: TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments
Project grant agreement number: 761349
Call identifier: TETRAMAX-VALUECHAIN-TTX-1
Call title: 1st open call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
Publication Date: 28 February 2018
Deadline: 31 May 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected TTX duration: Between 12-18 months
Expected TTX start and end date: at the first day of the following month after entry into force of the TTX funding agreement. Any date prior to 1 September 2018 is not possible. The TTX has to end by February 2020 at the latest.
Total financial support per TTX / TTX partner organisation: Financial support per TTX is between €50 000 and €100 000 maximum (for 3+ partner organizations); on average, a funding of €70 000 is anticipated per TTX. Maximum possible funding per TTX partner: €60 000.
Number and type of partner organizations involved in the TTX: Three or more partners (in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed) from at least two different EU member states or associated countries; partners must be legal entities, such as universities, research organisations, SMEs and midcaps, other companies.
Submission language: English
Project web address: https://www.tetramax.eu
Full open call information: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/
TTX online proposal submission platform: http://tetramax.fundingbox.com/apply
E-mail: opencalls@tetramax.eu

Additional information:

Today's European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalization era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organizing and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded "application experiments" connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customized Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Competence Center Network (CCN) on CLEC will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing the opportunities for technology transfers. In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

TETRAMAX is one of the new initiatives established under the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative which seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries.

Goal of a Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary TTX

The TTX consortium consists of three or more partners (in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed) representing a value chain from research over initial product innovation towards a wider market penetration. The TTX partners must be based in at least two different EU member states or associated countries. This TTX type brings together:

  • One partner (A) providing a particular novel CLEC hardware or software technology from research; up to three further auxiliary partners (from academia or industry) may be included in the consortium in case an interdisciplinary cooperation is required for a successful TTX.
  • One "Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partner" (B) testing and deploying the technology in its dedicated, possibly even non-tech, products with its end customers.
  • Another partner (C) productising this technology as a "platform" in the long-term for a wider market.

For instance, a university (A) acts as a technology provider and intends to transfer a novel CLEC technology to a manufacturing SME (B) as a technology receiver in terms of non-exclusive licensing, together with training, services, and documentation, etc. as necessary. The technology receiver intends to experimentally use the new technology in order to enable improved products, processes, or services, thus acting as an OEM and early technology adopter. In case, the developed technology could be generalized and applied to other industries as well, another specialised partner (C) could engage as a "catalyst" (not competing with the technology receiver) to extend the value chain by productizing and maintaining the technology, e.g. in the form of customizable software tools, hardware IP and/or professional services, so as to serve a much broader market. In case of a successful TTX, the "catalyst" would finally license a robust product back to the technology provider and a receiver and will also offer the technology and services as a platform to various other customers. Auxiliary partners may optionally assist in the transfer and the productisation process.

It is assumed that the start TRL will typically be 3 (experimental proof of concept) or 4 (technology validated in lab), while the target TRL will be 8 (system complete and qualified) on average.

Details on this call incl. submission process and all relevant documents: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/

Call title: Second INDEMAND Open Call-Oulu
Project full name: Demand driven co-creation for public entities
Project acronym: inDemand
Call identifier: H2020 SC6 CO-CREATION 2016
Grant agreement number: 763735
Call publication date: 28 February 2018
Call deadline: 28 May 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 7 months
Total EU funding available: €120 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €30 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and submission: : https://www.indemandhealth.eu/
E-mail: indemandcall@indemandhealth.eu

Additional information:

inDemand is a new model where Healthcare organizations and companies co-create Digital Health solutions, with the economic support of public regional funds in 3 pilot regions: Murcia Region (Spain), Paris Region (France) and Oulu Region (Finland).

inDemand applies at the same time demand-driven and co-creation approaches. inDemand aims to solve the challenges identified by the customer -the Healthcare organizations- and increasing the capacity of health entities to systematically identify and solve their needs while co-creating opportunities for private companies.

More specifically, inDemand aims to support eHealth projects that meet the challenges identified by the healthcare organisations.

inDemand main objective is that SMEs will develop digital solutions with higher success rate -in terms of their application in practice/market uptake- because they have been developed side by side with the client. To this end, inDemand is specifically launching 6 calls, two in each inDemand region.

In this first Call, the best projects from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be selected to enrol into a co-creation program where each SME will obtain a grant up to a maximum of €30 000.

Visit our website, download the application form and guidance document and submit your application form now! Do not hesitate to contact the inDemand representatives. You can register to the project to make yourself visible in the project, to be updated on the project and to get in contact with your local representative.

Call title: First Open Call to access to the Cross4Health Acceleration Programme
Project full name: Collaboration among Aerospace, Energy and Biotechnology, ICT and Medical Devices sectors in generating innovative solutions, business models and workflows that enhance patient-centred care
Project acronym: Cross4Health
Grant agreement number: 731391
Call publication date: 15 February 2018
Call deadline: 16 May 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 9 months
Total EU funding available for new partners: €60 000/company
Submission language: English
Submission and further information (to come): https://cross4health.eu/opencall.html

Additional information:

The First Cross4Health Open Call will remain open from the 15th of February 2018 until the 16th of May 2018 at 17:00, CET (Central European Time).

Cross4Health 1st Open Call is seeking project proposals looking into technology and know-how from the Aerospace, Energy, Biotechnology, ICT, and Medical devices sectors for the generation of innovative solutions for Healthcare.

By applying to the 1st Cross4Health Open Call, you will compete to get engaged in the 1st Cross4Health Acceleration Programme, where up to 10 projects (a maximum of 20 SMEs) will obtain support worth up to €60 000 per SME partner in the project (no restriction on the number of SMEs but funding is limited to max. €180 000 per project) and distributed as follows:

  • €25 000 in Direct Cash Funding per SME partner (more information in sections 9).
  • Up to €30 000 Per SME partner in Innovation Services: conceived as a seamless service package, including services provided by Consortium Partners and external providers (Innovation Vouchers), a unique value proposition for the selected projects and assigned as follows:
    • Up to €15 000 per SME partner in Innovation Vouchers to be used in services provided by external providers validated by Consortium.
    • Up to €15 000 per SME partner in additional services provided by Consortium Partners.
  • €5 000 additional cash funding per SME, for Projects joining the Fast Lane Programme, which will be more mature and will be doing a demonstration in the course of the project

Project full name: Bridging the Interoperability Gap of Internet of Things
Total budget: €429 095
Maximum budget per project: €35 000 for type 1 proposals, €60 000 for type 2 proposals
Call open for applications: 30 January 2018
Deadline for the proposals: 4 May 2018 at 17:00 (CET)
Notification of selected projects: Mid of April 2018
Project Start: May 2018
Project End: September 2018
Call Information: http://big-iot.eu/second-open-call/
Contact: info@big-iot.eu

Call title: First INDEMAND Open Call-Murcia
Full name of the EU funded project: Demand driven co-creation for public entities
Project acronym: inDemand
Call identifier: H2020 SC6 CO-CREATION 2016
Grant agreement number: 763735
Call publication date: 1 February 2018
Call deadline: 30 April 2018
Expected duration of participation: 7 months
Total EU funding available: €120 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €30 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and submission: www.indemandhealth.eu
E-mail: indemandcall@indemandhealth.eu

Additional information:

inDemand is a new model where Healthcare organizations and companies co-create Digital Health solutions, with the economic support of public regional funds in 3 pilot regions: Murcia Region (Spain), Paris Region (France) and Oulu Region (Finland).

inDemand applies at the same time demand-driven and co-creation approaches. inDemand aims to solve the challenges identified by the customer the Healthcare organizations and increasing the capacity of health entities to systematically identify and solve their needs while co-creating opportunities for private companies.

More specifically, inDemand aims to support eHealth projects that meet the challenges identified by the healthcare organisations

inDemand main objective is that SMEs will develop digital solutions with higher success rate in terms of their application in practice/market uptake because they have been developed side by side with the client. To this end, inDemand is specifically launching 6 calls, two in each inDemand region

In this first Call, the best projects from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be selected to enrol into a co-creation program where each SME will obtain a grant up to a maximum of €30 000.

Visit our website, download the application form and guidance document and submit your application form now! Do not hesitate to contact the inDemand representatives. You can register to the project to make yourself visible in the project, to be updated on the project and to get in contact with your local representative.

Call title: CEoI "Testing pathophysiological models of brain diseases"
Project full name: Human Brain Project Specific Grant Agreement 2
Project acronym: HBP SGA 2
Call identifier: HBP CEoI MIP 2018 model-testing
Project grant agreement number: 785907 (Grant not yet signed but expected to start in April 2018 for 2 years)
Instrument type: SGA RIA under FPA 650003 (HBP FET Flagship)
Call publication date: 29 January 2018
Call deadline: 15 March 2018 17:00:00 (GMT+1)
Expected duration of participation: around 21 months in SGA 2
Total EC funding available for new partners: €800 000 + HBP-JP voucher worth €50 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/model-testing
E-mail addres for submissions: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/model-testing
E-mail addres for further information : model-testing@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Additional information:

The HBP FET Flagship is implemented under H2020 as a succession of Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) under a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA).

Call title: CEoI "Federated analysis of human intracerebral stimulation and recording data".
Project full name: Human Brain Project Specific Grant Agreement 2
Project acronym: HBP SGA 2
Call identifier: HBP CEoI MIP 2018 intracerebral
Project grant agreement number: 785907 (Grant not yet signed but expected to start in April 2018 for 2 years)
Instrument type: SGA RIA under FPA 650003 (HBP FET Flagship)
Call publication date: 29 January 2018
Call deadline: 15 March 2018 17:00:00 (GMT+1)
Expected duration of participation: around 21 months in SGA 2
Total EC funding available for new partners: €800 000 + HBP-JP voucher worth €50 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/intracerebral
E-mail addres for submissions: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/intracerebral
E-mail addres for further information : intracerebral@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Additional information:

The HBP FET Flagship is implemented under H2020 as a succession of Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) under a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). This Call for Expressions of Interest (CEoI) is to complement the HBP Medical Informatics Platform (Sub-Project SP8).

Call title: CEoI "Comprehensive ontologies for brain diseases".
Project full name: Human Brain Project Specific Grant Agreement 2
Project acronym: HBP SGA 2
Call identifier: HBP CEoI MIP 2018 ontologies
Project grant agreement number: 785907 (Grant not yet signed but expected to start in April 2018 for 2 years)
Instrument type: SGA RIA under FPA 650003 (HBP FET Flagship)
Call publication date: 29 January 2018
Call deadline: 15 March 2018 17:00:00 (GMT+1)
Expected duration of participation: around 21 months in SGA 2
Total EC funding available for new partners: €300 000 + HBP-JP voucher worth €14 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/ontologies>
E-mail addres for submissions: https://opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu/forms/overview/ontologies
E-mail addres for further information : ontologies@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Additional information:

The HBP FET Flagship is implemented under H2020 as a succession of Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) under a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). This Call for Expressions of Interest (CEoI) is to complement the HBP Medical Informatics Platform (Sub-Project SP8).

Project acronym: ReconCell
Project full name: A Reconfigurable robot workCell for fast set-up of automated assembly processes in SMEs
Project grant agreement number: 680431
Call title: ReconCell Project Open Call
Publication Date: 30 November 2017
Deadline: 1 March 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration: 3-6 months
Total budget: €170 000
Maximum funding per proposal: €85 000
Project web address: http://www.reconcell.eu/
Proposal submission web address & full call information: https://reconcell.inhancer.dk/opencall
More information: info@reconcell.eu or by phone +45 71 99 56 21

Additional information

ReconCell Objectives

The ReconCell project aims at designing and implementing a new kind of autonomous robot workcell, which will be attractive not only for large production lines but also for few-of- a-kind production, which often takes place in SMEs. The ReconCell project proposes to develop a flexible robotic workcell that will allow very short, self-adaptable and affordable changeovers under the conditions demanded and based on end-user needs. This will be achieved with the minimum use of additional resources over the system's lifetime.

Call Details

ReconCell project invites applications to the Open Call for robot assembly experiments in a reconfigurable workcell. All organisations that meet EU criteria for participation in H2020 projects are eligible to submit. Priority will be given to the experiments driven by the requirements of manufacturing SMEs. Active participation of manufacturing SMEs is encouraged. The timeframe for each experiment will be 3-6 months, with a budget of up to €85 000 allocated for supporting the participation in each experiment.

An ideal experiment should match the following criteria:

  • Several variants of a product needs to be assembled in a reconfigurable workcell
  • All components of the product need to be rigid
  • Assembly should make use of components and current set-up of ReconCell
  • Assembly sequence for each variant of the product should not involve more than 5 parts
  • Should not replicate existing experiments

The main evaluation criteria will be the quality of experiment specification, its fit to the ReconCell technologies, and the potential industrial impact for manufacturing SMEs.

Submission Details

  • Call opens: 30 November 2017
  • Submission deadline: All submissions must be made by 17:00 Brussels local time, 1 March 2018
  • Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using the proposal submission tool accessible via the ReconCell Open Call submission platform

More information and the full call documents, including the guides for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on https://reconcell.inhancer.dk/opencall or by contacting:
E-Mail: info@reconcell.eu
Phone: +45 71 99 56 21

Project acronym: HORSE
Project full name: Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes
Project grant agreement number: 680734
Call identifier: HORSE-AppExp
Call title: Open call for HORSE application experiments
Publication Date: 1 December 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration: 9 months
Total budget: €1 400 000
Maximum funding per proposal: €200 000 (including 25% indirect costs)
Project web address: http://horse-project.eu
Proposal submission web address: http://opencalls.horse-project.eu
E-mail: opencalls@horse-project.eu

Additional information

Project HORSE, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 680734, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as means to achieve its own objectives.

HORSE aims to bring a leap forward in the manufacturing industry proposing a new flexible model of smart factory involving collaboration of humans, robots, AGV's and machinery to realize industrial tasks in an efficient manner. The main strategy builds on existing technology and research results in robotics and smart factories and integrates them in a coherent and flexible software framework. A short description of the framework, its architecture and components is available on our website.

The HORSE framework is driven by and validated with end-users - manufacturing companies - in two steps: in the first, the framework was jointly developed together with the selected end-users (Pilot Experiments); in the second, its suitability and transferability to further applications will be validated with new end-users recruited via this Open Call.

The project calls for contributions that validate the framework in real industrial settings involving nearly autonomous robotics or human-robot collaboration. The experiments are also expected to extend the framework by providing new functionalities (software components) or integrating new robots and other machinery (hardware components). The main goals of the experiments are to validate, extend and refine the framework as well as to maximize the impact of HORSE on the European manufacturing sector. This will be achieved by demonstrating the reusability/generalisability of the use cases to be proposed and by detailing the impact in the specific industry.

It is of utmost importance for the proposals to tackle human safety issues properly. The safety of the developed system needs to be ensured and validated according to the legal requirements in place (involving safety certification if needed).

Considering the purpose of the Open Call it is crucial that the experiments, regardless of the area of application, utilize the HORSE framework to the fullest extent possible. This means that that the proposed experiments need to use the HORSE middleware for communication between the components and the Manufacturing Process Management Software component for modelling and executing the process. The applicants are strongly encouraged to reuse process-specific modules developed within the HORSE project. If development of new components is needed full compatibility with the framework needs to be ensured. Development of components from the following areas (but not limited to them) is especially welcome:

  • Quality inspection (e.g using machine vision)
  • Situation awareness and prediction for human safety (e.g. multi-sensor human tracking systems)
  • Programming by demonstration
  • Robot control algorithms (e.g. force-feedback for working with delicate surfaces)

There are no requirements regarding the hardware elements used in the experiments. However, it is strongly encouraged to provide support to robots and machinery not integrated in the framework yet such as (but not limited to):

  • Safety components (e.g. SafetyEYE, SAPARO floor etc.)
  • AGVs
  • Haptic teleoperation interfaces and other novel human-robot interfaces.

Because of the expected scope and impact of the experiments the Call welcomes in particular consortia of partners offering complementary, multi-disciplinary competences. Consortia should consist of the end user (a manufacturing organisation, preferably an SME) and other partners depending on the needs, e.g. research institutions, system integrators and hardware providers.

More information and the full call documents, including the guides for the applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the website or by contacting info@opencalls.horse-project.eu.

Call title: 1st 5GINFIRE Open Call - phase 1- "Initial experiments and additional functionalities and infrastructures for experimentation"
Full name of the EU funded project: Evolving FIRE into a 5G-Oriented Experimental Playground for Vertical Industries
Project acronym: 5GINFIRE
Grant agreement number: 732497
Call publication date: 1 December 2017
Call deadline: 28 February 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 6 months for experimenters, 20 months for new functionalities and infrastructures
Total EU funding available: €750 000
Submission & evaluation process: Submissions must be done by using the proposal templates and through dedicated submission tool – available on the project website. Evaluations will be done by at least two independent experts. The conclusion on the proposals and ranking will be done at experts' consensus meetings.
Project website: https://5ginfire.eu/
E-mail: Halid Hrasnica (hrasnica@eurescom.eu) or contact@5GinFIRE.eu

Additional information

The main technical objective of 5GinFIRE is to build and operate an open and extensible 5G NFV-based reference (Open5G-NFV) ecosystem of experimental facilities that not only integrates existing FIRE facilities with new vertical-specific ones, but also lays down the foundations for instantiating fully softwarized architectures of vertical industries and experimenting with them. The initial instantiation of the Open5G-NFV ecosystem is driven by the automotive vertical industry deployed across state-of-the-art 5G infrastructures. However, it is as generic as possible in order to host other verticals applications.

In alignment with the overall project objectives 5GINFIRE is organising a competitive open call targeting external organisations, industry including SMEs, research institutions, and academia, interested to perform experiments on the top of the infrastructure provided by 5GinFIRE. In order to further improve the 5GinFIRE ecosystem and add new needed functionalities for experimenters, the open call mechanism is used to involve third parties, which are able to provide the needed additional infrastructures and functionalities. Therefore this 5GinFIRE open call targets the following types of experimenters and facility providers:

  • Category 1 (call identifier 5ginfire-1-exp-1): Invite experimenters to use the Automotive EVI environment as it is, taking advantage of the provided EVI features such as SDN, NFV and VxFs to test vertical applications
  • Category 2:
    1. Invite open source developers to provide missing functionality that is necessary for the lifecycle management of infrastructure components that enable virtualised infrastructures (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-a-1).
    2. Invite designers and facilities providers of other verticals to take advantage of the 5GinFIRE toolsets, facilities and best practices, and instantiate new EVIs from other vertical industries (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-b-1).

Project acronym: TETRAMAX
Project full name: TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments
Project grant agreement number: 761349
Call identifier: TETRAMAX-BILATERAL-TTX-1
Call title: 1st open call for Bilateral Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
Publication Date: 30 November 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected TTX duration: Between 6-12 months
Expected TTX start and end date: at the first day of the following month after entry into force of the TTX funding agreement. Any date prior to 1June 2018 is not possible. The TTX has to end by December 2019 at the latest.
Total financial support per TTX / TTX partner organisation: Financial support per TTX is between €20 000 and €50 000 maximum (for two partner organizations); on an average funding of €35 000 is anticipated per TTX.
Number and type of partner organizations involved in the TTX: One academic and one industry partner from two different EU countries or associated countries; in justified cases, both partners can be SMEs.
Submission language: English
Project web address: https://www.tetramax.eu
Full open call information: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/
TTX online proposal submission platform: http://tetramax.fundingbox.com/apply
E-mail: opencalls@tetramax.eu

Additional information

The project TETRAMAX, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 761349, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as means to achieve its own project objectives.

TETRAMAX and types of activities

Today's European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalization era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organizing and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded "application experiments" connect SMEs and mid-caps with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customized Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IOT).

Additionally, building and leveraging a European Competence Center Network (CCN) on CLEC will increase the exchange of technologies and solutions, hence increasing the opportunities for technology transfers. In the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

TETRAMAX is one of the new initiatives established under the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative which seeks to accelerate innovation within European Industries.

Further information on TETRAMAX:

Goal of a bilateral TTX

During a bilateral TTX, one academic partner (publicly funded, university or research institution) based in an EU member state or associated country transfers a particular novel HW or SW technology in the domain of CLEC for CPS and IoT to a receiving industry partner (privately funded, preferably an SME or mid-cap) from a different EU member state or associated country. In justified cases, both partners can be SMEs, which means that one SME partner is the technology provider and the other SME partner is the technology receiver.

The receiving partner adopts and deploys this technology to enable improved products or processes (e.g. by gains concerning product cost, performance, or power consumption). Thereby, the technology receiver will achieve innovation and measureable impact, e.g. in terms of increased revenue or newly created jobs.

Details on the open call including the Guide for Applicants and the online proposal submission platform can be found at: https://www.tetramax.eu/ttx/calls/.

Project acronym: EMBERS
Project full name: Enabling a Mobility Back-End as a Robust Service
Project grant agreement number: 687992
Call identifier: ICT-12-2015 – Integrating experiments and facilities in FIRE+
Call Opening: 18 December 2017
Deadline: 16 February 2018, 12:00 (CET)
Expected duration of contracts awarded: max. 7 months
Max EC contribution per city challenge: max. €30 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://embers.city/open-call/
E-mail: contact@embers.city

Additional information

This call for proposals is related to the EU-funded project EMBERS (H2020 - ICT-12-2015: FIRE). In the context of EMBERS, three city challenges have been prepared in cooperation with the cities Porto (PT), Cologne (DE) and Trikala (GR). We are looking for developers to implement solutions to each of these proposed challenges in the form of mobile and/or Web apps that use the EMBERS MBaaS (Mobility Back-end as a Service) to access mobility data provided by the respective city. These solutions will demonstrate that the MBaaS is capable of successfully solving a specific smart city mobility challenge. Development works starts on 2 April 2018 and has a maximum duration of 7 months. The funding of a city challenge is expected to be up to €30 000. The total indicative funding for this call is €90 000.

Deadline: 16 February 2018, at 12h00 (Paris time).

Potential applicants, i.e., startups, SMEs, technology providers, etc. are asked to submit proposals written in English only. More information and the full call documents, including the guidelines for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on found on the French government-run platform for public procurement, PLACE.

If you have further questions, please contact us at contact@embers.city.

A note concerning this open call:
To avoid any ambiguity that might arise through the use of the term "open call", we clarify that EMBERS does not use the "financial support to third parties" funding mechanism described in Annex K of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, and that is commonly used for projects' open calls. As the terms under which EMBERS is financed do not provide for financial support to third parties, the EMBERS open call is instead funded through the mechanism of subcontracting.

Project acronym: FED4SAE
Project full name: Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative
Project grant agreement number: 761708
Call identifier: FED4SAE01 call
Publication Date: 14 November 2017
Deadline: 6 February 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Expected average funding per applicant: €50 000, with a maximum of €60 000 for one application experiment
Submission language: English
Web page (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): www.fed4sae.eu
E-mail: isabelle.dor@cea.fr

Additional information

Scope: FED4SAE is part of the Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative under the Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT). The three-year project aims to facilitate the acceleration of European Cyber-Physical System (CPS) solutions to market and will boost digitization of European industry by strengthening companies' competitiveness in the CPS market. By creating a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs with leading industrial companies providing multiple industrial platforms and R&D centers providing access to several advanced platforms and test beds, the FED4SAE project will harness the benefits of existing regional tech and businesses ecosystems across complete value chains and multiple competencies to enable European startups, SMEs and midcap companies in all sectors to build and create new digital products and services through three open calls. The project mission also includes innovation management – linking these companies to suppliers and investors to create innovative CPS solutions and accelerate their development and industrialization.

What we offer: Through this 1st open call, FED4SAE provides a unique marketplace organized as a one-stop-shop providing access to technologies, technical expertise, business and financial services to develop new and innovative CPS solutions based on existing industrial platforms, advanced technologies & several test beds and innovation management. Successful Application Experiments (AEs) are based on collaboration with at least one of our industrial platforms, advanced platforms and networking partners. Technology access and assistance from the industrial platform partners along with expertise, know-how, coaching, design support, tech transfer and access to several advanced technologies and testbeds are provided by our advanced platform partners. Innovation management from our innovation management partners – linking applicants to suppliers, well-connected business infrastructures and existing regional innovation hubs – ensures the relevant conditions for innovation adoption and access to further investments to facilitate the industrialization of the developed CPS solutions. Such an offer will enable the rapid development, lower the entry costs for the design and optimization of your novel CPS solutions and accelerates the market entry of your proposed CPS solution. The expected duration of the Application Experiment is from 9 to a maximum of 18 months. The average funding per applicant is €50 000 with a maximum of €60 000 for one, at a funding rate of 70% of the budget. Multiple experiments per applicants are possible, with a total maximum funding for all experiments of €100 000 (through all three open calls).

How to enter: You are invited to submit Application Experiment proposals, targeting an innovative CPS solution, for exciting new markets, such as smart cities, smart agriculture, smart food, smart health and wellbeing, smart building, smart transport, etc. Each AE must focus on at least one of the following areas:

  • Software-intensive AE: Building a system solution using existing programmable CPS software platforms and complementary advanced software platforms. The AE will cover access enablement to the FED4SAE industrial platforms, embedded software development complementary competences from research institute/advanced platform partner and eventually test bed validation. The outcome of such an experiment will be a software prototype demonstrator running on a FED4SAE industrial platform.
  • System integration AE: Building an innovative system solution using existing software and hardware components. Such an AE offers access to a broad range of competencies (system expertise, product technical experts, design kits, API) through the FED4SAE consortium. The AE will cover hardware-software integration and access enablement to both the industrial platforms and the complementary competences from research institute/advanced platform provider and eventually test bed validation. The outcome of such an AE will be an integrated system prototype demonstrator.
  • CPS and Embedded System with innovative component AE: Building an integrated Hardware-Software prototype requiring specific hardware-software components. Such AEs rely on access enablement to FED4SAE industrial platforms and complementary competences from research institute/advanced platform partner. The AE will only cover hardware-software architecture study to define the needs in terms of enablement for access to core platforms. The outcome will be system architecture virtual prototype demonstrator of the CPS and Embedded System product

The FED4SAE Application Experiments are expected to be designed and developed on a collaboration based on at least one of the following seven FED4SAE industrial platforms:

Additional services will be provided by our networking partners and at least one of the advanced platform partners, whose services include access to advanced technologies and testbeds. Details of these are to be found on the www.fed4sae.eu website:

The testbed environments brought by our research institutes will enable applicants to test and validate their innovative CPS solutions in real or quasi-real environments. The Application Experiment will receive business case support by the innovation management partners.

Interested SME and mid-Cap companies are encouraged to review details of these platforms and technologies on the www.fed4sae.eu or contact one of the FED4SAE project members listed below to find out more:

(N = Networking Partner, A = Advanced platform partner, CPS = CPS Industrial Partner, IM=Innovation management partner)

The networking partners in FED4SAE are pleased to help applicants with registration, submitting proposals and finding the right industrial platforms and advanced platform partners. Applicants should use the proposal template when writing their proposals. Important guidance is included in the proposal template, as well as in our Guide for Applicants. The documents and more details on eligibility criteria, the FED4SAE partners and their roles, as well as the offered platforms and services are available at www.fed4sae.eu.

Project full name: SoftFIRE – Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+
Project grant agreement number: 687860
Call identifier: SoftFIRE-CH
Call title: SoftFIRE Challenge
Call deadline: 31 January 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Notification of acceptance: by 7 February 2018
Total budget: €225 000 in form of prizes (for all three streams)
Maximum funding per stream: €75 000 divided as follows:
€40 000 First Prize
€25 000 Second Prize
€10 000 Third Prize
Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial organisations, or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research and virtualised applications that want to run a demo of their newly developed solutions and applications. The rules of participation are described in the SoftFIRE Challenge Call.
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: Online submission through the SoftFIRE portal
Proposal template: Proposals must use the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed call information: SoftFIRE Challenge Call
Contact: opencall@softfire.eu
Web address for further information: https://www.softfire.eu/open-calls/
Demonstration and awards: at Fed4FIRE Engineering Conference (FEC3) on 13 March 2018

Project full name: Fed4FIRE+: Federation for FIRE
Project grant agreement number: 732638
Call identifier: F4Fp-03
Call title: 3rd Fed4FIRE+ Competitive Call - Innovative Experiments (Category "Medium Experiments" & "Large Experiments")
Deadline: 15 January 2018, 17:00 (CET)
Detailed information: http://www.fed4fire.eu
Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English
Contact: contact@fed4fire.eu

Additional information

Call Objectives:
The major objective of this Call is to make Fed4FIRE's federated infrastructure directly available for execution of innovative experiments by experimenters at both industrial (including SMEs) and research organisations. Examples of such experiments may include but are not limited to testing of new protocols or algorithms, performance measurements or scalability testing. These Calls envisage experiments by which existing products or services are tested, implemented or optimized on the Fed4FIRE+ testbeds rather than proposing or developing new ideas from scratch.

Funding for Experimenters:
Funding is available to support experimenters, as described in the following table.

Experiment Type Max Experimenter Funding Per Experiment Testbed Patron Funding per experiment Max number of experiments funded in this call Max duration of experiment
Medium €55 000 €5 000 5 6 months
Large €95 000 €5 000 2 12 months

Eligibility:

  • Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in EC H2020-projects.
  • Proposers must from parties or organisations that are not already part of the Fed4FIRE+ project consortium.
  • Proposers can submit multiple experiment proposals, but only one experiment per proposer will be selected for funding in this Call.
  • Proposers who have submitted proposals in previous calls of the Fed4FIRE+ - project (Open Call 01 and Open Call 02) are allowed to re-submit.

IMPACT Connected Car is a high performance and equity free acceleration program supported by Fundingbox, Fundación para la Promoción de la Innovación, Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en la Industria de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG), INSERO E-Mobiliy A/S, MOV'EO, Moravian-Silesian Automotive Cluster, Lubelski Park Naukowo - Technologiczny S.A, Fundacio Barcelona Mobile World Capital, INTERNETSIA S.L., Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Ferrovial Servicios, S.A., PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMOBILES S.A., FIWARE Foundation, Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, THE SWAMP IOT FACTORY SL, Little Electric Car España, S.L, Eevo IO ApS, Argus Cyber Security, HEVO BV, among other big players.

IMPACT Connected Car aims at creating value link-chains for innovation in the Connected Car Open Space, with vehicle, infrastructure and device and TelCo interactions and consumer and business services through a 6 months acceleration and smartization programme.

The IMPACT Connected Car Open Space (Community) is a continuous opportunity for networking across value chains, beyond funding, available at http://impactconnectedcar.fundingbox.com/.

Regarding the FSTP, IMPACT Connected Car will finance over 60 disruptive SMEs and startups through 2 Open Calls with up to €60 000 per SME plus acceleration and coaching services, in addition the best-in-class performers will have access up to €200 000 per SME through Crowd-funding Services.

Project full name: Impacting on the Emerging Connected Car VaLuE Chains
Project acronym: Connected Car
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-01-2016-twoStage
Call title: IMPACT Connected Car 1st OPEN CALL
Grant agreement number: 731343
Publication date: 9 October 2017
Deadline: 10 January 2018, 13:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: from April 2018 to December 2018 (if beneficiaries succeed across different stages, see additional info below)
Indicative budget for the call: €830 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000 for the most promising projects (if beneficiaries succeed across different stages, see additional info below)
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.impact-accelerator.com/connected-car/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://iccar-opencall.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: info@fundingbox.com

Additional information

Through 2 open calls all along the project, IMPACT Connected Car will create a portfolio of 64 disruptors of the Connected Car Industry situated within TRL 7 "System prototype demonstration in operational environment" and TRL 9 "Actual system proven in operational environment", which will act as beachheads in the creation of new value chains in the following challenges/verticals:

  • Safety and security;
  • Driver assistance;
  • Well-being;
  • Mobility management;
  • Vehicle management;
  • Infotainment.

Within this first open call IMPACT Connected Car the 13 best performing selected SMEs across the Smartization Programme will receive up to €60 000, though several lump-sums across each stage, as described below, and will additionally benefit of a mixture between innovative acceleration services and hybridisation mechanisms to contribute to foster the cross-sectoral fertilisation and the value chain innovation.

This means that:

  • 25 beneficiaries will pass to Stage 1 after the evaluation process in the Open Call (See section 5 on Selection Process) and receive €3 000 of EU Grant
  • 15 out of previous 25 will pass to Stage 2 and receive €7 000 of EU Grant
  • 13 out of previous 15 will pass to Stage 3 and receive €50 000 of EU Grant
     
    One single beneficiary will be able to receive up to €60 000 if successfully completes all the Smartization Programme, as described in Guide for Applicants available at the Open Call website (€3 000 + €7 000 + €50 000): http://iccar-opencall.fundingbox.com/

For more information please refer to FAQs and the Guide for Applicants, you can also visit our website and register in the IMPACT Connected Car Community.

Project full name: FIRE+ online interoperability and performance test tools to support emerging technologies from research to standardization and market launch. The standards and innovations accelerating tool.
Project acronym: F-Interop
Call identifier: F-Interop02
Grant agreement number: 687884
Deadline: 20 December 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: Category C around 4 months; Category D around 3 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €10 000 per proposal
Submission language: English
Web link for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines/call results): http://www.f-interop.eu/index.php/open-call
E-mail: marie.baldauf-lenschen@digicatapult.org.uk

Additional information

Project F-Interop, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687884, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are:

  1. SME F-Interop assessment reports: Aim of this kind of projects is to generate and provide feedback on usability study for the current implementation of F-Interop platform and related tools. F-Interop will allocate up to ten (10) small grants of €10 000 each to SMEs for testing the F-Interop platform and provide a written report on potential improvements. Funding will cover testing on the F-Interop platform and preparation of a report. The outcome of this kind of experiments is a report detailing potential improvements to the F-Interop platform. Clear explanation of the methodology followed in order to provide the above identified usability study should be provided in the proposal template. Focus of the feasibility study should include but not limited to: understanding the simplicity of use and effectiveness of the proposed tools, while simplifying access to conformance, interoperability and performance online tests, and replicating the experience of physical tests session. A description of the report requirements and expected content, and a set of detailed questions will be provided by F-Interop.
  2. Plugtest Events: Aim of this kind of projects is to outreach a larger number of communities with F-Interop platform and to collect feedback. F-Interop will select up to two (2) third parties to conduct up to three (3) remote, online plugtest events each. The objective of these events will be to involve interop communities to adopt and provide feedback on F-Interop tools for technical and/or syntactical Interoperability tests. €10 000 will be awarded to the third parties selected to run an event and another €10 000 will be allocated to the consortium partner that supports this plugtest event. Funding will cover the planning, promotion and delivery of each event, the follow-up with a survey and preparation of a report detailing the results of the entire interop tests conducted during the plugtest. Clear explanation of advancement and benefit of organizing remote plugfest events with respect to physical ones should be provided in Section 1 (Impact) of the proposal template. Examples of target communities should include but are not limited ITU, IETF, W3C, ETSI, IEEE. The call will consider the formal support of SDOs as a key factor of success.

IMPACT Growth is a high performance and equity free acceleration program supported by ISDI.education, Accelerace, Fundingbox, Mobile World Capital Fiware Foundation, Kibo Ventures, Invesdor, Danone, Ferrovial, Docomo Digital, and MADE, among other big players.

We are looking for highly scalable technology companies from around the world with products already on the market and with the potential to raise Seed and Series A funding rounds at the end of the acceleration program.

IMPACT Growth will invest 3.6 million euros through 2 Open Calls to select 28 High Growth Startups which will be supported with up to €111 000 EU sub-grant and up to €275 000 in case of the top 4 performers.

Project full name: IMPACT GROWTH: EUROPEAN SUPERSTARS FOR FUTURE INTERNET
Project acronym: IMPACT Growth
Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2016-1
Call title: IMPACT Growth 2nd OPEN CALL
Grant agreement number: 732480
Publication Date of the second call: 5 September 2017
Deadline of the second call: 12 December 2017, 13:00 (CET)
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 14 on the second call
Maximum funding request per proposal: €275 000 for top performers
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.impact-accelerator.com/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://impact-growth.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: info@impact-accelerator.com

Additional information

Since its formation in 2014, IMPACT Accelerator has consistently been named one of the top accelerators in Spain and Europe. In 2016, IMPACT Growth was launched, a project that is kicking this high-performing excellence to the next level. IMPACT Growth is funding an elite group of mature startups with the aim of identifying and boosting the next four European superstar startups. Open Call for startups in the following verticals: Smart Cities; Media, AdTech and Content, Smart Manufacturing and AgriFood.

Selected startups will be financed with €100 000 in cash equity free and services in the first phase. The best of these startups will subsequently be identified to be privately funded with up to €1.5M and will receive a prize of €150 000 in cash equity free. To enter the program, startups must adopt FIWARE technology. The selected applicants will participate in an Acceleration Program of training and mentoring, with a duration of 6 months subject to achievement of certain milestones.

Please visit our website or read the complete guide for applicants.

Project full name: Personalised Medicine Innovation through Digital Enterprise Solutions
Project acronym: PERMIDES
Call identifier: INNOSUP PERMIDES
Call title: PERMIDES - Open Call for Proposals for Financial Support
Grant agreement number: 691546
Publication Date: 15 March 2017
Deadlines: 15 May 2017 and 10 October 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: no longer than 6 months
Indicative budget for the call: approx. €1 000 000 for each deadline
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://permides.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://permides.eu/apply-now/
E-mail: info@permides.eu

Additional information

Time from application to project initiation: Up to 3 months

All funded projects finalised by: 15 June 2018

Maximum funding: Biopharma SMEs can avail benefits from this call for obtaining vouchers up to a maximum of €60 000. IT SMEs can collaborate with various biopharma SMEs in multiple projects, and are not affected by €60 000 limit. Please note that biopharma SMEs are the beneficiaries of the innovation projects and the costs involved in providing the services by IT SMEs will be funded and paid to IT SMEs by PERMIDES.

Scope: Proposals should address innovation barriers and challenges of the biopharmaceutical value chain in the area of personalised medicine by means of digitalisation solutions.

Target group: The voucher funding scheme of PERMIDES is aimed at SMEs from the biopharmaceutical sector developing novel personalised medicine products and solutions (e.g. biotech/medtech companies, diagnostics companies, CROs, biobank companies, bioinformatic companies). Only biopharma SMEs, together with IT SMEs, according to the EU definition and established in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries can submit the proposals for funding provided by PERMIDES. To be eligible for funding, project teams need to consist of one biopharma SME as main applicant/beneficiary and at least one IT SME as service provider. Potential project team partners can be found via the PERMIDES platform offering the need-vs-expertise-based matchmaking of companies from the biopharmaceutical and IT sector.

Types of Vouchers: PERMIDES offers different types of vouchers to SMEs allowing them to tackle and solve challenges at specific levels of complexity. Each SME can apply for multiple vouchers but is restricted to the maximum value of each voucher type as detailed in the table below:

Type Value per voucher Purpose
Travel Voucher Up to €1 800 (international)
Up to €200 (national)
SMEs taking part in the matchmaking events and workshops offered by the PERMIDES project are eligible for applying for Travel Vouchers which are differentiated between national and international travels. A Biopharma or IT SME can apply for multiple Travel Vouchers. The cumulative amount available via Travel Vouchers per SME is limited to €6 000. A Travel Voucher will be awarded to a company, not to a single employee of a company. If a company sends more than one employee to a project-related event, the travel costs for all of these employees have to be added together and applied for via one single Travel Voucher application.
Consultancy Voucher Up to €5 000 A biopharma SME can make use of an individual consultation by an IT SME, regarding a specific challenge in its value chain that could be improved via IT. A Biopharma SME can apply for multiple Consultancy Vouchers. The cumulative amount available via Consultancy Vouchers per biopharma SME is limited to €12 000.
Innovation Voucher Up to €60 000 A biopharma SME will receive a customised IT solution adapted to its specific competitive situation. A biopharma SME can apply for multiple Innovation Vouchers. The cumulative amount available via vouchers per biopharma SME is limited to €60 000.

Evaluation criteria: Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of PERMIDES consortium members and external experts based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation Level
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Resource Capacities
  • Partner Competence
  • Fitness to Industry Needs

Project full name: Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems
Call identifier: RobMoSys-1FORC
Call title: First Open Call for RobMoSys Contribution
Grant agreement number: 732410
Publication Date: 10 July 2017
Deadline: 9 October 2017, 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 12 months
Indicative budget for the call: €2 000 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €300 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information and proposal submissions: http://robmosys.eu/open-calls/
E-mail: opencalls@robmosys.eu

Additional information

Project RobMoSys, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 732410, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as means to achieve its own objectives.

The vision of RobMoSys is to create better models, as the basis for better tools and better software, which then allow to build better robotic systems.

The project asks for contributions that realise a step change in system-level composition for robotics, and that demonstrate this in real-world scenarios. The step change must not only be visible in the modelling foundation of the contributions, but also in the industry-grade quality of their realisation. Indeed, in the medium-term future, companies should be able to rely on the RobMoSys outcomes to build robotic applications by composing high quality composable models and associated software functions.

Proposals need to illustrate their contribution in a relevant use-case with coverage of all of the following: tooling, models and associated software (implementations that realise the models, and that are created/configured by the tooling) demonstrated on system-level prototypical scenarios in, e.g., navigation and manipulation.

To achieve this goal, types of activities that qualify for financial support are software developments under the form of:

  • Models
    • Composable models of components (ports, blocks, connectors enriched with composition constraints, resource requirements, etc.).
    • Models of system-level composition (system composed out of models of components) within a relevant use-case (composition for design-time or run-time composability).
    • Models to realise an architectural pattern, a design principle or best practice.
  • Tools and Meta-Models
    • Extensions and/or improvements of, the provided RobMoSys meta-models (for instance for additional non-functional concerns such as Quality of Service, timing, performance, etc.).
    • Extensions and/or improvements of, the provided RobMoSys tools baseline (e.g. for design-time predictability, sanity checks, composability analysis, formal conformance verification, etc.).

It is crucial that the contributions to the RobMoSys ecosystem strictly adhere to the RobMoSys modelling principles (composability, and conformity to meta-models). Full open source contributions are preferred but not mandatory. However, we expect at least the models and their transformations to proprietary tools to be under an open source license. Let us also note that in the first open call, we prefer projects that illustrate their contribution in the domain of robot-centric motion, navigation and manipulation. The RobMoSys technical user-stories provide a variety of possible topics that RobMoSys encourages to consider.

Because of the expected step change contributions, the Call welcomes, in particular, consortia offering complementary, multi-disciplinary competences that go beyond the mainstream robotics community; for example, robotics experts teaming up with software engineering people, or tool builders, or experts from automotive, aerospace, embedded, cyber physical systems.

More information and the full call documents, including the guides for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the web site www.robmosys.eu.

The SoftFIRE project Third Competitive Open Call is looking for proposals for innovative experiments, complying with the following information:

Project full name: SoftFIRE – Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+
Call identifier: SoftFIRE-OC3
Call title: Third SoftFIRE Open Call for Experiments
Project number: 687860
Total budget: €850 000
Maximum funding per proposal: €50 000
Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research and applications that need to run experiments to test, evaluate and optimise their solutions and applications. The rules of participation are indicated in the SoftFIRE website.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 3 months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: online submission through the portal
Feasibility Check deadline: 20 September 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Call deadline: 4 October 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2017
Proposal Template: Proposals must use the required template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: SoftFIRE Third Open Call
Contact: opencall@softfire.eu

For the feasibility check, it is mandatory that proposers get in contact with the SoftFIRE partners for the proposed experiment to discuss its feasibility within the SoftFIRE federated testbed and the related specific requirements. Each proposer must submit their draft proposal (mandatory) through the submission portal by 20 September 2017, at 17.00 CEST (Brussels time) (Sharp deadline). The draft proposal must contain at least Sections A, B and C fully completed. Feedback by the SoftFIRE consortium will be provided latest by 29 September 2017 and has to be indicated in Section D of the proposal template.

Project full name: Data Pitch
Grant agreement number: 732506
Total budget: €7 067 230.00
Publication date of first call: 1 July 2017 at 12:00 pm (CEST)
Deadline of first call: 1 October 2017 at 12:00 pm (CEST)
Submission language: English
Maximum funding request available: €100 000
Acceleration: 6 months
Web address for call information and registration: http://datapitch.eu/apply/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://datapitch.eu/apply/
Guide for applicants: http://datapitch.eu/apply/ (available on 1 July 2017 12:00 pm (CEST)
Interviews: 30 October - 3 November 2017 (face to face interviews, London, UK)
Email: call@datapitch.eu

Additional information

Data Pitch is an EU-funded open innovation programme bringing together corporate and public sector organisations that have data with startups and SMEs that work with data. It is centred around a competition with several tracks, which describe challenges set by the data-owning organisations, and an accelerator programme (6 months duration) to help startups and SMEs develop solutions to meet these challenges.
Each challenge can be addressed via the use of one or more data sets, open, shared or closed. The startups and SMEs will put forward proposals for creating high impact, innovative products and services in response to the challenges defined by the data owners. Each proposal will respond to a particular challenges from the call.
Successful applicants will receive an important financial and advisory boost to their idea, with support to develop a concept into a robust and sustainable business.

  • Investment up to €100 000
  • Introduction to investors
  • 6-month business acceleration ODI and Beta-i
  • Peer-networking and support via meetups in major European cities
  • Access to technology and data sets, as well as training materials and webinars by Data Pitch experts.

Applications should be made via datapitch.eu/apply/ and following the steps described there. The applications will be online. They will consist of a short proposal (around 5 pages), supporting documents, and a form with basic information about the company. The applicants are single companies (no consortia) and must be registered with the European Commission as an SME at the time of submission.

Proposals will be reviewed by Data Pitch and shortlisted applicants will be asked to present their idea in a face-to-face interview in London, UK at the dates specified above.
Data Pitch is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and is being delivered by the University of Southampton, Open Data Institute, Beta-i and Dawex.

Project full name: INNOvative LABS for leveraging cross capacity building between ICT, Health, BIO and Medicine sectors for new emerging industries in personalized health
Project acronym: INNOLABS
Call identifier: INNOLABS – 1st Open Call
Call title: INNOLABS 1st Open Call for innovative projects in personalized healthcare
Grant agreement number: 691556
Publication date: 15 June 2017
Deadline: 30 September 2017 at 17:00 (CEST)
Expected duration of participation: 9 months
Maximum funding request per proposal: €50 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://innolabs.io/open-call.html
Email: info@innolabs.io

Additional information

The First INNOLABS Open Call will remain open from the 15th of June 2017 until the 30th of September 2017.

INNOLABS 1st Open Call for innovative projects in personalised healthcare is seeking applications targeting a combination of ICT, BIO, Health and Medical sectors for the benefit of ageing populations and rural areas that incorporate mHealth technologies and bring society closer to the next generation healthcare system.

All applications must address one of the Challenges proposed for this specific Open Call, which can be found in section 4, later in this document.

By applying to the 1st INNOLABS Open Call, you will compete to get engaged in the 1st INNOLABS Acceleration Programme, where up to 25 projects will obtain support worth up to €50 000 (per project) and distributed as follows:

  • €30 000 in Direct Cash Funding
  • Up to €20 000 in Innovation Services: conceived as a seamless service package, including services provided by Consortium Partners and external providers (Innovation Vouchers), a unique value proposition for the selected projects and assigned as follows:
    • Up to €10 000 in Innovation Vouchers to be spent in services provided by external providers validated by Consortium
    • Up to €10 000 in additional services provided by Consortium Partners

Besides the projects that will be selected to engage into the INNOLABS Acceleration Programme, other 25 finalists receive support worth up to €10 000 (per project) in Innovation Services; composed of up to €5 500 in Innovation Vouchers to purchase services from external providers approved by Consortium, plus additional services provided by Consortium Partners.

Project full name: FIESTA-IoT - Federated Interoperable Semantic IoT/cloud Testbeds and Applications
Project acronym: FIESTA-IoT
Call identifier: FIESTA-IoT-OC4-EXP
Call title: Fourth FIESTA-IoT Open Call for Experiments
Grant agreement number: 643943
Deadline: 18 September 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Indicative budget for the call: €200 000
Maximum budget per experiment: €50 000
Minimum no. of experiments to be funded: 4
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://fiesta-iot.eu/index.php/opencall/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://fiesta-iot.eu/index.php/opencall/

Project full name: KATANA - Emerging industries as key enablers for the adoption of advanced technologies in the agrifood sector
Project acronym: KATANA - open call n°2
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-2014-2015 / H2020-INNOSUP-2015-1
Call title: INNOSUP-1-2015: Cluster facilitated projects for new value chains
Grant agreement number: 691478
Publication Date: 30 June 2017
Deadline: 15 September 2017, 17:00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 10 months
Indicative budget for the call: €1 000 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €100 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://katanaproject.eu/apply-now/
Web address for proposal submissions: https://katanareward.opencircleproject.com/
E-mail: administrative@katanaproject.eu

Additional information

The second open "Call for Products/Services" aims to identify products and services with high market potential. Cross-border (from different eligible countries) and/or cross-sectoral (from different sectors) consortia of 2-4 members each are invited to participate in the second KATANA call, providing that at least one (or more) of the partners in each Consortium was among the winners/beneficiaries of KATANA Open Call 1 and has successfully participated in the KATANA training program. The winner of KATANA Open Call 1 must be the leader of newly formed Consortium. If the above criteria has been met, the leader will be the representative of the Consortium with whom KATANA will sign the Sub-Grant Agreement. In case of two winners of Open Call 1 in the same Consortium, the beneficiaries themselves have to mutually agree who will be the leader of the Consortium.

Each consortium must propose one product/service from one of the following categories: Precision Agriculture Services, Mobile Services and Functional Foods. It is highly recommended that each consortium's product/service uses at least one of the three LSD platforms. KATANA will provide the technological framework for three large scale demonstrators (LSDs) in selected emerging industries tangent with the challenges of the agrifood sector. For the KATANA Open Call 2, Consortia apply by preparing a Reward Crowdfunding Campaign.

The winners of the Open Call will be the three products/services from each category (Precision Agriculture Services, Mobile services and Functional Foods) (totalling 9) that will receive the highest amount of contributions in euros and the one (1) next best regardless of category (10 products/services in total) in terms of raising money/received contributions during the Reward Crowdfunding campaign. Those winners will receive €100 000 per consortium (€20 000-50 000 per SME/entrepreneur) to cover specific activities such as testing and marketing activities. On top of the €100 000, consortia will receive 2nd stage support services, e.g. Investment Readiness Program, E-Pitches in front of investors, Export Promotion Training. Also, they will be given access to the KATANA Equity Crowdfunding platform in order to raise an additional funding from private investors to support their expansion. Estimated potential amount of funding raised is calculated to €100 000, however other amounts can also be considered, based on the needs of the beneficiaries and their business plans for future expansion. KATANA consortium cannot guarantee that private investors will be interested to invest in specific product/service and thus the additional funding will depend on the individual team's ability to attract private capital. KATANA consortium reserves the right to also invite the non-successful 1st stage beneficiaries to the Equity Crowdfunding platform. Participation in Equity Crowdfunding will be optional for KATANA 2nd stage Beneficiaries.

Project full name: New Cross Sectoral Value Chains Creation across Europe Facilitated By Clusters for SMEs' Innovation in Blue Growth
Project acronym: NEPTUNE
Call identifier: NEPTUNE
Call title: Call for Interest SMEs and would-be entrepreneurs
Grant agreement number: 691554
Publication Date: 13 January 2017
Deadline: 15 March 2017, 17:00 (CET) and 15 September 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 1 to 16 months
Indicative budget for the call: €3 232 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.neptune-project.eu/Neptune-Accelerator/Call-for-Interest-SMEs-and-would-be-entrepreneurs
Web address for proposal submissions: https://portal-neptune.selfpoint.se/
E-mail: info@neptune-project.eu

Additional information

Scope of the call

This call for Expression of Interest is launched and supported by the NEPTUNE Consortium and cofinanced by the EU's Horizon 2020 Program under Grant Agreement 691554. It is addressed to Small and Medium Enterprises, members of one of the NEPTUNE clusters or established in one of the NEPTUNE regions and to Would-be entrepreneurs intending to establish their SME in one of the NEPTUNE regions.

It targets the creation of new cross-sectoral/-cluster/-border value chains and the reconfiguration of existing ones across Europe in the Blue Growth Sector through a large-scale demonstrator approach in specific regions facilitated by clusters. "Large-scale" does not necessarily refer to the amount of financial support provided for a particular project but to the extent of the roll-out of a staged process of experimentation and implementation with accompanying support that reaches out to groups of mutually reinforcing SMEs. This approach aims at "demonstrating at large scale" the potential impact of innovative solutions to specific challenges, rather than supporting isolated projects or SMEs.

Funding and support scheme

The call provides three types of innovation support measures:

  • (1) Vouchers addressed to SMEs and (2) Vouchers addressed to Would-be entrepreneurs
    • Voucher #1 Idea/Project Maturation (up to €1 000)
    • Voucher #2 Intellectual Property (up to €5 000)
    • Voucher #3 Non-technical Barriers (up to €10 000)
    • Voucher #4 Technology Development/Transfer (up to €20 000)
    • Voucher #5 Scalability and Internationalisation (up to €20 000)
    • Voucher #6 Incubation and Prototyping (up to €2 000)
    • Voucher #7 Large-scale demonstrators (only for (1) Vouchers addressed to SMEs up to €60 000)
  • (3) Coaching and mentoring services addressed to both
    • Service #1 Incubation
    • Service #2 Business Model
    • Service #3 Funding Opportunities
    • Service #4 Technological Support
    • Service #5 Intellectual Property Rights
    • Service #6 Internationalisation
    • Service #7 Branding

Each interested SME and would-be-entrepreneurs can apply to one or several vouchers in accordance with its needs and request up to the maximum amount independently if they want to apply to one or more vouchers. The maximum amount to be granted to each SME by the NEPTUNE shall not exceed €60 000 in total.

Interested SMEs or Would-be entrepreneurs are able to apply to one or several services in accordance with their needs. There is no maximum number of services offered to each applicant by the NEPTUNE.

As the main scope of the NEPTUNE is to encourage the creation of new value chains between Europeans SMEs, the preferences to the applicants in a consortium with 1 or more SMEs will be given.

Topics

NEPTUNE's Blue Growth Accelerator will focus on the following challenges/topics of the Blue Economy in a cross sectoral approach (Water, Maritime, Aerospace, ICT, Microelectronics, Agrifood, Logistics, Creative Industries, Energy, and Mobility):

  1. Water management in rural environments
  2. Water management in urban environments
  3. Port logistics
  4. Fluvial and maritime transport
  5. Environment
  6. Marine/Water renewable energy

The Blue Growth Accelerator will also accept applications for other Blue Growth emerging topics/challenges if they are highly innovative and have a potential for significant disruptions. Nonetheless it is highly recommended that applicants fit their applications into the aforementioned topics/challenges.

NEPTUNE regions and clusters

This call for expression of interest is targeting the following European Regions (NEPTUNE Regions):

  • France: Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
  • Greece: Attica and Western Greece
  • Italy: Lombardia
  • Poland: Masovia, Pomerania, Lesser Poland, Silesia
  • Romania: North-West
  • Spain: Basque Country and Catalonia
  • Sweden: Skåne, Blekinge, Småland and Halland

This call for expression of interest is targeting the following European Clusters (NEPTUNE Clusters):

Project full name: PAn-European Clusters for Technology Transfer and new VAlue chains
Call identifier: ACTTiVAte Call 2017
Project grant agreement number: 691473
Call deadline: 5 September 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: 11 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €46 000
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Web link for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines/call results) on your official project web site: http://acttivate.eu/funding/call-for-proposals
Email address for further information: info@acttivate.eu

Additional information

ACTTiVAte project, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691473, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

ACTTiVAte will launch a competitive call for proposals on 1 June 2017 addressed to innovative SMEs that are legally established in one of the ACTTiVAte countries (Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland) looking to develop projects involving cross-domain technology transfer among at least two of the sectors addressed by ACTTiVAte (Agrofood, Health, ICT and Aerospace).

The overall goal of the call is to foster the emergence of new cross- sectoral and cross-border value chains causing a positive socioeconomic impact in the countries addressed by the project (Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland and Poland).

The types of activities to perform that qualify to receiving financial support must be related to the fulfillment of the established milestones and deliverables that are pre-set as part of the Call for Proposal Funding Scheme. These are:

  • The development of a technology commercialization strategic plan
  • The development of a proof of concept design and implementation plan
  • The final presentation of a completed proof of concept / minimum viable product

Project full name: OrganiCity: Co-creating Smart Cities of the Future
Project acronym: OrganiCity
Call identifier: ICT-11-2014: FIRE
Project grant agreement number: 645198
Call opening: 1 June 2017
Deadline: 31 August 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of experiments: 0.5 – 5 months
Max EC contribution per experiment: €60 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://organicity.eu/open-call/
E-mail address for further information: helpdesk@organicity.eu

Additional information

This competitive call for experiment proposals is related to the EU-funded project OrganiCity (H2020 - ICT-11-2014: FIRE). In the context of OrganiCity, small-scale experiments will be conducted that will use and further develop digital tools and platforms for city development in, and across, the cluster cities Aarhus (DK), Santander (ES) and London (UK), as well as in other eligible cities that wish to come on board. Each experiment should be co-created with stakeholders. Experiments can start from 1 November 2017 and have a maximum duration of 5 months, the duration being dependent on the nature of the experiment and the starting date. The funding of an experiment is expected to be up to €60 000. The total indicative funding for this call is €1 000 000. Deadline: August 31 2017, at 17h00 (Brussels time). This is OrganiCity's final open call.

Potential applicants, i.e. Experiment Groups consisting of for example citizen organisations, SMEs, researchers, university students, RTOs, technology providers are asked to submit experiment proposals written in English only. More information and the full call documents, including the guidelines for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the web site http://organicity.eu/open-call/.

If you have further questions, please contact us via helpdesk@organicity.eu or the local email addresses found on the OrganiCity website.

Project full name: Building an IoT Open Innovation Ecosystem for Connected Smart Objects
Grant agreement number: 688203
Total budget: €420 000
Publication date of first call: 22 May 2017 at 17:00 (CEST)
Deadline of first call: 22 August 2017 at 17:00 (CEST)
Submission language: English
Maximum funding request available: €150 000
Acceleration: 12 months
Web address for call information and registration: http://www.biotope-project.eu/open-call-1
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.f6s.com/opencall1biotope/apply
Guide for applicants: http://www.biotope-project.eu/open-call-1
Email: OpenCall1Mgmt@bIoTope-project.eu

Additional information

The key objectives of the bIoTope project is to provide the necessary standardised Open APIs to enable interoperability between today's vertical IoT silos and enable new forms of co-creation of services ranging from simple data collection and processing, to intelligent, situation-aware and self-adaptive support of everyday work and life. bIoTope establishes a robust IoT framework for security, privacy & trust that facilitates the responsible access and ownership of data. This is validated in large-scale pilots in smart cities to provide proofs-of-concept of bIoTope enabled SoS ecosystems. This open call searches for bIoTope Use Case support as hardware and/or software providers for data collection and analysis and integration to bIoTope System of Systems platform. It further includes coordination, communication and consulting activities for Use Case implementation and expansion. The startups and SMEs will put forward proposals for creating high impact, innovative products and services in response to the challenges defined by the data owners. Each proposal will respond to a particular challenges from the call. Successful applicants will receive an important financial and advisory boost to their idea, with support to develop a concept into a robust and sustainable business.

  • Investment up to €150 000
  • 12-month projects
  • Peer-networking and support via meetups in major European cities
  • Access to technology and data sets, potential for future business

Applications should be made via https://www.f6s.com/opencall1biotope/apply and following the steps described there. The applications will be online. They will consist of a short proposal (around 10 pages), supporting documents, and a form with basic information about the company. The applicants are single companies (no consortia).

Proposals will be reviewed by external evaluators and pilot city representatives.

bIoTope is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and is being coordinated by Aalto University, Finland.

Project full name: FIESTA-IoT - Federated Interoperable Semantic IoT/cloud Testbeds and Applications
Project acronym: FIESTA-IoT
Call identifier: FIESTA-IoT-OC3
Call title: Third FIESTA-IoT Open Call for Experiments
Grant agreement number: 643943
Deadline: 29 June 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Indicative budget for the call: €600 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €50 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://fiesta-iot.eu/index.php/opencall/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://fiesta-iot.eu/index.php/opencall/

Project full name: Bridging the Interoperability Gap of Internet of Things
Total budget: €300 000
Maximum budget per project: €60 000
Call open for applications: 26 April 2017
Deadline for the proposals: 16 June 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Notification of selected projects: July 2017
Project Start: 1 September 2017
Project End: 31 January 2018
Call Information: http://big-iot.eu/first-open-call/
Contact: info@big-iot.eu

BIG IoT is looking for partners

The main goal of the BIG IoT project is to provide enablers for providers of IoT platforms and services in order to facilitate interoperability between heterogeneous IoT solutions and leverage provision of new, cross-platform, cross-domain services. These enablers are the BIG IoT API to be implemented by IoT providers and consumers and the BIG IoT Marketplace, a B2B marketplace for offering and trading IoT resources coming from different providers.

The BIG IoT project will organise two Open Calls with a total budget of €750 000. The first Open Call will be launched in April 2017 and the second Open Call in January 2018.

In the first Open Call we are looking for new partners - SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes - to join our ecosystem and use the BIG IoT enablers to enhance offerings of the BIG IoT marketplace. Thus, the new partners shall extend existing IoT platforms with the BIG IoT API and register their resources on the marketplace.

In the second Open Call we aim to invite new partners to contribute with new services and applications based on the available offerings in the marketplace.

At the moment 8 IoT platforms support the BIG IoT API and provide a variety of data and resources for the BIG IoT pilots. The BIG IoT project runs three regional pilots in Northern Germany (Berlin and Wolfsburg), Barcelona and the Piedmont region with several use cases in the domain of smart mobility and environmental monitoring. The new projects should relate to or extend existing BIG IoT use cases.

www.big-iot.eu

The SoftFIRE project Second Competitive Open Call is looking for proposals for innovative experiments, complying with the following information:

Project full name: SoftFIRE – Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+
Call identifier: SoftFIRE-OC2
Call title: Second SoftFIRE Open Call for Experiments
Project number: 687860
Total budget: €750 000
Maximum funding per proposal: €50 000
Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research that need to run experiments to further test, evaluate and optimise their solutions and applications. The rules of participation are indicated in this document.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 3 months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: online submission through the portal
Feasibility Check deadline: 19 May 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Call deadline: 31 May 2017 at 17:00 (CET)
Proposal Template: Proposals must follow the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: SoftFIRE Second Open Call
Notification of Acceptance: 21 June 2017
Contact: opencall@softfire.eu

For the feasibility check, it is essential that proposers get in contact with the SoftFIRE partners for the proposed experiment to discuss its feasibility within the SoftFIRE federated testbed and the related specific requirements. Each proposer must submit his draft proposal through the submission portal latest by 19 May 2017, at 17.00 CEST (Brussels time). The draft proposal must contain at least sections A, B and C fully completed. Feedback by the SoftFIRE consortium will be provided latest by 26 May 2017 and has to be indicated in Section D of the proposal template.

Project full name: Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT And Beyond
Project acronym: GRAPHENE
Project grant agreement number: 649953
Instrument type: FPA-SGA
Call opening: 26 April 2017
Deadline: 30 May 2017 at 08:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020
Total EC funding available for new partners: €2 369 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://graphene-flagship.eu/project/expression-of-interest/Pages/Expression-of-interest.aspx
Email address for submissions: ahelman@esf.org
Email address for further information: see website for separate email address for each topic

Additional information

The Graphene Flagship's overriding goal is to take graphene, related layered materials and hybrid systems from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionise multiple industries. This may bring a new dimension to future technology and put Europe at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the investment as technological innovation, economic exploitation and societal benefits.

This requires the focus of the Flagship to evolve over the years, placing more resources in areas where this transition is more likely. To accomplish this, we are looking for new industrial partners that bring in specific industrial and technology transfer competences or capabilities that complement the present consortium. Regarding eligibility to apply, please see the European Commission (EC) rules. Submission deadline is 30 May 2017, 08:00 a.m.

The selected new partners will be incorporated in the scientific and technological work packages of the second core project under the Horizon 2020 phase of the Flagship that will run during 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020. The new partners will be requested to sign the relevant agreements with the EC as well as the Consortium Agreement that regulates the relations between the partners in the consortium.

The agreements with the EC include a Framework Partnership Agreement and a Specific Grant Agreement (model agreements). The present Graphene Flagship Consortium Agreement is being modified for Horizon 2020 to reflect the changes in the governance structure and terminology between the current phase of the Flagship, governed by the rules of FP7, and the first core project, governed by Horizon 2020 rules. The addition of new partners is subject to the approval of the required contract amendment by the EC.

The specific areas of interest and the required capabilities, as well as the corresponding budget for each area, are listed on the website.

IMPACT Growth is a high performance and equity free acceleration program supported by ISDI.education, Accelerace, Fundingbox, Mobile World Capital Fiware Foundation, Kibo Ventures, Invesdor, Danone, Ferrovial, Docomo Digital, and MADE, among other big players.

We are looking for highly scalable technology companies from around the world with products already on the market and with the potential to raise Seed and Series A funding rounds at the end of the acceleration program.

IMPACT Growth will invest 3.6 million euros through 2 Open Calls to select 28 High Growth Startups which will be supported with up to €111 000 EU sub-grant and up to €275 000 in case of the top 4 performers.

Project full name: IMPACT GROWTH: EUROPEAN SUPERSTARS FOR FUTURE INTERNET
Project acronym: IMPACT Growth
Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2016-1
Call title: IMPACT Growth 1st OPEN CALL
Grant agreement number: 732480
Publication Date of the first call: 27 February 2017
Deadline of the first call: 18 May 2017, 13:00 (CET)
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 14 on the first call
Maximum funding request per proposal: €275 000 for top performers
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.impact-accelerator.com/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://impact-growth.fundingbox.com/
E-mail: info@impact-accelerator.com

Additional information

Since its formation in 2014, IMPACT Accelerator has consistently been named one of the top accelerators in Spain and Europe. In 2016, IMPACT Growth was launched, a project that is kicking this high-performing excellence to the next level. IMPACT Growth is funding an elite group of mature startups with the aim of identifying and boosting the next four European superstar startups. Open Call for startups in the following verticals: Smart Cities; Media, AdTech and Content, Smart Manufacturing and AgriFood.

Selected startups will be financed with €100 000 in cash equity free and services in the first phase. The best of these startups will subsequently be identified to be privately funded with up to €1.5M and will receive a prize of €150 000 in cash equity free. To enter the program, startups must adopt FIWARE technology. The selected applicants will participate in an Acceleration Program of training and mentoring, with a duration of 6 months subject to achievement of certain milestones.

Please visit our website or read the complete guide for applicants.

Project full name: FRONTIER CITIES2 – Another Level of Impact
Project acronym: frontierCities2
Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2016-1
Call title: Call Strand 1 - Market Acceleration Grant (MAG); Call Strand 2 – fC2 FI-Tech Development and Acceleration Grants (FI-TECH)
Grant agreement number: 732947
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Deadline: 24 April 2017 or 2 May 2017
Indicative budget for the call: €1 600 000
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 52
Maximum funding request per proposal: €100 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.fi-frontiercities.eu/frontiercities-2
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.f6s.com/frontiercities2
E-mail: mag@frontiercities2.eu, fitech@frontiercities2.eu

Additional information

FrontierCities2 represents a quantum leap in the scope, ambition and service of the Acceleration & Incubation process of FIWARE SMEs and Start-ups. It will provide €1.6 million in grant funding across two Open Call strands to further develop the range of available FIWARE-enabled smart mobility solutions, broadening into other Smart Cities areas:

  • fC2 Market Acceleration Grants (MAG)
  • fC2 Development & Acceleration Grants (FI-TECH)

The Market Acceleration Grants (MAG) are based on the effective economic sense of supporting SMEs and start-ups implementing research results of completed or ongoing projects in the domain of Future Internet powered by FIWARE technology, such as solutions developed during the FI-PPP Phase 3 A16 acceleration programme and relating in the broader sense to the smart-cites domain. A first key criterion for awarding a MAG Grant is demonstrable proof of an already existing FIWARE-enabled Application that has already been piloted/tested in collaboration with a city and/or corporate partner with a relevant number of users.

The fC2 FI-Tech Development and Acceleration Grants (FI-TECH) target SMEs and start-ups wishing to develop and pilot FIWARE-enabled solutions in the broader smart cities area domain and citizens' services, as well as areas that are complementary to existing FIWARE Smart Cities solutions that have been supported by Phase 3 Accelerators. These could include solutions targeting the Internet of Things (i.e. smart infrastructure, connected cars, cooperative systems, etc.), Green Mobility (Electromobility but not only), Security & Big Data, Urban Logistics, Collaborative Mobility etc.

Visit our website for more details or please contact us.

Project full name: Smart Tags driven service platform for enabling ecosystems of connected objects
Project acronym: TagItSmart!
Grant agreement number: 688061
Opening date: 15 February 2017
Deadline: 29 March 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Notification of selected applicants: 17 May 2017
Projects start: 1 June 2017
Duration of expected projects:

  • Category A: up to 12 months
  • Category B: up to 6 months

Maximum contribution recommended for each of the project types encompassed by the call:

  • Category A: €150 000 per third party
  • Category B: €50 000 per third party

Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information:
http://www.tagitsmart.eu/opencall // https://www.f6s.com/opencall1tagitsmart/about
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.f6s.com/opencall1tagitsmart/apply
E-mail: ecosystem@tagitsmart.eu

Additional information

TagItSmart! is looking for tools to create smart solutions for the whole value chain; manufacturer, transportation, retail, consumer and recycling, In the case of consumer engagement, direct access to production data gives the consumer more value and drives decision making process, and makes it possible for the manufacturer of the product to receive more reliable and real-time consumer behaviour data. TIS has use cases that vary from cold chain quality management, preventing illicit trade/brand protection and feedback on recycling in the home (smart bins).

We are looking for the applicants interested in and capable of executing one or more of the following activities:

  1. Category A: New usecases (Pilots) up to 12 Months: applicants that want to test and include TIS solutions in their products or services and particularly those with an existing business need, relevant product and infrastructure to run pilots in preferred domains such as brand protection, e-health and well-being.
  2. Category B: New extensions (Modules) up to 6 Months: applicants with information, databases, tools or applications for the whole supply chain of products (packaging, production, manufacturing, transportation, retail, consumer and recycling), that want to standardize, adapt and include TIS enablers and/or add new components that extend and improve functionality addressing preferably data privacy, security, Big Data, analytics and consumer engagement.

Open Call Announcement & Open Call Guidelines can be found on the TagItSmart! website.

For further information on the open call, please contact the TagItSmart! team.

Project full name: KATANA - Emerging industries as key enablers for the adoption of advanced technologies in the agrifood sector
Project acronym: KATANA
Call identifier: INNOSUP KATANA 01
Call title: KATANA Open Call 1 - Call for Teams
Grant agreement number: 691478
Publication Date: 1 December 2016
Deadline: extended until the 31 March 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: No longer than 5 months
Indicative budget for the call: €200 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €2 000 in a form of travel voucher
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://katanaproject.eu/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://katanaproject.eu/apply-now/
E-mail: office@katanaproject.eu

Additional information

Proposal format and structure: All applicants should prepare a short pitch video with duration of max 2 minutes. For Open Call 1 it is not requested to apply with a concrete idea fitting to one of the three main topics, the applicants rather have to present their skills, competences, their understanding of the dynamics across the agrifood value chain and their vision of the sector. The more concrete these pitches become, the easier will it be for the fellow applicants to evaluate the entity. Concrete ideas will emerge as a result of collaboration and the consortia building prior to Open Call 2. The pitch video must be submitted electronically in a format of a valid YouTube link for video without restrictions for reviewing. Take note that is in the applicants' interest that the videos are of high quality, minimum required resolution is VGA video quality (640x480).

For whom: SMEs and single entrepreneurs from the agrifood value chain (farmers, food producers, retailers, nutritionists etc.), ICT and internet based SMEs, SMEs active in emerging industries (e.g. eco sustainability, mobile markets, and functional foods).

Objective: KATANA aims to support the use of advanced technologies within the agrifood sector and to boost the development of innovative products and services in the field.

Reason: In order to cope with a growing awareness for nutrition and health issues, an increasing demand for sustainability in supply chains and the breakthrough of ecommerce and mobile marketing in relation to agrifood products, the way of doing business in the sector is currently being transformed.

How: KATANA addresses the traditional agrifood value chain in order to strengthen cooperation and support the smallest market players in accessing knowledge, technology, capital and markets. A customized set of financial and support services will be provided to selected participants who also get the chance to participate various matchmaking events, an investor forum as well as e-pitches in front of market players, investors and business angels.

Evaluation criteria: KATANA brings the platform-based evaluation system for its Open Call 1 that includes Peer-to-Peer (p2p) evaluation, where applicants evaluate other teams and their pitches. The novelty of this system is that the Applicant and the Evaluator roles are shared by the same set of people. Namely, the Applicants are at the same time Evaluators for other applications at the same call. The ranking algorithm takes into account not only the evaluations received by the others, but the competence in evaluating other applicants as well, because it is not only the application, but much more the competencies of the applicants that guarantee future success on the market. The applicants will have to evaluate other applicants based upon three concrete criteria:

  1. Previous experience and current activities
  2. Understanding of the dynamics across the value chain
  3. Vision for new products/services

This will allow KATANA to offer its 1st stage supporting services to the most promising teams that market players themselves find as ones with the most potential for future commercialisation.

Areas of interest: eco sustainability, mobile markets for agriculture, functional food, supply chains in agribusiness.

Project full name: Road-, Air-, Water-based Future Internet Experimentation
Project acronym: RAWFIE
Call identifier: RAWFIE-OC2 call
Project grant agreement number: 645220

Project RAWFIE, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 645220, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.
The types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support are the following:

  • Extensions (hardware)
    • Activity / Direction of enhancement 1: Addition & customization of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UGV) – no feasibility check is needed
      Expected duration of participation: 18 months (starting from July, 2017 to December, 2018)
      Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: €150 000
    • Activity / Direction of enhancement 2: Addition & customization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UAV) – no feasibility check is needed
      Expected duration of participation: 18 months (starting from July, 2017 to December, 2018)
      Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: €150 000
  • Experimentation (software)
    • Activity / Direction of enhancement 3: Scientific Excellence (RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SCI) – feasibility check is needed
      Feasibility check deadline: 19 February 2017, at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time) Expected duration of participation: 12 months (starting from October, 2017 to September, 2018)
      Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: €100 000
    • Activity / Direction of enhancement 4: Innovation by SMEs (RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SME) – feasibility check is needed
      Feasibility check deadline: 19 February 2017, at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time) Expected duration of participation: 12 months (starting from October, 2017 to September, 2018)
      Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: €75 000

Deadline (for all four types of activities): 19 March 2017, at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information (full call text/proposal guidelines/call results): http://www.rawfie.eu/content/open-call-no-2
E-mail address for further information: rawfie-contact@cnl.di.uoa.gr [Please use the respective call identifier in the subject of your email (RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UGV, RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UAV, RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SCI, RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SME)]
Tel.: (+30) 2107275148, (+30) 2107275127

    Eligibility of proposers and evaluation conditions:
  • Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in the EC H2020-projects.
  • Evaluation and ranking will be carried out by an external jury of individual experts.
  • Multiple proposals may be submitted by the same party. In case that multiple proposals coming from the same party pass the funding limits, RAWFIE Consortium has the right to decide which one of them will be accepted for funding.
  • Successful applicants of the 1st RAWFIE Open Call are not eligible to participate.
    Other conditions:
  • Proposals must follow the provided template.
  • Proposals must be submitted through the EasyChair system.
  • Once a proposal is positively evaluated for funding, the respective proposer will be contracted by the project coordinator (UoA) as Third Party.

Call Objectives

RAWFIE is a project under the FIRE initiative aiming to provide research and experimentation facilities through the growing domain of unmanned networked devices, specifically Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The objective of the 2nd RAWFIE Open Call is twofold: first, to enhance certain parts and characteristics of the RAWFIE federated infrastructure in terms of UGV and UAV devices (RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UGV, RAWFIE-OC2-EXT-UAV); second, to support cross-domain or domain-specific real-world applications and experiments within the RAWFIE infrastructure (RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SCI, RAWFIE-OC2-EXP-SME). The types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support are the following:

Extensions (hardware) – UGV, UAV

In the context of the 2nd RAWFIE Open Call, the project invites manufacturers and providers of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Ground Vehicles to participate and expand the existing RAWFIE equipment, under two activities.

  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 1: Addition & customization of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. The project expects proposals that will provide and customize a considerable number of devices (>10) that belong to the UGV type of robotic devices.
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 2: Addition & customization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The project expects proposals that will provide and customize a considerable number of devices (>10) that belong to the UAV type of robotic devices.

The exact number of devices considered by each proposal should comply with the requested funding and will be part of the evaluation process. Proposals considering higher number of devices will be considered favorably. The proposers should present clearly within the proposal a number of features and characteristics of the unmanned vehicles that will be considered as future additions to the project. All the devices will be modified accordingly in terms of software to fit with the RAWFIE ecosystem (e.g., compliance with the Kafka message bus). Upon the completion of the project, the designed UAV and UGV equipment will become property of the RAWFIE Consortium.

Experimentation (software)

In this 2nd Open Call, the project solicits for proposals that design and deploy extensive horizontal or domain-specific experimentation (experiment design & implementation, supportive software, data analysis, data visualization, etc.) that will leverage data and resources from RAWFIE testbeds and devices (UGV, UAV, USV) in the context of the mobile IoT paradigm. The experiments should come with a concrete business model (i.e., how the results of the experiment may be transformed into profits for the company) and what kind of new markets the experiment may open. All types of experimental applications should be based on RAWFIE tools and should come with additional features (e.g., post analysis of data, visualization tools) or software needed for further data processing. Supportive software should be connected with RAWFIE architecture to become available, if needed, for other types of applications and experiments. Proposals should describe experiments and applications that clearly advance the current state-of-the-art and create added value at technology and research level. The software and the experiments should be of a short duration (a maximum of 12 months) starting from October 2017.

  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 3: Scientific Excellence. Per proposal a budget can be requested for up to a maximum of €100K. The applicant should be academia, industry (not SME) or a public body.
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 4: Innovation by SMEs. Per proposal a budget can be requested for up to a maximum of €75K. The applicant should be an SME.

Project full name: FIESTA-IoT - Federated Interoperable Semantic IoT/cloud Testbeds and Applications
Project acronym: FIESTA-IoT
Call identifier: FIESTA-IoT-OC2-EXT
Call title: Second FIESTA-IoT Open Call for Experiments
Grant agreement number: 643943
Deadline: 28 February 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Indicative budget for the call: €150 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €50 000
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://fiesta-iot.eu/opencall/
Web address for proposal submissions: http://fiesta-iot.eu/opencall/

Additional information

The FIESTA-IoT Project herewith announces its second Open Call for Extensions, targeting advance and innovative developments in the Internet of Things over the Experimentation as a Service platform and the underlying IoT testbeds that supports the FIESTA-IoT Consortium.

Overall, the project's experimental infrastructure will provide testbed providers in the IoT domain with the following unique features:

  • Access to and sharing of IoT datasets in a testbed-agnostic way. FIESTA-IoT will provide researchers with tools for accessing IoT data resources (including Linked sensor data sets) independently of their source IoT platform/testbed.
  • Boost the sharing, reuse and repurposing of IoT facilities at an EU and global scale. FIESTA-IoT will showcase and validate this concept in the scope of enterprise applications/experiments, smart city applications/experiments and more.
  • A global market confidence programme for extending the pool of interoperable facilities and testbeds that will comply with the project interoperability model.

More information on this call can be found in the Open Call Documentation.

Project full name: Symbiosis of smart objects across IoT environments
Project acronym: symbIoTe
Call identifier: symbIoTe-OC1
Call title: Call for symbIoTe Level-1 compliant IoT platforms
Project Grant Agreement number: 688156
Submission Deadline: 18 February 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of extension: up to 6 months
Total budget: €120 000
Maximum funding per extension: €40 000
Type of Activities: IoT solution providers to implement and deploy specific symbIote-compatible software components/adaptors to their platforms so as to open their resources (sensors, actuators, services, etc.) to third parties through the symbIoTe middleware.
Type of Applicants: Start-ups, SMEs, companies or research institutes/organisations, with legal entity established, that own and operate an IoT platform/solution. No consortia are allowed, only single entities can apply.
Submission language: English
Website: https://www.symbiote-h2020.eu/index.php/1st-open-call/
E-mail: opencall@symbiote-h2020.eu

Project full name: Platform for Online Interoperability and Performance Test
Project acronym: F-INTEROP
Call identifier: F-Interop01 call
Call title: F-Interop Open Call
Grant agreement number: 687884
Publication Date: 31 July 2016
Deadline: 25 January 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: between 3 and 10 months
Indicative budget for the call: The indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €610 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €100 000 per third parties. Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below.
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.f-interop.eu/index.php/open-call
Web address for proposal submissions: https://www.tfaforms.com/421545
E-mail: maria.prokopi@digicatapult.org.uk

Additional information

F-Interop is a three years European Horizon 2020research and innovation project. It is researching and developing online interoperability and performance test tools supporting emerging IoT-related technologies from standardization to market. F-Interop ambitions are the following:

  1. Supporting researchers communities, SMEs involved in developing new products, and standardization processes, through a close collaboration with standards development organizations, including ETSI, oneM2M,IETF and W3C;
  2. Integrating and extending several European testbeds federating them with a shared "Testbed as a Service" platform interconnecting over 32 testbeds (Fed4FIRE,OneLab, IoT Lab) and 4755 nodes;
  3. Researching and developing online testing tools for the Internet of Things, including interoperability and conformance tests, scalability tests, Quality of Service(QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) tests, and Energy efficiency tests;
  4. Developing online certification and labelling mechanisms in order to enable an easier participation of researchers and industry in the standardization process.

Through an Open call process F-Interop aims to facilitate SMEs and developers communities to use and enrich the developed testing platform with additional modules and extensions.

The F-Interop project invites projects extending the F-Interop platform through the process of an open call. The F-Interop Open Call will support R&D for 4 categories of projects:

  1. New testing tools
    Grants of €100K each are allocated to support up to three third party projects for developing and integrate new testing tools. Funding will cover SW development and HW-SW integration.
  2. New test design
    Grants of €60K each are allocated to support up to three third party to develop new interoperability tests designs and specifications for supported protocols, including ETSI, IETF, ITU, IEEE and W3C standardization communities.
  3. Plugtest Events
    Grants of €10K are allocated to award third parties to conduct three remote, online plugtest events, to directly involve interop communities and collect direct usability feedback. Funding will cover the planning, promotion and delivery of each event, as well as preparation of a summary report.
  4. SME F-Interop assessment reports
    Grants of €10K each are allocated to support up to ten SMEs to test F-Interop platform and provide a written report on potential improvements, with particular attention to UX evaluation.

Project full name: Interoperability for Heterogeneous IoT Platforms Interoperability
Project acronym: INTER-IoT
Call identifier: INTER-IoT-OC01
Call title: INTER-IoT Open Call
Grant agreement number: H2020 687283
Publication Date: 14 October 2016
Deadline: extended until 20 January 2017, 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation: from 1 May 2017 - 31 October 2018
Indicative budget for the call: The indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €850 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €60 000 per small proposal and €125 000 per large proposals
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.inter-iot-project.eu/open-call
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.inter-iot-project.eu/open-call
E-mail: helpdesk@inter-iot.eu

Additional information

INTER-IoT is a three years European Horizon 2020 research and innovation project, whose aim is to design, implement and test a framework that will allow interoperability among different Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. INTER-IoT ambitions are the following:

  1. To design, implement and experiment with an open cross-layer framework, an associated methodology and tools to enable voluntary interoperability among heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.
  2. To allow effective and efficient development of adaptive, smart IoT applications and services, atop different heterogeneous IoT platforms, spanning single and/or multiple application domains.
  3. To propose new business models to be applied to interoperable IoT environments.
  4. To test developments in two application domains: transport and logistics in a port environment and mobile health, additionally it will be validated in a cross-domain use case.

Through the open call process INTER-IoT is interested in testing proposed components and methodology by proposing new scenarios, platforms and components to achieve interoperability between IoT platforms. The proposals will help to validate INTER-IoT proposal and components in scenarios deployed in different application domains. Allowing the evolution of the INTER-IoT products (i.e. INTER-LAYER, INTER-FW and INTER-METH) as a whole to match the needs of proposers, but at the same time evolve their products in order to add new interoperability features. The development of INTER-IoT may allow more stakeholders and developers to interact with different IoT platforms in a domain agnostic ecosystem. The Open Call addresses the needs of use cases and scenarios in which different IoT platforms are involved, and mainly in those in which more than one application domain is addressed.

The INTER-IoT project invites projects extending the INTER-IoT concept through the process of an open call. The call is open to individual European SME, Universities and Research Centres that can contribute to the INTER-IoT paradigm.

The INTER-IoT Open Call will support small and large contributions:

  1. 'Large Contribution' contribution funded with a maximum of €125 000.00, consisting in the provision of new IoT Platforms to be integrated in the two application domain and the INTER-DOMAIN use cases pilots, following the INTER-IoT methodology and associated tools;
  2. 'Small Contribution' contribution funded with a maximum of €60 000.00, corresponding to new devices, protocols, middleware and services development integrated in the ecosystem, and also applications from end users and stakeholders that may interact with the interoperable INTER-IoT ecosystem.

INTER-IoT may fund a minimum of two large third party contributions and a minimum of five small third party contributions.

The activities eligible for receiving funding, as listed in the Grant Agreement between EC and INTER-IoT Consortium are:

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable device layer components for INTER-FW. Device layer components should be based on different low-level communication standards (e.g. Zigbee, 6LowPan, WIFI, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4, NFC, etc.) or on ad-hoc proprietary device solutions.
  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable networking layer components for INTER-FW. Networking layer components should be based on different standards higher-level communication standards (e.g. TCP/IP, HTTP, CoAP, etc.) or on ad-hoc proprietary networking solutions.
  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable middleware layer components for INTER-FW. Middleware layer components need to deal with the different middleware services such as discovery, management, querying, coordination and interaction.
  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable application service components for INTER-FW. Application service layer components should exploit major standards e.g HTTP, SOA, or REST as well as proprietary solutions.
  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable data and semantics layer components for INTER-FW. Specifically semantics layer components have to deal with heterogeneous IoT ontology matching.
  • Design, implementation and integration of virtualization mechanism for smart objects and platform of smart objects for INTER-FW, including context-aware mechanisms and transfer of virtual objects between servers and cloud platforms.
  • Design, implementation and integration of cloud support mechanisms to be integrated in INTER-FW, including support for different services, inter cloud mechanisms applied to IoT and support for virtualization.
  • Design and implementation of new components of the INTER-METH tool for supporting integration among IoT platforms. Extension of the INTER-METH tool is needed to include the support for other IoT platforms to be made interoperable.
  • Development of services/applications on top of the proposed use cases (INTER-Health and INTER-LogP) by (re)using the INTER-API to obtain a novel INTER-IoT ecosystem, representing the INTER-DOMAIN use case.
  • Integration of IoT platforms in the three addressed use cases (INTER-Health, INTER-LogP, INTER-DOMAIN), following the INTER-METH methodology and the associated tools.

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Project full name: Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2
Project acronym: FORTISSIMO 2
Call identifier: Fortissimo 2 Call-2
Call title: Second call for new Fortissimo 2 application experiments
Grant agreement number: 680481
Publication Date: 21 September 2016
Deadline: 7 December 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Expected duration of participation: no longer than 18 months, with expected commencement 1 May 2017
Indicative budget for Fortissimo 2 Call-2: The indicative total funding budget is €3. M of which the indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €2.25 M.
Maximum funding request per proposal: €175 000 (covering all participants, i.e. both Third Parties and existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries). Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below. An explanation of the funding model is provided in the FAQ document available at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls.
Submission language: English
Web address for full open call information: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission
E-mail: ff2-calls@fortissimo-project.eu

Additional information

Submission Details

Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using the proposal submission tool accessible via the Fortissimo web-site.

The central component of proposal submission is the uploading of two PDF-documents (whose size must not exceed 5.0 MB) compliant with the instructions on proposal structure given below.

Proposal format and structure: Proposals must be submitted in English. Each proposal must comprise 2 parts: Part A (containing administrative information), Part B (containing the body of the proposal, whose structure is explained below).

Part A of the proposal contains a cover page and a set of tables to provide administrative data, including a tabular list of proposal participants. The participant list should include for each participant, if available, the Participant Identification Code (PIC) issued by the European Commission. Note that having a PIC is not a requirement of the call. Only requested information should be included in Part A. Addition of extraneous information such as letters of support etc. will result in the proposal being rejected without further evaluation.

The main section of the proposal – Part B - must not exceed 10 pages in length (excluding the Part B cover page). The Part B text should be no smaller than 11 point Arial font. Proposals submitted with a Part B whose length (excluding the cover page) exceeds the 10 page limit will be rejected without further evaluation.

ALL PROPOSERS MUST TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE ABOVE RULES.

The structure of the proposal Part B (and indicative length per section) should be as follows:

  1. Summary (0.5 pages)
  2. Industrial relevance, potential impact and exploitation plans (3.5 pages)
  3. Description of the work plan and concept (3 pages)
  4. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers (2 pages)
  5. Justification of costs and resources (1 page)

A management structure will be imposed on the successful proposals. That is, the proposal will not need to contain a description of how the resultant project would be managed.

Proposal exemplars for both Part A and Part B can be found at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission.

It is a requirement that these exemplars be followed and in particular that the proposal budget be provided using the embedded spread-sheets.

The proposal Part B exemplar document includes, in particular, instructions on budgeting for the use of computing resources.

Indicative budget for Call-2

Fortissimo 2 will make use of the new Third Party method to enable the inclusion of new experiment partners. The indicative total funding budget is €3 M of which the indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €2.25 M.

The funding of Third Parties must follow the same principles as used for existing project beneficiaries of Fortissimo 2, which receives European Commission funding as an "Innovation Action". Thus, Third Parties will receive 70% funding of eligible costs arising (except for non-profit organisations which receive 100% funding).

The funding for an individual experiment may not exceed €175 K. Proposers should consider their actual needs and not target this figure. The evaluation will take into account the appropriateness of the requested resources.

The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (arising from both Fortissimo 2 open calls), is €150 K. The participation of existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries across all experiments selected in Fortissimo 2 open calls may not exceed 25% of the total funding assigned to the calls.

Fortissimo 2 reserves the right to make the appropriate and necessary budget cuts in the case that erroneous budget data is included in accepted proposals.

Evaluation Criteria

Fortissimo 2 Call-2 targets the augmentation of the existing set of application experiments, which is to be understood to mean the experiments in Fortissimo 2 – consisting of those which are being executed as part of the initial tranche of experiments as well as those from the first open call that will commence in November 2016 - as well as the application experiments of the original Fortissimo project.

The new application experiments should provide business relevant investigations and demonstrations of high-performance data analytics or of modelling and simulation of coupled physical processes in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that deliver business benefits for manufacturing and engineering SMEs and Mid-Caps. Priority will be given to proposals for experiments which:

  1. are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users and, by implication, organisations engaging in Fortissimo for the first time;
  2. complement the activities already included within Fortissimo.

In this context, complementarity is understood to mean activities that address new applications, business cases, industrial sectors and market segments and the enhancement of the project's ability to demonstrate the impact of the Fortissimo approach for a broad set of industrial users. Extensions of existing experiments are thus not considered to be complementary. In addition, end-user companies already involved in Fortissimo or Fortissimo 2 are not eligible to participate in new experiments in Fortissimo 2 and proposals involving such companies will be rejected.

Fortissimo 2 experiments should also consider how they can develop services, deployed in the Fortissimo Marketplace, which can subsequently be used by other end-users. However, it is not a requirement that each experiment leads to such a service. The successful uptake of HPC and/or HPDA by an end-user would still be classified as a successful outcome to any experiment.

Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include HPC and Big Data experts, HPC Centres or ISVs either already included within or external to the Fortissimo 2 consortium. It is to be noted that Engineering Consultancy companies may take the role of the industrial end-user, where that is representative of the corresponding market segment / industrial sector. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project Information about and contact details of existing Fortissimo 2 partners are available on the Fortissimo web-site.

Innovation in the experiments shall be addressed at all levels of the value chain:

(1) End-users get "one-stop-shop" access to simulation technologies novel to them involving coupling of codes on an HPC-system or analysis of complex data, for example for using the benefits of real-time response in the HPC and Big Data cloud.

(2) Independent software vendors provide access to their software either in the HPC enabled modelling and simulation domain or in the Big Data analytics domain and ensure the full and effective use of the available resources.

(3) Domain and software experts deliver the innovative ICT solution to the end-user while making sure that the HPC and Big Data Cloud resources provided by the Fortissimo Marketplace are used effectively.

(4) Resource providers arrange efficient, secure and adequately private access to well-managed HPC or Big Data analytics resources.

The criteria for evaluation will comprise:

  1. Impact including industrial relevance and exploitation plans;
  2. Soundness of concept, innovation and quality of the work plan;
  3. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers;
  4. Effective and justified deployment of resources;
  5. Cross-border collaboration (an explanation is provided in the Call-2 FAQ document).

For Criteria 1 to 4, each criterion will carry a score ranging from 0 to 5. A threshold score of 3 will apply to the first three criteria. Criterion 1 will have a weight of 2, Criteria 2 to 4 a weight of 1.

Criterion 5 will not influence the score of a proposal, but will be used in the selection of successful proposals: the selection will be made such that at least 80% of proposals selected for funding involve cross-border collaboration.

Adherence to the proposal format and structure described previously – and notably to the prescribed page limit – will allow the independent external evaluators to evaluate the proposal against all of the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. As explained earlier in this document, failure to adhere to the proposal format instructions will lead to immediate rejection of the proposal.

Project full name: SoftFIRE - Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+
Project number: 687860
Call identifier: SoftFIRE-OC1
Call title: First SoftFIRE Open Call for Experiments
Total budget: €500 000
Maximum Funding per proposal: €50 000
Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research and applications that need to run experiments to test, evaluate and optimize their solutions and applications. The rules of participation are indicated in SoftFIRE First Open Call.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 3 months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: online submission through the SoftFIRE submission portal.
Call deadline: extended to 20 September 2016, at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
Proposal Template: Proposals must use the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: SoftFIRE First Open Call
Notification of Acceptance: 30 September 2016
Contact: opencall@softfire.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.softfire.eu/open-calls/

Project full name: WiSHFUL - Wireless Software and Hardware platforms for Flexible and Unified radio and network controL
Project number: 645274
Call identifier: WiSHFUL-OC2
Call title: Second WiSHFUL Open Call for Experiments
Total budget: €215 000
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 6 months
Language of the proposal: English
Submission deadline: 24 June 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Feasibility check deadline: 16 June 2016, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Proposal Template: Proposals must follow the provided template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: WiSHFUL Open Call 2 documentation
Contact: contact@wishful-project.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.wishful-project.eu/open-calls

Call identifier: CPSELabs-16-01
Call opening: 27 April 2016
Call deadline: 22 June 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Proposal language: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for proposal submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

A new European initiative provides a unique opportunity for technology businesses to win funding for innovation activities. Businesses can apply for up to €150 000 to fund an industrial experiment, and successful applications will also receive technical support from one of Europe's top research centres.

To apply, engineering and technology businesses should describe an industrial experiment they would like to carry out and submit it before the 22nd June deadline. Proposals should be in "cyber-physical systems" (CPSs). These are systems that include computational elements as well as interaction with the physical world (e.g., through actuators and/or sensors). Many firms working in ICT, IoT, embedded systems or engineering will find they are eligible to apply for funding and support. Relevant application areas are wide-ranging and include: adaptive production systems; urban sustainability; smart cities; autonomous vehicles; and maritime engineering.

This opportunity is created by the EU-funded CPSE Labs project, which aims to support Europe's innovators. The project has brought together nine of Europe's top design & research labs, into a pan-European network spanning five countries. Each funded experiment will be partnered with a research centre, to equip successful applicants with infrastructure, knowledge, and tools needed to support rapid development of innovative CPS products and services.

Detailed information about the Open Call is available on the CPSE Labs website.

Project full name: European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) from any sector building Innovative Cyber Physical System (CPS) products to sustain demand for European manufacturing
Project acronym: EuroCPS
Call identifier: EuroCPS03 call
Grant agreement number: 644090
Call opening: 27 April 2016
Call deadline: 1 June 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call acceptance: 20 July 2016
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Webpage (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): http://www.eurocps.org/innovators-projects/
E-mail: olivier.thomas@cea.fr

Additional information

EuroCPS is part of Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative under Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT) which aims to generate new and breakthrough technologies, boost competitiveness, to create jobs and to support growth by offering a European-wide network of Design Centers (competence partners & platform providers).

This call provides Europe's SME and new entrants with the opportunity to develop new CPS-products and components based on existing CPS platforms available in the market. EuroCPS will provide design support to enable rapid development and lower the entry costs for designing and optimizing the proposed novel CPS solutions. New business and innovation opportunities between innovator entities, major CPS-platform providers, and competence centers are expected outcomes.

Industrial experiments will be funded for developing innovative CPS products that will increase the competitiveness of European innovator entities. The targeted products shall be designed, constructed and built on the EuroCPS Platforms provided by AVL, IFAT, Intel, ST-F, ST-I and Thales. The planned work has to be in collaboration with at least one of the EuroCPS Competence centers for design support located across the European region at AVL, BME, DIGICAT, HTNL, CEA, FhG, FPG, LTU, UNIBO and Thales. More details on locations and available competences, platforms and design centers are available at www.eurocps.org.

SME and new entrants are invited to submit proposals which should address Industrial Experiments, aiming at the development of new CPS-enabled products and focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  1. Software intensive projects whose expected outcomes are software prototype demonstrators running on a EuroCPS platform.
  2. System integration projects whose expected outcomes are integrated system component prototypes.
  3. CPS with innovative components projects whose expected outcomes are system architecture virtual prototype demonstrators of the CPS products.

Three independent experts from three different sectors will evaluate all eligible proposals to identify those of sufficient standard (impact, quality, excellence) to qualify for funding. For SW and system integration projects, industrial experiments with high technology readiness level (TRL) are required with a demonstrator prototype as outcome. The prototype may also be used as a first generation product. For CPS with innovative components projects, proof of concept with emulation and simulation is expected. The maximum duration of the industrial experiment is 12 months.

The expected average cascade funding per applicant is €50 000 with a maximum of €70 000 for one industrial experiment. Applicants may have more than one experiment funded, with a total funding of all experiments below €150 000. The funding rate is 70% of the budget. Further in-kind support in form of coaching by competence centers and technology access and assistance from platform partners is provided on top of the cascade funding contribution.

Applicants have to contact any of the EuroCPS Networking partners CEA, AVL, Thales, LTU, BME, UNIBO, FhG, DIGICAT, HTNL and FPG in order to get more information on the competences available at the centers, the supported EuroCPS platforms and about how to submit an eligible proposal. All the information provided is public and will be available for all parties.

Project full name: Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2
Project acronym: FORTISSIMO 2
Call identifier: Fortissimo-2 Call-1
Call title: First call for new Fortissimo 2 application experiments
Grant agreement number: 680481
Publication Date: 18 February 2016
Deadline: 18 May 2016, at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: no longer than 18 months, with expected commencement 1 November 2016
Indicative budget for Call-1: The indicative funding budget for Third Parties is €1.31 M.
Maximum funding request per proposal: €250 000 (covering all participants, i.e. both Third Parties and existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries). Funding limits for both Third Parties and existing beneficiaries apply and are described below.
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls
Web address for proposal submissions: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission
E-mail: ff2-calls@fortissimo-project.eu

Additional information

Submission Details

Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using the proposal submission tool accessible via the Fortissimo web-site.

The central component of proposal submission is the uploading of a PDF-document (whose size must not exceed 5.0 MB) compliant with the instructions on proposal structure given below.

Proposal format and structure: Proposals must be submitted in English. The main section of the proposal must not exceed 10 pages in length (with text no smaller than 11 point Arial font). Thus, with the inclusion of the cover page and administrative pages (discussed below), the maximum page count is 13 pages. Proposals will be truncated to this page count and the independent expert evaluators will only be provided with the truncated version.

The structure of the proposal (and indicative length per section) should be as follows:

  1. Summary (0.5 pages)
  2. Industrial relevance, potential impact and exploitation plans (3.5 pages)
  3. Description of the work plan and concept (3 pages)
  4. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers (2 pages)
  5. Justification of costs and resources (1 page)

As indicated above, the overall length of the above 5 sections must not exceed 10 pages.

A management structure will be imposed on the successful proposals. That is, the proposal will not need to contain a description of how the resultant project would be managed.

In addition to the 10-page proposal description, a cover page and 2 pages of administrative data, including a tabular list of proposal participants, must be provided. The participant list should include for each participant, when available, the Participant Identification Code (PIC) issued by the European Commission.

A proposal exemplar can be found at http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/calls/submission.

It is strongly recommended that this exemplar be followed and in particular that the proposal budget be provided using the embedded spread-sheet.

The proposal exemplar document includes, in particular, instructions on budgeting for the use of computing resources.

Indicative budget for Call-2:

Fortissimo 2 will make use of the new Third Party method to enable the inclusion of new experiment partners (integration of new Third Parties will be conform with the Horizon 2010 grant agreements, for further information see the annotated model grant agreement subject to the specific terms of the call which funded Fortissimo 2). The indicative funding budget for Third Parties for Fortissimo 2 Call-1 is €1.31 M.

The funding of Third Parties must follow the same principles as used for existing project beneficiaries of Fortissimo 2, which receives European Commission funding as an "Innovation Action". Thus, Third Parties will receive 70% funding of eligible costs arising (except for non-profit organisations which receive 100% funding).

The funding for an individual experiment may not exceed €250 K. Proposers should consider their actual needs and not target this figure. The evaluation will take into account the appropriateness of the requested resources.

The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved (arising from both Fortissimo 2 open calls), is €150 K. The participation of existing Fortissimo 2 beneficiaries across all experiments selected in Fortissimo 2 Call-1 may not exceed 25% of the total funding assigned to Fortissimo 2 Call-1.

Erroneous budget data included in accepted proposals will not result in final, corrected budgets that exceed the upper requested limit for funding of the experiment as a whole or of individual participants: Fortissimo 2 reserves the right to make the appropriate and necessary effort and budget cuts.

Evaluation Criteria

The Fortissimo-2 Call-1 targets the augmentation of the existing set of application experiments, which is to be understood to mean the experiments which are being executed as part of the initial tranche of experiments in Fortissimo-2, as well as the application experiments of the original Fortissimo project.

The new application experiments should provide business relevant investigations and demonstrations of high-performance data analytics or of modelling and simulation of coupled phenomena in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that deliver business benefits for manufacturing and engineering SMEs and mid-caps. Priority will be given to proposals for experiments which:

  1. are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users and, by implication, organisations engaging in Fortissimo for the first time;
  2. complement the activities already included within Fortissimo.

In this context, complementarity is understood to mean activities that address new applications, business cases, industrial sectors and market segments and the enhancement of the project's ability to demonstrate the impact of the Fortissimo approach for a broad set of industrial users. Extensions of existing experiments are thus not considered to be complementary.

Fortissimo 2 experiments should also consider how they can develop services, deployed in the Fortissimo marketplace, which can subsequently be used by other end-users.

Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include HPC and Big Data experts, HPC Centres or ISVs either already included within or external to the Fortissimo 2 consortium. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project Information about and contact details of existing Fortissimo 2 partners are available on the Fortissimo web-site.

Innovation in the experiments shall be addressed at all levels of the value chain:

(1) End-users get "one-stop-shop" access to simulation technologies novel to them involving coupling of codes on an HPC-system or analysis of complex data, for example for using the benefits of real-time response in the HPC and Big Data cloud.

(2) Independent software vendors provide access to their software either in the HPC enabled modelling and simulation domain or in the Big Data analytics domain and ensure the full and effective use of the available resources.

(3) Domain and software experts deliver the innovative ICT solution to the end-user while making sure that the HPC and Big Data Cloud resources provided by the Fortissimo Marketplace are used effectively.

(4) Resource providers arrange efficient, secure and adequately private access to well-managed HPC or Big Data analytics resources.

The criteria for evaluation will comprise:

  1. Impact including industrial relevance and exploitation plans;
  2. Soundness of concept, innovation and quality of the work plan;
  3. Quality of the consortium as a whole and of the individual proposers;
  4. Effective and justified deployment of resources.

Each criterion will carry a score ranging from 0 to 5. A threshold score of 3 will apply to the first three criteria. The first criterion will have a weight of 2, the other criteria a weight of 1.

Adherence to the proposal format and structure described previously – and notably to the prescribed page limit – will allow the independent external evaluators to evaluate the proposal against all of the above-mentioned evaluation criteria.

Project full name: MONROE–Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe
Project number: 644399
Call identifier: MONROE-OC1
Call name: First MONROE Open Call for Experiments and Extensions
Total budget: €1 800 000
Number of proposals to be funded: up to 12
Maximum funding per proposal: €150 000
Number of partners per proposal: The target number of participants per proposal is maximum 2.
Type of participants: The profile of participants is academics, industry or SMEs active in research and/or development of mobile broadband technologies, protocols and/or applications. The rules of participation are the same as for any H2020 proposal.
Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 18 Months
Language of the proposal: English
Proposal submission: via email to info@monroe-project.eu
Call deadline: Tuesday, 15 March 2016 at 17:00h CET (Brussels time)
Notification of acceptance: Monday, May 2, 2016
Starting date: June, 2016
Proposal Template: MONROE First Open Call applicants must use this Proposal Template (in Word format)
Detailed Call Information: Call Announcement
Contact: info@monroe-project.eu
Web address for further information: http://www.monroe-project.eu/firstopencall/

Call objectives

Building and operating a mobile broadband (MBB) testbed is the key goal of the MONROE project. Such a testbed, however, cannot be built without the feedback of the experimenters who will be the main users of it. Therefore, external users are in the core of the MONROE project. Through the first competitive open call, MONROE aims to involve the external users in the design process of the testbed to create a platform that meets the expectations of its users. The experimenters selected through the first open call will access to the prototype platform. They will be allowed to run active/passive measurements as well as propose protocol experiments, which require active traffic generation and SW support from the MONROE consortium. They can further propose SW extensions to the platform as well as HW extensions to the infrastructure. Since the experimenters will have access to the prototype system, they are expected, as their contribution, to provide SW/HW extensions and/or feedback that will be used to refine the platform to its final version.

Project full name: Road-, Air-, Water-based Future Internet Experimentation
Project acronym: RAWFIE
Call identifier: RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call
Project grant agreement number: 645220
Deadline: 14 March 2016 (Monday), at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: 30 months (starting from July, 2016 to December, 2018)
Maximum amount of financial support for each proposal: €150 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.rawfie.eu/rawfie-infrastructure-2016-call
E-mail address for submissions: rawfie-contact@cnl.di.uoa.gr [Please use the call identifier "RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016" in the subject of your email]
Tel.: (+30) 2107275148, (+30) 2107275127

Additional information

Project RAWFIE, co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645220, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.

RAWFIE (Road-, Air- and Water- based Future Internet Experimentation) is a project funded by the European Commission (Horizon H2020 programme) under the FIRE initiative aiming to provide research and experimentation facilities through the growing domain of unmanned networked devices. The main objective of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call is to enhance certain parts and characteristics of the federated infrastructure. Specifically, the project searches for improvements in terms of hardware, software and new facilities that could host experiments. Specifically, the types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support are the following:

  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 1: Testbed additions.
    The project searches for facilities belonging to (at least) one of the following categories:
    1. Indoor and/or Outdoor Vehicular Testbeds (VT) that will deal with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs);
    2. Indoor and/or Outdoor Aerial Testbeds (AT) that will deal with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs);
    3. Indoor and/or Outdoor Maritime Testbeds (MT) that will deal with Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).
    In the context of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call, the project invites Testbed operators (i.e., owners and managers of testbed facilities) to participate and expand the existing RAWFIE infrastructure. The proposers should provide either indoor or outdoor facilities capable of hosting at least one of the three considered kinds of vehicles (UGVs, USVs, UAVs).
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 2: UxV additions and customization.
    In the context of the RAWFIE-INFRASTRUCTURE-2016 call, the project invites manufacturers and providers of robotic devices to participate and expand the existing RAWFIE equipment. The project expects proposals that will provide a considerable number of devices (between 5 and 10) that belong to exactly one of the considered types of vehicles (UGVs, USVs and UAVs). The exact number of devices considered by each proposal should comply with the requested funding and will be part of the evaluation process. Proposals considering higher number of devices will be considered favorably.
  • Activity / Direction of enhancement 3: Software enhancements.
    RAWFIE foresees the enhancement of the existing project developments by bringing into the infrastructure software that could belong to the following categories:
    1. Horizontal applications. The project is looking for cross-layer applications and software that could provide added value to the infrastructure by bringing into RAWFIE novel features in different types of experimentation. Indicative examples of expected software include network administration software and resource management tools.
    2. Supporting software at testbed-tier. This category refers to the addition and/or the extension of existing software architectures and products that could be included in the RAWFIE architecture and become part of the RAWFIE software stack in order to improve existing functionality.
    In both categories, the adoption of open technologies, specifications and standards will be preferred.

Project full name: Graphene-based revolutions in ICT and beyond
Project acronym: GRAPHENE
Project Framework Partnership Agreement number: 649953
The types of activities to perform that qualify for receiving financial support are listed at:

Deadline: 20 February 2016, at 08:00 a.m. (Brussels local time)
Expected duration of participation: 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2018
Maximum amount of financial support:

  • Topic description: Magnetic sensors / Work package: Sensors: €70 000
  • Topic description: Integration of 2D nanostructures in coatings and thin films / Work package: Functional Foams and Coatings: €80 000

Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://graphene-flagship.eu/project/expression-of-interest
Contact persons for technical questions:

  • Topic description: Magnetic sensors / Work package: Sensors: Herre van der Zant (h.s.j.vanderzant@tudelft.nl)
  • Topic description: Integration of 2D nanostructures in coatings and thin films / Work package: Functional Foams and Coatings: Xinliang Feng (xinliang.feng@tu-dresden.de)

E-mail address for submissions: Dr Katarina Boustedt (katarina.boustedt@chalmers.se)

Additional information

The Graphene Flagship's overriding goal is to take graphene, related layered materials and hybrid systems from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionize multiple industries. This may bring a new dimension to future technology and put Europe at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the investment as technological innovation, economic exploitation and societal benefits.

This requires the focus of the Flagship to evolve over the years, placing more resources in areas where this transition is more likely. To accomplish this we are looking for new industrial partners that bring in specific industrial and technology transfer competences or capabilities that complement the present consortium.

Project full name: CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems
Project acronym: CPSE Labs
Call identifier: CPSELabs-15-02
Project grant agreement number: 644400
Call opening: Wednesday 28 October 2015
Deadline: Wednesday 2 December 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Maximum EC contribution for experiments per applicant: €150 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

CPSE Labs now invites technology and engineering firms to submit proposals for industrial experiments to develop innovative cyber-physical products and services. Businesses may be awarded up to &eur;150 000 and receive technical support if their proposal is selected.

Cyber-physical systems are networked collections of interacting devices, sensors, hardware and software services for collaboratively realising new functions. The field of CPS includes developers and manufacturers of devices and software, technology suppliers, and systems integrators. Many technology and engineering firms are already working in cyber-physical systems without identifying it as such.

Successful proposals submitted to CPSE Labs under our 2nd Open Call will receive funding as well as support, training and expertise from our Europe-wide network of state-of-the-art Design Centres. All funded experiments will be carried out by the successful applicant(s) in collaboration with at least one CPSE Labs Design Centre: Offis, fortiss, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid, Indra Sistemas, KTH or Newcastle University. Our Design Centres can provide support and training to equip successful applicants with infrastructure, knowledge, and tools needed to support rapid development of innovative CPS products and services.

Detailed information about the Open Call is available on the CPSE Labs website.

Project full name: Future Internet Core Platform Extension, Availability and Sustainability
Project acronym: FI-Core
Call identifier: FIWARE-LAB-OPEN-CALL-2015
Project grant agreement number: 632893
Publication date: 22 September 2015
Deadline: 29 October 2015 - 17h00 CET extended to 16 November 2015 - 17h00 CET
Expected duration of participation: start of November 2015 to end of December 2016 (14 months)
Total EU funding available for new partners: up to €1 625 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.fiware.org/fiware-lab-open-call-2015
E-mail address for proposal submission: CNECT-ICT@ec.europa.eu (subject: "Competitive call for beneficiaries providing FIWARE Lab nodes support")
E-mail address for further information: fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.org

Additional information

The FI-Core project, funding part of the activities of the FIWARE PPP initiative, has reserved a portion of the project budget to fund specific tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries that will join the consortium after start of the project. These later-joining beneficiaries are selected by means of a competitive Open Call for beneficiaries providing FIWARE Lab nodes support.

The Open Call is devoted to the following goals:

  • Expand the FIWARE Lab federation with new nodes to increase the capacity of our current facilities and provide an improved service to the users from the Acceleration Programme and beyond
  • Reinforce the support team with additional support resources for first level helpdesk and also dedicated support teams for the new nodes
  • Foster the creation of production grade commercial FIWARE instances with credible business plans
  • Secure the sustainability of the FIWARE experimentation facilities
  • Foster the incorporation of FIWARE players that will remain active beyond the FI-Core life span

It is expected that participants to this call will propose a concrete and specific plan that enables to achieve these goals during the given time-frame and beyond. Selected beneficiaries will be invited to refine and implement the final plan together with the project Coordinator and in collaboration with the rest of the project partners.

A maximum budget of €1 625 000 will be assigned to selected beneficiaries for this purpose, to be executed from the start of November 2015 until end of December 2016 (14 months). The maximum EC contribution for individual proposals is €250 000 or €325 000, depending on the support level offered. Even if the duration of this activity is limited to the mentioned period, proposals that show long term commitment with the sustainability of the FIWARE technologies will be favoured.

The proposed plan shall include but doesn't need to be limited to the following activities:

  • FIWARE Lab node deployment and setup. Open Call participants should contribute to this activity through: new FIWARE Lab nodes deployment and integration as part of the federated network of FIWARE Lab nodes. Additional information can be found at the Guide for Applicants of this Open Call
  • FIWARE Lab node operation and support. Open Call participants should contribute to this activity through: operation and level 1 and 2 support of FIWARE services running on each FIWARE Lab node in collaboration with other nodes, ensuring privacy protection and providing, at least, the following SLAs to end-users accessing FIWARE Lab services:
    • FIWARE Lab services availability on the node above 95% threshold.
    • Level 1 and Level 2 support, Mon to Fri, 9 am to 5 pm CET.
    • Ticket response time before EOB of the following work day for 95% of requests.
    • Ticket resolution time within 2 work days (EOB of the second one) for 95% of requests. Tickets transferred and accepted by level 3 support as tickets that will require a software patch or workaround to be developed by the level 3 support team will be considered resolved at level 1 and 2 support levels.

This FIWARE Lab Open Call addresses players who can demonstrate experience and credentials in the definition and implementation of similar plans. In particular, we target proposers who can prove their experience with OpenStack. The degree of involvement in developer and user communities will be a plus.

The following documents include helpful information to prepare your proposal (a FAQ will be created once an initial set of questions is answered, please check it regularly):

Project full name: Ensuring the Integrity of the European food chain
Project acronym: FoodIntegrity
Call identifier: FoodIntegrity Calls for project Extension (4 call Topics)

  • FI01 TOPIC 1, Standardisation and harmonisation of untargeted food integrity methods
  • FI02 TOPIC 2, Innovative approaches to assure the integrity of complex foods
  • FI03 TOPIC 3, A feasibility study of how information can be shared along the supply chain to identify risks to the integrity of food
  • FI04 TOPIC 4, Rapid, on-site, cost-effective methods for feed/food fraud detection

Project grant agreement number: 613688
Publication date: 15 June 2015
Deadline: 14 August 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 1 March 2016 to 31 December 2018
Total EU funding available for new partners: €3 000 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/foodintegrity/index.cfm?sectionid=22
Web address for proposal submission: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/securefiletransfer/ (contact FIprocurement@fera.co.uk for access)
E-mail address for further information: FIprocurement@fera.co.uk

Additional information

This Call for additional research in the FoodIntegrity project aims to bring new partners forming mini-consortia performing complementary research to those already defined in the project.

Objective: Food Integrity the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished or in perfect condition.

Providing assurance to consumers and other stakeholders about the safety, authenticity and quality of European food (integrity) is of prime importance in adding value to the European Agri-food economy. The integrity of European foods is under constant threat from fraudulently labelled imitations that try to exploit that added value. The FOODINTEGRITY project will directly address this issue and will be an international focal point for harmonisation and exploitation of research and technology for insuring the integrity of European food. Comprising an inner core of project participants from industry, academia, research institutes, technology providers and a global network of stakeholders, FOODINTEGRITY will rationalise and harmonise capability to provide a coherent structure and process for assuring the food supply.

FOODINTEGRITY will: facilitate the sharing of information between stakeholder groups regarding European food integrity; establish processes for harmonising & exploiting existing databases; establish fit for purpose methodology to address stakeholder needs; identify and address research gaps by procuring and delivering 3M of commissioned projects; establish a self-sustaining Food-fraud early warning system for identifying emerging fraud risks; establish a self-sustaining worldwide network of stakeholders to ensure maximum uptake of the project legacy.

Improved verification procedures will be developed for food control and industry stakeholders using 3 key commodities as exemplars: olive oil, spirit drinks & seafood. In addition a consumer study in China will assess their consumer attitudes in the face of substantial counterfeiting of European food. Finally it will establish expert food authenticity platforms that will supply independent expert opinion on food authenticity/food fraud to the European Commission, Codex and other national/international bodies.

Project full name: Human Brain Project
Project acronym: HBP
Project grant agreement number: 604102
Call opening: 15 May 2015
Deadline: 3 July 2015 at 17h00 (CET)
Total EC funding available: €8 000 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for call information and submission: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/164

Additional information

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is an ambitious 10 years long research initiative, and is one of the two FET Flagships. HBP is developing innovative ICT platforms that will help neuroscientists integrate data and knowledge about the brain across all levels of its spatial and temporal organisation (from genes to behaviour, into detailed reconstructions and simulations) with the aim of better understanding the functioning of the human brain and its diseases.

Through this Call for Expressions of Interest on "Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience", HBP is looking for partners who will join the project's next phase, which will be funded under Horizon 2020 (H2020). Prospective project Consortia are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more cognitive functions in "Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience".

For further information about this call and a guide for proposers, see the HBP website.

Information days will be organised in several Member States. HBP Researchers will be presenting the scope of this call, the evaluation process and the proposal selection criteria. They will also be explaining what HBP is about and providing examples of visionary cross-cutting research themes that prospective project Consortia could be addressing.

For more information about these Info Days, again see the HBP website.

Project full name: European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus
Project acronym: ECHORD++
Call identifier: ECHORD++-02
Project grant agreement number: 601116
Call opening: 4 May 2015
Deadline: 23 June 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of experiments: 12 to 18 months
Average EC contribution per experiment: €300 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.echord.eu/news-details/news/second-call-for-experiments-now-open/
E-mail address for further information: info@echord.eu

Additional information

This competitive call for experiment proposals is related to the EU-funded project ECHORD++ (FP7-ICT-601116). In the context of ECHORD++, small-scale projects, "experiments", will be conducted, which will use state-of-the-art robotic equipment, addressing one of the following scenarios: Cognitive tools and workers for cognitive factories, general purpose robotic co-workers, cognitive logistics robots for industry, medical robotics, agricultural and food robotics, and urban robotics. Each experiment has a maximum duration of 18 months, the funding of an experiment is expected to be about €300 000. The total indicative funding for this call is €4.8 Mio.

Deadline: June 23rd 2015, at 17:00 (Brussels time)

The research community, enterprises and robot manufacturers are asked to submit experiment proposals, written in English only. Please note that FP7 only offers part-funding of research activities. More information and the full call documents, including the guides for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the web site http://www.echord.eu. If you have further questions, please contact us via info@echord.eu.

Project full name: CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems
Project acronym: CPSE Labs
Call identifier: CPSELabs-15-01
Project grant agreement number: 644400
Call opening: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Deadline: Wednesday 3 June 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of experiments: 9 to 18 months
Maximum EC contribution for experiments per applicant: €150 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php
E-mail address for submissions: open-call@cpse-labs.eu
E-mail address for further information: service@cpse-labs.eu

Additional information

European technology and engineering firms and innovators are invited to submit proposals for small-scale experiments to advance the development of innovative products and services in the area of cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Cyber-physical systems are networked collections of interacting devices, sensors, hardware and software services for collaboratively realising new functions. The field of CPS encompasses the developers and manufacturers of devices and software, technology suppliers, as well as systems integrators. CPS are often large-scale systems that monitor and control physical as well as organisational and business processes in real-time, require a high degree of autonomy and dependability, and integrate different technical as well as application domains. This increased complexity poses new challenges to the design, engineering and operation of such systems.

CPS Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) is a European Union-funded initiative to support businesses wishing to engineer or operate dependable cyber-physical systems in Europe. CPSE Labs funds experiments with a clear innovation focus that are carried out by European businesses, research organisations, or public authorities. CPSE Labs provides support and expertise from a pan-European network of state-of-the-art Design Centres to equip innovators with CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge, and tools for realizing novel CPS-based products and services. Experiments should demonstrate the application of existing CPS technologies to new application areas or new use cases, or help in the creation of new products or services in new or existing value chains.

CPSE Labs welcomes proposals from European CPS innovators, particularly from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and organisations that are new to European Union research funding initiatives. Experiments are carried out in close collaboration with the partners of one of the CPSE Labs Design Centres in France (ONERA and LAAS-CNRS), North Germany (Offis), South Germany (fortiss), Spain (Univ. Politecnica de Madrid and Indra Sistemas), Sweden (KTH), and the UK (Newcastle Univ.). The Design Centres offer expertise and training in developing cyber-physical systems, as well as development environments, tool chains, architectural frameworks, and technology platforms that form the basis for the experiments, including in this first call:

  • 4DIAC framework for distributed industrial automation and control
  • FMI-based virtual co-simulation
  • Model-based safety assessment techniques (AltaRica, Hazop UML)
  • GenoM and Mauve-OROCOS frameworks for robotics systems programming
  • Open Services for Life-Cycle-Collaboration (OSLC) open standard
  • Overture family of VDM-based technologies (Overture, Crescendo, Symphony)
  • SOFIA2 interoperability platform for smart spaces

More details on the CPSE Labs Design Centres, their competencies, and technical platforms are available at www.cpse-labs.eu.

Project full name: European Network of competencies and platforms for Enabling Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) from any sector building Innovative Cyber Physical System (CPS) products to sustain demand for European manufacturing
Project acronym: EuroCPS
Call identifier: EuroCPS01 call
Project grant agreement number: 644090
Call opening: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Deadline: Wednesday 3 June 2015 - 17h00 (Brussels time)
Maximum duration of industrial experiment: 18 months
Maximum EC contribution for industrial experiments per applicant: €150 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Webpage (full call text/proposal guidelines/standard agreement): http://www.eurocps.org/innovators-projects/
E-mail address for submissions: https://www.eurocps.org/opencall/
E-mail address for further information: olivier.thomas@cea.fr

Additional information

EuroCPS is part of Smart-Anything-Everywhere Initiative (www.smartanythingeverywhere.eu) under Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT) which aims to generating new and breakthrough technologies, boost competitiveness, create jobs and support growth by offering a European-wide network of Design centers.

This call provides Europe's SME's and new entrants with the opportunity to develop new CPS-products and components based on existing CPS platforms available in the market. EuroCPS also provides design support to encourage rapid development and lower the entry costs for designing and optimizing novel CPS solutions by initiating new business and innovation opportunities between innovator entities (SMEs and large companies), major CPS-platform providers, and competence centers.

Industrial experiments will be funded for developing innovative CPS products that will help increase the competitiveness of European innovator entities. The targeted products shall be designed, constructed and built on the EuroCPS Platforms provided by AVL, IFAT, Intel, SEI, ST-F, ST-I and Thales. The planed work shall be in collaboration with at least one of the EuroCPS Competences centers for design support located across the European region at AVL, BME, DIGICAT, CEA, FhG, FPG, LTU, UNIBO and Thales. More details on locations and available competences, platforms and design centers are available at www.eurocps.org.

SME and new entrants are invited to submit proposals which should address Industrial Experiments, aiming at the development of new CPS-enabled products and focusing on at least one of the following areas:

  • Software intensive projects whose expected outcomes are software prototype demonstrators running on a EuroCPS platform.
  • System integration projects whose expected outcomes are integrated system component prototypes.
  • CPS with innovative components projects who's expected outcomes are system architecture virtual prototype demonstrators of the CPS products.

Independent experts will evaluate all eligible proposals to identify those of sufficient standard to qualify for possible funding. Industrial experiments with high technology readiness level (TRL), which will produce a demonstrator prototype as an industrial experiment outcome will be considered. The prototype may also be used as a first generation product. The expected duration of the industrial experiment is 9 to 18 Months.

The maximum European Commission contribution for industrial experiments per applicant is &euro150000. The Funding rate is 70 %. The Maximum duration of industrial experiment is 18 Months. This comes in addition to coaching by competence centers and assistance from platform providers.

Applicants are encouraged to contact any of the EuroCPS Networking partners CEA, AVL, Thales, LTU, BME, UNIBO, FhG, DIGICAT, HTNL and FPG for more information about the call. The information that can be provided is restricted to details about the competences available at the centers and the supported EuroCPS platforms. All the information provided is public and will be available for all parties.

Project full name: Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment for Laser Based Manufacturing
Project acronym: APPOLO
Call identifier: APPOLO Open Call
Project grant agreement number: 609355
Instrument type: Large-scale integrating project
Call opening: 12 January 2015
Deadline: 18 March 2015 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: start not earlier than July 2015 and to finish not later than 31 August 2017.
Total EC funding available for new partners: €1 200 000
Number of new partners to be selected: at least two new partners per assessment experiment plus one exiting partner from APPOLO HUB.
Expected maximum funding per experiment: €200 000 for new beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.appolo-fp7.eu/open-call.html
E-mail address for submissions: submission@appolo-fp7.eu
E-mail address for further information: opencall@appolo-fp7.eu

Additional information

The project APPOLO, currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, launches an open call for assessment experiments with new equipment for emerging manufacturing technologies based on ultra-short pulse (sub-ns) lasers. The about two year running experiments aim at validation of the technologies needed for large and global markets. The equipment should be tested for the selected technological process in close-to industrial environment using the assessment service of laser application laboratories around Europe joined to APPOLO HUB. Validation will be performed in close collaboration between equipment supplier, end-user and an application laboratory connected to the APPOLO HUB. The new laser assessment experiments should provide business relevant technical investigations and demonstrate applicability of the new equipment for industrial applications.

Approximate 6 proposals will be selected for funding in this competitive call, including at least two new partners per proposal from equipment supply (preferable SME) and end-user sides with clear exploitation plans and one existing partner from APPOLO HUB in order to perform the equipment/technology assessment. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

A full description of the APPOLO Open Call can be downloaded from: http://www.appolo-fp7.eu/open-call.html. There you also find detailed instructions for proposal submission, information about the evaluation criteria to be applied, and the template of the APPOLO evaluation form.

  • Proposal should include at least two new partners, which need service from the existing APPOLO HUB (and consortium) partners:
    • equipment supplier, preferable SME;
    • end-user;
    • exiting partner from APPOLO HUB application laboratories.
  • New equipment to be assessed should be one for laser based manufacturing, including but not limited to: lasers, positioning, beam shaping, guiding and scanning, on-line monitoring and control;
  • The assessment experiments in the proposal should rely on existing expertise and infrastructure within APPOLO consortium, to be able to perform assessment of the new equipment in close to industrial conditions;
  • Area of industrial application of laser technologies should correspond the topics of the call. However, as main goal of the Open call is to increase overall impact of the APPOLO project by adding new application and end-users, overlapping with running assessment value chains in terms of type of new equipment and applications will be scored as a weakness of the proposal.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Proposals are to be submitted as PDF files attached to e-mail to submission@appolo-fp7.eu.

Project full name: Laser Equipment Assessment for High Impact Innovation in the Manufacturing European industry
Project acronym: LASHARE
Call identifier: LASHARE Competitive Call 1
Project grant agreement number: 609046
Call opening: 1 February 2015
Deadline: 16 March 2015 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 24 months
Duration of an assessment: maximum of 22 months
Funding: Total funding available for new partners amounts to €1 767 000, the requested funding for each LEA (including user, supplier and RTD) should not exceed €250 000
Email address for further information: cc@lashare.eu
Further information: www.lashare.eu

Additional information

The project LASHARE is currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013). LASHARE requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

LASHARE has a vacancy in its consortium for partners established in an EU Member State or FP7 Associated State.

LASHARE aims to advance innovative equipment solutions that have been demonstrated at laboratory level, Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3-4, towards robust prototypes at TRL 7-8. The development is guided by an Assessment Framework that involves an industrial user, an RTD partner and the supplier of the equipment. The laser based equipment assessment (LEA) should focus on the benefit of the supplier which should be an SME. The role of the users is to provide guidance towards requirements and provide the basis for validation.

All assessments shall be related to equipment for laser-based material processing. Suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment are expected to install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. The primary aim is to strengthen the ICT equipment supplier base, predominantly SMEs, through a close cooperation with globally acting manufacturers, by improving the manufacturing processes in relation to quality, speed, environmental and resource efficiency. Equipment assessments require the following steps: Task 1: Initialisation of the Assessment that defines the requirements and objectives for a specific application scenario; Task 2: implementation of a development and improvement plan; Task 3: Validation in an industrial like environment; and Task 4: Resume of the Assessment which collects the achievements and identifies the next steps towards successful market launch. Special emphasis is on SMEs on the supply side.

The LEAs shall cover innovative laser applications in laser-based material processing and address improvements related to quality, speed, flexibility and resource efficiency of laser-based material processing. The project aims to select between 10 and 12 new LEAs for funding in this competitive call. Each of the LEA teams will consist of a user, a supplier and an RTD partner. The RTD partner must be one of the existing LASHARE RTD partners.

The core task of the laser-based equipment assessment shall focus on sensors and knowledge based ICT systems that enable at least one of the following aspects;

  • autonomous set up of machine and laser parameters for fast and flexible manufacture
  • process and quality control for robust processes and fully documented production in the area of complex manufacturing tasks.

Project full name: Computational Cloud Services and Workflows for Agile Engineering
Project acronym: CloudFlow
Call identifier: CloudFlow-1
Project grant agreement number: 609100
Instrument type: Large-scale integrating project
Call opening: 30 June 2014
Deadline: 30 September 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015
Total EC funding available for new partners: €770 000
Number of new partners to be selected: 1-4 partners for each of the 7 new experiments
Expected maximum funding per experiment: €110 000 for new beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/first-call
Web address for submissions: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/submission-tool
Email address for further information: info@eu-cloudflow.eu

This Open Call for proposals seeks to increase the number of partners and Application Experiments currently being carried out within the CloudFlow project. Application Experiments shall be rooted in computational technology for manufacturing and engineering industries, preferably SMEs, giving them affordable access to Cloud technology. Application Experiments are expected to extend the CloudFlow infrastructure and to address workflows along the value chain in and across companies. Priority will be given to innovative product development and products, such as mechatronic systems and cyber-physical systems, including, e.g., multi-domain simulation (mechanics, electronics, software, fluid dynamics, acoustics, etc.).

EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW EXPERIMENTS

Application Experiments shall demonstrate as many as possible of the following characteristics:

  • being driven by an end-user need
  • addressing a real use case
  • demonstrating high potential to benefit from Cloud technology
  • being compatible with the existing CloudFlow infrastructure
  • being innovative
  • being complementary to the existing experiments, see: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/experiments

A full description of the 1st CloudFlow Open Call can be downloaded from: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/first-call

CONSORTIA

An application experiment consortium should typically have 1-4 partners out of the following range:

  • End user (mandatory as 'driving' partner)
  • Independent software vendor
  • HPC provider
  • Research institution

Their work will be complemented by existing partners from the CloudFlow Competence Center to safeguard a smooth integration with the CloudFlow infrastructure.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Proposals are to be submitted using the proposal submission tool at: www.eu-cloudflow.eu/open-calls/submission-tool
There you also find detailed instructions for proposal submission, information about the evaluation criteria to be applied, FAQs, and the template of the CloudFlow evaluation form.

Project full name: Cloud based Simulation platform for Manufacturing and Engineering
Project acronym: CloudSME
Project grant agreement number: FP7-608886
Instrument type: IP
Call opening: 30 April 2014
Deadline: 25 June 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015
Total EC funding available for new partners: €400 000
Number of new experiments to be selected: around 10
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://cloudsme.eu/opencall
Web address for proposal submissions: opencall@cloudsme.eu
Email address for further information: G.Z.Terstyanszky@westminster.ac.uk

Simulation software can significantly improve the position of SMEs in the engineering and manufacturing sector by reducing costs and delivering more efficient development, production, procurement, logistics and financial processes. However, the take-up of simulation software by SMEs has until now been low due to high entry barriers that include hardware prices, licensing costs and technical expertise. CloudSME is developing a cloud-based, one-stop-shop simulation software platform solution that significantly lowers these barriers, thus enabling much wider take-up of simulation software technologies by engineering and manufacturing SMEs. Simulation software service providers may use the platform in the form of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enabling them to quickly create customised software applications in the cloud for their clients "engineering/ manufacturing SMEs - who see their customised application running as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. To achieve greater impact of the CloudSME one-stop-shop simulation solution, the project requires the participation of up to ten new beneficiaries established as SMEs in an EU Member State or an FP7 Associated State. These new beneficiaries should be either:

  • an engineering and manufacturing SME needing simulation software to improve efficiency of their activities, and who will use simulation software services supported by CloudSME (See Annex III of the Open Call), or
  • a consortium incorporating at least one simulation software provider SME and one or more engineering/manufacturing SMEs who will use the provider's simulation software.

Simulation software providers as new CloudSME beneficiaries should:

  • adapt their simulation software to the CloudSME one-stop-shop service platform and deploy it,
  • help SMEs to create simulation software applications on the CloudSME platform using their simulation software.

Engineering or manufacturing SMEs as new CloudSME beneficiaries should:

  • define requirements of business activities to be supported by simulation on the CloudSME platform
  • contribute to the creation of simulation software-based applications supporting their business activities on the CloudSME platform, jointly with the simulation software and technology providers within CloudSME
  • use the simulation software application in their business activities and provide feedback on the improvements achieved.

Project full name: INTElligent FIXtures for the manufacturing of low rigidity components
Project acronym: INTEFIX
Project grant agreement number: 609306
Instrument type: CP-IP
Call opening: 19 February 2014
Deadline: 2 April 2014 (17:00 Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2016
Total EC funding available for new partners: €1 450 000
Number of new experiments to be selected: at least 3
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.intefix.eu
Web address for proposal submissions: http://intefix.cesga.es
Email address for further information: intefix@tekniker.es

This call for additional experiments in the INTEFIX project aims to bring new partners forming mini-consortiums performing complementary experiments to those already defined in the project.

INTEFIX is funded under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme through the 'Challenge 7 ICT for the enterprise and manufacturing' and 'Objective 7.2: Equipment assessment for sensor and laser based applications' of the call FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF.

The new experiments to be selected in this open call shall bring together suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment and end users to install and test new solutions for intelligent fixtures, validating the new system in established or dedicated manufacturing lines. The primary aim is to strengthen the ICT equipment supplier base, predominantly SMEs, through a close cooperation with globally acting manufacturers, by improving the manufacturing processes in relation to quality, speed, environmental and resource efficiency.

The proposed solution should include the assessment of sensor/actuator-driven equipment targeting smart production flexibly through an effective monitoring and control of small lot size or single components manufacturing with high added value. The assessment framework shall address improvements related to precision, speed, cost, flexibility and efficiency of machining processes.

The expected impact as listed in the call FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF includes:

  • Penetrate new application areas (e.g. high customisation, end-of-life product engineering and manufacturing), close to the market and opening new markets
  • Strengthen supply-side SMEs by enabling them to supply manufacturers with new equipment and components for improved manufacturing operations.

Project full name: Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT And Beyond Project acronym: GRAPHENE 2
Project grant agreement number: 604391
Instrument type: CP-CSA
Call opening: 25 November 2013
Deadline: 5 February 2014 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2016
Total EC funding available for new partners: €8 746 000
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://www.graphenecall.esf.org/
Email address for submissions: graphene-call@esf.org (subject: FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries)
Email address for further information: open-call@mediafi.org

The ramp-up phase of the GRAPHENE Flagship project (1 October 2013 - 31 March 2016) is currently funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), as part of the FET Flagship Programme. The GRAPHENE Flagship Project consortium will be extended with new partners demonstrating complementarities to carry out specific research tasks within the project. The new beneficiaries will be selected from proposals submitted in response to this Competitive Call and having comprehensive expertise in the following research topics:

  1. Standardization
  2. Chemical sensor, biosensors and bio-interfaces
  3. Membrane technologies: from nanofluidics to nanoresonators
  4. Catalysts for energy applications
  5. Functionalized materials for composites and energy applications
  6. Functional coatings and interfaces in high-performance, low-weight technological applications
  7. Integration of with semiconductor devices: a scalable back-end approach
  8. New layered materials and heterostructures
  9. Passive components for RF-applications
  10. Integration with Si photonics
  11. Prototypes based on graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems
  12. Open topic, dedicated to bottom-up blue sky research
  13. Updating the Science and Technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems

Project acronym: FI-CONTENT 2
Project grant agreement number: 603662
Project full name: Future media Internet for large scale CONTENT

The FI-CONTENT 2 project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its Open Call for new beneficiaries. FI-CONTENT 2 is part of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-CONTENT 2 project aims at establishing the foundation of a European infrastructure for promoting and testing novel uses of audio-visual content on connected devices. The partners will develop and deploy advanced platforms for Social Connected TV, Mobile Smart City services, and Pervasive Games. To assess the approach and improve these platforms, user communities in 6 European locations will be activated for living lab and field trials.

The objective of the open call is to recruit around five to ten new content usage driven partners to complement the three platforms that the FI-CONTENT 2 project is building, by creating new applications or providing missing technologies to extend the platforms' capabilities. It is expected that the new partners will contribute to one or more of the following topics:

Social Connected TV Platform

  • Device Discovery,
  • Cross-Device Communication,
  • Interactive Content and Services,
  • Service and Platform APIs,
  • Search and Discovery;

Smart City Services Platform:

  • Real-time Translation of text and audio of any Smart City Guide Content,
  • Word Spotting / Summarisation of Smart City Guide Content,
  • Service Continuity / Complementarities Between Devices,
  • Rich-Media Ad-Insertion,
  • Platform Enrichment (Data and Content);

Pervasive Gaming Platform

  • Augmented Reality Tracking,
  • Reality Mixer,
  • Games with Things,
  • Content Creation and Integration,
  • Game Social Platform.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will be managed according to the corresponding Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and Collaboration Agreement, which the new partners shall adhere to.

Full information on this call is available on http://mediafi.org/open-call/

Call open: 30 September 2013
Deadline: 8 January 2014 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: beginning of April 2014 to end of March 2015 (12 months)
Total EC funding available for new partners: up to €1 350 000
Number of new partners to be selected: around 5 to 10
Call identifier: FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
Web address for further information: http://mediafi.org/open-call/
Email address for submissions: cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: 'FI-CONTENT 2: Open Call for additional beneficiaries')
Email address for further information: open-call@mediafi.org

Identifier: XIFI-1
Call title: Expansion of the infrastructure capacity of the FI-PPP
Project full name: XIFI: eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet
Acronym: XIFI
Grant agreement number: 604590
Deadline: 27 November 2013, at 17:00 Brussels local time
Expected duration of participation: April 2014 to March 2015
Maximum budget available for new beneficiaries: €2 170 000
Maximum funding request per proposal: €200 000
Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English

Proposal submission: via email to cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu
Internet address and full open call information: www.fi-xifi.eu/open-call/
E-mail: contact@fi-xifi.eu

The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) initiative aims to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe by delivering a common platform supporting large-scale trials running in different business domains and leveraging on a wide range of Future Internet (FI) infrastructures. In this context, the XIFI project focuses on the infrastructure element, by paving the way for a sustainable federation of FI infrastructures offering FI-PPP services.

The objective of this Competitive Call is to enlarge the infrastructure capacity of the FI-PPP by additional infrastructure nodes. It is expected that at least ten proposals for additional experimentation facilities will be selected under this call.

Detailed information about the open call and its aspects can be retrieved online, including:

  • Call announcement
  • General Information and Requirements
  • Description of technical work and tasks expected
  • Guide for applicants
  • Frequently asked questions

Project full name: FINESCE Future Internet Smart Utility Services
Acronym: FINESCE
Grant agreement number: 604677
Web address for call information and submission: http://www.finesce.eu/open-call
Call opening: 16 September 2013
Deadline: 13 November 2013 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation in project: March 2014 to February 2015
Total EC funding available: €1 288 600
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Email address for further information: Dr. Fiona Williams contact@finesce.eu

The FINESCE project, currently active as a project in the Future Internet PPP of the Seventh European Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities, contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013), requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project.

Area 1: "To support the consortium by undertaking investigations of the proposers own creative ideas for dissemination and promotion of energy related services and applications, related to FI-WARE functionality and the FINESCE trial topics.

Area 2: "To support the consortium by expanding the scope of our trials, or developing a visualisation of energy consumption, developing an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system or developing a management system for the energy distribution networks.

Anticipated budget for tasks, with the total budget of €1 288 600, under:
Area 1: €250 000
Area 2: €1 038 600

EC funding per individual task:
Area 1: Minimum €50 000 promoting energy related services based on FI-Ware functionality.
Area 2: Maximum €350 000 for part-funded contracts as project beneficiaries

Project full name: The Human Brain Project
Acronym: HBP
Grant agreement number: 604102

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a ten-year, large-scale European research initiative whose goal is to understand the human brain and its diseases and ultimately to emulate its computational capabilities. The ramp-up phase of the project (October 2013 to March 2016) is currently funded (€54 M) by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), as part of the FET Flagship Programme.

The HBP has reserved a portion of its ramp-up phase funding for specific research tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries who will join the consortium in 2014. These new beneficiaries will be selected from proposals submitted in response to this Competitive Call. The Competitive Call covers the following topics of the HBP work plan:

  1. Human and mouse neural channelomics and receptonics.
  2. Genotype to phenotype mapping of the mouse brain.
  3. Identifying, gathering and organizing multimodal human and nonhuman neuroscience data.
  4. Cognitive architectures.
  5. Novel methods for rule-based clustering of medical data.
  6. Neural configurations for neuromorphic computing systems.
  7. Virtual robotic environments, agents, sensory and motor systems.
  8. Theory of multi-scale circuits.

Identifier: GN3PLUS: Open Call for additional beneficiaries
Project full name: Multi-Gigabit European Research and Education Network and Associated Services
Acronym: GN3plus
Grant agreement number: 605243
Deadline: 29 May 2013 at 17h00 Brussels time
Expected duration of participation: October 2013 to the end of March 2015
Total EC funding available: is up to €3 300 000
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Further information: http://www.geant.net/opencalls
Submission: opencalls@geant.net (Subject: 'GN3PLUS: Open Call for additional beneficiaries [Topic Number]')

Objectives of the Call: The GN3plus project seeks INNOVATIVEUSE CASES TO RUN ON EXISTING GÉANT PRODUCTION AND EXPERIMENTAL NETWORK FACILITIES,beneficiaries to carry out SELF CONTAINED RTD WORK PACKAGES to support on-going GN3plus Research and Technology Development (RTD) activities and beneficiariesto carry outRTD todeliver INNOVATION IN A MULTI-DOMAIN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING ENVIRONMENT.

The GN3plus project implementing the GÉANT network, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its first Open Call for additional beneficiaries to carry out certain tasks within the project. The GÉANT network advances all aspects of European research and education networking; it encompasses the fast and reliable GÉANT network and a portfolio of advanced connectivity, network support and access services for European research and education network projects, institutions and end users.

The GN3plus Open Call is structured around three themes:

Theme 1: Seeks RTD users/use cases/projects to make use of existing GÉANT production and experimental network facilities. Projects will showcase, and preferably further the development of, newly emerging network technologies and services using the infrastructure that the GN3plus project has to offer. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate innovation in the area of data communications and telecommunications networking even if they address relatively niche applications. The overall aim is to enable innovative advanced use and experimentation on GÉANT facilities and to incorporate new users, use cases and projects within the GN3plus project.

Theme 2: Seeks beneficiaries to carry out self-contained utility packages of work that can be used by the ongoing RTD work programmes in GN3plus. Covering a range of topics from optical to end-to-end services. The overall aim of this work is to enable new beneficiaries to innovate and collaborate within the GN3plus consortium.

Theme 3: Seeks beneficiaries to carry out RTD to deliver Innovation in a Multi-Domain Research and Education Networking Environment'. The overall aim of this work is to enable GÉANT to provide world class connectivity and services to the knowledge community and to push the state of the art through innovation.

Please note that activities to be carried out by the new beneficiaries will be partly funded rather than fully funded, in alignment with the funding schema defined for research activities by the European Commission (up to 75% of direct costs). New beneficiaries may join the project either as Partners or as Third Parties to existing GN3plus consortium members in respect to FP7 rules. IPRs will be managed according to the corresponding Consortium Agreement, which the new beneficiaries shall adhere to.

Full information on the detailed call text and how to submit proposals http://www.geant.net/opencalls.

Identifier: BUTLER open call
Project full name: uBiquitous, secUre inTernet-of-things with Location and contExt-awaRenes
Acronym: BUTLER
Grant agreement number: 287901
Deadline: 13 April at 17:00 Brussels time
Expected duration of participation: June 2013 to September 2014
Total EC funding for new partners: up to €120 000
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Further information: contact@iot-butler.eu

The BUTLER project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new partner to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for a partner established in an EU Member State or FP7 Associated State, and having comprehensive expertise in the integration of Internet of Things technologies and conduct of end user trials.

The tasks involve the participation to the set up of a cross domain (horizontal) field trial based on the prototype of the BUTLER platform. The new partner will have to:

  • Implement a cross domain 'Smart Life' field trial. The domains we are looking for include: health, home/office, transportation and shopping
  • Provide access to end users and have the ability and experience of conducting end user trials
  • Participate to the technology integration and software industrialization of BUTLER's platform into a consistent and reliable field trial

One partner will be selected for funding in this competitive call, which will be preferably a SME or an organisation demonstrating plans for sustainable exploitation of BUTLER project achievements.

Identifier: FI-WARE: Open Call 3 for additional beneficiaries
Project: FI-WARE: Future Internet Core Platform
Acronym: FI-WARE
Grant agreement number: 285248
Publication date: 21 December 2012
Deadline: 27 February 2013 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: beginning of May 2013 to end of April 2014 (12 months)
Total EC funding available: up to €4 200 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: cnect-ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: 'FI-WARE: Open Call 3 for additional beneficiaries')
Further information: http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/, fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.eu

FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers - GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors. This infrastructure will bring significant and quantifiable improvements in the performance, reliability and production costs linked to Internet Applications - building a true foundation for the Future Internet.

FI-WARE is the cornerstone of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-WARE project has reserved a portion of the project budget to fund specific tasks to be carried out by new beneficiaries that will join the consortium after start of the project. These later-joining beneficiaries are selected by means of a series of competitive Open Calls. The First and Second FI-WARE Open Calls were devoted to cover development of Generic Enablers fulfilling needs identified by Use Case projects funded in phase 1 of the FI-PPP program.

The Third FI-WARE Open Call now launched will be devoted to the following goals:

  • Take up of FI-WARE results by Internet application developers and entrepreneurs
  • Creation and support of a dynamic innovation ecosystem around FI-WARE results
  • Achieve maximum market visibility for the technologies and services developed by FI-WARE

It is expected that participants to this call will propose a concrete and specific plan that enables to achieve these goals during the given time-frame. Selected beneficiaries will be invited to refine and implement the final plan together with the FI-WARE Coordinator and in collaboration with the rest of the FI-WARE partners.

A maximum budget of €4.2M will be assigned to selected beneficiaries for this purpose, to be executed from beginning of May 2013 until end of April 2014 (12 months). Even if the duration of this activity is limited to the mentioned period, proposals that show a commitment towards phase 3 of the Future Internet PPP will be favoured.

The proposed plan shall include but does not need to be limited to the following activities:

  • Develop an approach to effectively and efficiently reach the target audience of Internet application developers and web entrepreneurs so that they engage not only in learning, providing feedback about, and experimenting with FI-WARE technologies but ultimately also deliver innovative FI-WARE based Internet applications to their markets. As part of this approach, the plan shall include:
    • Definition and implementation of outreach and promotional campaigns, notably towards Internet application developers and entrepreneurs.
    • Organisation of the necessary physical workshops and gatherings, at least one being linked to and visible within a large-scale event in Europe, as well as online events/tools such as webinars.
    • Organisation of at least one Software Development Contest, with proper incentives, targeted to reward the most innovative applications based on FI-WARE to be demonstrated on the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab.
  • Develop an approach to effectively and efficiently reach relevant stakeholders and partners who may contribute to further enhance the scope of the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab, by means of bringing resources and infrastructures that will enable to create a richer experimental and trial environment involving end users that helps to attract the attention of developers, entrepreneurs, researchers.
  • Develop an online platform, scalable enough to grow up to hundreds of thousands of users enabling networking activities across all the stakeholders of the innovative ecosystem to be incubated around FI-WARE (for instance: web entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, serial entrepreneurs, accelerators, crowd-funding platform providers, large corporations, media, research). The platform should allow advanced functionalities to support the communities' needs.
  • Contribute to dynamise the presence of FI-WARE in most relevant social web communities such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or more specialised communities, particularly those of European impact.

This FI-WARE Open Call addresses players who can demonstrate experience and credentials in the definition and implementation of similar plans. In particular, proposers who can prove their ability to mobilize thousands of users and can contribute a working online platform able to support the creation of an innovation ecosystem around FI-WARE involving different stakeholders will be favoured.

Full information is available on http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/

Project: Development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health, product quality and performance in European organic and 'low input' milk, meat and egg production
Acronym: LowInputBreeds
Grant agreement number: 222623
Instrument type: Large collaborative project
Deadline: 30 September 2012 12:00 (Bruxelles time)
Expected duration of participation: 1 November 2010 to 29 February 2012
Total EC funding available: €90 000 (€30 000 for each partner)
Research costs: €40 000 to €60 000 (supported by EU funding of 75 - 50%)
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/, filippo.biscarini@agr.uni-goettingen.de

The project 'Low Input Breeds', currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the Euroepan Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation, requires the participation of 3 new project partners to carry out specific tasks within the project that will be further on described.

Summary of tasks:
The call is to recruit partners to collaborate in the dairy cattle sub-project (SP1, Improving 'Low Input' dairy cattle) of the Low Input Breeds project. The main objective of this sub-project is to simulate the day by day operations in a dairy cattle herd. For the day by day operations in the herd, different sizes and types of operations within herds, i.e. breeding strategies, age structures and culling decisions have to be considered following probabilities of occurrence. The individual variability of a cow will be simulated for a multitude of traits (production, health, growth, type traits, fertility, survival, feed intake). Based on daily phenotypic values, input and output in terms of energy efficiency will be determined for different low input production systems.
Three additional ICPC (International Cooperation Partner Countries) partners from the Mediterranean, North Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East regions are being recruited to:

  1. support the project with substantial data of interest:
    • the main interest is in phenotypic data on beef traits of dairy cattle (weaning weight, growth rate, feed intake, etc.);
    • additionally, phenotypic test day data for dairy traits are considered;
    • any other available phenotypic data on dairy cattle;
    • corresponding pedigrees;
  2. provide detailed information related to breeding strategies (outline of the breeding program);
  3. provide detailed information about herd parameters (herd size, culling rates within herds, culling strategies).

The main decision for recruiting partners will be based on data quantity and data quality.

Project: Overcoming clinical relapse in multiple myeloma by understanding and targeting the molecular causes of drug resistance
Acronym: OVER-MyR
Grant agreement number: 278706
Publication date: 20 July 2012
Deadline: 30 September 2012
Expected duration of participation in project: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014
Total EC funding available: €144 593
Project coordinator: Prof Karin Vanderkerken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Further information: www.over-myr.eu, karin.vanderkerken@vub.ac.be

We are looking for a new SME partner in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • The identification of small molecule therapeutics targeting Multiple Myeloma resistance mechanisms
  • The identification of clinical development candidate

We need a company that will screen the cell lines we develop against compound libraries. Ideally, the applicant company will be able to take the lead compound(s) discovered further along the clinical development path.

Multiple Myeloma (MM) is a currently incurable rare malignant plasma cell disease, which invariably relapses despite therapy. The objective of OVER-MYR is to understand the causes of drug resistance and relapse, develop novel strategies to overcome these, provide proof of principal for phase I/II trial, and thus impact on MM-patient's survival. Currently-used drugs target both MM cells (MMC) and cells of the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment or 'niche' that are critical for supporting MMC survival, proliferation and growth. Since patients repeatedly relapse after such treatments, the following mechanisms of relapse are considered and need to be investigated:

  1. drugs have spared specific subclones or subpopulations of MMC
  2. drugs induce alterations in cells of the 'niche' that promote drug-resistance.

Identifier: FI-WARE: Open Call 1 for additional beneficiaries
Project: FI-WARE: Future Internet Core Platform
Acronym: FI-WARE
Grant agreement number: 285248
Publication date: 31 January 2012
Deadline: 25 April 2012 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: July 2012 to April 2014
Total EC funding available: up to €2 000 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: ict@ec.europa.eu (subject: 'FI-WARE: Open Call 1 for additional beneficiaries')
Further information: http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/, fiware-opencall-help@lists.fi-ware.eu

The FI-WARE project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its First Open Call for new project partners.

FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers - GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors. This infrastructure will bring significant and quantifiable improvements in the performance, reliability and production costs linked to Internet Applications - building a true foundation for the Future Internet.

FI-WARE is the cornerstone of the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP) program, a joint action by European Industry and the European Commission.

The FI-WARE project will develop open specifications of FI-WARE GEs, together with a reference implementation of each GE for testing. Some of these open specifications will be submitted for standardization. FI-WARE aims to draw upon results already achieved through earlier research projects. It will further develop them and integrate them.

FI-WARE's First Open Call will allow the incorporation of new partners that can contribute or develop the following GEs for their integration as part of FI-WARE. They also need to provide support to FI-PPP use case projects validating conceptual prototypes developed on top of FI-WARE.

  • Middleware for efficient and QoS/Security-aware invocation of services and exchange of messages.
  • Business Models and Business Elements (BM & BE) Definition and Simulation.

IPRs will be managed according to the corresponding Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and Collaboration Agreement, which the new partners shall adhere to. In particular, specifications of GEs must be publicly available on the FI-WARE's website/wiki and be royalty-free. Contributed implementations of these GEs should be licensed free of charge to projects funded under the FI-PPP program and commercialized under FRAND conditions.

Submitters to this Open Call should be legal entities that are established in an EU Member State, or FP7 Associated State.

Please note that activities to be carried out by the new partners will be partly funded, in alignment with the funding schema defined for research activities by the European Commission.

Full information, including details about expected functionality to be covered by the above mentioned GEs, is available on http://www.fi-ware.eu/open-call/

Identifier: BonFIRE-2- New experiments // Cloud provider
Project: Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation
Acronym: BonFIRE
Grant agreement number: 257386
Publication date: 1 February 2012
Deadline: 7 March 2012 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: September 2012 to August 2013 for experiments; September 2012 to November 2013 for Cloud provider
Total EC funding available: Up to €600 000
Language of proposal: English
Submission: submissions@bonfire-project.eu
Further information: http://www.bonfire-project.eu/, bonfire@bonfire-project.eu

The BonFIRE project seeks to incorporate A SET OF EXPERIMENTS TO RUN TESTS ON ITS MULTI-SITE CLOUD FACILITY and a also a CLOUD PROVIDER TO PARTICIPATE AS ADDITIONAL CLOUD SITE IN THE '˜BonFIRE MULTI-CLOUD' (Proof of Concept).

The BonFIRE project is designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud-based FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems targeting in particular but not exclusively the research community on Internet of Services.

The BonFIRE vision is to give researchers in these areas access to a distributed cloud facility which supports experimentation of their systems and applications and the evaluation of cross-cutting aspects. We expect that this will enable innovative scenarios from the services-based distributed computing research community to be tested. Additionally, we seek a Cloud Provider to become a BonFIRE site.

The call is structured in 2 topics as follows;

[Topic a)] BonFIRE has defined three different scenarios relevant for experiments targeting this open call where testing can be performed under different conditions:

  1. Extended cloud scenario: It consists of using four BonFIRE computing sites interconnected through today's public internet.
  2. Cloud with a controlled experimental network scenario. This scenario consists of using nodes connected over a user-controlled emulated virtual internet. This second scenario is supported by the Virtual Wall environment enriched with Cloud capabilities.
  3. Extended cloud with complex network implications scenario. This consists of using two cloud sites interconnected through a controlled network that allows studying the implications of the network behavior on services and clouds, and experiment with new solutions and approaches. This scenario implies a vertical federation with a cloud-to-network interface.

The project will support the researchers to set up and run their experiments on BonFIRE. We will also provide appropriate methods for describing, deploying, managing, executing and measuring experiments in our distributed cloud infrastructure.

Experiments shall propose innovative usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility. These activities should exhibit a degree of innovation in the use of the facility, including system level experiments, making a comprehensive use of several components of the facility, potential impact on users, etc.

[Topic b)] The project also seeks a Cloud provider to become a BonFIRE federated site and to enable the deployment of experiments.

The profile of the company we are looking to engage with is a private/public cloud infrastructure provider with access to their own platform and the ability to support the creation of a new BonFIRE site on its infrastructure. The new provider will give access to their platform via programmable APIs and web-based interfaces and have enough capacity to host a lab-like project environment.

Identifier: TEFIS - new experiments
Project: TEstbed for Future Internet Services
Acronym: TEFIS
Grant Agreement number: 258142
Instrument type: Integrated project
Thematic priority: Future Internet experimental facility and experimentally-driven research [ICT-2009.1.6]
Deadline: 11 May 2011 17h00 Brussels time
Total EC funding available: €731 000 (max €200 000 per experiment)
Project Coordinator: THALES Services SAS
Language of proposal: English
Submission: tefisopencall@cdt.ltu.se
Further information: http://www.tefisproject.eu/opencall.html

The TEFIS project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new partner to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

Brief summary of task(s) requested:

TEFIS seeks to incorporate new experiments to run tests orchestrated across multiple heterogeneous testbeds.

The experiments shall propose usage scenarios exploiting at least 2 of the 6 facilities provided by TEFIS:

  • PlanetLab - evaluation of network protocols and networked services over Internet
  • PACA Grid - computing resources
  • ETICS - Improving the quality and reliability of distributed systems
  • Botnia Living Lab - end-users involvement in products and services development
  • IMS testbed - validate and test applications over IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem)
  • Kyatera - network performance evaluation

Experiments should support the technical activities of TEFIS by providing feedback about the use of the platform and new functionalities that would be interesting to include in future versions

Experiments should also support the project dissemination activities by providing use case example; guidelines, best practices, etc.

The rules of participation and funding for each partner are the same as for any FP7 project.

We foresee to have typically one, maximum three participant organizations per experiment.

Identifier: BonFIRE-1- New experiments
Project: Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation
Acronym: BonFIRE
Grant agreement number: 257386
Publication date: 27 January 2011
Deadline: 9 March 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2011 to May 2012
Total EC funding available: up to €750 000 (max €200 000 per experiment)
Language of proposal: English
Sumission: ict@ec.europa.eu
Further information: http://www.bonfire-project.eu/, bonfire@bonfire-project.eu

The BonFIRE project wants to incorporate a set of experiments to run tests on its multi-site cloud facility.

The BonFIRE project is designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud-based FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems targeting in particular but not exclusively the research community on Internet of Services. The BonFIRE vision is to give researchers in these areas access to a distributed cloud facility which supports experimentation of their systems and applications and the evaluation of cross-cutting aspects.

We expect that this will enable innovative scenarios from the services-based distributed computing research community to be tested. To achieve this objective, BonFIRE has mainly worked on two different scenarios relevant for this open call where testing can be performed under different conditions:

  1. Extended cloud scenario: It consists of using the 4 BonFIRE computing sites interconnected through today's public internet.
  2. Cloud with a controlled experimental network scenario. This consists of using nodes connected over an emulated virtual internet. This second scenario is supported by the enrichment of the Virtual Wall environment with cloud capabilities.

We are mainly looking for Testing Experiments that want to trial on the cloud semi-consolidated software technologies or semi-mature results of services R&D IoS projects. Examples could be (but not restricted to) SMEs with beta technology, research partners with results of IoS call 1 project, academics with innovative technology in computer science, etc. The experiments should exploit the unique features of BonFIRE facility. Experiments shall propose usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility. These activities should exhibit and justify a degree of innovation in the use of the facility, including system level experiments, making a comprehensive use of several components of the facility, multisite testing, potential impact on users, etc.

Identifier: OPTIMIS New cloud provider
Project: Optimized Infrastructure Services
Acronym: OPTIMIS
Grant agreement number: 257115
Publication date: 13 January 2011
Deadline: 3 March 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2011 to May 2013
Total EC funding available: up to €250 000
Language of proposal: English
Sumission: ict@ec.europa.eu
Further information: http://www.optimis-project.eu/, optimis-callinfo@ymir.atosorigin.es

The OPTIMIS project started in June 2010 and is currently funded until 30 June 2013. At the current stage we are looking for a Cloud provider partner to participate in two of the project's use-case activities: cloud bursting and cloud brokerage, in order to perform the following tasks:

1. Offer access to products or infrastructure during their participation on the project:

  • Infrastructure providers: Provide access to their platform via programmable APIs and web-based interfaces during project execution. Provision of a dedicated lab-like project environment where the project related development will be carried out, installed and integrated. Provision of operational support for this environment.
  • Platform and Solution providers: Provide access to their solutions during project execution. Use, adaptation and integration of their solutions with the required components of the OPTIMIS toolkit.

2. As the rest of project partners:

  • Direct participation in the technical activities of the project for implementing the use case scenarios. This includes being able to help with solving issues that might rise during the development and implementation time, being able to tweak the systems in place to work with the framework being developed within OPTIMIS etc.
  • Support the rest of technical and business activities in the project, by contribution to general project requirements and use cases and contribution to identification of the Business Potential of the project's solutions together with identification of project's potential for its own business.

Identifier: PD-1-2011
Project: ICT project PlanetData
Acronym: PlanetData
Grant agreement number: 257641
Publication date: 1 January 2011
Deadline: 11 February 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 4 to 12 months, starting earliest in June 2011.
Proposal format: proposals can include one or more organisations eligible for EU funding, and should have an indicative funding between €15 000 and €100 000.
Project Coordinator: THALES Services SAS
Language of proposal: English.
Further information: www.planet-data.eu, alice.carpentier@sti2.at

CALL EXTENSION
For the competitive call of the ICT project PlanetData (see below), please note that the call deadline has now been extended to 16 February 2011, 17h00 Brussels time.

The ICT project PlanetData has vacancies in the consortium for partners having comprehensive research and technological expertise in the area of 'Consuming Linked Data'.

Specific topics in the thematic area:

We solicit proposals for research projects with a focus on demonstration of developed technologies in a concrete application context making use of publically available Linked Data sets. Relevant topics include but are not limited to Web-scale data management, searching and querying, reasoning, Linked Sensor Data, quality assessment and data curation, analytics and mining, front-ends and visualisation, as well as business and incentives models for data-driven services and applications. Submissions should demonstrate the applicability of their research results with an application that consumes data from the open Web, ideally of societal value, including, but not limited to the following domains: public sector information and statistical data, bibliographic and media sector information, life sciences, Earth science and environmental data, geospatial data, as well as transportation and urban management.

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Identifier: POLYBRIGHT New Project Partner
Project: POLYBRIGHT
Acronym: POLYBRIGHT
Grant agreement number: 228725
Deadline: 25 January 2011 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 01 March 2011 to 30 September 2013
Total EC funding available: Research and technology development: €127 131 / Demonstration: €324 000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.polybright.eu/competitive-call.html, alexander.olowinsky@ilt.fraunhofer.de

The POLYBRIGHT project started in October 2009 and is currently funded until 30 September 2013. At the current stage, we are looking for an industrial partner to join the consortium, in order to perform the following tasks:

  • Experiments and feedback on the new welding processes
  • Provision of industry specifications for product design with respect to joint geometry and appearance
  • Characterisation of materials undergone new laser welding process
  • Definition of design and setup of a prototype machine
  • Definition of industry quality assurance specifications
  • Definition and development of quality control system consisting of camera/sensor and closed-loop-control
  • Development and validation of a process-control-system according to defined specifications and requirements
  • Definition of prototype test set-up and performance
  • Welding test according to definitions and specifications with prototype
  • Validation of welding process and process control system
  • Evaluation of welded samples according to definitions and specifications (homologation)

Project: European consortium for systematic stem cell biology
Acronym: EUROSYSTEM
Grant agreement number: 200720
Research area: HEALTH-2007-2.1.2-3 Fundamental approaches to stem cell differentiation
Start Date: 01 March 2008
End Date: 29 February 2012
Contract Type: Large-scale integrating project
Project Status: Execution
Project Cost: €15 820 000
Project Funding: €12 000 000
Deadline: 3 December 2010
Further information: http://www.eurosystemproject.eu/news

The European Stem Cell Group is holding an extraordinary call for members.
This is an opportunity to join a unique community of leading stem cell researchers from across Europe.
We have a small number of places available for established and emerging researchers to join the Group and become Associate Principal Investigators with EuroSyStem.

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Identifier: TOBI CALL FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PARTNER
Project: TOBI
Acronym: TOBI
Grant agreement number: 224631
Publication date: 31 January 2012
Deadline: 2 June 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: July 2010 to April 2014
Total EC funding available: up to €480 000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.tobi-project.org/call-partner, nl.millan@hsantalucia.it

The project TOBI currently active in the Seventh Framework program of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for an industrial partner established in an EU Member State or Associated State, to perform the following tasks:

  1. Support the development of one or more Application and/or Research project areas, according to applicant experience.
  2. Actively participate in the development of TOBI industrial strategy to bring TOBI results in the field of BCI technology to the market.

Identifier: COSMIC-partner8
Project: Complementary Organic Semiconductor and Metal Integrated Circuits Project
Acronym: COSMIC
Grant agreement number: 247681
Deadline: 26 May 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2010 to December 2013
Total EC funding available: up to €444 750
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.project-cosmic.eu, info@project-cosmic.eu

The deadline for submission of proposals to the COSMIC competitive call described below has now been extended to 26 May.

The project COSMIC currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for a partner established in an EU Member State or Associated State, and having comprehensive expertise in the research area of organic integrated circuits. The new partner's task is to demonstrate the project developments in an ambitious lead application for organic integrated circuits, e. g. a line driver circuit for QVGA displays (240 lines) or a comparable flexible organic circuit of similar complexity. The work includes specification, design, fabrication and characterisation of the integrated circuit, which must be based on p- and n-type organic semiconductors and has to be fabricated in the final stage on foil substrates.

Identifier: haptimap_competitive_call
Project: HAPTIMAP
Acronym: HAPTIMAP
Grant agreement number: ICT-2007-224657
Deadline: 24 March 2010 at 17h00 (Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: June 2010 to August 2012
Total EC funding available: up to €200 000
Language of proposal: English
Further information: http://www.haptimap.org/competitive-call.html, HaptiMap-management@design.lth.se

The HAPTIMAP project currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of a new commercial project partner to carry out certain tasks within the project.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for up to two new commercial partners established in an EU Member State or Associated State to develop a map or location based service that uses haptic, audio and/or visual information for the interaction. An alternative would be to enhance an existing service. The expected spread and impact of the service is important: We want to strengthen the project by adding commercial applications/services that demonstrate the usefulness of our designs.

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Project: EVIMalaR
Acronym: EVIMalaR
Grant agreement number: 242095
Publication date: 21 January 2010
Deadline: 15 March 2010
Expected duration of participation: 60 months
Language of proposal: Preferably English
Further information: www.evimalar.org, evimalar.office@bio.gla.ac.uk

The European Virtual Institute of Malaria Research (EVIMmalaR), a joint research FP7 Network of Excellence, invites letters of Interest, from European and African scientific teams, to integrate malaria research directed towards a better understanding of the basic knowledge of the parasite, its vector and of the biology of the interactions between the parasite and both its mammalian host and vectors. The research interest of applicants shall be focussed on studies in the biology and pathology of the malaria parasite.


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