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TOPIC : Media and content convergence

Topic identifier: ICT-19-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action , IA Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
10 May 2016
Deadline: 08 November 2016 17:00:00

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

The media and content sector is driven more and more by the use of technology and new business models, new ways of interaction, consumption and expression are appearing in the rise of the digital era. Europe's media sector is strong in creating content. It is embracing new technologies and investing in innovation to benefit from the digital market. However, the sector has to become even more tech savvy as competition is growing from global players that are particularly strong at technological innovation. The challenge is to make the best use of technology for reaching out to new audiences, adapting to the digital era and thriving in the connected Digital Single Market.

Scope:

Demonstration and validation of new technologies, services and solutions through large scale demonstrations[1], pilots or close-to-market prototypes exploiting the convergence, interoperability and integration between broadcasting, broadband Internet-based services, audiovisual and social media.

a. Innovation Actions – Media and Content Convergence: opportunities for new personal and immersive experiences.

Convergence among different communication and delivery platforms offers unprecedented opportunities. They should be exploited in order to develop immersive environments able to enhance users' experience in content consumption. Moreover, such opportunities open to great improvements on content accessibility for people with different types of impairments (due to e.g. aging or disabilities). Convergence enables to collect users' behaviour through several feedback channels facilitating hyper-personalised services, forms of participatory content and advanced content management.

Proposals should address one but ideally more challenges to exploit media and content convergence opportunities. A non-exhaustive list of challenges that proposals might want to look at are:

  1. Exploiting synergies between the participation of individuals connected through social media and the convergence environment. New services will build around content aggregation, annotation, mash-ability, verification, analysis, search, media sharing and recommendation.
  2. Developing immersive and pervasive solutions for increased personalised user experience in content consumption in order to meet new user expectations (e.g. hyper-personalized, real-time storytelling, QoE, free viewpoint, augmented reality).
  3. Facilitating the convergence process to enable the interaction with content on any device, anywhere, anytime in a multiplatform scenario. For instance, through the development of advanced personalised audio-visual services, for a successful European media and content industry, sustaining a participatory, pluralistic and diverse European media landscape.
  4. Development and advancement of accessibility solutions specifically for converging media and content. This may include technologies for subtitles, sign language, descriptive language, automated graphical presentation of avatar character, automated translation and adaption, personalised setup in an accessibility scenario.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

b. Coordination and Support Actions on Convergence and Social Media

Proposals in this action will address at least these two challenges:

  • Facilitate research and policy exchange in Convergence and Social Media by: increasing awareness of the latest technological developments among policy stakeholders, making researchers aware of the current and future policy and regulatory framework and monitoring the state of the art of the European Media and Content sector in a digital single market.
  • Support R&D programmes/activities, dissemination of results and organisation of scientific and/or policy events in Convergence and Social Media. Analysis and development of research agendas and roadmaps, pre-standardisation initiatives and stakeholders coordination in Convergence and Social Media.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of about EUR 1 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

a. Innovation Actions

Proposals should address one or more of the following impact criteria, providing, when appropriate, metrics and benchmarks to measure success:

  • To develop new services as a consequence of the convergence of broadband, broadcast and social media;
  • To move closer to a fully personalised and interactive user experience;
  • To increase the use of ICT technologies in the Media industry;
  • Solutions that can clear barriers for the success of the Digital Single Market from the content and media perspective.

b. Coordination and Support Actions

  • To support a sustainable European fora of stakeholders representing the evolving Media environment.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities
Open Innovation

[1]When testing accessibility solution, ,attention should be paid to the diversity of the disabled population, in particular to social characteristics, such as age, gender, and socio-economic status.

Topic conditions and documents

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

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

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


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

     
  3. Evaluation

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

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

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

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

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

 

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