Topic identifier: ECSEL-2017-1
Publication date: 22 February 2017

Types of action: ECSEL-IA ECSEL Innovation Action
Opening date:
22 February 2017
2nd stage Deadline:
11 May 2017 17:00:00
21 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
Topic Description

Scope:An ECSEL Innovation Action (IA) primarily consists of activities aiming at pilot lines, test beds, demonstrators, innovation pilots and zones of full-scale testing. These activities produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes, methods and tools or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

A ‘technology or method introduction’ aims at the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies, tools or methods, which are a critical element of innovative products, which will be created in subsequent projects.

A ‘demonstration or pilot’ aims to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or nearly operational) environment, whether industrial or otherwise, involving, where appropriate, a larger scale prototype or demonstrator.

A ‘market replication’ aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake. ‘Market replication’ does not cover multiple applications in the market of an innovation that has already been applied successfully once in the market. ‘First’ means new at least to Europe or new at least to the application sector in question. Often such projects involve a validation of technical and economic performance at system level in real life operating conditions provided by the market.

The activities have their centre of gravity at the TRL 5-8.

An IA proposal in ECSEL JU is characterized by:
Execution by an industrial consortium including universities, institutes, SMEs and large companies:

  • Using innovative technology;
  • Developing and demonstrating innovative solutions in relation with the ECSEL Strategic Thrusts as outlined in the ECSEL MASP;

Establishment of a new and realistic innovation environment connected with an industrial environment, such as:

  • a pilot line facility capable of manufacturing
  • a zone of full-scale testing;
  • a development of new processes or tools and their introduction in several domains;
  • the development of frameworks or platforms together with the usage of these frameworks or platforms in innovative products.

Having a deployment plan leading to economic value creation in Europe.

In order to maximize effective implementation of the ECSEL top-level objectives, the list of IA proposals to be retained for public funding should constitute a balanced portfolio of projects applying innovative technologies (as defined in the MASP in the essential technology section) and applying them in different domains as defined in the MASP. The domains represent the demand side of technologies, and the development of new technologies represents the supply side of technologies.

Full details of the topics open for proposals, terms and conditions for participation and funding budgets are available in the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017.

Topic conditions and documents

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

The budget breakdown for this call is given in the work programme:ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017 and in the topic header above.

For the most up to date figures of the ECSEL Participating States budget commitments check the ECSEL JU web site:

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in Annex 4.A and Annex 6 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex 4.B and Annex 6 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017.

          Proposal page limits and layout:

The following Page Limits for ECSEL-RIA and ECSEL-IA actions apply:
Chapter on excellence – 60 pages
Chapter on impact – 100 pages
Chapter on implementation – 100 pages
For the layout requirements, please, refer to Part B (Technical Annex) of the ECSEL proposal template
Calls 2017 and to ECSEL Lighthouse Initiative – Expression of Interest (EoI) Template

  1. Evaluation3.1 Evaluation criteria, scoring and threshold:
    Annexes 2 and 3 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017 describe the details of the evaluation and selection process under subsections b) Specific Conditions. The evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are also described there.3.2 Submission and evaluation process: described in the ECSEL JU Calls – Guide for applicants.
  2. 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.Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
    For stage 1 (PO – “Proposal Outline” stage): maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
    For stage 2 (FPP – “Full Project Proposal” stage): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the stage 2 deadline for submission.
  3. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms:

The proposal templates to be filled in will be available in the submission system. The templates below serve only as examples.

ECSEL Research and Innovation Action (ECSEL-RIA) and ECSEL Innovation Action (ECSEL-IA):
Specific provisions and funding rates (both EU and national) are described in the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017.
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below. They include the following:

Part B – Technical Annex

ECSEL Lighthouse Initiative – Expression of Interest (EoI) Template

Part C – Templates for the applicants in those Participating States requesting a Part C are available as described in Annex 6 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017

ECSEL Model Grant Agreement – Multi-Beneficiary

  1. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information – described in Annex 4.D of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017.
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – the definitions described in Annex 4.C of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017 apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – the provisions described in Annex 4.E of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2017 apply.
  2. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:

– The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management   Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).

– Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.

Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

  1. Additional documents:

    ECSEL PAB decision to launch the calls 2017
    ECSEL JU Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) 2017
    ECSEL JU – Regulation of establishment

ECSEL Lighthouse Initiatives

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