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Piloting emerging Smart IoT Platforms and decentralized intelligence
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 3: World Leading Data and Computing Technologies and Data Computing Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 20,000,000.00 and € 25,000,000.00
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Proposals should target up-take and up-scaling of emerging EU-driven smart industrial internet of things and edge computing systems to perform under real life conditions, as to mature particular technologies like meta-operating systems for the IoT and the Edge, cognitive cloud technologies and tools for decentralized intelligence and swarm computing for adoption across key applications and sectors crucial for Europe’s competitiveness and open strategic autonomy.
Such systems must be targeted in order to create value in orchestrating multi-tiered data processing with control and automation on the edge, minimizing energy footprint, stimulating multi-sided marketplaces, and fostering open standards for virtualization, interoperability and secure and trusted data sharing between different stakeholders of the value chain – both horizontally and vertically, thereby providing an environment of multi-platform capabilities and preventing lock-in effects for users. Pilots are to implement and demonstrate mature solutions, on technology integration such as sensors, actuators, distributed control, connectivity and edge computing and embedded reasoning to demonstrate security, resilience and autonomy of system with low data processing latency for analytics and AI-inference and decentralised intelligence at the edge. In order to avoid concurrent solutions and fragmented standards and tools, pilots should validate cross-domain interfaces and common standards and foster cross-sector industrial agreements on architectures, design tools and governance. With the cross-domain up-take these pilots will demonstrate shorter development circles, accelerate adoption of edge infrastructure through shared cross-domain usage, especially through the creation of common management tools and standardised edge architectures
The objective is the development of systems to become open platforms underpinning an emerging open edge ecosystem including midcaps, SMEs and start-ups that foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services critical to establishing a mature European supply chain under challenging and extremely competitive market conditions
Innovation Actions are used to customise, explore the limits, test, optimise and validate emerging European smart IoT and edge computing systems under the constraints of industrial mass-market applications, by taking a system-level approach from hardware of smart devices to operating systems at device and at system level, to middleware and to application software. Pilots are expected to address cross-sector platforms in more than one application domain, which are strategic for European competitiveness such as renewable energy, buildings and electro-mobility, farming and/or industrial automation, including strategic aspects such as condition-monitoring/predictive maintenance and logistics, or other relevant application domains.
Pilot projects will contribute to the coherence/cluster work that will be implemented by the CSA called under WP2024-DATA-01-05, supporting the activities defined under ""Horizontal Activities"" below. This requires that they contribute to clustering their results of horizontal nature (interoperability approach, standards, security and governance approaches, validation of emerging business models for an emerging IoT/edge infrastructure and sustainability, methodologies, metrics, etc.). Links to RRF investments towards the next wave of modernization of European infrastructure should be explored.
Multidisciplinary research activities should address all the following aspects:
- Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy.
- Research should build on existing standards or contribute to standardisation. Interoperability for data sharing should be addressed.
- Projects should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms such as KDT JU, GAIA-X, et al.
In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.
Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:
- Implementations of edge paradigms in real environments leading to matured and customised IoT and next generation edge computing technologies for adoption in key applications and sectors.
- Paving the way to strategic industrial cooperation in data processing required to support future hyper-distributed applications by building open platforms, agreement on common architectures and standards, critical to establishing a mature European supply chain.
- Open platforms underpinning an emerging open edge ecosystem including midcaps, SMEs and start-ups that foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services critical to establishing a mature European supply chain under challenging and extremely competitive market conditions.
- Demonstrating cross-domain standardisation and up-scaling of edge infrastructure solutions
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
other eligibility criteria
- If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).
- Activities are expected to start at TRL 3-4 and achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project.
- To ensure a balanced portfolio covering as many strategic sectors as possible, grants will be awarded to proposal not only in order of ranking but also to achieve broadest coverage of the following sectors which are not covered by higher-ranked proposals, provided that the proposals attain all thresholds:, strategic for European competitiveness: industrial automation, renewable energy, electro-mobility, and farming, and which are not covered by higher-ranked proposals, provided that the proposals attain all thresholds.
- Beneficiaries may provide financial support to third parties to increase the innovation capacity of industry, in particular SMEs, through take-up and validation of emerging edge platform interfaces, in particular to foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services. The support to third parties can only be provided in the form of grants, for maximum of 20% of the requested EU contribution.. The maximum amount to be granted to each third party is EUR 200 000 in order to support industry, in particular SMEs, in take-up and validation of emerging edge platform interfaces, in particular to foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.