Filter Search for grants
Call key data
Provide for a strong and sustainable pool of experts for European Standardisation: attract the students of university/HEI
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 2,500,000.00 and € 3,000,000.00
Link to the call
Link to the submission
This action aims at providing for a robust and sustainable pool of European professionals ready to contribute to standardisation and support positioning EU as global standard-setter. University/HEI teaching is key to build up the pool of standardisation experts.
“European Green Deal” and “New Industrial Strategy for Europe”, as well as the geopolitical environment, call for a strong EU presence in international standardisation development.
This action aims at providing for a robust and sustainable pool of European professionals ready to contribute to standardisation and support positioning EU as global standard-setter. University/HEI teaching is key to build up the pool of standardisation experts. Academics teaching can provide for standardisation-competent graduates, who are aware of the benefits of standardisation and thus ready, as young professionals, to make Europe’s voice heard in international standardisation.
Those teachers of EU universities/HEI, who already integrate standardisation-related content in their lectures, should team up and, in co-operation with industry, design an innovative teaching concept of standardisation. This concept should cover the standardisation under IEC, ISO and ITU lead; update students on the highly decentralised, global ICT-related standardisation (fora and consortia); and address the technical and societal facets of standardisation (multidisciplinary orientation). The teaching concept has the mission to bridge between these two standardisation domains as well as integrate the aspects of a human-centric standardisation and the EU core values. This concept should foster the development of green and digital skills and underline the respective support through standardisation.
Based on this concept, content modules should be developed for direct and distant teaching. Both, the teaching concept and the modules should be shared with universities/HEI which are ready to include, for the first time, standardisation-content in their teaching offer.
Promotion actions should be designed in order to increase the visibility of standardisation in EU academia/HEI; here “Academic Standardisation Days” and “Students’ Standardisation Association(s)” should be considered as practical realisations.
Proposals should involve appropriate expertise in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), in particular in sociology, political science, economy and philosophy, to achieve an academic teaching that covers the different types of impact of standardization including the human-centred approach and compliance with the European core values.
In order to achieve the expected outcomes, international cooperation is encouraged.
- Inclusion of standardisation knowledge in curricula of university/Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to educate students about standardisation in order to attract them, a tomorrow’s professionals, to contribute to standardization: building up a strong and sustainable pool of European standardisation-competent professionals ready to engage in European and International Standardisation;
- Increased visibility of standardisation in European universities/HEI;
- More standardisation-competent university/HEI education leavers forming the pool of professionals ready to contribute to and defending EU’s interest in standardisation;
- More set of courses for universities/HEI integrating standardisation contents and covering the respective technological, innovations-supportive and societal aspects including the potential of standards to safeguard EU core values;
- Increased visibility of standardisation at universities/HEI through “Academic Standardisation Days” and setting-up of a Students’ Standardisation Association.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), 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), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, 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
Applications may be submitted by one or more legal entities, which may be established in a Member State, Associated Country or, in exceptional cases and if provided for in the specific call conditions, in another third country.
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
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 33 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.