1st Open Call open!

 

Contribute to the RobMoSys ecosystem with great research funding opportunities

The first RobMoSys Open Call opened on July 10th and will be closing on October 9th, 2017 (5 pm Brussels time). There will be approximately 6-7 projects selected to start on March 1st 2018 with a runtime of 12 months.

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.). The current RobMoSys tools baseline is available here.

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 are offered below.

Find out more at our Brokerage event in Frankfurt, Germany on August 24th 

The Brokerage day will inform you about the RobMosys approach and give you details on why and how to participate. You will get first hand information on the project and the chance to explain your ideas and find suitable partners for your application. The event will give you all the details on the call and room for questions. The call offers research funding opportunities to research institutions, universities, industries, SMEs, located in the EU. To register for the Brokerage Events, click here.

We also offer an online platform for Brokerage. Please register to be able to access full information on the Brokerage profiles.

A summary as well as all presentations of our first Brokerage day in Leuven can be found here: http://robmosys.eu/brokerage-day-leuven/. 




Call identifier: RobMoSys-1FORC

Call title: First Open Call for RobMoSys Contribution

Publication date: 10.07.2017

Deadline: 09.10.2017, 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

E-mail: opencalls@robmosys.eu

Web address for full open call information: http://robmosys.eu/open-calls/

Open Call Schedule

  • Call I
    • Announcement of Call I in June 2017
    • Opening 10th July 2017 – closing 9th October 2017 (5 pm Brussels time)
    • Start of projects March 2018
  • Call II
    • Opening April 2019 – closing July 2019
    • Start of projects October 2019

Type of activities supported

While funding will support the enrichment of the RobMoSys ecosystem in Call I, the focus of Call II will be on the application of RobMoSys results (methodology and tools) to real-world applications through Pilots .

RobMoSys excludes funding in hardware development activities.

 

Who can apply?

In RobMoSys, financial support may be provided to any legal entity possessing a validated Participant Identification Code.

At the moment of submission, though, the entity can apply with the provisional PIC. Once these conditions are met, financial support can be given to natural persons, public or private bodies, research
organisations, non-profit organisations, small and medium enterprises, international organisations, international organisations of EU interest, established in an EU Member State or in an Associated Country. Proposals are expected from single legal entities or small consortia.

 

Criteria for awarding financial support

In RobMoSyS criteria used to evaluate proposals will be the same used by the EC, namely Excellence, Impact and Implementation. As for Excellence, adequacy
to the call, progress with respect to state of the art and challenges addressed will be evaluated. As for impact, the following aspects will be taken into account: the quality and spectrum of targeted audience, volume of people/organisations/domain/market impacted, volume and quality of software produced. In order to fully meet the Impact criterion proposals should include a benchmarking activity of the proposed solution against (quantifiable) metrics set-up in the Open Call text. For Implementation the adequacy between objectives and allocated resources (including equipment) is
taken into account as well as the overall organisation of the work.

 

Amount of financial support

In RobMoSys open-call projects mainly address personal expenses (staff and travel). Up to 10% of the budget can be reserved for consumables needed to cover activities related to use case implementation in Pilots. In RobMoSys equipment costs are not eligible, all the necessary equipment (robotic platforms, etc.) are made available by third-parties themselves.

The consistency between these costs and the expected work of the project will be part of the evaluation of proposals.

The third parties will be funded up to 100% of their respective direct cost.

Third parties can receive pre-financing of up to 25%. Further payments will be made upon successful completion of milestones and/or deliverables as specified in the respective contract with CEA.

Third-parties are allowed to sub-contract 10% of the budget, but sub-contracting should not cover core activities and they have to be specified very clearly in the proposal.
Funding rates in innovation actions:

  • For non-profit organisations: 100% direct costs
  • For profit making entities: 70% direct costs

 

Maximum amount to be granted to each third-party

The financial support that will be granted to each third-party will be typically in the order of EUR 50,000 – 250,000 and will not exceed EUR 250,000 of EU contribution per partner. Maximum funding per project will be EUR 300,000.

 

Runtime of projects

12 months

 

Number of projects supported overall

12-24

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+ Call Basics

Call identifier: RobMoSys-1FORC

Call title: First Open Call for RobMoSys Contribution

Publication date: 10.07.2017

Deadline: 09.10.2017, 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

E-mail: opencalls@robmosys.eu

Web address for full open call information: http://robmosys.eu/open-calls/

+ Open Call Schedule

Open Call Schedule

  • Call I
    • Announcement of Call I in June 2017
    • Opening 10th July 2017 – closing 9th October 2017 (5 pm Brussels time)
    • Start of projects March 2018
  • Call II
    • Opening April 2019 – closing July 2019
    • Start of projects October 2019
+ Financial support details

Type of activities supported

While funding will support the enrichment of the RobMoSys ecosystem in Call I, the focus of Call II will be on the application of RobMoSys results (methodology and tools) to real-world applications through Pilots .

RobMoSys excludes funding in hardware development activities.

 

Who can apply?

In RobMoSys, financial support may be provided to any legal entity possessing a validated Participant Identification Code.

At the moment of submission, though, the entity can apply with the provisional PIC. Once these conditions are met, financial support can be given to natural persons, public or private bodies, research
organisations, non-profit organisations, small and medium enterprises, international organisations, international organisations of EU interest, established in an EU Member State or in an Associated Country. Proposals are expected from single legal entities or small consortia.

 

Criteria for awarding financial support

In RobMoSyS criteria used to evaluate proposals will be the same used by the EC, namely Excellence, Impact and Implementation. As for Excellence, adequacy
to the call, progress with respect to state of the art and challenges addressed will be evaluated. As for impact, the following aspects will be taken into account: the quality and spectrum of targeted audience, volume of people/organisations/domain/market impacted, volume and quality of software produced. In order to fully meet the Impact criterion proposals should include a benchmarking activity of the proposed solution against (quantifiable) metrics set-up in the Open Call text. For Implementation the adequacy between objectives and allocated resources (including equipment) is
taken into account as well as the overall organisation of the work.

 

Amount of financial support

In RobMoSys open-call projects mainly address personal expenses (staff and travel). Up to 10% of the budget can be reserved for consumables needed to cover activities related to use case implementation in Pilots. In RobMoSys equipment costs are not eligible, all the necessary equipment (robotic platforms, etc.) are made available by third-parties themselves.

The consistency between these costs and the expected work of the project will be part of the evaluation of proposals.

The third parties will be funded up to 100% of their respective direct cost.

Third parties can receive pre-financing of up to 25%. Further payments will be made upon successful completion of milestones and/or deliverables as specified in the respective contract with CEA.

Third-parties are allowed to sub-contract 10% of the budget, but sub-contracting should not cover core activities and they have to be specified very clearly in the proposal.
Funding rates in innovation actions:

  • For non-profit organisations: 100% direct costs
  • For profit making entities: 70% direct costs

 

Maximum amount to be granted to each third-party

The financial support that will be granted to each third-party will be typically in the order of EUR 50,000 – 250,000 and will not exceed EUR 250,000 of EU contribution per partner. Maximum funding per project will be EUR 300,000.

 

Runtime of projects

12 months

 

Number of projects supported overall

12-24

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