INTER-IoT Open Call


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Introduction
Application Process
Evaluation Process
Support Actions
Call for Reviewers

Introduction

The main objective of the open call is testing the INTER-IoT proposed components and methodology by proposing new scenarios, platforms and components to achieve interoperability between IoT platforms. The proposals will help to validate INTER-IoT proposal and components in scenarios deployed in different application domains. Allowing the evolution of the INTER-IoT products (i.e. INTER-LAYER, INTER-FW and INTER-METH) as a whole to match the needs of proposers, but at the same time evolve their products in order to add new interoperability features.

The development of INTER-IoT may allow more stakeholders and developers to interact with different IoT platforms in a domain agnostic ecosystem. The open call addresses the needs of use cases and scenarios in which different IoT platforms are involved, and mainly in those in which more than one application domain is addressed. INTER-IoT is funded by the European Commission and is subject to the regulations established in the Horizon 2020 Programme.

Application Process

Who can apply?

The call is open to individual European SME, Universities and Research Centres that can contribute to the INTER-IoT paradigm. Selected entities will receive funds as third parties of UPV (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia). Only one entity per proposal will be admitted, so activities in co-operation will not be considered eligible. It is not necessary that the applicants are located in any of the two demonstration sites (i.e. Valencia or Torino).

Successful applicants who have been awarded funding are expected to provide proof of their registration in one of the countries mentioned using the Participant Identification Code (PIC) number. In addition successful applicants will be required to sign a collaboration agreement with UPV, INTER-IoT Project Coordinator, on behalf of the INTER-IoT Consortium in order to be able to receive the funds and become third party of the project. The draft collaboration agreement with the rights and obligations assumed by the third party is included in the application package.


Prepare and submit a proposal

Proposals are submitted in a one-stage process that means that applicants submit a full proposal before the deadline. The proposal language is English. Proposals submitted in any other language will not be eligible. The consortium has prepared a template in order to be used by the interested entities, and that is included in the application package. Information requested in your proposal:

  1. Title of your contribution, and identification of organisation and contact person.
  2. The description of the contribution and the objectives, relating to the INTER-IoT approach, and how the proposed collaboration may fit in INTER-.IoT and help to achieve interoperability
  3. A list of activities and their time plan, aligned with the experimentation period – activity will be from April 2017 to October 2018. Please explicitly list what you consider to be the key milestones and deliverables within this plan, considering also the alignment with the internal evaluation periods.
  4. Which of the INTER-IoT components you plan to use or enhance (e.g. INTER-LAYER D2D gateway) and how. Information about the different components and their requirements will be provided in the open call web site
  5. The ways the entity plan to achieve impact at any level, e.g. standardization and open source management. A preliminary business and sustainability plan of the solution has to be included. This must include any consideration on ethics and privacy
  6. The organization profile and key members CV, organization, skills and resources you have
  7. The budget for cost related to the funding proposal, the template will include a section for these aspects.

Application steps:

  • Step 1: Visit and review the instructions at inter-iot.eu/opencall (call open 14th October 2016)

  • Step 2: Prepare your application. Go to inter-iot.eu/opencall, sign up for an account and complete the application form. Using the template available and considering the restrictions, prepare and submit your proposal

  • Step 3: Once the submission is closed (13th January 2017 17.00 CET), the procedure is finished. You’ll hear back from us by email by the end of February 2017.

The submission will be managed through the INTER-IoT website, if you discover an error in your proposal, you may modify your application, provided the call deadline has not passed. Only the final version received before the call deadline will be considered in the evaluation. The link to access the tool will be available on inter-iot.eu/opencall. The application package contains a tutorial on how to use the application. The application will be open and available to receive proposals on 14th October 2016.

Proposals which are incomplete will not be evaluated.


Funding Conditions

The financial support to be provided to the third parties corresponds to a total of 850.000€. The third parties involved in the open call will be funded through two kind of contributions: large and small contributions.

  • Large contributions correspond to a maximum of 125.000€, the provision of new IoT Platforms to be integrated in the two application domain and the INTER-DOMAIN use cases pilots, following the INTER-IoT methodology and associated tools.
  • Small contributions correspond to a maximum of 60.000€, new devices, protocols, middleware and services development integrated in the ecosystem, and also applications from end users and stakeholders that may interact with the interoperable INTER-IoT ecosystem.

INTER-IoT may fund a minimum of two large third party contributions and a minimum of five small third party contributions.

The activities eligible for receiving funding, as listed in the Grant Agreement between EC and INTER-IoT Consortium are:

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable device layer components for INTER-FW. Device layer components should be based on different low-level communication standards (e.g. Zigbee, 6LowPan, WIFI, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4, NFC, etc) or on ad-hoc proprietary device solutions.

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable networking layer components for INTER-FW. Networking layer components should be based on different standards higher-level communication standards (e.g. TCP/IP, HTTP, CoAP, etc) or on ad-hoc proprietary networking solutions.

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable middleware layer components for INTER-FW. Middleware layer components need to deal with the different middleware services such as discovery, management, querying, coordination and interaction.

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable application service components for INTER-FW. Application service layer components should exploit major standards e.g HTTP, SOA, or REST as well as proprietary solutions.

  • Design, implementation and integration of interoperable data and semantics layer components for INTER-FW. Specifically semantics layer components have to deal with heterogeneous IoT ontology matching.

  • Design, implementation and integration of virtualization mechanism for smart objects and platform of smart objects for INTER-FW, including context-aware mechanisms and transfer of virtual objects between servers and cloud platforms.

  • Design, implementation and integration of cloud support mechanisms to be integrated in INTER-FW, including support for different services, inter cloud mechanisms applied to IoT and support for virtualization.

  • Design and implementation of new components of the INTER-METH tool for supporting integration among IoT platforms. Extension of the INTER-METH tool is needed to include the support for other IoT platforms to be made interoperable.

  • Development of services/applications on top of the proposed use cases (INTER-Health and INTER-LogP) by (re)using the INTER-API to obtain a novel INTER-IoT ecosystem, representing the INTER-DOMAIN use case.

  • Integration of IoT platforms in the three addressed use cases (INTER-Health, INTER-LogP, INTER-DOMAIN), following the INTER-METH methodology and the associated tools.

The form of financial support to be used will be a pre-defined lump sum. Funds will be provided to the third parties following the accomplishment of different milestones verified on the basis on the presentation of technical and financial reports.

The planned funding conditions include in case of not fulfillment of contractual obligations certain control measures and the possibility of reducing the financial support as described in the collaboration agreement to concluded with the selected third parties

Evaluation Process

Who will evaluate my proposal?

Every proposal will be checked to ensure that it meets requirements before it is sent for evaluation to the INTER-IoT Experiment Evaluation Committee (EEC). This committee consists of two external observers and the Project Coordination Committee (PCC). The two observers will be monitoring the whole process in order to ensure tracking of every action.

Each application will be assessed by at least two external experts. The experts will be individuals with experience in the fields of innovation linked to this open call and also with the highest level of knowledge. The selected experts will sign a declaration of confidentiality concerning the evaluation process and the content of the proposals they evaluate. They will also declare their absence of any conflict of interest for the assigned tasks.

Each proposal will be evaluated by two evaluators. Each evaluator will record his/her individual opinion on each proposal using the evaluation form included in the applicant package. They will then communicate in order to reach consensus on the quality of each proposal. The result of that agreement (comments and scores) will be reflected on the Evaluation Summary Report (ESR), which will be signed by both.

After the applications are evaluated they will be ranked by the EEC. For both the large and small contributions, the EEC will provide any feedback and give a score for each of the evaluation criteria (described in the section below).

A ranking list will be assembled with all proposals that score above the thresholds (the proposals will be evaluated under five criteria: (i) Relevance to INTER-IoT; (ii) Impact and sustainability; (iii) Technical excellence; (iv) Quality of implementation (v) Quality of the team, the thresholds to be applied to the different criteria are 4/4/3/3/3 over 5 for the different criteria, and 18 as a global threshold over 25). The EEC will meet and make a final funding decision based on the ranking list. In case of applications receiving an equal score the criteria will be marks in criteria 1, criteria 2, criteria 3, criteria 4 and criteria 5. Notifications on funding or rejections will together with any feedback be sent out by the end of February 2016. Details and questions can ne clarified trough the FAQ webpage or the open call helpdesk.

Once the open call evaluation is finalised, representatives of the selected proposals will be invited to sign a Collaboration Agreement (final version included in the application package) with UPV to become third party. During the Collaboration Agreement signing process, the selected applicants will have to provide all relevant documentation concerning their legal and financial status, as well as any amendments in their technical proposals according to the comments received by the evaluators during the evaluation process, if applicable.


What does evaluation measure?

The applications will be evaluated based on five aspects:

  • Relevance to INTER-IoT: (4/5)

    • Does your idea address the INTER-IoT challenges?

    • Does your proposal use INTER-IoT components?

    • Does your proposal provide an improvement to INTER-IoT approach?

  • Impact and sustainability: (4/5)

    • In which ways can your experiment contribute to further maturing and integrating IoT interoperability?

    • Who will benefit from the implementation of your idea or development of your service, experience or solution?

    • Is there an adequate business model supporting your proposal?

    • In which way the proposed project will be sustained in the future?

  • Technical excellence: (3/5)

    • Soundness of concept, and quality of objectives

    • Have you described your idea convincingly?

    • Does your proposed idea include innovative elements (for example, development of new products, processes, data or services, adapting a solution to a new context…)?

    • Innovation capacity of the component to be developed

  • Quality of implementation: (3/5)

    • Quality and effectiveness of the technical methodology, including the workplan

    • Contribution to collaboration with INTER-IoT to achieve objectives of the project

    • Appropriateness of the allocation and justification of the resources to be committed (staff, equipment)

  • Quality of the team: (3/5)

    • Quality and relevant experience of the individual participants

    • Quality of the team as a whole (including complementarity, balance)


Timeline
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Support actions

The consortium will maintain a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section available in inter-iot-eu/opencall/help/. It will be updated continuously. For specifically technical details check first the available documentation in the website.

The answers that you can’t find in the FAQ section can be submitted by contacting helpdesk@inter-iot.eu. Here you can get support regarding technical matters or the proposal.

There will be different events in which the open call will be presented and support will be provided in preparing the applications. Follow the web site and also the social networks accounts of the project to get information about the open call.

Call for reviewers

INTER-IoT Consortium is looking for IoT experts to review Open Call applications. Submit your application now we will contact with you asap!

Find in this document all the details about the open call procedure for reviewers

Join us in https://opencall.inter-iot.eu

For the Registration code send us an email to opencall@inter-iot.eu

FAQ

The following FAQ section contemplates questions associated to the proposals that are going to be presented and those related with the individual experts interested in becoming project reviewers.

PROPOSALS

Legal notice

The answers provided in the FAQs are not an agreement, nor a promise of any kind, and have no legal value. You should carefully review all of the terms and conditions of the Collaboration Agreement and the Call Instructions before submitting your proposal.

Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, the INTER-IoT Partners disclaim any and all liability that may ensue from relying on the FAQs. The FAQs are:
– of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
– not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
– in no way a substitute for professional or actual legal advice  (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Am I allowed to participate in more than one proposal?

No, one entity will only be allowed to submit one proposal. Proposals must be submitted by a single entity, so no collaborative proposals are accepted

What will happen with my contribution at the end of the INTER-IoT project?

As indicated in the collaboration agreement the IPR will be owned by the proposer, and any joint development will be property of the INTER-IoT consortium and the third party entity. The INTER-IoT resulting product will be offered as open source with the decided license

What are the legal implications of collecting and processing personal data through my contribution?

Unless otherwise required by law, you, as a third party, will be acting as (joint) data controller in respect of the personal data collected and processed for your contribution. This means that you will be liable for compliance with the applicable data protection laws. e.g. For obtaining any required written approval from the authorities concerned, consent from individuals who have their personal data collected or processed, and for having erased or anonymized personal data as soon as it is no longer necessary for your contribution. In the case of INTER-Health data will be completelly anonymized from the source

Will I be able to use the INTER-IoT logo and branding for my contribution?

Yes, and you will be required to use the INTER-IoT name/logo in any communication activities concerning to your contribution, directly funded by the project

What technical support/maintenance services will be available to me during my participation?

The participation as third party indicates that you has a relationship with the consortium, although you are not partner of the consortium. The participation in the open call includes a process of co-creation with the consortium, supporting the validation of the INTER-IoT concept. This means that the whole INTER-IoT consortium will provide support to the third party and will achieve a succesfull integration.

Will others a part of the INTER-IoT partners have access to results of the participation?

Yes, the results of the open call integration will be provided in the corresponding pilots and trials, and included in the corresponding deliverables. The results will be public unless negotiated by the third party and the consortium. However for the success of the communication and dissemination process it is advised that every result is kept public

How long will I have access to the Pilot Facilities for my contribution?

Activity of the third parties will start on April 2017 and will finish in October 2018.

Who is allowed to apply?

The call is addressed to SME, Universities and Research Centres

Where can I find more information about the layers definitions and architecture?

In the deliverables page and here a description of the architecture and the building blocks of the main components

What are the key attributes a proposal must have in order to be selected for the open call?

The proposals should contribute to the INTER-IoT concept in any of its layers. Some examples of potential successful contributions:
a) the INTER-IoT Gateway southbound contemplates different access networks, if your entity has developed a device that uses a access network not considered yet by INTER-IoT, you can propose to include the access network in the gateway so you will have to develop the access network module following our specifications, and the testing will be the connection of your device
b) INTER-IoT is not an IoT platform it is a set of tools, components, mediators in order to allow different IoT platforms to interoperate, so if you have an IoT platform (e.g. smart cities, e-health, transport and logistics,… ) or a system based in any open IoT platform (e.g. FIWARE, SOFIA2, OpenIoT,…) you can propose to use it integrate it in the interoperability environment of INTER-IoT
c) INTER-IoT may allow different services to be executed and use INTER-FW and its API to access several platforms and the data comming form the IoT devices. If you have a service, application that operates over an specific IoT platform and you want to test its performance over different IoT platforms, propose your idea

The previous are some examples but there are more. It will be relevant that the proposed solutions help to develop the INTER-DOMAIN use case as explained in the documentation.

Which language shall I use when developing the project?

Every communication is done in English.

How skilled at information technology must I be in order to develop a contribution successfully?

Actually it is an ICT project, so there is the need to hace strong technical knowledge in order to be able to integrate in a high technical team

Are there any seminars, workshops, etc. to learn more about INTER-IoT?

Here there is a small video presentation to understand more ideas about INTER-IoT architecture and components

How much financing can I apply for?

There are two types of contributions, large for entities providing full IoT Platforms to be integrated and improve interoperability and small for contributions that may enhance individual components. The application package provide a detailed description of the two types. LArge contributions may apply fro 125.000€ and small contributions 60.000€

Which will be the experimentation schedule of INTER-IoT.

The integration and experimentation WP will start on M19 (July 2017) the same as the Evaluation WP. The activity of the third parties will be associated with this period. In M24 a first release of the product should be available for experimentation and in M30 the second and final one. In order to have 4 months to provide detailed evaluation and reporting. So the relevant dates for the proposals are M24, M30 and M34 in order to be alligned with INTER-IoT project.

REVIEWERS

Who can ve reviewer?

Any individual person with expertise in project evaluation processes.

Is there any compensation for reviewers?

Yes, there is a compensation for reviewers, based in the number of projects they evaluate

Is remote review possible?

Yes, actually evaluation will be performed in a remote fashion, using a web based tool. The consensus meetings will be done using any communication means (e.g. teleconf tool). No travel is needed for the evaluation process.

conflict of interest – if a reviewer works in an organization that also submitted a proposal. What are the restrictions?

The same restrictions applied for H2020 Conflict of Interest for reviewers are applied here:
(a) was involved in the preparation of the proposal
(b) stands to benefit directly or indirectly if the proposal is accepted
(c) has a close family or personal relationship with any person representing an applicant legal entity
(d) is a director, trustee or partner or is in any way involved in the management of an applicant legal entity
(e) is employed or contracted by one of the applicant legal entities32 or any named subcontractors
(f) was employed by one of the applicant legal entities in the last three years
(g) is involved in a contract or grant agreement, grant decision or membership of management structures (e.g. member of management or advisory board etc.) or research collaboration with an applicant legal entity or fellow researcher, or had been so in the last three years
(h) is in any other situation that could cast doubt on their ability to participate in the evaluation of the proposal impartially, or that could reasonably appear to do so in the eyes of an external third party.
(i) additionally no member of the consortium, third parties or associated entity will be able to participate as reviewer.

How long does it take to evaluate a proposal?

Proposal are not long (12 pages) it is assumed that in one day the reviewers will be able to evaluate three proposals, write the summary and arrive to a consensus with the other reviewer

How many proposal will receive each reviewer?

Each reviewer will receive a maximum of ten proposals, the number of assigned proposals will depend on the number of submissions and in having an homogeneous distribution and avoiding CoI

How long will be the evaluation process?

Each reviewer will have 2 weeks to finalise all the assigned reviews.