Internet of Things in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the European funding programme for research and innovation, with nearly 80 billion Euro of funding available over 7 years (2014 – 2020). It is based on three main pillars: Excellence ScienceIndustrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. One of the industrial leaderships is dedicated to ICT. The calls and topics funded under the ICT domain are described in the ICT Work Programme, which has been released last year and is valid for the calls in 2014 and 2015.

IoT is among the topics funded in 2015 (call H2020-ICT-2015), under the objective ICT-30, titled Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects. The deadline is on the 14th of April 2015.

The call is looking for Research and Innovation Ations (objective a) and for Support Measures (objective b). The total funding available is 51 Million Euro, of which 50 Millions will be allocated to projects responding to objective a and 1 Million (only one project will be funded) to projects responding to objective b.

The main topics to be addressed for the objective a are the following (summarized from the Work Programme):

  • Architectural concepts and concepts for semantic interoperability, which can cover multiple use cases.
  • Requirements of security, dependability, cognition and prioritised event processing.
  • Dynamically configured infrastructure and integration platforms covering multiple technologies.
  • Dynamically configured information representation and interpretation leading to an extended Internet of Things.
  • Efficient integration of the next generation of smart devices into self-adaptive, robust, safe, intuitive, affordable and interconnected smart network and service platforms.
  • Provisioning of information processing/reasoning, potentially covering self-organising systems and autonomous behaviour.
  • Methods for flexible, reliable and interoperable APIs supporting the development of use cases and allowing application developers to produce new added value across multiple systems, including partial opt-out capabilities.

Reference implementations including proof-of-concept, large-scale demonstrations and validation driven by innovative use scenarios will have to be implemented. Smart homes, workplaces, public spaces, context aware commercial environments and smart cities are targeted and potential use scenarios, which include health, energy, mobility and commercial services amongst others.

Proposals requesting a large contribution are expected (large means between 5 and 8 Million Euro). Maximum 30% of the budget should be allocated to additional users and suppliers, which will be selected via futures calls launched after the start of the project.

As for objective b, the call is looking for (summary taken from the Work Programme) one co-ordination and support action which stimulates the collaboration between projects funded under objective b (the platforms). It will have to address exploitation strategies to create a successful ecosystem, to involve the user in the development process and to respond to the societal challenges for Europe. The action will also have to address measures for the development of ecosystems driven by European players around the platforms e.g. communities of open API developers for low cost applications, networking of stakeholders, contribution to pre-normative activities and to standardisation, development of business models, innovation activities which aim at stimulating platform adoption (e.g. pre-commercial procurement), and activities to increase societal acceptance and foster specific education.

On the 7th of November I attended the information day which took place in Brussels. If you are interested in getting more information from the info day, you can access all the presentations here and the proposal ideas here. On the 17th of December there will be another infoday in Brussels, which I’ll attend. Stay tuned if you want to know more.


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