What are the open call dates?

  • 1st call has open on November 14, 2017.
  • 2nd call will be open in May 2018.
  • 3rd call will be open in November 2018.

How long will the call be open?

Every call will be open for 12 weeks after it has opened. Submission of proposals is only possible in the time that the call is open

How to submit a project?

All the open call documents are available online on the website once the open call is launched (see open calls). The applicant should make contact with a networking partner to help to complete the submission process. The networking partners are: CEA-Leti, Thales, AVL, Digital Catapult, Fraunhofer, fortiss, CSEM, KTH, BME, Unican and Blumorpho.

To whom should the innovative company turn with a project idea?

The innovative companies should contact a Networking partner, either on geographical basis or on expertise. You can find information about the expertise of networking partners on the website.

Can two or more innovative companies apply jointly?

Yes, SMEs can join forces and apply jointly but with one lead beneficiary.

What are the conditions to apply to an FED4SAE open call?

  • The targeted products shall be designed, constructed and built on the FED4SAE industrial platforms provided by AVL, Intel, ST-F, ST-I and Thales.

  • The planed work shall be in collaboration with one of FED4SAE advanced platform partner for expertise/know-how support, technological brick and/or testbed support located across the European region at AVL, BME, DIGICAT, CEA, Fraunhofer, KTH, CSEM, Thales and UNICAN.

  • The planed work can rely on innovation management support provided by Blumorpho, CEA, Digital Catapult, Fraunhofer, fortiss, CSEM, KTH, BME and UNICAN.

  • The targeted projects shall be software intensive, system integration or innovative component.

  • The expected duration of the industrial experiment is 9 to maximum 18 months.

How will an innovative know which is the optimal platform for the proposed product?

The innovative company is advised to contact one of FED4SAE networking partner. Information about the networking partners can be found on FED4SAE website.

If an innovative company has its own industrial platform, can the company submit a proposal with one of the advanced platforms but using its own industrial platform?

No. Such proposals are not eligible in the context of the FED4SAE open call. FED4SAE request is to build a proposal with one industrial platform partner of the consortium and one advanced platform partner of the consortium as well.

Are the industrial platforms available for the innovative company and/or for FED4SAE partners? Or if not, what are the conditions?

Yes, in the frame of FED4SAE the industrial platforms are available, and their offer is described on the website at industrial platforms. For more details please contact the individual industrial platform’s contact.

Who will decide which industrial platform will an innovative company use?

The industrial platform used by the innovative company is part of the submitted proposal. In order to define the most adequate platform for the proposal, the innovative company can rely on FED4SAE networking partners for advice and help to build their proposal.

What training will be available for the industrial platforms?

Please contact the industrial platform contact or a networking partner.

How will an advanced platform support me?

This will be discussed between the innovative company and the dedicated partner and then reflected in the annex 4 of the Standard agreement (Specific application experiment contract).

Who will decide which advanced platform will an innovative company work with?

The advanced platform that will collaborate by the innovative company is part of the submitted proposal. In order to define the most adequate advanced platform for the proposal, the innovative company can rely on FED4SAE networking partner for advice and help to build the proposal.

What are the financial support conditions?

The financial support to Applicants covers the R&D work. This comes in addition to the collaboration with the advanced platform partners, assistance from industrial providers and support from the innovation management partners.

How much money can an innovative company ask to support the proposed project? What types of costs are eligible?

For each proposed project, an innovative company can ask for a funding corresponding to 70% of the total budget. The maximum funding for one project is 60 000 € with an average funding of 50 000 €. The total funding available per innovative company is 100 000 € at maximum (over FED44SAE project duration and for at least two granted projects). In an Application Experiment, the following costs are eligible:

  • Direct personnel Costs

  • Other direct costs (for example materials, travel costs (technical meetings, dissemination activities etc. But only inside Europe)

  • Indirect costs – up to 25% of all direct costs

  • Subcontracting – up to 15% of the proposed cascade funding

Please keep in mind that all budgeted costs must comply with the applicable national law on taxes, labor and social security.

How many projects can an innovative company submit?

An innovative company can submit as many projects as it wishes (no limitation in project number) but the total funding available for an innovative company cannot exceed 100 000 €.

Cascade funding: who is invoiced by the third party?

The cascade funding partner is invoiced by the third party.

What is the schedule and the size of the cascade funding payments for the third party?

When the standard agreement is signed and the project starts (KO meeting), the third party receives a prepayment of 25% of the cascade funding. Then the major payment (60% of the funding) follows the schedule defined in the periodic report based on milestone delivery. The rest (15% of the cascade funding) will be paid after the final review of the project, as detailed in the periodic report.

How is the IP working? Is there any NDA to be signed?

All partners involved in a funded and implemented Application Experiment will sign a standard agreement and a non-disclosure agreement before the Application Experiment starts. All information of whatever nature and in whatever form or mode of communication, which is disclosed by a Party to any other during the implementation of the Application Experiment and which has been explicitly marked as “confidential” at the time of disclosure, or when disclosed orally, has been identified as confidential at the time of disclosure and has been confirmed and designated in writing within fifteen (15) calendar days from oral disclosure, is “Confidential Information” and shall not be disclosed to any other third party.

For more details please refer to the standard agreement and the NDA (available on line at open calls).

Do the consortium partners and network partners take ownership of some of the development?

No. The ownership of the developed product of an application experiment will remain with the third party. In case any IP is transferred or developed during the implementation of the application experiment, a bilateral contract between the involved parties will be concluded to define the exploitation rules.

Are there any FED4SAE events or meetings that the third party needs to attend? If so, is the cost included in the cascade funding?

Yes, the third party may need to attend some FED4SAE events for dissemination. To include the cost in the cascade funding, such budget needs to be discussed project to project as (and when) the expenses have not always been included in the proposal budget.

How does invoicing work for the contractor(s) hired by the third party to conduct the agreed work?

The third party pays for it. Every sub-contract must already be included in the budget in the proposal. Sub-contracting must be limited to up to 15% of the proposed cascade funding to be eligible.

Is a proposal project subject to redefinition afterwards?

No. The projects are accepted as they are described in the submitted proposal. There is no a posteriori negotiation.

Is it possible to use the cascade funding for retroactive payments?

No. The funding cannot be used for retroactive payments. It must correspond to work done during the timeline of the application experiment (as submitted).

Regarding the funding conditions for an innovative company, how eligible direct salary costs are calculated and what indirect (OH) costs may be covered?

The standard H2020 rules are applied (e.g. 25% for indirect costs).

What is the expected timeline of an innovative company project proposal selection?

The evaluation process is meant to last 6 weeks. Then the evaluation report is submitted to the EC for review of the selected projects by the EC during 1 week. Therefore FED4SAE will communicate the result of each proposal back to the innovative company 7 weeks after the end of the call.

Who will decide if a proposed project will be supported or not?

All proposals submitted on time will be evaluated throughout an evaluation procedure described in the Guide for Applicants (external experts, innovation management evaluation and internal evaluation committee). It will results in the selection of the proposals which will be supported and therefore funded on the base of FED4SAE cascade funding process.

If a proposal is rejected, can the project be resubmitted?

Yes, if a project proposal is not accepted at the 1st or 2nd open call, the innovative company can resubmit the proposal at one of the next open calls.

What kind of legal entities can apply to the FED4SAE open calls?

FED4SAE will support start-ups, SMEs and midcaps. All participating third parties must be able to comply with the specifications and requirements set by the standard agreement and the NDA (available on line at open calls) to be eligible. If you are unsure, please contact a networking partner for more details.

I missed the FED4SAE webinar for the first open call. Is there a way to watch a recording of the webinar? Will there be more webinars in the future?

A video of the webinar on January 25th was recorded. You can watch it anytime on our webinar section of the website (News/Webinars). The slides from our presentation can be downloaded there too.