The first open call of the 5GinFIRE project closed on 28 February 2018, 17:00 CET with an overwhelming number of submitted proposals that proves 5GinFIRE addresses the right topics at the right time and has an appealing offer to the industry and academic community in Europe and beyond.

In total 43 eligible proposals were received, requesting more than 3.4 million €, and which are competing for a total available funding of 0.75 million €. So, the competition is high.

For category 1 (experiments) a total of 25 proposals were received, requesting almost 1.8 million €. Remarkably 12 proposals were received from SMEs, representing almost 50% of the proposers. 2 proposals were received from industry, 7 from academia and 4 from research institutes. The origin of the proposers is well distributed across Europe with proposal received from 12 European countries. The highest number of proposals were received from Greece, Italy and Spain. Considering the funds available for category 1 and the funding limit per experiment, 5 proposals will be granted.

For category 2 (new infrastructure functionalities and additional infrastructures) a total of 18 proposals were received, requesting more than 1.6 million €. Also in this category SMEs were very active with a total of 6 proposals. 7 proposals were received from research institutes, and 6 from academia. Proposals in this category were received from 10 European countries, whereas in this category the highest by far number of proposals were received from Spain (33% or 6 proposals). Considering the funds available for category 2 and due to the different funding limits per sub-category we are expecting between 3 and 6 proposals to be accepted for funding.

We are looking forward to the evaluation of the proposals by independent experts and to start working with the best teams in Europe that have expressed their ideas on how to utilise 5G infrastructures, how to extend these and what additional functionalities are meaningful and useful to the community.

Finally it is worth mentioning that we received expressions of interest also from countries outside the EU and Associated countries and we interpret this interest such that 5GinFIRE has a global impact. Unfortunately we are not able to grant funding to organisations from non-EU/Associated countries.

The successful proposals are expected to start working with the 5GinFIRE in May 2018.

Call information:

General call identifier: 5ginfire-1-1 – 1st 5GINFIRE Open Call ‑ phase 1 “Initial experiments and additional functionalities and infrastructures for experimentation” Submission deadline: 28 February 2018 at 17:00 Brussels local time

Call objectives:

The main technical objective of 5GinFIRE is to build and operate an open and extensible 5G NFV-based reference (Open5G-NFV) ecosystem of experimental facilities that not only integrates existing FIRE facilities with new vertical-specific ones, but also lays down the foundations for instantiating fully softwarized architectures of vertical industries and experimenting with them. The initial instantiation of the Open5G-NFV ecosystem is driven by the automotive vertical industry deployed across state-of-the-art 5G infrastructures. However, it is as generic as possible in order to host other verticals applications. In alignment with the overall project objectives 5GINFIRE is organising a competitive open call targeting external organisations, industry including SMEs, research institutions, and academia, interested to perform experiments on the top of the infrastructure provided by 5GinFIRE. In order to further improve the 5GinFIRE ecosystem and add new needed functionalities for experimenters, the open call mechanism is used to involve third parties, which are able to provide the needed additional infrastructures and functionalities. Therefore this 5GinFIRE open call targets the following types of experimenters and facility providers:

  • Category 1 (call identifier 5ginfire-1-exp-1): Invite experimenters to use the Automotive EVI environment as it is, taking advantage of the provided EVI features such as SDN, NFV and VxFs to test vertical applications
  • Category 2:
    1. Invite open source developers to provide missing functionality that is necessary for the lifecycle management of infrastructure components that enable virtualised infrastructures (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-a-1).
    2. Invite designers and facilities providers of other verticals to take advantage of the 5GinFIRE toolsets, facilities and best practices, and instantiate new EVIs from other vertical industries (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-b-1).
Available funding:
  • Category 1: for experiment proposals (call identifier 5ginfire-1-exp-1), maximum 75,000€ funding per accepted proposal
  • Category 2-a: for new functionalities (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-a-1), maximum 60,000€ funding per accepted proposal
  • Category 2-b: for extending infrastructures (call identifier 5ginfire-1-inf-b-1), maximum 125,000€ funding per accepted proposal

Total of 375,000€ for proposals in Category 1 is available for this Open Call. Total of 375,000€ for proposals in Category 2 (including both sub-categories a and b) is available for this Open Call.

Further remarks
  • Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in EC H2020-projects.
  • Proposers’ organizations can submit multiple proposals, but only one proposal per (sub-) category and per single organization (in total maximum two proposals from a single organization) might be selected for funding in this Open Call.
  • The proposal has to be submitted in English language through the 5GINFIRE submission tool by using specific proposal template (both available on the 5GINFIRE website

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