STARTUP 3 Open Call 1
Open Call to support deep-tech based innovative SMEs and Startups in the Southern European region
According to Bpifrance, the term “deeptech” is used to refer to projects championed by
ambitious companies or research laboratories that innovate by pushing technological boundaries. These technologies can be useful in a variety of different fields including Microelectronics, IoT, cyber security, virtual and augmented reality, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing.
Thanks to its first open call, STARTUP 3 is aiming to support (in 3-stages) the most promising and near-to market fast growing product concepts throughout the innovation cycle, in an effort to facilitate synergies with “market-makers”.
Successful applicants will receive tailored business and technical support as well as access to capital and markets through a novel business and growth programme. STARTUP 3 will directly support high potential deep tech Startups and SMEs to achieve market success on a Pan-European and international level. The deadline for this Open Call is 20th April 2020 at 5.00pm.
Find out more here.
SME Strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe
Using the green and digital transformations to empower industry and SMEs
The European Commission has announced an SME Strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe. The aim is to ensure that European businesses remain fit to achieve their ambitions, while coping with global competition.
The strategy puts forward actions based on the following three pillars:
- Capacity-building and support for the transition to sustainability and digitalisation;
- Reducing regulatory burden and improving market access; and
- Improving access to financing.
The objective is to unleash the power of Europe’s SMEs of all kinds to lead the twin transitions. It aims to considerably increase the number of SMEs engaging in sustainable business practices as well as the number of SMEs employing digital technologies. Ultimately, the goal is that Europe becomes the most attractive place to start a small business, make it grow and scale up in the single market.
Second Call for Catalyst Funding
Open Call for research projects towards applications and operational contexts
This call for catalyst funding from Engage KTN is looking to support projects focused on maturing exploratory research further towards applications and operational contexts. These projects may address the corresponding thematic challenges
- Vulnerabilities and global security of the CNS/ATM system;
- Data-driven trajectory prediction;
- Efficient provision and use of meteorological information in ATM;
- Novel and more effective allocation markets in ATM.
The project could also be ‘open.’
The maximum award per proposal from the Engage KTN is EUR 60 000;
Find out more here.
2020 CEF Telecom Call – Blockchain
Co-funding on offer for DSIs - find out more with Virtual Info day
The 2020 CEF Telecom call offers co-funding to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in the areas of Automated Translation, Blockchain, eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs, Europeana and Safer Internet. Up to €31.4 million is made available to create full cross-border digital infrastructure, in areas of public interest by triggering the digital transformation of public sector services in the Member States for the benefits of citizens and businesses.
CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market by deploying European digital infrastructures across the EU.
The 2020-1 CEF Telecom virtual info day will take place on Wednesday 11th March, with a presentation on Blockchain at 13:00 CET. It will be tweeted live with the hashtag #CEFTelecomDay. You can stream the info day here.
Find out more about the Open Calls and the Info Day here.
Defence Innovation Challenge
Open Call for technological solutions to improve radar performance
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual Defence Innovation Challenge.
The most promising proposals may subsequently be invited to bid for a contract in this area. As a part of the bidding process, invited winners will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions in a NATO environment, to a relevant NATO audience.Through the challenge, the NCI Agency aims to incentivise innovations that could be scaled to the NATO environment. Startups and SMEs from all 29 NATO Nations are particularly encouraged to apply.
For the Challenge, the NCI Agency is accepting submissions which focus on improving the performance of aerial radar. Solutions will address one or more of the following:
- Correlate Aerial Discovery Radar outputs, combining real-time outputs from two or more radar sources to produce a single, combined result aircraft position.
- Automatically convert aircraft plots (location) to tracks (vector).
- Provide confidence levels of their outputs.
- Operate in bad weather conditions or spoofing.
- Be capable of modification to operate on civilian or non-civilian radar data.
Find out more here.
European Commission Study on Blockchains
New study focuses on Legal, governance and interoperability aspects
A study on Blockchains has been carried out for the European Commission by Spark Legal Network, Michèle Finck, Tech4i2 and Datarella. Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) as a set of trust technology is a key in free flow of data that underpins every data driven society. The study provides an extensive analysis on scenarios in building an EU legal framework for developing and deploying blockchain and DLT.
The overall objective of the Study is to provide evidence and support for policy approaches and concrete actions within the European blockchain initiative and to contribute to the building of an EU strategy in light of blockchain developments. The Study therefore analyses and assesses the legal framework in the EU with regard to blockchain technology and presents policy options where a need for adjustment or clarification is required. The Study also assesses what the impacts of blockchain and these policy options could be with a view to consider future blockchain policy developments.
Find out more here.