Industrial leadership in AI, Data and Robotics boosting competitiveness and the green transition (AI Data and Robotics Partnership) (IA)[[https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2021/662906/IPOL_STU(2021)662906_EN.pdf]]

Grant Name
Industrial leadership in AI, Data and Robotics boosting competitiveness and the green transition (AI Data and Robotics Partnership) (IA)[[https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2021/662906/IPOL_STU(2021)662906_EN.pdf]]
Funder
Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
European Commission
Research Field
Robotics for marketing
Computer graphics, computer vision, multi media, c
Artificial Intelligence
Robotics for healthcare
Mapping
Robotics for manufacturing
Co-programmed European Partnerships
Robotics for law enforcement
Man Machine interface
Warehousing
Robotics for fishing
Robotics for emergency services
Robotics for environment
Cognitive architectures
Human robot collaboration
Therapy and rehabilitation
Robotics for inspection and monitoring
Robotics for commercial applications
Digital Agenda
Domestic appliances
Robotic sensors
Robotics for utilities and service
Motion planning
Surgical robotics
System design
Knowledge representation and reasoning
Robotic cognition
Learning, development and adaptation
Robot safety
Robotic actuators
Machine learning, statistical data processing and
Signal interpretation
Software engineering, operating systems, computer
Cognitive science
Action planning
Robotics for education
Craft and bespoke manufacture
Automation and control systems
Robotics for transport and logistics
Robotics for civil engineering
Robotics for mining and quarrying
Robotics for consumer applications
Industrial robot
Robotics for animal production
Mechatronics
Artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, mult
Computer sciences, information science and bioinfo
Food processing
Robotics for entertainment
Robot navigation
Human robot interaction
RePowerEU
Robotics for agriculture
System engineering
Robotics for training
Robotics for science Support
System integration
Robotics for goods transport
Localisation
Robotic control
Robotics for construction
Assistive robotics
Robotic communication
Robotics for people transport
Robotic perception
Robotics and automatic control
Natural interaction
Robotics for forestry
Soft products manufacture
System architecture
Robotics for civil applications
Robotics for agriculture, forestry and fishing
Robotics
Social sciences and humanities
Assistive living
Sensing
Robotics for search and rescue
Power supply
Modelling and knowledge engineering
Mechanical structures of robots
Robotics for monitoring and security
Robotic system development
Deadline
2024-03-19 (Expired)
Grant Size
€60000000
Eligibility

General conditions


1. Admissibility conditions: described in Annex A and Annex E of the Horizon Europe Work Programme General Annexes.


Proposal page limits and layout: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System.


2. Eligible countries: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes.


A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon Europe projects. See the information in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide.


3. Other eligibility conditions: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes.


If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).


4. Financial and operational capacity and exclusion: described in Annex C of the Work Programme General Annexes.


5. Evaluation and award:


  • Award criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex D of the Work Programme General Annexes.



  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes and the Online Manual.



To ensure a balanced portfolio coverage, grants will be awarded to applications not only in order of ranking but at least also to the two highest ranked proposals for each of the two expected outcomes (1. The creation of systems to address large scale challenges using combined robotics data and AI solutions, 2. The creation of systems to address large scale resource optimisation challenges using combined AI and Data solutions). Proposals should clearly identify the outcome it will focus on.


  • Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant agreement: described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes.



6. Legal and financial set-up of the grants: described in Annex G of the Work Programme General Annexes.


Beneficiaries may provide financial support to third parties.

The support to third parties can only be provided in the form of grants.

As third parties' grants may include robotics components, requiring high equipment investment and/or important effort to integrate in a use-case to address robotics challenges, the maximum amount to be granted to each third party is EUR 200 000.

40% budget for FSTP in sub-area ‘creation of systems to address large scale resource optimisation challenges using combined AI and Data solutions’



Specific conditions


7. Specific conditions: described in the specific topic of the Work Programme.




Documents


Call documents:


Standard application form (HE RIA, IA) — call-specific application form is available in the Submission System


Standard evaluation form (HE RIA, IA) — will be used with the necessary adaptations


HE General MGA v1.0 — MGA


Information on financial support to third parties (HE)


Additional documents:


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 1. General Introduction


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 7. Digital, Industry and Space


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 13. General Annexes


HE Programme Guide


HE Framework Programme and Rules for Participation Regulation 2021/695


HE Specific Programme Decision 2021/764


EU Financial Regulation


Rules for Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment


EU Grants AGA — Annotated Model Grant Agreement


Funding & Tenders Portal Online Manual


Funding & Tenders Portal Terms and Conditions


Funding & Tenders Portal Privacy Statement

Grant Number
HORIZON-CL4-2024-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-04
Description
ExpectedOutcome:

Projects are expected to contribute to one of the two following outcomes, exclusively:

  • The creation of systems to address large scale challenges using combined robotics data and AI solutions that have significant impact on the objectives of the green deal. For example; in improving domestic energy consumption or in the cleaning up of contaminated land and waterways or in accelerating the circular economy along the complete value chain through automated waste avoidance and waste processing or reuse of materials.
  • The creation of systems to address large scale resource optimisation challenges using combined AI and Data solutions, that have significant impact on the objectives of the green deal, such as optimisation of any kind of resources, from production to use along the complete value chain in order to minimise waste or foster the reuse of resources or in using AI and data solutions to maximize energy efficiency, ensuring energy security.

Which will contribute to

  • The validation of solutions at scale by demonstrating the potential of integrating these technologies to address challenges in industrial ecosystems and develop solutions that are environmental friendly and contribute to the green deal
  • Making and exploiting major advances in science and technology, to maintain Europe’s scientific excellence and ensure sovereignty of these key technologies expected to affect the society in contributing to addressing major societal challenges affecting the environment.
  • Exploring deployment solutions that can ensure efficient scale up.
  • Boosting the uptake of AI, Data and Robotics to exploit the major contribution expected to environmental sustainability.

Proposals should clearly identify the outcome it will focus on.


Scope:

Proposals should demonstrate the added value of integrating either AI and Data, or AI, Data and Robotics technologies through large-scale validation scenarios reaching critical mass and mobilising the user industry, while demonstrating high potential impact contributing to the European Green Deal objectives. For example in the recycling of electric car batteries, cleaning and monitoring the oceans, decommissioning energy infrastructure, supporting the recycling of materials, the optimisation of energy usage, the minimisation of resource waste in value-chains, for example through the better adaption of production to demand, etc.

Focus should be given to attracting new user industries, and/or showing new business opportunities to boost the uptake of AI, Data and Robotics in major sectors and stimulate the involvement where appropriate of end-users to define the technological barriers to uptake and the use cases for deployment.

Proposals should address the involvement of SMEs and/or start-ups with significant potential to foster innovation through their engagement with large scale pilots. Focus will be on leveraging and nurturing emerging collaborations between stakeholder communities shaping an effective eco-system fit for the challenge of European AI, Data, Robotics, and on accelerating European R&I through structural involvement of innovative SME and deep-tech start-ups.

Proposals should target sectors and application domains with wide-scale deployment potential and maximum contribution to the green deal.

Multidisciplinary innovation activities should address one of the following:

  • Large scale pilots bringing major industries from key application sectors in Europe – facilitating collaboration between small and large companies with the goal of exploiting and integrating existing tools, sub-systems and solutions that are re-usable from other sectors (thereby showing scalability/versatility, and enabling economies of scale) to have significant impact on the objectives of the green deal. The focus will be on the integration of tools, systems sub-systems and solution in the pilot by the grant beneficiaries. In this case, proposals are not expected to involve the use of financial support to third parties.
  • The development of large-scale pilots addressing key applications with a significant and scalable impact on the objectives of the green deal by facilitating collaboration between small and large companies able address key challenges in the deployment of AI, Data and Robotics.

Financial Support to Third Parties: Projects should use FSTP to leverage novel technical advantage to address the operation of the pilot and to thereby support end users and service providers in addressing the challenges of the green deal. Third parties are expected to use the pilots for developing, testing and validating innovative solutions with significant impact on the green deal. Proposals should clearly delineate the expected contributions from the main beneficiaries as well as from the third parties, to ensure their coherence and impact. 40% of the EU funding requested by the proposal should be allocated to the purpose of financial support to third parties.

Proposals should either involve directly, or indirectly, appropriate expertise in other relevant disciplines for example related to environmental science and, as necessary, Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines, especially where this is relevant to validating the effectiveness of proposed systems and technologies with respect to the green deal objectives.

Proposals should include a clear business case and exploitation strategy.

All proposals are expected to embed mechanisms to assess and demonstrate progress (with qualitative and quantitative KPIs, benchmarking and progress monitoring, as well as illustrative application use-cases demonstrating well defined added value to end users), and share communicable results with the European R&D community, through the AI-on-demand platform and/or the Digital Industrial Platform for Robotics, public community resources, to maximise re-use of results, either by developers, or for uptake, and optimise efficiency of funding; enhancing the European AI, Data and Robotics ecosystem through the sharing of results and best practice.

This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on AI, data and robotics.


Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to start at TRL 3-5 and achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

Funding resources

Purdue Grant Writing Lab: Introduction to Grant Writing Open Link
University of Wisconsin Writing Center: Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal Open Link

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