Platform Building, standardisation and Up-scaling of the ‘Cloud-Edge-IoT’ Solutions (Horizontal Activities - CSA)

Grant Name
Platform Building, standardisation and Up-scaling of the ‘Cloud-Edge-IoT’ Solutions (Horizontal Activities - CSA)
Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
European Commission
Research Field
Innovation policy
Digital Agenda
Computer sciences, information science and bioinfo
Automation and control systems
Social sciences and humanities
Energy Efficiency
2024-03-19 (Expired)
Grant Size

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

  • 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

Specific conditions

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


Call documents:

Standard application form — call-specific application form is available in the Submission System

Standard application form (HE CSA)

Standard evaluation form — will be used with the necessary adaptations

Standard evaluation form (HE CSA)


HE General MGA v1.0

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

Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Supporting the Commission and the constituency in coordinating the proposal portfolio in particular resulting from HORIZON-CL4-2024-DATA-03, and ensure consistent exploitation of the outcomes.
  • Alignment with national or regional initiatives will create an expanding innovation eco-system, anchored in local contexts across Europe.
  • Underpinning an emerging open edge ecosystem including midcaps, SMEs and start-ups, critical to establishing a mature European supply chain.
  • Outcomes are expected to accelerate the pick-up of novel advanced edge technology in most important sectors for Europe’s economy, and competitiveness as well as an analysis of cross cutting aspects like open standards, open-source frameworks, data compliance, security as well as synergies across sectors.


CSA actions provide consistency and linkages between the pilots and complement them by addressing horizontal challenges critically important for the take-up of edge computing at the anticipated scale. Support programme implementation across projects and topics in the area of Cloud-Edge-IoT, especially foster consensus on interoperability and standards as well as ecosystem building in and across verticals, an environmental and green impact. The CSA should ensure an efficient interplay of the various elements of computing, network connectivity, AI and learning, etc. establish a concept through a forum to link to relevant European and national initiatives and partnerships like KDT JU and add value by active cross-fertilisation across academia and industry and sectors.

A fertile communication strategy for broader stakeholder engagement is expected. Concrete activities should include trend scouting, portfolio analysis, a variety of participatory workshops, analysis of emerging business cases, accelerator of technology up-take and promotion of open calls, especially for SMEs and midcaps.

Better international collaboration with trusted partner regions, guaranteeing a minimum level of interoperability, portability thereby fostering competition in the Cloud/Edge services market for the European cloud/edge and software industry and facilitate European access to foreign markets

Multidisciplinary research activities should address all of the following issues:

  • Proposals should involve appropriate expertise in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), in particular in relation to privacy preservation and security at the edge.
  • Activities should build on existing standards or contribute to standardisation. Interoperability for data sharing should be addressed.
  • Projects should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms; such as KDT JU – explore links to INSIDE and EPOSS especially on Cyber Physical Systems and Smart Systems Integration.

In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.

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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