General Information and Requirements

Call identifier: Confine-2

One of the objectives of the Confine project is to make the experimental infrastructure (Community-Lab) available for execution of innovative experiments.

The growth of the is can be achieved by new A) Innovative experiments with the testbed and multi-disciplinary research, and B) Innovative expansion of the testbed to other community networks.

New contributions can come from organisations that are not part of the initial project consortium. To ensure this, the project is issuing this open and competitive call for innovative experiments or expansion to other community networks. An independent evaluation of the submitted proposals will to select the most innovative experiments and testbed expansions which will be executed within the project.

Once an organisation (or a group of organisations – up to two partners, preferably one), is selected to perform the proposed experiment, it will be included in the project consortium for a time period corresponding to the duration of preparation, integration, execution, and evaluation of the work proposed. The duration (including preparation and evaluation) of the funded activity must not be less than 12 months from February 2014 and the maximum duration is 20 months, until end of the project in September 30, 2015.

Proposals for category A, innovative experiments and multi-disciplinary research, have to demonstrate technological expertise, scientific novelty and quality.
Social or multi-disciplinary research is also very welcome. Check the FAQ (Q15).

Proposals for category B, expansions of the testbed to new community networks, have to demonstrate technological expertise, scientific relevance or potential, and quality. Check the FAQ and this wiki page for more details.

In addition, the participating organisations must be eligible for participation in the EC Framework Programme 7 (FP7) – related and further useful information can be found in Cordis. Organisations from any country can participate (look at the FAQ for more details). Estimations of resources necessary for implementation and execution of the planned work have to be provided in the submitted proposal. Following the selection of experiments, an updated resource and project plan will be developed through negotiations between the proposing partner(s), the project coordinator and the project General Assembly, as well as with the consent of the EC Project Officer. Successful negotiations with additional partners will lead to an amendment to the project Grant Agreement.

The selected partner(s) will be added in the project consortium as additional partner(s), which will be realised by signing the necessary accession forms to the project Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement. Consequently, the additional partners will participate in the project in accordance with all relevant FP7 rules and procedures. In particular the additional partners will be required to respect the consortium management procedures, e.g., with respect to project meetings, reporting, etc.

The proposal must state precise costs for the experiment in terms of personnel and other costs following the financial rules for EC FP7 projects. Although the maximum EC contribution for individual experiments is set by the European Commission at 200,000 € per experiment, the requested funding per experiment should normally be in the order of 50,000 €, up to a max of 100,000 €, e.g. in proposals with 2 partners. The additional partners will receive the contribution in accordance with standard FP7 payment rules: covering 50 or 75% of eligible costs, depending on the type of organization, and considering direct and indirect costs. Check the FAQ for a simple explanation if you don’t have experience in EC projects.

The proposals will be evaluated by independent experts, who will be briefed by the consortium about the selection criteria. Annex II of the Guide for applicants shows a template of an evaluation form. The selection criteria will include:

  • Degree of innovation
  • Scientific excellence (category A), scientific relevance or potential (category B)
  • Relevance to community networks or to the CONFINE testbed,
  • Degree of end-user involvement,
  • Qualifications of the organizations performing the experiment and previous results supporting the participation
  • Consideration of socio-economic and other relevant non-technical aspects,
  • Openness of the results, including licenses, that facilitate its public adoption,
  • Expected impact of the results.

Summary of the main points:

  • Categories of participation: A) Innovative experiments with the testbed and multi-disciplinary research, B) Innovative expansion of the testbed to other community networks
  • Duration: minimum 12 months from February 2014, maximum 20 months, until end of the project in September 30, 2015.
  • Contribution: typically 50,000, up to 100,000 €
  • The proposer (typically 1, up to 2 orgs):
    • Must be eligible for participation in the EC FP7
    • Must respect the consortium management procedures
  • The objective is to select the best eligible proposals to cover the budget, with a majority of funding for the first category (A: innovative experiments)  (for reference, in the range of 70% for category A and 30% for category B).

Contact: Felix Freitag, UPC, phone: +34 934011609, Email (preferably) for information (not submissions):