- Joint Thematic Calls
Xecs annual Calls
Xecs runs calls on an annual basis. Each call is guided by the ECS Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and supported by countries across the Eureka network. The call cycle allows extensive opportunity to generate project ideas and build collaborative consortia – with events organised to support the process. Each call operates in two stages, a Project Outline to assess support for your proposal, and a Full Project Proposal to demonstrate how you will achieve your stated goals.
Extensive expert, public authority and office support is provided throughout the call cycle – and extends into the project management phase once projects are approved.
2022 Xecs Call RD&I areas
For the 2022 Xecs Call, projects can be submitted in all areas of the ECS-SRIA. However, as some countries have specific priorities in terms of funding criteria, project managers and partners are strongly urged to review their Project Ideas with the Public Authorities concerned at an early stage to ensure that there is close alignment between the project goal and national priorities.
2022 Xecs Call phases
Your participation in Xecs will flow through 4 phases:
- Phase 1 - Project Idea Development
- Phase 2 - Consortium Building
- Phase 3 - Project Submis sion and Evaluation
- Phase 4 - Project Management
Project Idea Development
This should be a continuous process but will be catalysed by the Xecs call timetable. You will be alerted to the upcoming call timetable in early Summer, and this should begin the development of potential ideas for projects. A useful service for looking at ideas or finding partners for your ideas is the ECS Collaboration Tool. This is open to all, and available 24/7 online.
We normally launch the Call in September, and this coincides with the opening of the Xecs Project Zone, where you can further develop your project ideas and either invite partners to your project, or join projects led by others. You can meet potential collaborators through the ECS Collaboration Tool or attend the events we organise to specifically promote networking and idea sharing. These include the EFECS conference in November, and the ECS Brokerage Event in January. In addition, to inform you of funding options, many countries will organise webinars that will inform you of the Xecs Call and the conditions under which funding support may be provided.
Project Submission & Evaluation
Xecs Projects are submitted through the Xecs Project Zone in two stages – a Project Outline and a Full Project Proposal. Here you will find all the tools and information that will allow you to submit your project online. Of course, the Xecs office is available throughout this process to support you and answer any questions you may have. Extensive online guidance and help is also available.
Project Outlines are evaluated by technical experts and Public Authorities and successful projects are invited to submit a Full Project Proposal. All projects receive extensive feedback to help create the best possible FPP, or for those not invited inform a possible future project submission. The Full Project Proposals then go through a second evaluation cycle and funding decisions made, generally subject to the completion of individual country National/Partner funding processes.
Once funding is confirmed, the project will be initiated at a “Kick Off” meeting. Based on funding decisions and developing ideas, most projects then go through a first “Change Request” process to set the baseline for all the work that will follow. This may be repeated as required to consider subsequent project and partner modifications. The office will work with you on a reporting and review process over the 3 years of the project and we will help create a Project Outline and Project Impact Summary at the beginning and end of the project for external publication. As in all the other phases, the emphasis will be on giving you the maximum support possible, technical and otherwise, to ensure a successful “high impact” outcome for all partners in an Xecs project. Extensive opportunities for communicating your project progress and results will also be provided, through publications, videos and social media activities.
2022 Xecs Call timeline
As required, Xecs will partner with other Eureka Cluster communities to launch Joint Thematic Calls – designed to capture the interest of the broadest possible range of organisations engaged in digital transformation. So far, calls have been launched in Artificial Intelligence, with future calls being planned to support the critical subject of sustainability.
Typically, these are one stage calls with submission dates in June of each year
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