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Through a Standards Watch, will analyse and monitor the international ICT standards landscape and liaise with Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), key organisations such as the EU Multistakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation as well as industry-led groups, to pinpoint gaps and priorities matching EU DSM objectives. 

These become the topics for a series of 10 Open calls focused on priority domains and a continuous cascading grants process, launched by from March 2018, providing support for European specialists to contribute to ongoing standards development activities, and attend SDO & SSO meetings.

Find out more about the 1st Open Call below and follow the instructions to apply.

1st Call duration: 30 March 2018 - 29 May 2018, midnight CET will run 10 Open Call cycles. Each call will be open for 60 days and will be followed by a 30 days evaluation period.

The 1st Call timing: 

  • Launch: 30th March 2018
  • Deadline: 29th May 2018, midnight CET
  • Evaluation: The proposals evaluation will be done by a pool of independent evaluators, the estimated duration will be of 30 days. 
  • Notification: Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by the 28th of June 2018. 

Successful applicants will be contacted for contract signing and funding. 

Potential applicants are standardisation specialists, defined as professionals with proven expertise and experience in standardisation activities e.g. previous contributions to standards developments, participation in various SDO groups working, previous or current chairs etc in the respective priority area.

The Calls are open to applicants from both public and private sectors in EEA member countries and Switzerland, industry and service companies including SMEs and start-ups, academia and research, and national and European associations, including NGOs representing consumers interests.

In particular, the target of open calls are European Experts who:

  • have profound knowledge in one of the priority areas supported by the open calls;
  • have experience regarding developments of standards, e.g., in SDOs, in community organisations like Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), in groups set-up by the EC like C-SIG or AIOTI, or when creating documentation in open source developments;
  • are individuals or natural persons residing in the European Member States and Associate Countries;
  • are not receiving support from other instruments (PPPs, EU or national R&I projects) for the proposed activities, and are not being funded from other sources for an identical activity.

Type of grants 

Please view below the reference type of grants and funding range, register as an Applicant and submit a proposal using the application form link at the bottom:  

Proposal type

Description (example)

Contract duration

Funding range

LT – Long term contributions (with travel option)

Contribution to ongoing standards development as chair or member of an SDO WG. E.g. comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings, paying membership fees,

Up to 12 months

€5,000 - €8,000

ST – Short-Term contributions (with travel option)

Contribution to standards documentation e.g. liaison to WG, comments on standards drafts, participation at meeting paying membership fees,

1 month – 6 months

€1,000 - €5,000

OS – One-Shot (Event participation)

Support to ensure participation at workshop or event (e.g., participant, observer, presentation)

Ad-hoc for event participation

€1.000 - €3,000


In order to be eligible to apply for this grant, applicants must reside/work in Europe. More information is provided under the Expert Profile block. 

The proposals will also have to clearly demonstrate:

  • Added value to existing SDO activities;
  • Impact of work on European interests and the standard in question;
  • Expertise of the applicant in the respective priority area;
  • Expertise of the applicant in standardisation, e.g. previous contributions to standards developments, participation in other groups working on architectures, APIs, guidelines in the respective priority area.

Evaluations (for each proposal) will be performed using the following 4-criteria principle (score 1 to 10):

  • Criterion 1: Soundness of the proposal and foreseen impact on European strategy (30%);
  • Criterion 2: Technical excellence & adherence to the standardisation requirements and SDO activities (30%);
  • Criterion 3: Experience and qualifications of the applicant (20%);
  • Criterion 4: Economics of the proposal (20%)

The proposals final scoring and the ranking final score will be automatically determined by averaging scores provided by the 3 independent evaluators. 

Apply here to the Open Call offering funds to support a wide range of ICT standardisation activities. You will need to upload your CV and compile online the application fields. Please note that if you want to save a draft version of your application, you need to put a placeholder for all the mandatory fields and click the save button at the bottom of the page. Saved applications can be edited as long as the Call is open. To submit the final version, you will have to click on the submit button on your application page. Important note: You will need to be registered to apply.

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