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Due to a high number of applications and to due to the holiday period, has agreed to extend the call 8 deadline by one week - giving applicants time to submit their high-quality proposals by Friday 06th September 2019 . We look forward to receiving your applications.
The 8th Call for applications closes on the 30th of August 2019 06th of September 2019. Find out more about the topics and criteria below and follow the instructions to apply.

The call follows the outline of the previous one and will remain open until the30th of August 6th of September, 17:00 CET., “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and defines a pragmatic approach and streamlined process to reinforce EU expert presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. 

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 8 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 8th Open Call below and follow the instructions to apply.

The 8 cycles of Open Calls will cover key ICT standardisation priority areas with further focus on specific vertical sectors. The Open Call  topics follow the priority areas outlined in the 2019 Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation and its future updates.

The 2019 Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation takes a unique look at standardisation activities in the field of ICT (information and communication technologies) by linking them to EU legislation and policies. Each year the plan is extended and 2018 sees the addition of blockchain and distributed digital ledger technologies, and regulatory technology. Source / To find out more visit:

View below the outline of the priority topics for the 8th Open Call. Note that proposals need to closely adhere to one or more of the topics identified.






  • 5G
  • Cloud computing
  • Public sector information, open data and big data
  • Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity / Network and Information Security
  • Electronic identification and trust services including e-signatures
  • e-Privacy
  • E-infrastructures for research data and computing-intensive science
  • Broadband Infrastructure Mapping
  • Accessibility of ICT products and services
  • eHealth, healthy living and ageing
  • e-Skills and e-Learning
  • Emergency communications
  • eGovernment
  • eCall
  • e-Procurement — Pre and Post award
  • e-Invoicing
  • Card, internet and mobile payments
  • Preservation of digital cinema
  • Fintech and Regtech Standardisation
  • Blockchain and Distributed Digital Ledger Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Smart grids and smart metering
  • Smart cities / technologies and services for smart and efficient energy use
  • ICT environmental impact
  • European Electronic Toll Service (EETS)
  • Intelligent transport systems (ITS)
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Construction — building information modelling
  • Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain will run 8 Open Call cycles. Each call will be open for 60 days and will be followed by a 30-day evaluation period.
Due to a high number of applications and to due to the holiday period, has agreed to extend the call 8 deadline by one week - giving applicants time to submit their high-quality proposals by Friday 6th September. We look forward to receiving your applications.

The 8th Call timing: 

  • Launch: 1st July 2019
  • Deadline: 330th of August 2019 6th of September 2019, 17:00 CET
  • Evaluation: Proposals evaluation will be done by a pool of independent evaluators. The estimated duration is 30 days.
  • Notification: Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by the 30th of September 2019 6th of October 2019. 

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

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 – 3 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

Please note that neither the maximum funding per submitted proposal can be higher than indicated in the respective funding range nor can the contract duration of a proposal exceed the duration indicated above for the selected proposal type.


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.

Please note for the avoidance of doubt that the expert’s applications should be related to activities or events within SDOs such as ISO, IEC, UNCEFACT, ITU, ISO/IEC JTC-1, IETF, IEEE, W3C, OASIS, ECMA international, OMA, OMG, etc., as well as global projects like 3GPP and oneM2M (where ETSI is a partner) for any of the topic priorities. As such, Experts applying for participation and/or contributions to NSOs or ESOs will normally be rejected during the evaluation phase, unless clear evidence is shown that the former is relevant or linked to broader international cooperation or initiative in which the NSO or the ESO takes part.

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 for the funding. 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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