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View below the frequently asked questions regarding the StandICT.eu Open Calls.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

The 8 cycles of Open Calls will cover key ICT standardisation priority areas with further focus on specific vertical sectors. The Call  topics follow the priority areas outlined in the 2018 Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation and its future updates.

View the full list of topics at the StandIDC.eu Open Call page.

StandICT.eu will run 8 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 (Now closed):

  • Launch of the 1st Open Call: 30th March 2018
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 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

Subsequent Open Calls will follow a similar timeline. For up to date information about each specific call follow communications on this website and on our Twitter channel @Stand_ICT

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 StandICT.eu 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 StandICT.eu 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) Not Available For 7th And 8th Open Call.

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. 

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 a 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. 

You can submit the proposal but with the risk of this being ranked lower by the evaluators. However, StandICT.eu will review all incoming proposals and if we agree on the relevance to the DSM, this may be included in a later call with topics that capture your suggestions.
StandICT.eu will run 8 Open Call cycles, published on average every two months.
No, the calls topics will be updated depending on the outcome of the previous call(s), of modifications at SDO level or target working group activities, updated priorities of the EC, etc.
Yes, please send your suggestions to contact@standict.eu. We will review your suggestions with the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) of the project and do our best to include them in the topics of a later call.
If your proposal was not selected for funding in an open call it will not be retained to be automatically included in the pool of submitted proposals in reply to subsequent calls.

In case you wish your proposal to be evaluated in a subsequent call you can submit the proposal again. However, to increase your score you may wish to take the comments of the evaluators into consideration and modify the proposal before re-submission. Also, please check the topics of the call as the topics of a subsequent call may differ from the ones the proposal was submitted to.

StandICT.eu has been mandated to provide support to the standards specialists. Grants are dedicated to the individuals and not organisations.
There are no such limitations. The project is supporting only individuals but encouraging multiple applications coming from the same organisation or research group.
The proposals should be submitted by individuals and the activities covered by the proposal should be performed by the applicant. The poposal can reference the fact that is part of a collaborative effort but cannot claim costs for other participants except the applicant.
For a complete reference of the costs, you can refer to the eligible costs for the H2020 projects with the exception of subcontracting and indirect ones. If you have doubts about a specific type of cost, please feel free to contact us to make sure it is eligible.
Two lump-sum payments are foreseen, initial and final payment (upon reporting / proof of delivery).
We understand that there might be limitations imposed by the specific SDOs rules of engagement. We favor the individual membership but where not available, the organisational one is acceptable as long as well justified.

You have a question that has not been answered in this FAQ? Please send it to contact@standict.eu.

To apply to the ongoing Open Call visit 2nd Open Call