Call for Participation (CFP) for SMEs: Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments (2017)

Call for Participation (CFP) for SMEs: Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments (2017)

Deadline: The deadline for submitting proposals is June 26, 2017, 4pm CET.


EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe.

EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.

The Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments (a.k.a. ACTIVE) High Impact Intitiative (HII) is about creating a generic connectivity and middle-ware platform including security to support application developers for different segments without having to redo the whole stack. The market uptake of Internet of Things applications can thus be accelerated as developers can focus their efforts towards the application in the vertical segments. The platform will be applied and verified in several vertical sectors such as transport, health and smart buildings to support new services and business models.


This CFP initiative opens the opportunity for SMEs from EIT Digital countries (Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and UK) to join the consortium as subgrantees of Ericsson. The SMEs can be either users/customers of or contributors to the ACTIVE HII cloud based IoT solutions. Specifically, we are looking for proposals to work directly with one or more partners’ technology offers in order to enhance the ACTIVE ecosystem. The contribution of the SME should be integrated into ACTIVEs overall solution. We are looking for contributions in three areas as described below:

Development and commercialization of a modular IoT gateway

  • Development of an adaptive and flexible IoT gateway that can be reused in different
  • verticals including (but not limited to) smart building, healthcare, smart cities, machine automation, and logistics.
  • The gateway solution should use an adaptive hardware and software architecture that is easily tailored to the application needs and can be extended/upgraded as the application evolves.
  • The gateway architecture should be modular and simply extendable if new applications emerge and the solution should support a multitude of the most commonly used wireless connectivity options, including WiFi, BLE and at least one cellular option.
  • Maximum sub-grant budget allocated: 60 k€.

Development and commercialization of sensor and actuators

  • Radio and beacon functionality for local/group/internet connectivity, proximity, location sensing and crowd intelligence.
  • Microcontroller, SW platform and programming tools on a sensor.
  • SW supports runtimes on a sensor, IoT GW or Cloud. Part of the functionality can be achieved with platform orchestration
  • Battery optimized devices (more than 1 year of battery life in production)
  • Maximum sub-grant budget allocated: 60 k€.

Development and commercialization of ACTIVE IoT Cloud SW

  • Competence and experience on integrating of IoT microservices in public cloud
  • Utilization of existing public cloud services to support ACTIVE platform commercialization
  • Hands-On experience on Cloud-based business models
  • Orchestration and provisioning of infrastructure services
  • Experience in VMs, containers and cloud policies
  • Development of portal with user and device management, system administration, API management
  • Maximum sub-grant budget allocated: 60 k€.

Why participate

The Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments HII is looking to invest a maximum of 180 k€ in 3 SMEs to enhance the commercial offering of the solutions developed in the HII. There are a number of benefits to be gained from working with this high profile European initiative:

  • Access to EIT Digital regional co-location-centers.
  • Exposure of their commercial offerings to the EIT Digital community across Europe.
  • Opportunities to meet potential investors and venture capitalists.
  • Consortia partners are able to support SMEs with various technical and business related challenges.
  • The industrial partners are also looking for potential business opportunities with SMEs, and to build a long-term sustainable business relationship is highly desirable.

Call process

Proposals can be submitted until June 26, 2017, 4pm CET. The applications must be made using the CFP template. The application shall be sent to SMEs are welcome to submit multiple proposals, but only one proposal per SME will be funded.

The successful applicants will be informed by June 29, 2017.

Evaluation criteria

  • SME already has products/services available using a modern and scalable technical platform
  • SME has the technical capability to integrate their offering to the ACTIVE HII solution
  • Technical excellence, Business Impact, market potential and maturity level of the proposed solution
  • Knowledge of commercialization of IoT domain solutions

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  • The application has been submitted using the CFP template and all relevant information is provided
  • The SME has willingness and capability to have personnel physically located in one of the EIT Digital co-location centers where the HII partners are active in Helsinki, Stockholm and Milan)
  • Value for money - How much can your company, or customers, benefit from the project. Be as specific as possible.

Contractual relationship

The selected SMEs will need to sign a sub-granting agreement to obtain sub-grant funding from EIT Digital through Ericsson. The requested funding should be justified in the application and include approx. 5k€ travel budget. The level of funding will be dependent on the type and duration of the engagement. The work must be carried out and results must be delivered during 2017. Following the completion of the sub-granting period, a number of commercial models for the outcomes will be explored together with the partners case by case. The goal is for the collaboration and business to extend beyond the sub-granting period.

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