The 2nd EUROBENCH Open Call (opening on September 1st) will offer up to € 60k to Third Parties interested in using the EUROBENCH Facilities and Software to test robotic technologies, such as exoskeletons, prostheses, legged robots, and other types of overground robots.
You can choose among 3 options to participate:
- Option 1 (In situ experiments)
Applicants should propose testing experiments to be conducted in one of the two EUROBENCH facilities (either Wearable Robots or Humanoids facility). The goal of the experiments should be to assess the performance of a real robotic system or control algorithm by using the EUROBENCH testbeds and software.
GRANT: max € 60k to cover personnel costs, travel & accommodation to realize up to 2 weeks of testing in the facility, and consumables needed to perform the experiments.
- Option 2 (Remote experiments)
Applicants should propose testing experiments to be conducted in their own laboratory. The goal of the experiments should be to assess the performance of a real robotic system by using the EUROBENCH software.
GRANT: max € 30k to cover personnel costs and consumables needed to execute benchmarking experiments in your own laboratory, using the EUROBENCH Software to assess the performance of your system.
- Option 3 (Retrospective data analysis)
Applicants should propose the use of the EUROBENCH Software to process retrospective data on robot and/or humans. The goal should be assessing the performance of the robotic system and/or producing high-quality performance reference data from healthy or impaired individuals. All the collected and processed data should be uploaded and integrated in the EUROBENCH Database.
GRANT: max € 15k to cover personnel costs to use the EUROBENCH software to process data previously collected (e.g. data included in pre-existing databases).
- Each proposal can request a maximum contribution of € 60k, which can cover up to 100% of the total budget.
- Each participant can receive a maximum contribution of € 100k, across all proposals presented in this call. Therefore, if you submit more proposals and the sum of your requested contribution exceeds € 100k, one proposal will be rejected independently from the content.
- If you have been funded by the 1st FSTP Open Call, you have a cumulative limit of € 100k applied to all EUROBENCH Open Calls as a whole. If you already reached this limit in FSTP-1, you can still participate in a Consortium, as non-funded party.
- Participants can apply individually or as part of a consortium.
- Consortia can include partners from the same country, as well as partners from different countries.
- Applicants must be previously registered in the Participant Register of the Participant Portal and have a 9-digit Participant Identification Code (PIC).
- Applicants cannot request any funding for activities that are already funded by other grants (principle of no double funding).
- Applicants can participate in more than one proposal according to budget limitations established in Section 1.3. Applicants that have been funded in FSTP-1 for the maximum budget, can still be part of a Consortium, but cannot be beneficiary of the grant (they will be “collaborators”).
- Countries eligible for funding are specified in the Section A of H2020 Work Programme. Non eligible countries can be part of a Consortium, but cannot be beneficiary of the grant (they will be “collaborators”).
Those third parties who pre-registered their proposals must present their proposal on the FSTP 2 Open Call within the first 15 days of submission to maintain their benefits.
These pre-registered proposals will:
- Receive personalized support in proposal preparation before submission, through face-to-face meetings called “proposal checks”.
- Have time priority in the evaluation of full proposal: full proposal will be evaluated in the same order in which the pre-registration was made, and before other proposals that were not pre-registered. Those third parties who pre-registered their proposals must present their proposal on the FSTP 2 Open Call within the first 15 days of submission to maintain this priority.
If you have not Pre-registered your proposals YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE1. What does the first-come-first-served scheme mean?
It means that proposals will be evaluated in chronological order of arrival until the budget is exhausted.
2. I am interested in participating in more than one option, can I do it?
Yes, by submitting more than one proposal. Each proposal should target only one option.
3. If I choose two options, can I get maximum funding from both?
No, the limit is € 60k for each proposal.
4. Is there a minimum budget that can be funded?
No, only maximum.
5. My entity was funded during fstp-1, can I participate in fstp2?
Yes, but within the € 100k limit per participant. If you have already obtained the maximum funding (€ 100k) in the first call, you can participate as well, but without being eligible for funding.
6. Can I submit more than one proposal?
Yes, but you cannot obtain more than 100k€ of funding across all proposals.
7. Can I include entities from non-eligible countries in my consortium?
Yes, they can be part of the Consortium but they will not be eligible for funding.
8. Do we need to submit our own ethical approval if we intend to use the facility in the EUROBENCH test site?
You will have to report the protocol description, but we (from EUROBENCH side) are going to submit such protocol to our local ethical committee. If the same protocol has been also approved by your local ethical committee, this may facilitate the process of approval on our site. You can refer to it in the proposal stage.
9. Does EUROBENCH provide wireless bipolar sEMG recordings?
Yes, Delsys Trigno, 8 channels.
10. Can we specify which testbed of the projects of the first call we can work with?
Yes, you should specify it.
11. Which criteria are you currently adopting to classify the product at the Proof of Concept stage?
We don’t verify that the device is at a defined TRL. You have the responsibility of bringing a functional device at the facility.