Call for proposals 2018 for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) under the work programme of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking H2020-ECSEL-2018-2-RIA-TWO-STAGE Closed!


The objectives of the ECSEL JU are:

  1. To contribute to the implementation of Horizon 2020, and to LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT).
  2. To contribute to the development of a strong and competitive Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) industry in the Union.
  3. To ensure the availability of ECS for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, aiming at keeping Europe at the forefront of the technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, strengthening innovation capabilities and creating economic and employment growth in the Union.
  4. To align strategies with Member States to attract private investment and contribute to the effectiveness of public support by avoiding unnecessary duplication and fragmentation of efforts, and easing participation for actors involved in research and innovation.
  5. To maintain and grow semiconductor and smart system manufacturing capability in Europe, including leadership in manufacturing equipment and materials processing
  6. To secure and strengthen a commanding position in design and systems engineering including embedded technologies.
  7. To provide access for all stakeholders to a world-class infrastructure for the design and manufacture of electronic components and embedded/cyber-physical and smart systems.
  8. To build a dynamic ecosystem involving Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), thereby strengthening existing clusters and nurturing the creation of new clusters in promising new areas.


The activities have their centre of gravity at TRL 3-4.

The call will be open for the following topics:

  • ECSEL-2017-2-RIA
  • ECSEL-2017-2-RIA-Special-Topic

A RIA proposal is characterised by:

  •  Execution by an industrial consortium that may consist of universities, institutes, SMEs and large companies;
    •  Developing innovative technologies and/or using them in innovative ways;
    •  Targeting demonstration of the innovative approach in a relevant product, service or capability, clearly addressing the applications relevant for societal challenges in relation with the ECSEL Strategic Thrusts as outlined in the ECSEL MASP;
  •  Demonstrating value and potential in a realistic lab environment reproducing the targeted application;
  •  Having a deployment plan showing the valorisation for the ECSEL ecosystem and the contribution to the ECSEL goals and objectives.
    •  In order to maximize effective implementation of the ECSEL top-level objectives, the list of RIA proposals to be retained for public funding shall constitute a balanced portfolio of projects developing innovative technologies (as defined in the MASP in the essential technology section) and applying them in different domains as defined in the MASP (as defined in the application trust section).


European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 63,33 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 26 April 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 20 September 2018 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2018 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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