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Deadline: Sep 20, 2018  

 Smart Cities
 Electronics and Microelectronics
 IT Applications
 Nanotechnology and Nanosciences
 Urban transport
 Industrial Engineering
 Digital Society

Topics and Major Challenges (the numbering corresponds to MASP 2018)

6) Transport & Smart Mobility

6.3.2. Major Challenge 1 Developing clean, affordable and sustainable propulsion

6.3.3. Major Challenge 2 Ensuring secure connected, cooperative and automated mobility and transportation


6.3.4. Major Challenge 3 Managing interaction between humans and vehicle

6.3.5. Major Challenge 4 Implementing infrastructure and services for smart personal mobility and logistics

7) Health and Well-Being

7.3.2. Moving healthcare from hospitals into our homes and daily life enabling preventive and patient centric care



7.3.3. Restructuring healthcare delivery systems, from supply-driven to patient-oriented

7.3.4. Engaging individuals more actively in their own health and well-being

7.3.5. Ensuring affordable healthcare for the growing amount of chronic, lifestyle related diseases and an ageing population

7.3.6. Developing platforms for wearables/implants, data analytics, artificial intelligence for precision medicine and personalized healthcare and well-being

8) Energy

8.3.2. Major Challenge 1 Ensuring sustainable power generation and energy conversion

8.3.3. Major Challenge 2 Achieving efficient community energy management

8.3.4. Major Challenge 3 Reducing energy consumption

9) Digital Industry

9.3.1. Major challenge 1 Developing Digital twins, simulation models for the evaluation of industrial assets at all factory levels and over system or product life-cycles

9.3.2. Major challenge 2 Implementing AI and machine learning, to detect anomalies or similarities and to optimize parameters (CLOSED)

9.3.3. Major challenge 3 Generalizing conditions monitoring, to pre-warn before damages and to help on-line decision-making

9.3.4. Major challenge 4 Developing digital platforms, application development frameworks that integrate sensors and systems

10) Digital Life

10.3. 1. Major Challenge 1 Ensuring safe and secure spaces

10.3. 2. Major Challenge 2 Ensuring healthy and comfortable spaces

10.3. 3. Major Challenge 3 Ensuring anticipating spaces

10.3. 4. Major Challenge 4 Ensuring sustainable spaces

11) Systems and Components: Architecture, Design and Integration

11.3. 1. Major Challenge 1 Managing critical, autonomous, cooperating, evolvable systems

11.3. 2. Major Challenge 2 Managing Complexity

11.3. 3. Major Challenge 3 Managing Diversity

11.3. 4. Major Challenge 4 Managing Multiple Constraints

11.3. 5. Major Challenge 5 Integrating miniaturized features of various technologies and materials into smart components

11.3. 6. Major Challenge 6 Providing effective module integration for highly demanding environments

11.3. 7. Major Challenge 7 Increasing compactness and capabilities by functional and physical systems integration


12) Connectivity and Interoperability

12.2.1. Major Challenge 1 Meeting future connectivity requirements leveraging heterogeneous technologies

12.2.2. Major Challenge 2 Enabling nearly lossless interoperability across protocols, encodings and semantics

12.2.3. Major Challenge 3 Ensuring Secure Connectivity and Interoperability

13) Safety, Security and Reliability

13.3.1. Major Challenge 1 Ensuring safety, security and privacy by design

13.3.2. Major Challenge 2 Ensuring Reliability and Functional Safety

13.3.3. Major Challenge 3 Ensuring secure, safe and trustable connectivity and infrastructure

14.3.1. Major Challenge 1 Increasing performance at acceptable costs

13.3.4. Major Challenge 4 Managing privacy, data protection and human interaction


14) Computing and Storage

14.3.2. Major Challenge 2 Making computing systems more integrated with the real world

14.3.3. Major Challenge 3 Making "intelligent" machines

14.3.4. Major Challenge 4 Developing new disruptive technologies

15) Electronics Components & Systems Process Technology, Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing

15.3.1. Major Challenge 1 Developing advanced logic and memory technology for nanoscale integration and application-driven performance

15.3.2. Major Challenge 2 More than Moore and Heterogeneous System-on-Chip (SoC) Integration

15.3.3. Major Challenge 3 Heterogeneous System-in-Package (SiP) integration

15.3.4. Major Challenge 4 Maintaining world leadership in Semiconductor Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing solutions


Mode: 2 phases: Project Outline (PO) and Full Project Proposal (FPP) Publication date: 21 February 2018

Deadline PO phase: at 17:00:00 Brussels time on 26 April 2018
Deadline FPP phase: at 17:00:00 Brussels time on 20 September 2018


General Calls Information

In order to submit a project proposal, applicants must use the on-line tools provided for this purpose by the European Commission through its “Participant Portal”, which can be accessed through the Calls pages (pages become available on the day the Calls are opened):





All the documents related to the ECSEL JU Calls for Proposals 2018 are provided for the applicants convenience in the Calls 2018 Documents section on this website as well as in the Calls Pages in the Participants Portal. However, the templates (editable documents) for the proposals submission can only be downloaded for the Calls Pages in the Participants Portal when a draft proposal is created – models (pdf files) are provided just for the applicants’ information. Applicants are advised to check the Guide for Applicants to ECSEL JU Calls for Proposals before preparing and submitting their proposal.

H2020-ECSEL-2018-1-IA and H2020-ECSEL-2018-2-RIA are both two-stage Calls. Therefore, the submission of a Project Outline (stage 1) is mandatory. Only proposals having submitted a Project Outline and successfully passed this first stage evaluation (scored above threshold) will be allowed to submit a Full Project Proposal.

H2020-ECSEL-2018-3-CSA-Industry4.E and H2020-2018-4-CSA-Mobility.E are both one-stage Calls.

Full details of the topics open for proposals, terms and conditions for participation, funding budgets, funding rates, evaluation criteria (including weighing factors),etc. for each of the Calls are available in the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018 (see the Calls 2018 Documents section).

Note that in 2018 in the H2020-ECSEL-2018-2-RIA-two-stage Call there is a Special Topic with a dedicated budget and specific conditions as described in the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018. 

The detailed description of the focus areas/topics/major challenges is provided in the ECSEL MASP 2018 (Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (see the Calls 2018 Documents section).

Participants are strongly encouraged to carefully check which focus areas/topics/major challenges are open in each call and make sure their proposal is submitted in the correct place.

Applicants requesting national/regional/ESI Funding must contact the National Funding Authorities in their own countries as indicated in the Section 9 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018 before submitting the proposals to check their eligibility and conditions for receiving national/regional/ESI Funding.

Applicants from several countries are requested to provide a Part C (with information specific for the respective countries) – refer to Section 9 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018 for more information. The Part(s) C require an encryption/password provided by the ECSEL JU office. The participants are kindly reminded to email the ECSEL JU office to get the password at

Applicants, who wish to propose a new ECSEL JU Lighthouse Initiative or to join an existing one are invited to do so by submitting the EoI (Expression of Interest) Lighthouse Initiative Template (“3-page document”) at the FPP Phase (second stage of the Calls). NO action is required at the PO Phase (first stage).


The tables below show the actual figures of the ECSEL Participating States commitments included in the ECSEL JU Work Plan 2018 as well as all received from them in the meantime. The figures below will be included in the future Work Plan 2018 update that shall be adopted by the Governing Board in due time.

Last Update: 15/02/2018

The overall EU budget (JU contribution) for Calls 2018 is: 174.93 M€ (1)

The budgetary figures given are indicative. The total public funds awarded by the ECSEL Joint Undertaking to projects arising from the Calls 2018, following the evaluation and selection of proposals, may differ from the total budget indicated above.

Estimated expenditures

EU Estimated expenditure for the Call 2018-1-IA: 110.00 M€ (1).

EU Estimated expenditure for the Call 2018-2-RIA:

    • all topics except the Special Topic: 53.33 M€ (1)
    • Special Topic: 10.00 M€ (1)

EU Estimated expenditure for the Call 2018-3-CSA-Industry4.E: 0.50 M€ (1)

EU Estimated expenditure for the Call 2018-4-CSA-Mobility.E: 0.50 M€ (1)

The National Budgets (including the national/ regional/ ESIF contributions) are indicated in the following table.

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