2023 - 2nd Open Call

Facts & Figures of #2 Open Call

2nd Call Results 2023 “ICT Standardisation Observatory and Support Facility in Europe” will build on the success and momentum of the precursor 2018-20 initiative to advance and create a truly consolidated European Standardisation Ecosystem. 

At the heart of this objective is the Fellowship Programme, which through a series of 10 Open Calls, will provide 3 million Euro through a cascade grant process to support and incentivise participation of European standardisation specialists in key international and global SDOs and consortia. 

The topics for the 2023 calls are defined through continuous monitoring and careful analysis of the international ICT standards landscape through liaison with Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), key organisations such as the EU Multistakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation, and its prestigious EAG- Expert Advisory Group and EUOS Foresight Committee, as well as industry-led groups, to pinpoint gaps and priorities matching EU DSM objectives.  

Find out more about the Open Calls below and join us to really make Europe’s voice heard in the Global Standards Scenario. 

2nd Open Call Topic Priorities

We have chosen to focus our ten calls around macro-areas of the key strategic orientations of the Strategic Plan in the Horizon Europe framework Programme and have chosen, extremely relevant for 2020 “Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society” therefore, any ICT standards related to activities that focus on standardization challenges pertaining to democratic governance, cultural heritage and the creative economy, social and economic transformations are welcomed.

Other topics where applicants may apply to are listed here and we welcome your applications from the following areas:

  • Accessibility of ICT products and services
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agri-food
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain and Distributed Digital Ledger Technologies
  • Building Trust
  • Broadband infrastructure mapping
  • B2B Platform economy (for digital manufacturing industry)
  • Circular Economy
  • Citizen centric digital public services
  • Clean Planet
  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud Federation
  • Cobots
  • Construction - building information modelling
  • Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain
  • Cross Domain Technologies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Cybersecurity / network and information security
  • Digital Twins
  • eCall
  • Edge Computing
  • Electronic identification and trust services including e-signatures
  • eGovernment
  • eHealth, healthy living and ageing
  • e-Invoicing
  • e-Infrastructures for research data and computing intensive science
  • Electromobility
  • EMC Radiation
  • European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS)
  • Emergency communications
  • e-Procurement – pre- and post award
  • European Electronic Toll Service (EETS)
  • Fintech and Regtech Standardisation
  • Global Standard Governance
  • ICT Environmental impact
  • Identity Management and Anonymisation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (ITS-CCAM) and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Justice
  • Language Technologies
  • Learning and Education
  • Machine Learning
  • Management of identities for smart organizations
  • Media
  • Ontologies
  • Open Data Standards
  • Open Source
  • Preservation of digital cinema
  • Privacy
  • Privacy protection
  • Public sector information, open data and big data
  • Quantum Technology
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Semantic Interoperability
  • Single European Sky
  • Smart grids and smart metering
  • Smart City Covid+
  • Smart cities and communities/ technologies and services for smart and efficient energy use
  • Trusted Information
  • Water Management Digitalisation
  • 3D Printing
  • 5G

Open Call for Applications - Process and Timing will run 10 Open Call cycles. Each call will be open for 60 days to be followed by a 30-day evaluation period.  

2nd Call timing
  • Launch: 11th of January 2021;
  • Deadline: 11th of March 2021, 17:00 CET;
  • Evaluation: Each proposal will be evaluated by three members of an External Pool of Evaluators;
  • Notification of Outcome: Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their proposal and provided with feedback from the External Pool of Evaluators in an Evaluation Consensus Report by mid-April 2021.

If your proposal is successful, you will be contacted within 5-10 business days of notification to take the steps necessary to prepare and sign the contract for the funding. Please note that a deadline of 10 business days from notification will be applied to confirm your intention to take up the contract to enable the funds to be re-allocated to other successful applicants.

Who can receive financial support?

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 2023 Calls are open to individuals or natural persons residing in the European Member States Associate Countries from both public and private sectors, 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 open calls are European specialists who:

  • have profound knowledge in one of the priority areas covered by the Open Calls;
  • have experience regarding developments of standards, e.g., in SDOs, , in groups set-up by the EC, or when creating documentation in open source developments;
  • 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 Contributions

Three types of proposals can be funded under the 2023 Open Calls, as shown below.

Proposal type


Maximum Contract duration

Funding range*

LT – Long term contribution (with travel option)

Contribution to ongoing standards development as a chair or member of an SDO WG. E.g. comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings also as an observer, paying membership or registration fees.

6 months

€5,000 - €10,000

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 or registration fees.

3 months

€3,000 - €7,000

OS – One-Shot contributions

Support to ensure participation at workshop or event (e.g., participant, observer, presentation)

3 months

Up to €3,000

Please note that neither the maximum funding per submitted proposal can be higher than indicated in the respective funding range nor can the duration of a proposed activity exceed the duration exceed that indicated indicated for the selected proposal type.

Eligible Costs:

  • Personal Working Effort (this cannot exceed the EU maximum daily rate of 450 Euro)
  • Travel
  • Event registration fee(s)
  • Membership fee(s) for SDO & SSO organisations
Evaluation Criteria

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

Each proposal will be evaluated based on the 4-criterion given below, with a scoring from 1 to 10 and the weighting indicated:

Criteria 1: Soundness of the proposal and foreseen impact on the Open Call topic (30%);

Criteria 2: Technical excellence & adherence to the Open Call topics (30%);

Criteria 3: Experience and qualifications of the applicant (20%);

Criteria 4: Economics of the proposal (20%).

The final scoring and ranking will be automatically determined by averaging the scores provided by the three independent members of the External Pool of Evaluators.