Open Calls


Up to €1,000,000 available over 3 calls

Current Open Call
Open Call 2

The 2nd Open Call will be launched on the 1st of February 2022 with a submission deadline on the 30th April 2022 at 17pm CEST. Invitations to successful applicants are expected to be made by the 1st of July 2022 with project expected to start operating by the 1st of September 2022. Similarly to the 1st Open Call, projects will be expected to run for a period between the minimum of six (6) and maximum of twelve (12) months. The maximum funding for such projects will be capped at 50.000 euros. A maximum of ten (10) project will be selected for funding in this Open call.

The 2nd Open Call The call will focus on extending capabilities and functionalities of the SHAPES Platform with new types of medical devices (aimed primarily at manufacturers) and Digital Solutions (aimed at technology developers and service providers), not excluding IoT Platforms built for e-Health applications such as EHR/PHR systems. The primary aim is to support both types of contributions, thus enabling validation of SDK and API mechanisms for adding new types of external components, beyond those that have been anticipated in the project, such as solutions and devices with applications in future pandemics. The secondary objective is to extend the library of options embedded into SHAPES Platform at the end of the project and before going with project solution to market.

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Future Open Calls
Open Call 3

The 3rd Open Call will launch in October 2022 with a submission deadline at the end of January 2023, one month evaluation period and projects expected to start within one month after the end of the review period. Similarly to previous two Open Calls, projects funded in this one would be expected to conclude within six to nine months with longer periods permitted as long as not exceeding the termination date of the SHAPES project.

This 3rd Open Call will directly target providers of e-Health solutions and will request evaluation of the SHAPES Platform in operational environments of Health Care organisations, adding new use cases and pilot sites to the SHAPES large-scale piloting campaign, whereby dealing with actual patients and able to evaluate and confirm benefit of using SHAPES Platform in their services. Considering the need of dealing with personal data of real persons, this Open Call will be launched in the last year of the SHAPES project, after the platform has been extensively evaluated and validated such that to ensure sufficient level of reliability and compliance with ethics specifications. Such pilot activities will allow user validation and acceptance of the new digital solutions and represent a true market opportunity for new entrants.

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Previous Open Calls
Open Call 1

The SHAPES open calls aim to promote innovation by identifying challenges within the SHAPES pilot sites and inviting SME’s and all EU organisations that are eligible to EC funding under the rules of H2020 to meet these challenges with innovative solutions that can be integrated into the SHAPES Platform in support of active and healthy ageing and independent living. The SHAPES open calls provide opportunities for organisations to integrate their solutions in a large ecosystem at European level.

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Open Calls FAQs

We are from outside of the European Commission. Are we still eligible for funding?

Please check the eligibility document provided in the Open Call for details. In brief, EU Member States and Associated Countries are eligible for receiving funding from Horizon 2020 program, including SHAPES Open Call. In case of any doubts please refer to Horizon 2020 eligibility guidelines online.

What do you mean by “project” and “proposal” in the provided template?

The provided template formulates the complete proposal of a micro-project, aimed to offer a value-added solution extending and/or complementing the Digital Solutions of the SHAPES project with additional capabilities. Such needs are listed in a form of topics, one of which is expected to be addressed by the submitted proposal.

What do you mean by “explain the overall concept underpinning the project”?

The proposal of the micro-project is expected to be provided, which can be run individually by the applicant, while offering means of monitoring its progress by SHAPES project, as well as ensure ease of integration of its results into the SHAPES infrastructure. Each proposed solution is expected to be integrated into a specific SHAPES Digital Solution, identified in each Open Call topic.

What is meant by “Provide a draft ‘plan for the dissemination and exploitation of the project’s results’”?

The applicants will be expected also to contribute to the SHAPES project dissemination and exploitation. Therefore, they are expected to describe their own strategy for disseminating the results of their project and their strategy for exploiting results they would produce in their project. Joint dissemination and exploitation with partners in SHAPES would be considered as added advantage in the evaluation of the submission.

What do you expect to provide for the “overall structure of the work plan”?

The proposal is expected to describe process of implementing the proposed solution in a form of one Work Package with a number of tasks targeting individual activities, as commonly expected in Horizon 2020 projects. Example activities may include e.g. needs analysis, applied R&D, implementation and validation, integration into SHAPES Digital Solution, support to SHAPES pilots, contribution to SHAPES dissemination and exploitation, etc.

What deliverables are expected?

Applicants are expected to produce at least one report as well as a prototype of their solution, both considered as formal deliverables of their project. The report must describe in sufficient detail, work completed per each task of their work plan, results achieved, description of implementation and tests performed, to a sufficient level of detail to enable SHAPES partners to integrate produced results into their own solutions. Based on those we will be able to verify that applicants’ project has satisfied its objectives and can receive the final payment.

What do you mean by “timing of the different work packages and their components (Gantt chart or similar)”?

The proposal needs to fit to the project schedule of pilots, if this has been explicitly requested in the topic targeted by the applicant. Note that since we expect only one Work Package in the proposal, we only ask for graphical description of inter-relations among tasks that are proposed by applicants (PERT chart) and their timing (Gantt chart).

How to “Describe the match between partner profile and project objectives”?

We expect applicants to justify and prove that they have sufficient expertise, experience and capabilities to pursue the development they propose in their application. Please follow similar structure of Section 4 as for all proposals submitted under Horizon 2020 program.

What are we expected to provide under Section 5 “Ethics”?

Since solutions proposed in our Open Call are targeting e-Health services, they may potentially be subject to ethical concerns, one of which being, but not limited to, privacy or data and as such governed by the GDPR regulation from the European Commission. Applicants are expected to identify and describe if any ethical issues may be applicable to the solution that they develop and how they expect to deal with such issues.

Where will my solution/product be deployed?

The solutions selected by the SHAPES open calls will be implemented in the leading pilot site as well as replicating sites. You can find details of this in Deliverable D6.1 “SHAPES Pan-European Pilot Campaign Plan”.

I am based in the UK. Can I still apply to the open calls after Brexit?

Yes, UK entities can continue to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 projects.

Where can I see the pilot schedule?

You can find the pilot schedule here. Pilot Schedule Gantt chart.

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