What do you mean by “project” and “proposal” in the provided template?
The 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 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.
Do applicants need to transfer IP for its solution or provide source codes of its solutions to SHAPES consortium?
All IP owned by applicants, remains their property and there is no requirement to transfer it to SHAPES project. SHAPES project requests only that it is licensed to use solutions (in usable form) that applicants expect to integrate with SHAPES Marketplace to its consortium members for free for evaluation purposes until the end of their project. Afterwards any further use will be subject to individual (e.g. commercial) agreements between the applicant and any organization from SHAPES consortium or external to it. Regarding access to part of work conducted by applicant and funded by EC as part of the SHAPES Open Call, this is expected to be open for public as Open Access (“Creative Commons” license). Therefore, applicants need to clearly state in their proposal which part of their work will be performed using their own funds and hence not publicly available, and which part of the work would be funded by SHAPES Open Call and hence subject to Open Access dissemination. Examples of the latter ones can include e.g. APIs and SDKs allowing integration of applicant solutions into 3rd party systems (subject to applicable licensing agreements), examples of code built to integrate applicant solution with SHAPES Marketplace etc. Examples of such components can be found on SHAPES GitHub at: https://github.com/orgs/SHAPES-H2020/.
In case of any further questions, we suggest to attend the webinar on the 1st of March 2023, detail so which can be found at: https://shapes2020.eu/open-calls/call-3/ .
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 a single 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.
Where can we find more info about SHAPES components?
Technical information about technologies developed in SHAPES is available on GitHub: https://github.com/SHAPES-H2020.
Information about the Marketplace can be found in Deliverable D4.1 at: https://shapes2020.eu/deliverables/.
Additional relevant documents will be released once their review is completed by EC.
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. Considering that despite a short expected project lengths of only 6 months, an brief interim review of the project progress can be held, hence it is recommended that a report is planned mid-way in the project, which would justify the interim payment upon its acceptance.
Are physical-only solution applicable for Open Call 3?
No. The essential requirements in the Open Call 3 is integration with SHAPES Marketplace, an online repository of Digital Solutions allowing network access to such solutions. This does not negate physical solutions, as long as they are hybrid.
What do you mean by “timing of the different work packages and their components (Gantt chart or similar)”?
In Open Call 3 we only expect one Work Package in the proposal, hence we only ask for graphical description of inter-relations among tasks proposed by applicants (PERT chart) and their timing (Gantt chart).
Do our proposed solutions have to be commercial?
Solutions do NOT need to be commercial. However, they need to demonstrate sufficient operational maturity for integration into SHAPES Marketplace and demonstrate potential for commercialisation and sustainability.