The ORCA project hereby announces its third Open Call for Experiments.
This call solicits for Experiments for rapid validation of innovative software defined radio (SDR) solutions using the facilities, SDR hardware platforms and software toolsets supported by the ORCA Consortium.
|Project full name||ORCA – Orchestration and Reconfiguration Control Architecture|
|Project grant agreement number||732174|
|Call title||Third ORCA Open Call for Experiments|
|Submission deadline||Friday the 30th August 2019, at 17:00 CET|
|Feasibility and Relevance check deadline||Sunday the 25th August 2019, at 17:00 CET|
|Webinar for explaining Open Call details and providing guidelines for proposers|
A technical feasibility and relevance check is required before submission. This feasibility and relevance check will be carried out by the ORCA members responsible for the facilities, radio hardware platforms, and software platforms involved.
It is essential that the proposing party gets in contact with the ORCA partner in charge of the testbed or software which is intended to be used for the proposed Experiments, to discuss its feasibility and relevance within the ORCA federation and the related specific requirements. Each proposing party must therefore identify a possible Patron either by contacting an appropriate ORCA partner (see section 6 of the Open Call document) or through , in case support is required for selecting an appropriate partner.
The proposing party must submit its draft proposal to the Patron by Sunday the 25th of August 2019, at 17:00 Brussels local time using the submission portal. In this draft proposal at least sections A, B and C needs to be fully completed. The feedback will be provided by the Patron at the latest by Wednesday the 28th of August 2019 at 17:00, and must be copied into section D of the proposal template.
- Total budget for Open Call 2 for Experiments: 350 000 €
- Maximum budget per Experiment: 50 000 €
- Expected number of Experiments to be funded: 7 (3 for the category Scientific Excellence and 4 for the category Industry)
- Guaranteed support: 28 000 € (An extra budget of typically € 4000 per Experiment will be allocated to the ORCA consortium partner acting as Patron for guaranteed support)
Requirements related to the proposer
- Proposers must be eligible for funding in H2020 projects.
- Proposals will only be accepted from a single party.
- Parties that having been selected in previous ORCA Open Calls are not eligible to participate again.
A proposer can only be selected for funding for one proposal, even if the proposer submitted multiple proposals that are ranked high enough to be selected for funding. In the latter case, the proposer may be given the opportunity to choose the one to be retained for funding.
- Language in which the proposal must be submitted: English
- Proposals must follow the provided template (see Section 5.1 Open Call info document and Appendix A to the same document)
- Going beyond the page limit indicated in the template is strongly not encouraged, the external evaluator is not obligated to read the extra pages. However the ORCA consortium will not disqualify the proposal if this rule is violated.
- Proposals (draft as well as final proposals) must be submitted through the online submission form at the bottom of this page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
SDR hardware can be remotely accessed in the wireless test facilities supported in ORCA (see https://www.orca-project.eu/testbeds/). The costs for equipment should be a minor contribution of the requested funding.
A successful proposer will enter the ORCA project as a third party. This implies that a third party does not have to fill in NEF or any other forms from the Commission for financial claims. The only thing that is needed is an invoice, and then depending on the report and the outcome of the review, the Third Party will be paid. However, for a good and better review of your proposal it is best to list the costs related to the proposed experiment or extension as would be done for any European Project:
- number of PM
- personnel costs
- other direct costs (with a very rough split into the different major categories)
- indirect costs
This information will be used to evaluate the “value for money” of your proposal which is one of the criteria in the proposal review process.
So, there will be no audit, no formal accounting required, but any information, as close as possible to what you would do for a EU project, is advisable to get a proper review of the proposal.
Both draft and final proposals have to be submitted via the submission portal. The latest submission before the submission deadline will be considered for evaluation.
The full process is as follows:
- A first draft proposal is submitted by the Proposer via the submission portal before the feasibility and relevance check deadline.
- The Patron provides feedback via email to proposer
- The Proposer includes the feedback in the proposal, finalises its proposal and submits the final proposal again via the submission portal before the submission deadline
The Patron will NOT review draft proposals or propose any changes to the proposal. The Patron will only give feedback on the feasibility of the proposed experiment based on the completed sections A, B and C. The feedback of the Patron needs to be included in section D of the proposal. The feasibility check does not provide a commitment that the proposal will be selected.
The Patron will be your main contact and support during the time of your extension but in the general based on the platforms considered and your needs, other contact partners can be contacted. The full list of contact people and related platforms can be found in section 6.1 of the Open Call document linked as Detail Call information in the Call documents section in this page.
Unfortunately it is not possible to borrow hardware from ORCA, because it’s integrated fix into the testbeds, but several options are possible to make the integration successful:
- simulator only tests
- loop back modes to tests without SDR hardware
- remote access to SDR hardware through the testbeds
- physical integration session together with the patron (e.g. meet together for 2-3 days with direct access to the SDR hardware), the travel expenses for this can be foresee in the proposal
- buy SDR hardware for integration purposes (not funded by ORCA)