ARTEMIS 2012 Call: Embedded Systems

The ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for research funding in embedded systems, has just released its 2012 call for funding. The deadline for full proposals is 6th September 2012.

You can read a summary of the call on the ARTEMIS 2012 call page. Full details can be found on the EU Participant Portal call page – you should read Work Programme Part A if you’re interested in the sub-programmes (areas of research around real-world applications of embedded systems) and Part B if you’re interested in the innovation pilot projects (technology development for user and business needs in the area of embedded systems).

Areas of Interest

The sub-programmes are (see Work Programme Part A for a full explanation of what is expected in each area):

Methods and processes for safety-relevant embedded systems
Embedded Systems for Healthcare and Wellbeing
Embedded systems in Smart environments
Embedded Systems for manufacturing and process automation
Computing platforms for embedded systems
Embedded Systems for Security and Critical Infrastructures Protection
Embedded Systems supporting sustainable urban life
Human-centred design of embedded systems

The innovation pilot programme priorities are (see Work Programme Part B for a full explanation):

Critical Systems Engineering Factories
Innovative Integrated Care Cycles
Seamless communication and interoperability – Smart environments: the Neural System for society
Production and Energy Systems Automation
Computing platforms for embedded systems
“Intelligent-Built” environment and urban infrastructure for sustainable and “friendly” cities

Eligibility Issues

To apply you’ll need at least three organisations from three participating member states (see the eligibility criteria for more on this). For the UK, universities can be involved but you’ll also need a UK-based industrial partner, because the UK element of the call is coordinated by the Technology Strategy Board.

In terms of costs, universities can claim up to 80% FEC, but note that the total consortium funding can only be up to 50% of total project costs – so industrial partners and SMEs would have to claim proportionately less to balance the budget. In addition, UK academics can only apply if they have previously held an EPSRC grant and the ARTEMIS application is a continuation of this research.

Please get in touch for support and advice if you’re interested in developing a project for this call.

What’s an embedded system?

Embedded systems are technologies which are part of everyday artefacts and systems: “from children’s toys and mobile phones to space probes and from transportation vehicles to healthcare systems.” Embedded systems play a key role in the “internet of things” which describes the potential virtual network of connections between real-life objects using, for example, radio frequency ID tags.

One frequently cited example of the benefits of embedded systems within an internet of things is the internet-enabled fridge. If a refrigerator was able to monitor its contents, then it could know when you are running short on milk and notify you to pick some up on your way home – or even automatically place an order with your local supermarket and have it delivered. It’s not just fridges and food, though, embedded systems could potentially revolutionise our way of life, reducing waste and improving a wide range of systems that humans interact with on a daily basis.

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FP7 People Update: Calls, Plans and Success Stories

The EC’s Framework Programme 7 People theme (sometimes called Marie Curie Actions) can be used to fund researchers from anywhere in the world to come to the UK for a period of 1-2 years to carry out a research project in any discipline, from humanities to the physical sciences. Calls for fellowships are made once per year and the deadlines are usually in early-mid August.

There has been a number of recent announcements on the People programme from both UKRO and the EC, including forthcoming calls for 2012, a heads-up on plans for the People Programme in 2013, and a call by the Research Executive Agency for Success Stories from previous Marie Curie Actions.

Calls for 2012

Calls for the three different types of Marie Curie Fellowships are expected to open in mid-March according to the EC’s Participant Portal, but if you know a potential fellow you should be making contact now and starting to prepare the application. The People Work Programme for 2012, which details all the calls and priorities within the People theme, is already out and the deadlines are expected to be 16th August 2012 for Intra-European Fellowships, Incoming International Fellowships and International Outgoing Fellowships.

Members of staff at Northumbria University should contact us if you would like to discuss any of these calls further, or if you’d like help and advice with a bid.

Plans for 2013 People Programme

UKRO has made available some early indications of plans for the People programme in 2013 for UK subscribers to their service. You will need to register for an UKRO account if you have not already done so. This is free to Northumbria University staff and is well worth the five minutes it takes to set up. Anyone interested in EU funding is advised to take a look at stories like this because they can contain vital early intelligence about upcoming priorities and themes within different FP7 research programmes.

REA Wants Marie Curie Success Stories

The Research Executive Agency (REA) has issued a call for success stories which have emerged from funded Marie Curie Actions. Newsworthy stories will be published by the REA for maximum publicity which could be good news for you as well if your story is featured. UKRO has asked anyone who thinks they have a potential success story to email them (mariecurie-uk@bbsrc.ac.uk) so that they can pass it on to the REA.

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FP7 People: Fellowships Results Published!

UKRO reports that the preliminary results for the Framework Programme 7 People Programme Individual Fellowships have been published by the Commission. The full lists for all three types of fellowships (incoming, outgoing and intra-european) are available on the FP7 Participant Portal, under Additional documents for each call:

FP7 People: 2011 Individual Fellowships Preliminary Results

The preliminary results assign one of five categories to each submitted project. Category A proposals are on the main funding list and prospective fellows will already have been contacted by the Commission to begin negotiations. Category B proposals are on the reserve list and applicants need to wait until the first round of negotiations with category A projects has concluded to know whether there is sufficient budget for them to go ahead. This can happen for example when a category A applicant withdraws. Categories C, D and E have been rejected for various reasons, either because of funding constraints or where the proposal was below the quality threshold or not evaluated. You’ll need to know the proposal acronym or proposal number in order to check where your project appears on the list.

Individual fellowships from the People Programme – also called Marie Curie Actions – enable researchers based in Europe to spend 1 – 2 years carrying out a research project in another EU member state (intra-european fellowships), or outside of Europe (outgoing fellowships). The international incoming fellowships fund researchers based outside of Europe to come into a European research institution. The fellowships are attractive both because they offer a relatively high reimbursement for fellows and because they are “bottom up” in the sense that the applicant and host institution jointly decide the topic and plan the research programme.

Northumbria University staff should contact Teresa Kirby, European Strategy Manager to find out more about Individual Fellowships and for assistance with any proposals.

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