The ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for research funding in embedded systems, has recently released its 2013 call for funding. The deadline for full proposals is 6th June 2013.
You can read a summary of the call on the ARTEMIS 2013 call page. Full details can be found on the EU Participant Portal call page – you should read Work Programme Part ASP if you’re interested in the ARTEMIS sub-programmes (areas of research around real-world applications of embedded systems) and Part AIPP if you’re interested in the ARTEMIS innovation pilot projects (technology development for user and business needs in the area of embedded systems).
What’s an “embedded system”?
“Embedded Systems pervade all areas of life, from children’s toys and mobile phones to space probes and from transportation vehicles to healthcare systems. In fact, Embedded Systems will be part of all future products and services, providing intelligence on the spot and capabilities to connect to the abundance of systems in their environment, either physical or at cyber-space level, in real time. In this sense, Embedded Systems form the edges of the “Internet of Things” bridging the gap between cyber space and the physical world of real ‘things’, and are crucial in enabling the “Internet of Things” to deliver on its promises…”
Content of the calls
Under the ASP call, projects should have a focus on at least one of the industrial priorities of ARTEMIS in the context of at least one sub-programme.
The industrial priorities are:
- Reference designs and architectures: “The objective is the creation of an energy efficient generic platform and a suite of abstract components with which new developments in different application domains can be engineered with minimal effort.”
- Seamless connectivity and interoperability: ” Middleware, operating systems and other functions required to link the physical world, as seen by the networked nodes, and also the higher layer applications, as well as hardware features needed to support an efficient and effective interoperability implementation.”
- Design methods and tools: “To manage architectural complexity during design while ensuring maturity at introduction under strong time-to-market constraints”
The sub-programmes are:
- 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
- Human-centred design of embedded systems
In the AIPP call, applicants should have a technological focus on at least one AIP programme:
- Innovative Integrated Care Cycles
- Seamless communication and interoperability – Smart environments: the Neural System for society
- Computing platforms for embedded systems
Who’s eligible and how are the proposals costed?
Projects are multi-partner involving at least three organisations from three participating ARTEMIS member states (see the eligibility rules [PDF] for more information). Different member states structure their own costing rules and requirements in different ways, depending on which funders are actually providing the funding. For the UK, universities can be involved in projects but you’ll also need a UK-based industrial partner, because the UK element of the call is coordinated by the Technology Strategy Board alongside EPSRC.
Research and academic organisations will receive a standard 80% of FEC contribution, but 83.3% (of that 80% FEC) will come from the UK funders (i.e. TSB and EPSRC) and 16.7% (of that same 80% FEC) will come from the ARTEMIS pot. Universities don’t have to find any additional funding as it’s funded in the same way as a standard Research Council award. However, SMEs and Large Companies have different balances of funding and do have to contribute some of the cost themselves. Note also that costs for academic organisations can only make up 30% of the total consortium cost for the UK part of the consortium, so these consortia must be industry-led and driven. To receive funding at this level, Research Organisations will have to be non-profit distributing, and ensure they disseminate the outputs of their research relating to the project, and state in the application how they are going to do this.
Northumbria staff should contact RBS if you are interested in discussing ARTEMIS further or if you think you may have a proposal idea which would be eligible.