Open Call 2013

Exciting opportunity for innovators to receive funding for research and development of new media technologies

Call Closed

The open call closed on 3rd July. The winning applicants will be notified shortly and the results posted here once contract negotiations are completed.


When & how much?

The EXPERIMEDIA Open Call 2013 was published 3rd May 2013 and closed on July 3rd. This year we have another 0.5M€ to fund experiments. All the necessary information may be found on this page and you may also want to look through the project’s public deliverables and existing experiments. Please join our mailing list and email us if you need anything else.


Documents

Open call details and guides:

Presentations from the information call:


What we are looking for

We are seeking new partners researching and developing technology in the area of the Future Media Internet (FMI) to join the project. Whether you’re a service provider, application developer, broadcaster, content provider, a network provider or researcher we are looking for novel FMI experiments that help to understand and deliver new forms of social interaction and experience in online and real world communities. All experiments must deliver significant impact to users and businesses within EXPERIMEDIA venues’ ecosystems at Schladming Ski Resort, Multi-Sport High Performance Centre of Catalonia (CAR) and Foundation for the Hellenic World (FHW).


Our offer

We are offering research funding to successful applicants by means of an open call. The dates for the 2nd open call are:

  • Call opens: May 3rd
  • Call closes: July 3rd 1700 (Brussels time). Submissions received after this time will not be accepted.


Information teleconferences

We ran information teleconferences on the 16th and 17th May. The presentations are available above.


Contact & Help

Please subscribe to our social media channels and/or mailing list and if you have any specific questions please contact info@experimedia.eu or see the FAQ below.


FAQ

How much funding can I expect?

Experiments at Schladming and FHW will receive €100k each and experiments at CAR will receive €80k each.

What percentage of my costs are funded?

The work falls in the “RTD” category. You may request up to 50% of the total cost figure. If you are a non-profit public body, a research organisation, a secondary or higher education establishment or a small or medium enterprise, you may request up to 75% funding.

How many experiments will be funded?

We will fund 2 experiments at Schladming, 2 at CAR and 1 at FHW giving a total of 5 experiments.

What support materials are available for applicants?

Our public deliverables are all available.

The guide for applicants is available and presentations to go alongside the information teleconferences will be provided.

The Consortium Agreement (CA) is available on request.

Who can apply for the Open Call?

The rules of participation are the same as for any FP7 project.

How many partners should make a proposal?

The size of the funding on offer means we would expect one organisation (and a maximum of two) per proposal. There is no particular advantage to have one or two partners. In your proposal you must demonstrate that you or you and your partner will have sufficient funding and the necessary capabilities to achieve your objectives.

Is this a call for additional partners or sub-contractors?

You will become a consortium partner.

When would an experiment start and finish?

Following successful negotiations, we expect experiments to start in October 2013 and proceed for at most 12 months.

What constraints are there for an experiment?

An experiment:

  • must target a single venue and demonstrate impact to stakeholders (e.g. quality of life through communication, visitor experience, sports performance, learning/education, etc);
  • must include users and motivations/incentives for their participation including where appropriate how such participation would scale throughout the experiment;
  • must consider the relationship between real-world and online interaction where real-world actions have real-world impact through the FMI;
  • must explore the relationship between QoS and QoE using EXPERIMEDIA methodology and tools;
  • must use two or more EXPERIMEDIA baseline components together as enablers of the experiment;
  • must demonstrate access to the necessary data required for the experiment;
  • must contribute to the future vision of the FMI and drive the evolution of the EXPERIMEDIA facility;
  • must have a clear route route to market and exploitation at least with, but ideally beyond the target venue context.

What about privacy and ethical issues?

Consideration of ethics is very important in running an experiment which involves people. This includes the careful handling of personal data collected during an experiment. The project has an ethics advisory board which is there to review experiments and advise on ethical issues. We also have K.U.Leuven as a legal partner in the project and have an initial legal analysis of the different scenarios and experiments of EXPERIMEDIA which we recommend you read. To help you consider the legal and ethical issues of your proposal there is a checklist to complete.

When is the information teleconference?

The information teleconferences were held on the 16th and 17th May. The presentations may be found above.

How long should a proposal be?

As a guide, we would expect proposals to be approximately 20-25 pages in length.

Where will the work be performed?

We expect the experiment to be conducted with users at one of the 3 EXPERIMEDIA venues. How the technology is developed prior to installation depends on the experiment itself and related maturity levels. We do expect a limited amount of integration work to be necessary between EXPERIMEDIA baseline components and your technology under test. Some of this of course would need to be done remotely as access to the venues is limited due to the need to minimise disruption to ongoing daily activities.

Is it possible to submit several proposals for different venues?

There is no restriction on the number of proposals that can be submitted, whether for the same or different venues. However, we would recommend you focus on a specific venue where you can add the most value and impact. It is unlikely that a single organisation will receive funding for more than one experiment.

Who will choose the winning proposals?

The project consortium does not choose the winning proposals. In short, each proposal will be evaluated by at least two external evaluators who are experts in the field. These evaluators then must reach a consensus on the proposal ranking and we would expect to then choose the top two ranked proposals for each venue.

Can I bid for the second call if I already bid for the first call?

Yes, you can bid again. Your new bid will be treated equally with all other bids. If you were successful in the first open call you may not bid again as you are already (and will remain) a consortium member.

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact Michael Boniface or Stephen Phillips using the info@experimedia.eu address.
If you need to talk on the phone, the number is +44 23 8059 8866.
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