|Pre-announcement: First Call for Projects in ITEA 2
ITEA 2 is the successor of the very successful ITEA programme, which will end 31 December 2008. ITEA's last Call for Projects (Call 8) opened February 2005. Call 8 projects will start beginning 2006.
To ensure continuity between the two programmes, the 1st Call for Projects in ITEA 2 will open on the 2nd of February 2006 (meaning that the first projects in ITEA 2 can start in 2007).
We open the Call with a Project Outline preparation meeting, scheduled 2 and 3 February 2006 in Brussels.
For a more detailed schedule see the Call procedure.
If you plan to participate, now is the time to start defining your project, to look for potential partners and to investigate local funding possibilities.
ITEA 2 supports coordinated national funding submissions within the EUREKA framework and is a major contributor in the European Research Area (ERA). Our programme is open to partners from large industrial companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as research institutes and universities.
ITEA 2-labelled projects are bottom-up, industry-driven initiatives, involving complementary R&D from at least two companies in two different countries (EUREKA rules). Projects involve between 40 and 300 person-years and typically last up to three years. Consortia should include partners from the three main categories: large industries, SMEs and universities/research institutes.
In ITEA we have so far supported 76 projects (of which 48 are completed and 28 are on-going).
It's our goal to reinforce the position of European industries through the labelling of innovative, pre-competitive, industry-driven R&D projects in software for software-intensive systems and services that will pave the way for quick implementation of practical products, systems and services.
That's why, in the evaluation of project proposals which is based upon the state-of-the-art in the domain, innovation as well as dissemination and future exploitation of the results (with a special focus on their impact on standards) are all important criteria. As long as they remain pre-competitive, projects may include a phase encompassing test beds for enabling the validation of concepts, implementations and/or services.
Each ITEA 2 Call follows a standard two-step procedure:
Once approved, proposals receive the ITEA 2 (EUREKA-endorsed) label, which can be used to support applications for national funding. For details contact your National Public Authority.
The ITEA 2 Blue Book and the ITEA Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems form the basis for the technical content in this 1st Call.
ITEA 2 is a non-profit organisation financed by project contributions, with the contribution rate based on the project participation per year, in person-years, paid in advance in two six-monthly instalments. Universities are exempted from this fee. For all other organisations the first 5 person-years per year are free of charge. For more details, see the ITEA 2 contribution rules.