UNICORN’s Validation Contest now open for participation!

UNICORN project is looking for SMEs and start-ups to test and validate the UNICORN platform by developing their own software or use-cases. The selected participants will receive 10.000 funding each (find here a template for the contract)

UNICORN is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project which aims to facilitate the design and deployment of cloud applications and services and improve developers’ productivity by reducing cloud application design time via code annotations and blueprints for security.

In this context UNICORN project has launched a Validation contest targeting SMEs, where twelve participants will be selected to test and validate UNICORN’s platform. The contest targets SMEs that develop software applications over cloud computing infrastructure or face issues in security, privacy, and elasticity and want simpler processes in service orchestration and micro-services application management when using different cloud infrastructure providers.

During the development phase, participants will have access to the UNICORN platform and to all the resources needed for a successful validation including Cloud hosting services, and UNICORN training and examples, among others.

Meanwhile they will have the opportunity to attend related events and get trained by UNICORN experts where they will also get the chance to demonstrate their progress and results and get introduced to the Start-up Europe entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Find here some slides presenting the platform. If you want to know more about the platform, read the UNICORN documentation.

The call of participation will be officially closed by the end of February 2019!

Interested participants can find the application form here.

Please note that EU legally established startups/SME companies are eligible.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact contest@unicorn-project.eu

Open Call for Project Team Experts for the execution of the work called for in the Specific Agreement N° CEN/2018-13 EN 16234 “e-CF” User support

Following the acceptance by the European Commission of a proposal from CEN, as prepared by CEN/TC 428 Secretariat, CEN has now signed a Specific Agreement with the European Commission for the standardization on EN 16234 “e-CF” User support. Under this Specific Agreement (N° CEN/2018-13) funding has been made available for establishing a team of paid experts to draft the input material into the consensus processes of CEN/TC 428 “Digital Competencies and ICT Professionalism”.

The overall coordination of the project will be performed by UNINFO.

The official starting date of the Grand Agreement is 1st January 2019.

The Project Team will have a total budget of 265 man days, to be allocated over a maximum of 5 paid experts. The applicants shall comply with the requirements of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Project Team attached in Annex 1 and submit their application with the form indicated in Annex 2.

More information and application instructions can be found here

Annex 1

Annex 2 (application form)

Open Call for Project Team Experts for the execution of the work called for in the Specific Agreement N° CEN/2018-17 European Professional Ethics Framework for the ICT Profession (EU ICT Ethics)

Following the acceptance  by the  European  Commission  of  a proposal from  CEN,  as prepared by CEN/TC 428 Secretariat, CEN has now signed a Specific Agreement with the European Commission for the standardization on European Professional Ethics Framework for the ICT Profession (EU ICT Ethics).

Under this Specific Agreement (N° CEN/2018-17) funding has been made available for establishing a  team of  paid  experts to  draft  the  input  material  into  the  consensus  processes  of  CEN/TC  428 “Digital Competencies and ICT Professionalism”.

The official starting date of the Grand Agreement is 1st January 2019.

The Project Team will have a total budget of 420 mandays, to be allocated over a maximum of 6 paid experts. The applicants shall comply with the requirements of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Project Team attached in Annex 1 and submit their application with the form indicated in Annex 2.

The overall coordination of the project will be performed by UNINFO.

More information and application instructions can be found here

Annex 1

Annex 2 (application form)

StandICT.eu supports European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT

StandICT.eu, “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and encourages EU experts’ presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. This new initiative funded by the European Commission focuses on supporting the participation and contribution of the EU specialists to the standard setting organisations (SSOs). Supported activities cover the 5 essential building blocks of the Digital Single Market:

  • 5G
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big Data
  • IoT

These are the main topics for a series of 10 Open calls focused on priority domains and a continuous cascading grants process, launched by StandICT.eu from March 2018, providing support for European specialists to contribute to ongoing standards development activities, and attend SSO meetings.

The table below shows the different type of grants and funding range available for anyone who register as an applicant and submit a proposal:

Proposal type Description (example) Contract duration Funding range
LT – Long term contributions (with travel option) Contribution to ongoing standards development as chair or member of an SDO WG. E.g. comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings, paying membership fees, Up to 12 months €5,000 – €8,000
ST – Short-Term contributions (with travel option) Contribution to standards documentation e.g. liaison to WG, comments on standards drafts, participation at meeting paying membership fees, 1 month – 6 months €1,000 – €5,000
OS – One-Shot (Event participation) Support to ensure participation at workshop or event (e.g., participant, observer, presentation) Ad-hoc for event participation €1.000 – €3,000

Find out more on StandICT.eu