• Published on 16 Mar 2016
  • Calls for Projects

ECSEL-JU Call for Proposals 2016 is open

As in previous years, ECSEL JU will open two calls for proposals, running in parallel: one for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), the other for Innovation Actions (IA). The total available EU funding (via the Horizon2020 programme) is 150 M€ with a matching funding contribution from the ECSEL Participating States. In addition, the Call initiates the start-up of “Lighthouse Initiatives”, aimed to develop long-term strategic focus on specific technologies critical for Europe’s future. 


  • 17:00:00 Brussels time on 24 May 2016 for Project Outline stage
  • 17:00:00 Brussels time on 20 September 2016 for Full Project Proposal stage  

Details of the Call are available via the ECSEL website.


ECSEL Call Forum event

In support of the Call, ECSEL JU is also organising an “ECSEL Call Forum” event, to be held in Brussels on May 3rd 2016. In addition to providing detailed updates on the Calls, the event is designed to stimulate networking among prospective project partners, giving opportunity to refine proposals, engage new partners and seek advice on the submission process to ECSEL experts at first hand. Details and registration click here.

Additional Information

ECSEL JU opens two concurrent Calls in 2016:

  • H2020-ECSEL-2016-1-RIA-two-stage - Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)
  • H2020-ECSEL-2016-2-IA-two-stage - Innovation Actions (IA)

Both ECSEL Calls 2016 have two stages, Project Outline (stage 1) and Full Project Proposal (stage 2). The submission of a Project Outline is mandatory, only proposals having submitted a Project Outline will be allowed to submit a Full Project Proposal.

In order to submit a project proposal, applicants must use the on-line tools provided for this purpose by the European Commission through its “Participant Portal”, which can be accessed through the Call pages:  H2020-ECSEL-2016-1-RIA-two-stage or H2020-ECSEL-2016-2-IA-two-stage.

Full details of the topics open for proposals, terms and conditions for participation and funding budgets are available in the ECSEL JU Work Plan for 2016.

The topics for all Calls are described in the ECSEL Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP), document ECSEL-GB-2015.46. This can be downloaded here: ECSEL MASP 2016.

(Note that the calls in 2016 do not address the “Excellence and competence centres” and the “Innovation support actions”).

Applicants must refer to both these documents in their proposals and must describe their proposal using the Part B template (Pdf) for ECSEL-JU. This Part B template showed here is just for reference; the valid Part B template needs to be downloaded during proposal submission via the Participant Portal at the above mentioned ECSEL Call pages: H2020-ECSEL-2016-1-RIA-two-stage or H2020-ECSEL-2016-2-IA-two-stage.

RIA differs from the IA in the technology readiness level focus and, therefore, in the applicable reimbursement rates. For funding rates of the RIA and IA but also for the national contribution please refer to the ECSEL JU Work Plan for 2016.

Applicants may submit proposals referring to cost items contributing towards the milestones and deliverables of an action that are independently funded by other European sources.

Applicants must contact the National Funding Authorities (refer to the National contact points for the ECSEL programme in Annex 6 of the ECSEL JU Work Plan for 2016) in their own countries before submitting the proposals to check their eligibility and conditions for receiving national funding.

Beneficiaries from some countries require the submission of Part(s) C (please refer to Annex 6 of the Work Plan for more information). The Part(s) C require en encryption/password provided by the ECSEL JU office. The participants are kindly reminded to email the ECSEL JU office to get the password at

Applicants, who wish to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) for an ECSEL JU Lighthouse Initiative, must use the EoI template (pdf) (“3-page document”). The EoI Template shown here it is just for reference; the valid EoI template needs to be downloaded during proposal submission via the Participant Portal as indicated for Part B Template above. NO action is needed for the PO phase. The EoI will only be submitted at the FPP Phase (same deadline). For more details, applicants must refer to ECSEL JU Work Plan 2016 and ECSEL JU Calls – Guide for applicants 2016.