H2020 Funding 2017: Digital & Creative Sound Solutions

Note, in addition to the thematized calls, H2020 programme has various bottom up funding schemes, making the applicants free to choose the areas of research. We encourage our members to look at these options as well: European Research Council (ERC), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Marie Sklodowska - Curie Actions.

Find the overview here.

Our selection of the thematized calls:

TOPIC : Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme

Topic identifier: SMEInst-01-2016-2017, Deadline: Ongoing


The challenge is to provide support to a large set of high risk innovative Startups and SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on companies proposing disruptive ICT concepts, products and services applying new sets of rules, values and models which ultimately create new markets (e.g. by tackling non consumption) or disrupt existing markets.

The objective of the ODI is threefold:

1. Nurture promising innovative and disruptive ideas;

2. Support their prototyping, validation and demonstration in real world conditions;

3. Help for wider deployment or market uptake.

Proposed projects should have a potential for disruptive innovation and fast market up-take. In particular it will be interesting for entrepreneurs and young innovative SMEs, including start-ups that are looking for swift support to their innovative ideas.



Topic identifier: ECSEL-2017-1, Deadline: 11 May 2017 17:00:00


An ECSEL Innovation Action (IA) primarily consists of activities aiming at pilot lines, test beds, demonstrators, innovation pilots and zones of full-scale testing. These activities produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes, methods and tools or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

A ‘technology or method introduction’ aims at the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies, tools or methods, which are a critical element of innovative products, which will be created in subsequent projects.

A 'demonstration or pilot' aims to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or nearly operational) environment, whether industrial or otherwise, involving, where appropriate, a larger scale prototype or demonstrator.

A 'market replication' aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake. 'Market replication' does not cover multiple applications in the market of an innovation that has already been applied successfully once in the market. 'First' means new at least to Europe or new at least to the application sector in question. Often such projects involve a validation of technical and economic performance at system level in real life operating conditions provided by the market.