Technology Transfer Experiment (TTX) calls

During the TETRAMAX project run time (Sep 2017 – Aug 2021), there will be different open calls offering you the opportunity to contribute to the TETRAMAX Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX) with significant funding opportunities.

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Bilateral TTX calls
Max. funding 50k EUR

One academic (or SME) partner (publicly funded, university or research institution) based in an EU country or associated country transfers a particular novel HW or SW technology in the domain of Customized Low- Energy Computing (CLEC) for cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to a receiving industry partner (privately funded, preferably an SME or mid-cap) from a different EU country. The receiving partner adopts and deploys this technology to enable improved products or processes (e.g. by gains concerning product cost, performance, or power consumption). Thereby, the technology receiver will achieve innovation and measureable impact, e.g. in terms of increased revenue or newly created jobs.

Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)Apply now!
Open until
March 31, 2019, 23:59

Max. funding 100k EUR

Mid-term (12-18 months) application experiments will be implemented between three or more partners (in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed) from at least two different EU member states and/or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

For instance, a university (A) acts as a technology provider and intends to transfer a novel CLEC technology to a manufacturing company (B) as a technology receiver, together with training, services, and documentation, etc. as necessary. The technology receiver intends to experimentally use the new technology in order to enable improved products, processes, or services, thus acting as an OEM and early technology adopter. In case, the developed technology could be generalized and applied to other industries as well, another specialized partner (C) could engage as a "catalyst" (not competing with the technology receiver) to extend the value chain by productizing and maintaining the technology, e.g. in the form of customizable software tools, hardware IP and/or professional services, so as to serve a much broader market.

Entrepreneurial TTX calls
Max. funding 30k EUR

The overall goal of an Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer Experiment (TTX) is to mobilize, challenge and train small teams of potential entrepreneurs in the Customized Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) space, thereby having a long-term perspective. Therefore, this TTX is solely devoted to the exploration and evaluation of market and business opportunities, for example for typical “start-up formation” scenarios and acquisition of investments in the longer term. The focus is on a critical and systematic evaluation and generation of sustainable business opportunities for new, possibly disruptive, actors in Europe’s digital technology markets.

A TTX team intends to bring itself towards a convincing business idea and to get “investor ready”. The TTX is a framework for describing a new technology-based business using a Business Model Canvas.

The expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) may range of 2-4.

Call 1Call 2Call 3Call 4
Bilateral TTXNovember 2017October 2018September 2019April 2020
Value chain oriented interdisciplinary TTX callsFebruary 2018December 2018October 2019April 2020
Entrepreneurial TTXAugust 2018August 2019August 2020n/a
1. Application and submission
Who can apply for a TTX?

Financial support will be provided to legal entities only. The TTX consortium must consist of two partner organisations: One non-profit academic partner (publicly funded (polytechnic) university or academic/applied research institution) and one for-profit industry partner (privately funded, preferably SMEs and mid-caps). In justified cases, both partners can be SMEs, which means that one SME can be the technology provider and the other SME can be the technology receiver.

Equipment and consumables: how do we have to calculate these costs?NEW

Equipment costs up to €5,000 can be planned per TTX (but not per third party involved in a TTX).

Consumables costs up to €1,000 can also planned per TTX (but not per third party involved in a TTX).

Note that all costs of for-profit organisations will be reimbursed with the funding rate of only 70% (see also Guide for Applicants).

What types of technology transfer activities qualify a TTX for financial support?

The TTX topic must fit into the Customized and Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) domain, in particular with respect to cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. To see some examples, take a look at the technology transfer projects funded within the framework of the predecessor EU-project TETRACOM.

Costs, resources, budget, and financial support: How do we have to prepare this information in the TTX proposal?NEW

Every legal entity involved in the TTX will receive a financial support based on its own costs eligible for reimbursement.

In the section resources you have to indicate the following details per legal entity: cost categories and corresponding amounts, justification per cost category and the total financial support (not per cost category or as a summary of the entire TTX).

In the section TTX key data, you have to indicate the total amount of the financial support of the entire TTX.

2. Establishment of a TTX consortium
How many partners are needed to form the consortium of a Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary TTX?

The consortium shall consist of three partners as follows: minimum one academic partner and minimum one industrial partner from at least two different EU member states or H2020 associated countries. Examples:

  • 1 academic, 2 industrial partners from two different EU member states or H2020 associated countries
  • 2 academic, 2 industrial partners from two different EU member states or H2020 associated countries
Can I build my TTX consortium with an institution outside of Europe?

No. Partners involved in an experiment have to be located in an EU member state or in an associated country. The aim is that they will benefit from Europe’s research and innovation capacity entitled to receive financial support from the European Commission.

I would like to submit a TTX proposal but don't have enough partners. Can TETRAMAX help me find suitable partners?

Yes. Visit the TETRAMAX online technology brokerage portal, join the TETRAMAX Workshops and matchmaking events, or directly contact the TETRAMAX Chief Technology Broker.

Can I apply for a TTX even though I am employed at a TETRAMAX consortium organization but in a different department?

No. TETRAMAX consortium organizations must not apply for a TTX via open calls and cannot become third parties to receive financial support. This would result in a conflict of interest for reasons involving economic interest, political or national affinity, family or emotional ties or any other shared interest. TETRAMAX ensures that the evaluation process is completely independent and that none of the above situations will occur. Entities (e.g. university institutes) directly linked to TETRAMAX consortium partners and interested in the implementation of a TTX may contact their local principle investigator within the TETRAMAX consortium (e.g. Jari Nurmi in case of all entities belonging to Tampere University of Technology).

Can partners based in Switzerland apply for TTX financial support?

Yes. Switzerland is a country associated to Horizon 2020. Legal entities from Associated Countries can participate under the same conditions as legal entities from the EU Member States. The list of associated countries can be found here.

I am located in the UK. Can I participate in the TTX open calls to receive EU funding?

Yes. UK is a country still eligible for EU funding. Hence, legal entities located in the UK can participate in the TETRAMAX open calls.

In case of changes, this will be explicitly communicated by the European Commission and TETRAMAX.

The organization I am employed at has participated in several open calls of different EU projects within the ICT Horizon 2020 programme. Do I have to consider any specific regulations?NEW

Yes. Funding will not be awarded to individual legal entities that have already received more than 100.000 Euro via open calls (Financial Support to Third Parties) from H2020 I4MS and SAE projects. For clarification, please contact the relevant department in your organisation (e.g. third party funding department).

3. Contracting
Is there a contractual agreement foreseen?

Yes. A TTX funding agreement between TETRAMAX and the TTX consortium partners will be signed. A template of this agreement is provided in the call page. Please note that the rights and obligations contained in this agreement have derived from the TETRAMAX Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement and hence, are not negotiable. If selected for financial support, only the TTX contents may be negotiable.

How do we deal with IPR?

Regulations of specific Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) within the TTX are in the TTX consortium partners’ sole responsibility. The partners intending to collaborate within the TTX are obliged to close a TTX-related legal agreement describing the rights and duties of each partner, in particular clarifying all related IPR at the earliest possible date and no later than 3 months after the TTX start.

How do we have to design the legal agreement between the TTX consortium partners?

The design of the legal agreement remains completely in the TTX partners’ hands (e.g. structure, contents, length, etc.).

TETRAMAX will not have an influence on the design and contents of this agreement.

TETRAMAX requests a scanned version of the signed agreement to be able to verify that it actually exists.

Digital signatures: Are electronical signatures accepted?NEW

No. Any digital/electronical/scaned signatures will not be accepted. TETRAMAX requires originally-signed documents on paper.

4. Costs, financial support and reporting
How much financial support will receive each partner of the TTX consortium?

All TTX consortium partners (university, research organization or SME/other company) may receive financial support. They have to negotiate the budget breakdown per partner internally. The total amount of the financial support per TTX partner depends on each partner's tasks and costs justified and accepted. The financial support per TTX respectively TTX partner is limited. For-profit organizations need to take into account that only 70% of their costs accepted will be funded, as per European Commission's reimbursement rules (for details please read the Guide for Applicants).

Which costs are eligible for reimbursement within a Bilateral or a Value Chain Oriented and interdisciplinary TTX?

The following costs will be reimbursed:

  • A fixed grant for researcher, technician and administrative manpower needed to implement a granted specific TTX activity, including R&D for Technology Readiness Level (TRL) improvement, TTX-related training and service activities for the industry partners, license and IPR agreement development;
  • Other TTX-related costs for travelling, open access scientific publications, consumables and equipment (for details please read the Guide for Applicants).
When do we receive the financial support for the TTX?

Payments will be made stepwise based on the European Commission’s regulations.

Down payment:

  • All third parties involved in a TTX will receive a down payment.
  • In total, 50% of every TTX party’s requested financial support will be paid out at TTX start.

Interim payment:

  • All third parties except SMEs will receive an interim payment.
  • In total, 35% of the remaining financial support will be paid out at the end of the TTX, based on the final TTX report and the declared costs accepted by TETRAMAX.

Final payment of the balance:

  • SMEs will not receive an interim payment; instead they will receive the entire remaining amount at the end of the TTX, based on the final report and the declared costs accepted by TETRAMAX.

All other third party organisations will receive the remaining 15% of the financial support after the end of TETRAMAX, after the EC paid out the final funding to the coordinator (within 90 days after the submission of the final TETRAMAX report to the European Commission). The remaining amount depends on the final report and the declared costs accepted by TETRAMAX.

Details can be found in the TTX funding agreement.

5. General remarks
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TETRAMAX is a Horizon 2020 innovation action within the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. As a Digital Innovation Hub, TETRAMAX aims to bring added value to European industry, helping to gain competitive advantage through faster digitization. The project partially builds on experiences with the TETRACOM project during 2013-2016. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and runs until Aug 2021.