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

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
May 31, 2018, 17:00

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

Entrepreneurial TTX are experiments aimed at mobilizing, challenging, and training small teams of potential entrepreneurs in the CLEC space, thereby having a long-term perspective. They build on experiences with the well-proven Eurolab-4-HPC “Business Prototyping Projects”.

The focus is on a critical and systematic evaluation of the (at least) EU-wide market-readiness of disruptive new CLEC technologies as a preparation step towards actual company foundation and acquisition of investments in the longer term.

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
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.

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 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.

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 bilateral 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 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 expenses can be reimbursed within a Bilateral or a Value Chain Oriented and interdisciplinary TTX?

The financial support will reimburse the following expenses:

  • 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).
What types of applications 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.

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.

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 have a question that is not addressed in the FAQs yet. What can I do?

Please send your question to: opencalls@tetramax.eu


TETRAMAX is a new Horizon 2020 innovation action and will provide an implementation of 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. The total budget of the TETRAMAX project is 7M€ and is coordinated by RWTH Aachen University, with 22 partners, covering almost all EU countries.

TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and will run for four years.