ASSIST-IoT Open Call 1

The ASSIST-IoT Project (Architecture for Scalable, Self-*, human-centric, Intelligent, Secure, and Tactile next generation IoT) has reserved part of the project budget to fund specific activities in order to enhance and improve IoT features and applications and boost the NGIoT community across Europe.

Third parties are expected to come along and carry out relevant actions during the project’s life cycle.



  • Validation and improvement of technical components of the architecture.
  • Take up of ASSIST-IoT by application developers, domain experts and entrepreneurs to create new applications and services.
  • Pushing ASSIST-IoT technology and service visibility on the market.
  • Supporting an innovative, dynamic and industry open ecosystem around ASSIST-IoT results.
  • Gathering new market relevant inputs ASSIST-IoT components and finding industry experts to improve technical capabilities as well as filling possible missing functions, needed adoptions or modifications.


Design, implementation and integration of:

  • interoperable device layer components, based on different low-level communication standards or on ad-hoc proprietary device solutions.
  • interoperable networking layer components, based on different standards higher-level communication standards or on ad-hoc proprietary networking solutions to be tested in ASSIST-IoT pilots.
  • interoperable middleware layer components. These need to deal with the different middleware services such as discovery, management, querying, coordination and interaction.
  • interoperable application service components. These should exploit major standards and be integrated with ASSIST-IoT API.
  • interoperable data and semantics components. Specifically, semantics layer components have to deal with heterogeneous IoT ontology matching.
  • virtualization mechanism for smart objects, including context aware mechanisms and transfer of virtual objects between servers and cloud platforms.
  • fog/edge/cloud support mechanisms, including support for different services, inter cloud mechanisms applied to IoT and support for virtualization.
  • AI/ML libraries and tools addressing ASSIST-IoT pilots.


Every Open Call applicant must select one challenge of one of the project pilots:

  • port automation
  • smart safety of workers 
  • cohesive vehicle monitoring and diagnostics


Proposals must contribute to the ASSIST-IoT paradigm by validating some of its technologies in one challenge of one pilot.


Funding scheme / type of action / contract type


For the 1st ASSIST-IoT Open Call, a budget of € 420’000 is available considering the following:

  • A maximum of 7 proposals will be funded.
  • A maximum requested amount of € 60’000 per proposal might be accepted.
  • Duration of projects is maximum 9 months.


The form of financial support to be used will be a pre-defined lump sum. Funds will be provided to the third parties following the accomplishment of different milestones verified on the basis on the presentation of technical and financial reports. Payments will be: (i) pre-financing, (ii) one interim payment according to the results of monitoring actions, (iii) final payment.


Eligibility requirements


Only the following type of entities will be able to submit proposals:


  • European SMEs
  • Universities
  • Research centres (RTOs)
  • Please note that only single participants accepted (no consortium allowed)


Operational eligibility criteria for proposals


  • Only one entity per proposal will be admitted, so activities in co-operation will not be considered eligible 
  • Proposals must contribute to the ASSIST-IoT paradigm.
  • The proposal must be contextualised to one of the three pilots.
  • The proposal must directly tackle one of the challenges within one of the pilots.
  • It is not necessary that the applicants are located in any of the pilot sites (Malta, Szcesny – Poland, Valencia – Spain and Germany).


Administrative (and other) criteria


  • The applicants must base their proposals on original work and, going forward, any foreseen developments should be free from third party rights, or they are clearly stated in a specific section 
  • Applicants are not allowed to submit multiple applications. If that is the case, only the first submitted application will be considered.
  • No entity with economic interest, family or emotional ties or any other shared interest (‘conflict of interest’) towards ASSIST-IoT Consortium partners will be accepted as candidates for funding.
  • All cases of conflict of interest will be assessed case-by-case, based on pertinent EU stipulations.





The event is finished.


Jan 24 2022 - Feb 28 2022