Open calls

WHAT? WHEN? WHO? WHY? PROCESS? HOW?

WHAT?


Project name: NEWSKIN
Project full name: Innovation Eco-system to Accelerate the Industrial Uptake of Advanced Surface Nano-Technologies
Project grant agreement number: 862100


The NewSkin project has created an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) which provides the European Innovation Ecosystem with the necessary technologies, resources and services to uptake a set of game-changing, efficient and cost-effective innovative processes to manufacture nano-enabled industrial and consumer products, as well as the necessary testing capabilities to demonstrate the features of nano-enhanced goods.

Once the OITB structure is created, a set of 55 demos with the NewSkin OITB end users will be used to show case the commercial potential of NewSkin across different industries. The OITB will then start service provision. NewSkin services will be available on a free basis in four competitive Open Calls that will be evaluated every six months over a period of two years. Make sure to register as a user to have access to the open calls application form: Sign In


WHEN?


During the NewSkin execution, 4 different Open Calls for applicants will be completed.

The next Open Call application deadline, is the final open call deadline and is on the 23rd of June 2023* . After each deadline, 3 months will be considered for evaluation and preparation process, while the execution phase will last for 6 months including reporting. Calls for Applicants and evaluation will overlap with the previous Open Calls execution but no overlapping between services provision will occur.  Click here to display the calendar.

*We advise not to wait until the last minute to apply for this last call.

WHO?


The types of entities allowed to participate are the following: 
  • Start-ups
  • SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) as defined in the EU recommendation 2003/361
  • REC (Research organisations) including HES (Higher education establishments
  • Research & Development organizations
  • LEs (Large enterprises) 
  • OTH (Other)


WHY?


For each round of the Open Calls up to 25 proposals will be awarded. The 25 awarded entities will receive free access to their selected services provided by the OITB. 
 
OITB services on offer will be according to the available NewSkin OITB Value Propositions, these include: 
  • Pilot plants
  • Test sites
  • LCA and nano-safety assessment
  • Business plan creation
  • Corporate funding
  • Modelling, design, and others.

NewSkin nano-enabled surfaces and membranes technological portfolio includes: 
  • The complete set of processes for large-scale manufacturing of graphene nano-enabled membranes (from continuous graphene production to nano-pore creation and functionalization as well as testing facilities). 
  • Continuous laser texturing, roll to roll (R2R) and Texturing During Moulding (TDM) nano-textures mass production processes. 
  • Pilot plant semi-industrial facilities for the definition of efficient automated controlled and nano-safe nano-coating processes for large components. 
  • Continuous PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) processes.


PROCESS?


The calls will be open for at least 4 months each, with the deadline for round 3 applications on 31th January 2023. A preliminary eligibility check will be performed on all applications that are received by the deadline. All eligible proposals will be then evaluated by Evaluation Committees according to impact, excellence and TRL criteria. The final decision for Open Free Access for successful applicants will be taken by the Evaluation Committee.

The evaluators will review each proposal and in case of large difference in scoring a third evaluator will be called upon.
Open calls results will be communicated within a 45-day period. The contracts should be signed within 45 days of notification of successful application.   


HOW?


Call for Applicants will be opened at least 4 months in advance of each call and by February 2023, in the case of the fourth and final call.
 
Potential applicants are requested to make initial enquiries from the OITB team (info@NewSkin-OITB.eu) to help to scope out the relevant NewSkin services and how they can be tailored to their needs BEFORE filling  the Open Calls applications.
 
Services, pricing, and transparent and mutual obligations will be available through SEP in the online platform. 
 
The application form consists of 3 short pages including: 
  • Company Description and Status 
  • Technology and solution description (TRL)
  • Field of application and expected market
  • Services Provision request
  • Acceptance of mutual obligations and others

Applicants can request an NDA before filling the open call application by emailing info@NewSkin-OITB.eu to arrange.