bIoTope will engage the developer community through workshops and hackathons, but also through an Open Call process that enables new partners to join the project and participate to the bIoTope ecosystems being created in three major European cities. Partners joining through the Open Call process will receive financial support for the development of applications and services that exploit and complement the bIoTope technologies and systems-of-systems capabilities.
The goal of the Open Call is to expand the bIoTope ecosystems and to validate the bIoTope technoogies in real-world scenarios, as well as to support the development of innovative IoT solutions using the technologies and services provided by the bIoTope project. The three smart city pilots in Brusses, Helsinki and Lyon will provide opportunities to verify business models and commercial opportunities, as well as making technologies from Open Call partners accessible to a wider European audience.
The bIoTope project has established a fund for Open Call participatants totalling €750,000, which will be allocated according to the merits of submitted proposals. The publication of the Open Call will include the eligibility criteria for applicants, the amount of funding available per applicant (expected to range from €50,000 to €150,000), the context of the Open Call, and the specific technical requirements and capabilities being sought. The Open Call publication will also include the evaluation criteria, process and timeframe for evaluations and procedures that will be deployed to ensure clarity, fairness and equal opportunity.
The Open Call results will be published on the bIoTope website and all applicants will be given feedback concerning their respective outcomes. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to negotiate for grant funding. Each party will sign a grant agreement stipulating their role and responsibilities in completing work in support of bIoTope pilots and ecosystems.
The next Open Call for bIoTope is planned to be published in December 2017 utilising the F6S Platform.