FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please find below KITT4SME calls FAQ where there are answers to some common questions. Note that this FAQ is frequently updated and the answers therein are not definitive and could change over time based on further questions or clarifications. If you plan to apply to the first Open Call, you should frequently review this FAQ and at least check it 1 day before submission when it will be definitive. After examining the FAQ below, if you still don’t find the answer please contact us on opencall@kitt4sme.eu – Please note that we expect to respond within 2 working days.

 

The term “project” refers to the EU funded H2020 project KITT4SME (Grant agreement Nr. 952119).

The term “proposal” refers to the application document submitted to the KITT4SME’s open calls via the “Proposal Submission System”.

The term “action” refers to the activities in the proposals which are found eligible for grant allocation and funded upon the signature of the cascade funding contract.

KITT4SME proposes two rounds of open calls.

The goal of the first round of open calls (Type-A) for the KITT4SME project is to provide financial support to third parties for the development of AI-solutions in the broader spectrum of the topic ‘AI for manufacturing’ and their integration into the KITT4SME platform and the registration to the RAMP Marketplace.

A second round of the open calls (Type-B) is foreseen in the second part of the project and will invite small Consortia (teams of partners: approx. 2-3), which include at least one solution provider and at least one manufacturing end-user.

The first round opened on July of 2021 and the second round is expected to open in 2022.

Yes, provided that (a) that the validation scenario (location & use case) is different between Type-A & Type-B and (b) that the total amount of funding received by the third party from the I4MS programme does not exceed EUR 100.000.

No.

SMEs (see definition of SME according to the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC) that develop software applications with a background in Artificial Intelligence and located in the following countries:

  • The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their outermost regions;
  • The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States[1];
  • H2020 associated countries.

[1] Entities from Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) are eligible for funding under the same conditions as entities from the Member States to which the OCT in question is linked

Applicants are invited to apply by submitting a complete proposal following the template and guidelines available on the KITT4SME website. The proposal has to be submitted on the “Proposal Submission System” available at this link by the 30th November 2021, 17:00 CEST.

One person from the KITT4SME project will be assigned as ‘mentor’ to each funded action. This person will act as the first point of contact between the third party executing the action and KITT4SME and will be responsible for:

  • coordinating with the team representative of the action and communicate any information to the project management bodies as needed;
  • facilitating the interaction between the action’s team and the project–related activities, like for example the organization of the validation phase and the integration into the KITT4SME platform;
  • requesting, collecting and evaluating the quality of the expected deliverables.

FIWARE is an open-source initiative defining a universal set of standards for context data management which facilitate the development of Smart Solutions for different domains such as Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Agrifood, and Smart Energy. The KITT4SME architecture uses the FIWARE Context Broker as part of the data management mechanism. Your interaction with FIWARE (where appropriate) is considered to be part of the integration activities.

Applicants should demonstrate that their solution can be easily integrated into the KITT4SME platform. Ideally, the solution should comprise RESTful services which are made available through Docker images and can be deployed to the KITT4SME service mesh by means of Kubernetes resource descriptors. Solutions featuring services with the aforementioned characteristics will be preferred. However, solutions grounded on different technical choices may be considered too depending on the required integration effort and value to the platform. The technical integration will be carried out with the contribution from technical partners from KITT4SME during action implementation.

RAMP stands for “Robotics and Automation Marketplace” and it is an open platform for manufacturing end-users and solutions’ providers, offering dynamic networking and interaction functionalities between the users. It is being supported by 5 projects and more than 30 DIHs and offers unique opportunities for exposure. RAMP is part of the KITT4SME platform and the solutions incorporated into the KITT4SME platform will be invited to be registered to RAMP as well (at least for the duration of the project).

It means that the solution has been validated in a “real-life” (preferably industrial) setting. Technology Readiness Level of 5 or above is the baseline mandatory requirement for participating in KITT4SME’s Type-A open calls. During the submission phase, applicants are asked to provide evidence of the maturity level of the proposed solution. More information are available in the Guide for Applicants.

No, applicants can select to opt-in or opt-out validation. However, proposals that opt-out of the validation phase will be eligible for lower funding and project duration will be 12 months, against the 15 available for opt-in actions.

No, the solution has to be tested anyway with either historic data or simulated data to verify that it meets technical and functional specifications.

The funding that an action receives via the cascade funding scheme is intended to cover the costs (technical, administrative) related to the solution adaptation, integration with the KITT4SME platform and validation (only for opt-in). Opt-in proposals can require a maximum fund of EUR 100’000. Opt-out proposals can require a maximum fund of EUR 75’000.

The payments will be made in lump sum form in 3 instalments. An advance payment will be provided to start. The KITT4SME project and experiments contracts foresee an internal review process for all submitted deliverables. Approval of the deliverables is necessary for any intermediate or final payment. Failure in achieving deliverables approval may result in no further payments be released.

Yes, remember that the details to perform the validation has to be provided in the validation description. In terms of funds, since these are provided as lump sum, actions can spend them as they wish as long as the expenditure contributes to the success of the action.

The ownership of all IPR created by the third parties within the actions via the KITT4SME funding will remain with them.

Proposals should provide a good balance of ambition and effort. They should be realistic. This aspect will be evaluated as well during the proposal selection process. In any case, no additional funding beyond the proposed and contracted budget will be provided to third parties involved in the action.

There is the possibility to reasonably change the action plan as long as this is fully justified. The rules of H2020 projects apply here as well.