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We invite the research community to submit innovative projects to collaborate on network development, including their applications, services and products.

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4th BR-EU Coordinated Call on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

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The notice

RNP and the Department of Informatics Policy (Sepin) of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) launch the 4th BR-EU Coordinated Call on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Six projects will be selected in the following areas of expertise: Internet of Things (pilot projects), Cloud Computing and 5G Networks. A total budget of approximately R$ 26 million will be made available for the execution of projects with maximum duration of three years, divided into the following proportions:

The proponents must submit three documents:

1. The proposal itself prepared in English together with European institutions;
2. Resource use plan, in reais;
3. Draft Cooperation Agreement.

The files must be submitted through the JEMS system, accessible at the following address https://jems.sbc.org.br/ctic_eubr_4 (link is external).

Specific rules from the Brazilian side

- Projects can provide up to 10% of the project value to cover administrative fees.

- The budget shall consider at least 44.45% for research centers or institutes or Brazilian educational institutions with headquarters or main establishment situated in the regions of influence of Sudam, Sudene and the Central-West region, except for the Free Zone of Manaus. In addition, at least 30% of the funds shall be destined to public entities in accordance with the provisions in item II, § 1 and § 3, art. 11 of Law No. 8,248 dated 1991.

- A maximum of 55.55% shall be used by research centers or institutes or Brazilian educational institutions, official or recognized, from any region of the country, in accordance with the provisions in item I, § 1, art. 11 of Law No. 8,248 dated 1991.

- Although any institution can form consortia for submission of proposals, only research centers, Brazilian educational entities and companies incubated by institutions accredited by the Information Technology Committee (Cati), or companies incubated in incubators accredited at Cati will be considered eligible for funding.

Schedule

Publication of the notice and opening of the submission systems in Brazil: 2/13/17

Deadline for submission of proposals: 3/14/17

Result release: June 2017

Contract completion: December 2017

Suggested start of the project execution: January 2018

Access the complete call

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Annex I - Resource Use Plan

Annex II - Cooperation Agreement

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Selected Projects

5G Networks

1. 5G-RANGE: Remote area Access Network for 5th GEneration

Support amount: R$ 3.2 million

Summary:

5G is considered the next revolution in communication. Several researches focus on efforts to face the challenges to increase data rates, reduce latency, improve connectivity and reduce consumption. However, there is a relevant mode that has not been strongly supported by the research efforts, which is internet access in remote areas. As of today, it is estimated that 1.4 billion non-connected people live in areas, where mobile broadband coverage is not available, showing the immense impact of a network that can offer high quality internet access in remote areas.  Of course, a sustainable rural service will not be available unless network implementations and business strategies are specifically adapted to this scenario. The goal of 5G-RANGE is to overcome the limitations of current technologies by making coverage of sparsely populated areas a feasible business. A new form of wave shall be considered and the mechanisms at the different network layers shall use the resources of this wave form to provide the desirable dynamic and fragmented spectrum allocation. The combination of technologies will result in a 5G model capable of reaching non-connected people, not only in Brazil, but around the world.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações (Inatel)            

Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações (CPqD)              

Universidade de São Paulo (USP)           

Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC)  

Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Ericsson do Brasil 

European institutions involved:

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Spain

Technische Universität Dresden - Germany

University of Oulu - Finland

Telefónica I+D - Spain

Internet of Things

2. SWAMP: Smart Water Management Platform

Support amount: R$ 4.8 million

Summary:

The SWAMP project develops IoT-based methods and approaches for intelligent water management in the precision and pilot irrigation area in Italy, Spain and Brazil. Water is vital to ensure the food safety of the world population and agriculture is the largest consumer, with share equivalent to 70% of the fresh water. The waste of water is mainly caused by leaks in the distribution and irrigation systems and the methods for field application. The SWAMP project approaches these issues through the Internet of Things (IoT), data analysis, standalone devices and other related technologies. To this end, the SWAMP project aims to automate advanced platforms and integrate different technologies and components, including heterogeneous and advanced sensors, particularly drone sensors, which provide precision in the supply of water for irrigation. In addition, the intention is to use a Software Platform that gathers technologies, such as IoT, Big Data, Cloud/Fog and drone. The solutions will also serve to test and validate new IoT-based business models in smart water management configurations.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Universidade Federal do ABC  (UFABC)

Centro Universitário da FEI 

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

Centro de Pesquisa e Inovação Sueco-Brasileiro (CISB)

LeverTech Tecnologia Sustentável (LEV)

Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)

European institutions involved:

Technical research centre of Finland (VTT) – Finland

Ixion (IXI) – Spain

Intercrop (ICRO) – Spain

University of Bologna (UBO) – Italy

Consorzio di Bonifica dell’Emilia Centrale (CBEC) – Italy

3. OCARIoT: smart childhood Obesity CARing solution using IoT potential

Support amount: R$ 4.8 million

Summary:

Childhood obesity is the main concern in pediatric public health, affecting about 224 million school-age children worldwide. Its prevalence has tripled in many European countries since 1980, increasing alarmingly. Childhood obesity already affects more than one out of three school-age children in Brazil, Greece and Spain. The main goal of OCARIoT is to promote improvement of food and physical disorders, as well as to prevent onset of obesity for children (between 9 and 12 years old). To this end, OCARIoT will develop a personalized IoT-based coaching solution that will guide children to adopt healthy eating and physical activity behavior. The IoT network will enable observation of the daily activity patterns of childhood activity, health evolution, physiological and behavioral parameters and environmental data. All of this information combined with medical standards will enable OCARIoT to provide a personalized obesity coaching plan, allowing children to remain active and committed to their wellbeing and healthy habits. The proposed solution will be able to qualify the children (as well as the education team and the families) in health control, collecting real-time information about nutrition and physical activity and interconnecting doctors and children (including parents and guardians) to adapt to the individual obesity training plan. OCARIoT will demonstrate and validate its results at three specific pilot sites in Spain, Greece and Brazil. The OCARIOT consortium will guarantee the children's rights and the data privacy, security and confidentiality by means of an Ethics Council composed of health professionals and child representatives from different EU and Brazilian organizations.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Núcleo de Aplicação em Tecnologia da Informação da Universidade de Fortaleza  (Nati/Unifor)

Instituto Atlântico 

Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações (CPqD)

Núcleo de Tecnologias Estratégicas em Saúde da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB)

Núcleo de Projetos em Tecnologia da Informação da Universidade Estadual do Ceará (UECE)

European institutions involved:

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation – Spain

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid – Spain

Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (CERTH) – Greece

Unparallel Innovation Lda (UNP) - Portugal

Colegio Virgen de Europa (CVE) – Spain

Servicio Madrileño de Salud – Spain

Ellinogermaniki Agogi – Greece

4. Fasten: Flexible and Autonomous Manufacturing Systems for Custom-Designed Products

Support amount: R$ 4.8 million

Summary:

Industry 4.0 has expanded its focus to a broader set of technologies rather than just CPS. Including the most important processes in the life cycle of the products and the production systems, not just production. In all dialects the language of Industry 4.0 is spoken, the Industrial Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Robotics from the technology side and Mass Customization, aggregate models of product-service supply and sustainable manufacturing from the commercial side represent the pillars and the main challenges. The goal of FASTEN is to develop, demonstrate, validate and disseminate an integrated and modular structure for efficient production of customized products. This will be achieved by effectively mirroring digital integrated services and products for 3D Printing processes, in addition to tools to decentralize decision-making and data exchange. Sophisticated software technologies for self-learning, self-optimization and advanced control will be applied to build a complete and connected 3D Printing system. ThyssenKrupp and Embraer are two of the companies, which shall overcome the challenges of this kind in order to deal with the growing demand diversity, shorter life-cycle products and the need to deliver low volumes per purchase order, requiring flexible solutions capable to manufacture and deliver customized products at low cost.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento do Brasil (INESC P&D Brasil)

Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG)

Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina  (UFSC)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS)

Bradel

Embraer

ThyssenKrupp

European institutions involved:

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESCTEC) - Portugal

PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology – Germany

Intellimech – Italy

Embraer Portugal S.A

Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) – Italy

Cloud computing

5. ATMOSPHERE: Adaptive, Trustworthy, Manageable, Orchestrated, Secure, Privacy-assuring, Hybrid Ecosystem for REsilient Cloud Computing

Support amount: R$ 4 million

Summary:

ATMOSPHERE is a 24-month project that aims to design and develop an ecosystem composed of a framework, a platform and applications of next-generation trusted cloud services under a set of hybrid and intercontinental federated features. The framework considers a broad spectrum of cloud properties and their measurements. The platform supports construction, implementation, measurement and evolution of reliable cloud resources, including data networking and data services. The platform will be demonstrated in a sensitive scenario by means of a secure and reliable application enabled for cloud and  related to distributed telemedicine.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Universidade Federal do Amazonas (Ufam)

Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Dell-EMC

Kunumi (SME)

European institutions involved:

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) – Spain

Trust-it trust-it services – England

Universidade de Coimbra – Portugal

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Technische Universität Dresden – Germany

University of Piraeus – Greece

Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers in Medicine (Quibim) – Spain

EMC Israel Advanced Information Technologies – Israel

 6. NECOS: Novel Enablers for Cloud Slicing

Support amount: R$ 4 million

Summary:

The NECOS project addresses the limitations of current cloud computing infrastructures to meet the demand for new services, as presented in two use cases that will drive the entire execution of the project. The first use case is Telco's service provider, focused on and aimed at adoption of cloud computing in its large networks. The second use case is aimed at the use of edge clouds to support devices with low computing and storage capacity. The provided solution is based on a new concept - Lightweight Slice Defined Cloud (LSDC) - as an approach that expands virtualization to all resources in the networks and data centers involved and provides uniform management with a high level of orchestration. The NECOS platform will be based on last-generation open software platforms, which will be enhanced with the management and orchestration algorithms and the APIs that will constitute the project research activity. Finally, the NECOS platform will be validated, in the context of the two proposed use cases, using 5TONIC and Fibre test structures.

Brazilian institutions involved:

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU)

Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA)

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte  (UFRN)

Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações (CPqD)              

Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG)

European institutions involved:

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) – Spain

University College London (UCL) – United Kingdom

Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (TID) – Spain

University of Macedonia (UOM) – Greece