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The ICAERUS Open Calls will provide a significant opportunity to engage industry partners and create exploitable results. There are two distinct types of Open Calls each with two release dates. Each sub- project accepted will last for 12 months and be divided into 3 phases: Design, Development and Market.

PUSH Open Calls
for Innovation Development
PULL Open Calls
for Farming, Forestry & Rural Challenges

April 2023 & February 2024
8 in total (4 per call)

October 2023 & July 2024
12 in total (6 per call)

Targeting:

  • Drone manufacturers
  • AI and IoT companies
  • Research institutes
  • Start-ups and SMEs exploiting (big) data

Targeting End-users in:

  • Agriculture production
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Rural communities

Attract stakeholders to:

  • Deliver and exploit drone-related data sets to
    assess technical and non-technical hypotheses
  • Develop ideas, concepts and prototypes that
    can be introduced to the market

Stakeholders can utilize drones
and services to address:

  • Individual commercial needs
  • E.g., crop production, early warning systems
  • Community related issues
  • E.g., disaster risk reduction, forest/wildlife conservation

2nd ICAERUS Open Call is accepting proposals

The ICAERUS project launched the second PUSH Open Call for drone innovators on Friday February 2, 2024. Funding will be provided to support 3 innovative ideas as a mechanism for harvesting ideas and datasets from the ecosystem.

ICAERUS aims to showcase and support the effective, efficient and safe deployment of drones, as well as identify the risks and added values associated with their use. The 1st PUSH Open Call for Innovation Development will award 3 successful third-parties with up to 60,000 € to implement projects aiming to deliver and exploit drone related data sets for assessing technological and non-technical hypotheses. The following types of applications/solutions (but not limited to) have the potential to be funded:

  • Innovative ideas that leverage drone technology and data sets to address real-world problems and create value for society
  • Drone hardware and software development: developing new hardware and software solutions to increase drone performance
  • Data analysis and processing: developing new algorithms and techniques to process and analyse the data collected by drones
  • Drone-based services: developing new services that use drone technology, such as aerial photography, surveying, and inspection services
  • Drone-based applications: developing new applications for drones, e.g., environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief
  • Standards and regulations: developing new standards and regulations for the safe and responsible use of drone technology

Who can apply for the PUSH Open Call?

ICAERUS is looking for researchers and technology providers (e.g., drone manufacturers, start-ups and SMEs exploiting innovative drone services and technologies, AI and IoT companies, research institutes), who are registered legal entities in eligible Horizon Europe countries. This includes Member States of the European Union, their outermost regions, and Overseas Countries and Territories linked to an EU Member as well as nationals of Horizon Europe associated countries [the full list HERE].

Timeline & Guidelines

Applications period: February 2, 2024-  May 7, 2024.

Successful applications will be notified in July 2024. Sub-projects implementation will be divided into three phases: Design, Development and Market, lasting a total of 12 months, beginning September 1, 2024 and ending August 31, 2025

You can access all the Necessary Documents at below. Evaluation will be conducted by independent evaluators who will assess the concept and feasibility, technology readiness and innovation development, Impact and exploitation, as well as organisational capacity and allocation of resources. 

English is the official language for all ICAERUS Open Calls. Applications submitted in any other language will not be evaluated. English is also the only official language throughout the whole execution of the ICAERUS project. This means all requested contributions must be submitted in English to be eligible.

Key Facts & Figures

Instrument: Horizon Europe – Financial support to third parties

  • 2nd PUSH Open Call budget: 180,000 €
  • Funding for each third party: up to 60,000 €
  • Duration of each sub-project: 12 months
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Necessary Documents

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH Open Call Text

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH  Open Call Applicants’ Guide 

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH Open Call Proposal Template

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH Open Call Declaration of Conducting Business 

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH Open Call Bank Account Information

ICAERUS 2nd PUSH Open Call Model Sub-grant Agreement

Applications are closed

Stay tuned for the the next launch!

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The 1st ICAERUS PULL Open Call is accepting proposals

The ICAERUS project launched the first round of PUSH Open Calls for farming, forestry and rural challenges on October 17, 2023. 

ICAERUS aims to showcase and support the effective, efficient and safe deployment of drones, as well as identify the risks and added value associated with their risk. The 1st PULL Open Call for farming, forestry and rural challenges will award 6 successful third-parties with up to 50,000 € to implement projects aiming to utilise drones and the services built around them for individual commercial needs and/or community-related issues.

The following types of applications/solutions (but not limited to) are expected to be funded: 

  • Applying innovative solutions that leverage drone technology to address specific challenges faced by farmers, foresters, and rural communities.
  • Sustainable agriculture, such as using drones to support regenerative farming methods, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers, and improve soil health.
  • Logistics and supply chain management, such as for transporting goods and deliveries to remote areas, managing inventory and distribution, and monitoring supply chain operations using drones.
  • Infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, such as using drones to inspect and maintain roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in rural areas.
  • Energy management, such as using drones to monitor and optimise renewable energy systems such as wind turbines and solar panels (agrivoltaics).
  • Water management, such as the use of drones to monitor and manage water resources, including dams, reservoirs and irrigation systems.
  • Public safety, such as the use of drones for crime prevention and law enforcement, disaster relief and response, and emergency medical services. 

Who can apply?

ICAERUS is looking for agri-food producers, environmental monitoring entities and rural communities who are either SMEs or rural community/cooperative with a valid VAT or relevant registry number within eligible Horizon Europe countries. This include: Member States of the European Union, their outermost regions, and Overseas Countries and Territories linked to an EU Member as well as nationals of Horizon Europe associated countries. The complete eligibility criteria is provided in the Applicant’s guide found below. 

Timeline & Guidelines

Application period: October 17, 2023- January 16, 2024

Sub-projects implementation will be divided into three phases: Design, Development and Market, lasting a total of 12 months, beginning April, 2024.

All necessary documents can be found at the bottom of this page as well as the link to the OpenCall Hub. The entire application and evaluation process will take place in the OpenCall Hub. Once you register you will be able to select the call you wish to apply for and access to the frequently asked questions and begin your application. 

Evaluation will be conducted by independent evaluators who will assess the quality of each application including the concept and feasibility, technology readiness and innovation development, Impact and exploitation, as well as organisational capacity and allocation of resources. Full evaluation criteria will be available in the Open Call Kit documents.

English is the official language for ICAERUS Open Calls. Applications submitted in any other language will not be evaluated. English is also the only official language throughout the whole execution of the ICAERUS project. This means all requested contributions must be submitted in English to be eligible

Key Facts and Figures

Instrument: Horizon Europe- Financial support to third parties

  • 1st PULL Open Call budget:  300,000 €
  • Funding for each third party: up to 50,000 €
  • Duration of each sub project: 12 months 

CONTACT:

Necessary Documents

ICAERUS PULL – Open Call text

ICAERUS PULL – Applicants Guide  

ICAERUS PULL – Proposal Template

ICAERUS PULL – Model Sub-grant Agreement

ICAERUS PULL – Declaration of Honor  

ICAERUS PULL – Declaration of conducting business

ICAERUS PULL – Bank account information

ICAERUS 1st PULL Open Call

The 1st PULL Open Call has closed, thank you to all applicants.

ICAERUS 1st PUSH Open Call

The 1st PUSH Open Call has officially closed.
We thank all applicants for their submissions. 

Find out more about the 5 sub-projects selected here

ICAERUS PULL Open Calls

The ICAERUS PULL Open Calls for Farming, Forestry and Rural Challenges (FFRC) aim to attract end-users such as, agri-food producers, environmental monitoring entities, rural communities to utilise drones and services built around them for individual commercial needs and/or community-related issues and must address rural areas. All applications must address challenges faced by rural areas and are expected to include (but are not limited to):

  • Applying innovative solutions that leverage drone technology to address specific challenges faced by farmers, foresters, and rural communities.
  • Sustainable agriculture, e.g., using drones to support regenerative farming methods, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers, and improve soil health.
  • Logistics and supply chain management, e.g., for transporting goods and deliveries to remote areas, managing inventory and distribution, and monitoring supply chain operations using drones.
  • Infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, e.g., using drones to inspect and maintain roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in rural areas.
  • Energy management, e.g., using drones to monitor and optimise renewable energy systems such as wind turbines and solar panels (agrivoltaics).
  • Water management, such as the use of drones to monitor and manage water resources, including dams, reservoirs and irrigation systems.
  • Public safety, such as the use of drones for crime prevention and law enforcement, disaster relief and response, and emergency medical services.
The first PULL Open Call will launch in September 2023, so stay tuned for more information! 

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We are looking for evaluators!

You can check the full specifications in the “Call for evaluators” document!

Evaluators profile

We are looking for independent evaluators, who are able to assess the quality of applications received within the ICAERUS Open Calls, shortly after they have been closed.

Evaluators must be:

  • European (EU nationals (Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their outermost regions, as well as Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to an EU Member) as well as nationals of Horizon Europe associated countries).
  • Specialists – scientific (technical, social sciences, etc.) or business experts: university or industry researchers or engineers, staff of other relevant organizations e.g., clusters, accelerators, etc. motivated by innovation topics around the use of drones in rural areas.
  • Experienced experts in evaluating EC proposals or similar experience.

An evaluator should not work for an organisation that aims to participate in the ICAERUS Open Call, neither in an organisation participating in the current ICAERUS consortium.

The evaluators will be in charge of providing a neutral yet technical/scientific and/or business review of received applications, usually, but not limited to, on the following aspects:

  • Concept and feasibility,
  • Technology readiness and innovation development,
  • Impact and exploitation,
  • Organizational capacity and allocation of resources.

The full evaluation criteria per every open call will be specified in respective open call kit documents, alongside with relevant focus areas for a specific open call. In addition, it will be part of the Manual for the evaluators as well. The evaluation process per application as well as specific reimbursement of evaluators’ efforts will be listed for every open call that is upcoming. It is important to note that the number of applications per evaluator depends on several factors: the time availability of the evaluators, the number of submitted applications, and the number of evaluators to be selected throughout every specific open call.

Expression of interest

If you are interested in being an evaluator, create an evaluator profile on the Open Call Hub, fill in all necessary fields and upload your CV (as .pdf) – the application shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes!

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