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Open Call No. 2

Describe your early stage idea for  “trusted content on future blockchains”. A total budget of € 1,450,000 is available.

On this page you find all needed information, documents for participation and button to Apply (which links to the F6S platform. 

The call is open for researchers, innovators, developers from academia, startups, high tech companies or natural persons.  

Opening date: 14 June, 2021, 12:00 PM CET

Closing date: 10 September 2021, 12:00 PM CET 

Focus of the call

Trust is essential to societies. But currently an increasing amount of disinformation makes it difficult to trust information in our multiple daily interactions.

  • How could we use scalable blockchain technology for new protocols, apps, solutions or platforms?
  • How could we combine blockchain and content to ensure trustworthy and reliable content?

The objective of the TruBlo Open Call No. 2 is to invite academic teams, researchers, SMEs and startups to define and implement small scale research projects on one of the two topics:

  • Trust and reputation models on blockchains

This focus area targets innovative applications, technologies, technical approaches and methodologies that increase the level of trust in blockchain-based information exchange, with emphasis on user generated content on the internet and social media, considering also data from IoT (Internet of things) infrastructures.

  • Proof-of-validity and proof-of-location 

This focus area aims to find innovative mechanisms to increase transparency and trustworthiness of user generated genuine content. For example: How could users, being part of a blockchain, add or apply additional verification mechanisms to increase transparency, validity and high level of trustworthiness, such as Proof-of-Location and Proof-of Validity? Such applications will be disseminated through the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO).

TRUBLO Open Call No. 2
is broken into two phases:

Phase 1: Innovation (9 months)

Up to 15 projects will be selected in the innovation phase to develop their proposed project and prepare a publication (whitepaper or scientific article) describing their solution.

Objectives
  • R&D activities from concept to validation
  • Participation in TruBlo kick-off bootcamp, webinars, etc. 
  • Presentation/sharing results to community 
  • Open software/ hardware
  • At least one scientific publication
Expected results and Deliverables
  • Validation of a research concept in a specific environment (preferably in Alastria infrastructure and/or EDMO infrastructure but not obligatory for the participating teams)
  • White paper / Technical report with the description of the research result and analysis on the impact it can have in the industry
  • Publication of additional papers in other conferences, magazines and (scientific) journals (optional result)
  • Joint publication with other teams (optional result)

These expected results must be concreted in the below deliverables:

  • D1.1 Full Research and Innovation Project Proposal
  • D1.2 Project Solution Design and Business Applicability
  • D1.3 White paper or Technical report  or PoC
  • D1.4 Scientific or business publication  
Duration

9 months

Funding
  • Total funding of €75,000 for the innovation phase

Distributed over sprints of 3 months each (Confirmation 30%, sprint 1: 20%; Sprint 2: 30%; Sprint 3: 20%) and according to the achievement of specific defined milestones/ objectives and participation in TruBlo events/ bootcamps

Phase 2: Progress (6 Months)

 

A subset of  (3) three projects from Phase 1  will be selected to further develop activities associated with the demonstration/ piloting as well as promotion and exploitation of their project, building an MVP as demonstrator and aiming to engage new customers and/or partners and/or investors.

Objectives
  • Build synergies and have cross-collaboration activities with other projects and/or stakeholders
  • Create a Proof of Concept and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) 
  • Validation of MVP in a specific environment (preferably in Alastria infrastructure and/or EDMO infrastructure but not obligatory for the participating teams)
  • Work together with potential users / customers (early adopters) 
  • Participate in knowledge transfer events organised by TruBlo Consortium
Expected results and Deliverables
  • MVP in form of a prototype / demonstrator
  • Demonstration of developed solution with users / customers
  • Collection of insights and assessment report 
  • Business Model Canvas 
  • White paper detailing the technical aspects of the MVP along with an analysis of future potential and impact
  • Scientific publications and jointly authored publications with other teams (optional result).

These expected results must be concreted in the below deliverables:

  • D2.1 Detailed Development Plan
  • D2.2 Detailed Development Plan Monitoring 
  • D2.3 Validation Plan
  • D2.4 Final report of MVP
  • D2.5 Demonstration of developed solution with users
  • D2.6 White paper

D2.7 Business Plan

Duration

6 months

Funding
  • Total funding of €100,000 (in addition to the funding from the innovation phase). 

Distributed over two sprints of three months each and according to the achievement of specific defined milestones/ objectives and participation in TruBlo events/ bootcamps (Validation & Pitch: 30%, Delivery plan in sprint 1: 20%; Mentor Meeting in Sprint 2: 50%)

How to apply?

PFor a successful application please download and read the following documents:

This document contains a description about the call and it’s scope.

This document provides detailed information how to apply to the TRUBLO Open Call 2 such as an abstract of the TRUBLO action and the modalities for the application. It further details the evaluation process, the scheme of the funding support, the IPR aspects related to TRUBLO and how to prepare and submit a proposal.

This proposal template above is to be used for the TruBlo submission procedure. The structure of this template must be followed when preparing your proposal. It has been designed to ensure that the important aspects of your planned work are presented in a way that will enable the experts to make an effective assessment against the evaluation criteria.

This document provides a deeper understanding on the pool of research areas that TRUBLO is currently interested in. It aims to help research teams

The TRUBLO Open Calls will be handled using the F6S platform. Applications will be open from 14 June 2021 (12:00 PM CET) to 10 September 2021 (12:00 PM CET).

Use the “Additional Applicants Template” if your proposal has more than 3 applicants participating as individuals (Natural persons) or/and more than 3 applicants participating as organisations (Legal entities). Please upload this annex to SECTION 3 of your application on the F6S platform, filled with the information about the applicant(s)that did not fit in the F6S form.

Eligibility Criteria

The target audience of TruBlo Open Call 1  are researchers, innovators and developers either as natural person(s) from academia as well as from high tech companies including SMEs, legally established in an EU Member State or H2020 associated countries or Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States.

Support from the consortium

TruBlo provides a unique and competitive mixture of support services for the funded parties. The offering includes technical support services, Business and Innovation Support  as well as Technical Knowledge Support.

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Technical Support Service (TESS)

Alastria is part of a non-profit association promoting the Digital Economy through the development of decentralized technologies/blockchain. 

Alastria will provide blockchain infrastructure to the funded companies – helping to test and scale innovations quickly, with support from an experienced organisation.

 The Alastria network is currently able to manage transactions at a high frequency, obtaining blockx with mor than 1000 tx and a throughput of ca. 1000tx/s. 

Business and Innovation Support Services (BISS)

These services will be provided to funded companies to facilitate and enhance innovation. The focus is on further developing innovative prototypes and applications for distributed trust. How can the business applicability be enhanced? Included in this offer is feedback on the innovation and fine-tuning and business modelling. Another element is the a “Talk to users” Hotline, meaning that funded companies can pitch their ideas to potential users and receive deeper insights this way. 

Technical Knowledge Support & Training (TEKSUS)

A package of services to answer technical questions, provide scientific content and advice on demand. To this end TruBlo will create a Learning Management System (LMS), for use by the funded teams.The platform will incldude a library, forum and chat for digital exchange. 

The offering includes mentoring to solve technical challenges, background and baseline knowledge to support the innovations. 

Another element is technical coordination, to ensure that the thematic and technical coordination of the projects is optimised. 

 

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