Open Calls FAQ

Vicinity Open Calls Frequently Asked Questions :

Do you have any requirement for the size of the test scenario?

The size of required test scenarios depends on the complexity of the integrated infrastructures and the nature of the application (e.g. specific non-functional requirements). Also, it is important - independent on the size - that integrated infrastructure elements in the end have impact on the VICINITY platforms such as enabling new services, but also by addressing a broader and larger public.


So is it possible to test in laboratory?

Yes, it is possible to perform tests in a laboratory.


Do we have to connect our test scenario to one of the existing use cases you already run? Can you introduce the existing use cases?

No, you do not have to connect the test scenario with an existing one. This is open. The existing uses cases are: Buildings and Smart Transport, Neighbourhood Smart Parking Assisted Living , Smart Energy and buildings, eHealth and Smart Building. However, possible connections might improve impact. For further information visit


How are you going to select the cases? I assume you will finance a limited number of cases.

As maximum 4 proposals will receive funding. Proposals will be evaluated as submitted by reviewers and a panel according to the criteria mentioned in the call.


Regarding the smart-mobility, where it is required to have IoT Solutions for connected Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication, is there an existing use cases for that?

There is not YET a V2V use cases, but smart transport. Use cases proposed in the Open call are not constrained or limited to existing ones. This is open.


When you say "Infrastructure", do you mean devices already deployed/commercialized? How large do you expect an infrastructure to be?

There is no constraint on the size of the infrastructure. Devices does not need to be commercialized, however their potential for commercialization and their maturity might have impact for VICINITY and other evaluation criteria.


Can we create a new use case or shall we complement an existing one?

Both options are elegible, VICINITIY will evaluate the compliance with the evaluation criteria; one of them is the impact on the VICINITY platform.


Who will run and maintain the cloud after the project period ends?

We are allow several options after the project life to guarantee the sustainabilty (Open community, education platform, etc.). The proposal might explain how sustainable impact of the action is achieved.


what do you plan for your next open call? Which kind of appliances?

The next Open call will address value added services.


Is any communication technology accepted (BLE, ZigBee, etc.)?

All kind of communication channels are accepted as long as the project implements an adapter to VICINITY. We already have several adapters that cover such low-level protocols.


Are you somehow connected also with FIWARE, the EU open APIs that also provide services for IoT?

In VICINITY project we address interoperability via adapters. We have in the backlog to provide the example of a FIWARE adapter.


For the second call, the value added services will be based on the existing uses cases and the ones financed now, is that right?

The second call is to be described in summer. It addresses services on the VICINITY platform, taking profit of the platform and connected infrastructures.


Nodes have to be connected to platform permanently or they can be running on mobile devices with limited connectivity?

VICINITY Nodes like many IoT nodes does not need to have permanent connectivity to platform. When a VICINITY Node is not connected its services is not available in peer-to-peer network.


Should the proposal include the Indirect Costs in the budget?

Indirect costs should be included in the budget, you should take into account that the whole amount required should not exceed 60,000.00 €. To calculate indirect cost Horizon 2020’s rules apply “In all cases indirect costs will be covered by a flat rate of 25% of the direct costs”