i-TRIBOMAT Open Call for Early Adopters

General information


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Within i-TRIBOMAT, new digital services were developed to facilitate the rapid and cost-efficient selection and development of materials and products, as well as the prediction of the tribological performance regarding efficiency and lifetime.

All these services can be tested through this Open Call by the Early Adopters, and this application guide provides all necessary information on how to apply.

As these services are trials and primarily aimed at providing room for services improvement, the costs will not be invoiced to the Early Adopters but covered by the project budget. The characterisation services will be offered by the i-TRIBOMAT partners as in-kind support to the awarded companies - up to 8-10 European companies - SMEs and large industry.

This call uses funds obtained within the scope of the i-TRIBOMAT project funded by the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under GA no. 814494. No additional funding will be dedicated to support this call.


Role and added value for the Early Adopters

i-TRIBOMAT services will be tested by the Early Adopters, that will play the role of i-TRIBOMAT’s first customers. The selected companies acting as Early Adopters will test not only the portfolio of services that i-TRIBOMAT provides, the marketing campaigns, the translators network, the dissemination and communications activities.

The Open Call for Early Adopters is aimed at SMEs and large companies from the materials development sectors to test:

  • Standardised tribological characterisation services
  • Data driven services
  • Simulation and up-scaling services
  • Complementary services

To support the Early Adopters, i-TRIBOMAT has already recruited and trained a Translators Network to closely collaborate with and guide the Early Adopters. Translators will explain to the Early Adopters i-TRIBOMAT’s value proposition and which are the different services that i-TRIBOMAT offers them. If a company wants to participate as an Early Adopter and wants to be supported by a Translator, but does not have any contact with any Translator, the project will assign one, based on experience, knowledge, and location.


Profile and Eligibility Criteria

Any company – SME and/or large industry based in European Union or associated countries of H2020 is eligible to apply.

Eligibility criteria to be considered are:

  • application is submitted before the indicated submission deadline and following the application rules
  • all the required fields in application form are completed
  • applicant is based in European Union or associated countries of H2020
  • SMEs are welcome

Early Adopters Open Call – Application procedure


Step 1: Registration of the applicant

First, each applicant needs to register on the web platform of the i-TRIBOMAT project https://www.i-tribomat.eu/opencall.html to be able to submit the application.

Step 2: Submission of the application

After registration, the Early Adopters online application form will be available at the i-TRIBOMAT web platform via https://i-tribomat.eu/opencall.html. The applicant form is to be filled out online and submitted at any time until the deadline – 28 February 2022, 23:59 CET.

During this period, the e-mail opencall@i-tribomat.eu will be the only form of communication between the parties involved, for compliance with the principle of transparency. Once submitted, the applicant will receive an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of the submission.

Application form is to be filled out online by using this link. The application form consists of the following sections:

  1. Case study description (max. 1000 words)
  2. i-TRIBOMAT service(s) as a solution (max. 1000 words)
  3. Company presentation (max. 500 words)
  4. Expected impact derived from the participation of the company in the Open Call (max. 1000 words)
  5. Your company’s expertise and existing resources (max. 500 words)

Step 3: Evaluation & Award

After the closing date, the proposals will be evaluated by i-TRIBOMAT Evaluation Committee. Prior to the evaluation, evaluators will sign a non-disclosure agreement, excluding a potential conflict of interest and ensuring confidential handling of the application.

The evaluation principles, eligibility criteria and the scoring scale used are aligned with the Horizon 2020 programme and tailored to the objective of the i-TRIBOMAT project.

The Evaluation Committee, consisting of i-TRIBOMAT consortium members with technical expertise, will assess the quality of the presented offers until April 1st and successful applicants will be invited to sign the Collaboration Agreement by the end of April 2022. Activities will begin in May 2022 and last until end of November 2022.

Applicants who have passed the evaluation and provided that the partners have not identified a conflict of interest will be informed about the final decision from Evaluation Committee per e-mail from the address opencall@i-tribomat.eu.

Should the application be positively evaluated, the applicant organisation will be offered the possibility of signing the Collaboration Agreement. An Evaluation Summary Report will be sent to applicants approximately 4 weeks from submission deadline (end of March 2022).

Step 4: Collaboration Agreement (CollA) Signature

This is the agreement between the i-TRIBOMAT project and the Early Adopter. It specifies the standards, the Do’s and Don’ts and the respective responsibilities. In addition, it will include Early Adopter’s exclusion criteria. This CollA needs to be signed by the applicant and returned to the i-TRIBOMAT project coordinator to enter into force.

Step 5: Collaboration Agreement Implementation

After the signing and countersigning of the Collaboration Agreement (CollA) between i-TRIBOMAT consortium and Early Adopter, services development supporting EAs with their use-cases will be conducted, from May-November 2022. Translators will assist i-TRIBOMAT with the implementation by supporting EA according the agreement that will rule their involvement.


Open Call tentative timeline


Further information: opencall@i-tribomat.eu

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