CFP for supporting CoE on Project Topics

Call for Expression of Interest on support by the Project to the existing/planned Centers of Excellence through provision of technical expertise on ICT standards

What is a Centre of Excellence (CoE)?

We refer to CoE as a virtual or a real entity that is linked with an academic or research institute in India. The ideal CoE could be linked with a lab facility, where project topic related research and development is organized and educational programs are run.

Objective of supporting Centres of Excellence (CoE)

Partnering with Indian CoEs is a capacity building initiative of the EU-funded ICT Standardization project, which aims to empower faculty/resource persons and developer community in India that are attached to the CoEs with advanced knowledge of ICT standards like 3GPP and oneM2M.

The primary aim of working with CoEs is to convey and enhance the ICT standards-related awareness and the know-how to the Indian student and developer community through organization of online/offline courses, workshops, and provision of applicable simulation tools.

It seeks to promote the development of applications and prototypes, which are compliant with the standards promoted by the project. It will enable developers to showcase the benefits of the use of standards by participating in interop/developer events.

The expertise developed through such activities could in turn be used for participation in pre-standardization activities and contributing to development of standards.

Who can apply?

Academic institutions/ Research institutions of repute that have an existing CoE, or documented plans to establish one, and which are focused on the project topics of 5G, IoT, NFV/SDN or related Security, or which intendcommand to expand into these areas of expertise.

Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest and important dates

The support will be provided by the ““India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation” project. The expression of interest by any Indian CoE may be submitted any time upto  31 July 2019, as all support activities under this initiative will end on 31 October 2019 after which the CoE has to run on its own. Applications will be evaluated as and when received during this period and normally the Project will respond back within one month of receipt of EoI.

Expressions of interest can be sent via email to the local project coordinator, Mr Sachin Gaur. (

Decision Process

Your expression of interest will be shared with the project stakeholders for discussions on how the project can support the CoE. Project stakeholders might ask for more details and/or an in person/virtual meeting before making the final decision.

EoI Format

The EoI can be submitted in  a free flowing format (Word document or PDF), which should cover the scope of work of the CoE, status of CoE (planned/existing), the project topic that it will focus on (5G, IoT, NFV/SDN or related Security), institute profile with special mention about contributions made or proposed to be made towards standardisation, required support from the project, calendar of activities (until end of October 2019) for which support from the project is required and how the applicant proposes to contribute to development of standards and sustain the  activities of the CoE after the Project support is over. Profile of the concerned faculty members (for academic institutes) and researchers who will lead/be part of the activities of CoE.

What can and cannot be supported?

  1. Organisation of knowledge events such as meetings, roundtables, workshops, webinars, conferences, hackathons and tutorials in collaboration with the CoEs can be supported.
  2. Travel support for Indian and European experts to attend important standards related meetings organised as a part of CoE activities, can be supported.
  3. Provision of experts for designing and delivering training programs and courses focused on standards, study reports etc, can be supported.
  4. The project can provide the necessary software for proper organization of events.
  5. It cannotsupport any direct monetary funding or procurement of hardware and software by the CoE (Please read ‘Important Note’ below).

What other support can be provided by the project ?

The project can play an important role in mapping stakeholders for the CoE, as project spans regions and stakeholders on both sides (India and EU), who can partner with and support CoE. The project can support outreach of the CoE to find new collaborators from the project community, facilitating discussions through webinars with stakeholders, organize roundtables to facilitate face to face meetings.

Expectations from a CoE

CoE will engage in activities mentioned in para 1 and 2 above with special emphasis on the following:

  1. Prepare reports/white papers, implement courses and activities related to project topics focusing on standards.
  2. Act as a resource center for standards-related matters in its area of activity.
  3. Organise lab visits to showcase the standards-based developments/ implementations.
  4. Undertake activities for creating awareness about standards
  5. taking measures to sustain the CoE after support from the project is over

Important Note: Intellectual Property and Restrictions

All material provided to CoEs, such as course material, software, etc., produced with project funding remains the ownership of the European Union (EU) and not of the partnering CoEs. Hence, the use of provided support material –including after October 2019- should come with acknowledgment to the source of funding (EU), and the CoE commits itself that it will remain freely available. The outcomes produced by students and developers (like applications)  will be their own property and the project will have no claim over it.