Announcement of Call for Expression of Interest for Living Labs and Testbeds for Energy

The European Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems (JPP ERA-Net SES) is pleased to announce a Call for Expression of Interest 2020 for Living Labs and Testbeds for Energy. The Call for Expression of Interest has been launched on 4 June 2020 and will close on 30 June 2020.
The submission of the expressions of interest takes place via the following link:
The overall objective of the JPP ERA-Net SES is to support transnational research and innovation activities for building a sustainable energy society. The programme aims at contributing to:
  • Advancing the green energy transition in all sectors of the energy system while ensuring security of supply;      
  • Shaping new transnational business and investment opportunities by sector coupling and development of new value chains in innovative and cost-effective energy solutions;
  • Ensuring social sustainability in the development of the green energy Transition
Scope and Ambition
The European Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems has set a goal that beyond the funding of transnational RDD projects, it will accelerate the development of transnational innovation ecosystems by initiating a Transnational Validation Network with existing and future Living Labs and Testbeds, allowing innovative companies / developers to test and validate their technological or service solutions in real-life settings.
This call of Expression of Interest seeks to find real-life Living Labs and Testbeds that are interested in providing testing and validation support to the developers of energy technologies and services. Living Labs and Testbeds that qualify as partners in the Transnational Validation Network will be presented on the JPP ERA-Net SES webpages and in the matchmaking platform of the program. So called Information Cards that describe the services provided by each Living Lab or Testbed will be produced and published. Developers could then get in contact because they want to test their solutions. They might also invite you to become a partner in a funded RDI project.

In the context of this Call, Living Labs are considered as user-centred and open innovation ecosystems often operating in a territorial context (e.g. city, region), integrating concurrent research and innovation processes (co-creation), potentially relying on a public-private-people partnership. Living Labs are expected to support the energy system developers with validation capabilities related to customer/user value of a new service and/or business model design, among others.

Furthermore, Testbeds are understood in this Call as technological testing, piloting and demo-infrastructures which are connected to a real-life energy system. Testbeds are expected to support the energy system developers with validation capabilities related to technical feasibility and/or interoperability of new technological innovations, among others.

The Qualification Criteria
To qualify as a partner for the Transnational Validation Network of the European Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems, the Living Lab or Testbed needs to fulfil with the following basic criteria:
Benefits for Partners of the Transnational Validation Network
The partners of the Transnational Validation Network and their offerings will be promoted through the matchmaking and communication channels of the JPP ERA-Net SES. The Living Labs and Testbeds may seek to be partners in the project consortia that will apply for financing from the programme or offer services to the projects. The next Joint Call for Project Financing is dedicated to unleashing the potential of digital transformation for the energy transition and will open in September 2020. The new projects financed through this joint call are expected to start by the end of 2021.

Time Schedule
Call opening  4 June 2020
Advisory period  4 – 18 June 202
Deadline for registration of Expressions of Interest  30 June 2020, 16:00 CEST
Deadline for qualification feedback    15 September 2020
Expected publication of Information Cards   End of September 2020

Submission of Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest must be submitted electronically no later than June 30, 2020 16:00 CET by filling out the form behind the following link:

Note: There is another Call for Expressions of Interest for Digital Platform Providers open simultaneously with this call. Participation in both calls is allowed and both roles, i.e., partner in the Validation Network and a listed Digital Platform Provider, are possible for a single organisation if the qualification criteria for both are met.
More Information and Advice
For more information and advice for preparing your Expression of Interest, please, contact Pia Salokoski from the Support Team of the JPP ERA-Net SES Coordination:

Pia Salokoski
Phone: +358 400 476 626 



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