2nd call FAQs

1 About the FI-PPP

1.1 WHAT IS THE FI-PPP?
The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) is a European programme for Internet-enabled innovation. The FI-PPP will accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe, advance the European market for smart infrastructures, and increase the effectiveness of business processes through the Internet. The core platform of the FI-PPP program is known as FIWARE. A number of Use Case projects contribute to the realization of the Future Internet vision. 
1.2 WHAT IS THE FIWARE PHASE 3?
This is referred to the last set of projects co-funded by the EC where the 16 accelerators are, plus the technology foundation project (FI-CORE) and a set of Supporting Actions.
1.3 WHAT ARE THE ACCELERATORS?
The accelerators are a set of 16 projects co-funded by the EC under a market label called FIWARE Accelerate. These projects will fund €80 million to SMEs and entrepreneurs from all over Europe during the following two years with the aim of promoting the ICT industry and FIWARE platform. They are also called FIWARE accelerators or A16 or Phase3 accelerators. FINODEX is one of these.
 

2 About FIWARE

Check this video for a 20’ presentation “What and why FIWARE?
 
2.1 WHAT IS FIWARE?
FIWARE is an innovative, open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services, at a scale not seen before. FIWARE API specifications are public and royalty-free, driven by the development of an open source reference implementation which accelerates the availability of commercial products and services.
2.2 WHAT IS A GENERIC ENABLER (GE)?
A Generic Enabler is a set of general-purpose platform functions available through APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). FI-WARE GE specifications are open (publicly and royalty-free). A catalogue of available GEis can be found here
2.3 WHAT IS A SPECIFIC ENABLER (SE)?
These are more complex GEs originated in a set of the Phase 1 and 2 projects targeting specific domains (transport, industry, health…). A good definition is a mixture of GEs brings a SE as a result.
2.4 HOW DO I LEARN TO USE FIWARE ONLINE?
  • FIWARE Academy: elearning platform 
  • FIWARE Lab: a free and live instance of FIWARE available to developers for free experimentation of the technology 
  • FINODEX training services: materials are left at our YouTube channel and this website.
2.5 IS THERE ANY ONSITE TRAINING?
Sure! FIWARE is organising a different set of Bootcamps and Developers Week through all Europe. These are several-days events in which FIWARE experts provide hands-on the platform and basic training to start working with the technology. Check the calendar here.
 

3 What is FINODEX?

Finodex is one of the A16 whose main objective is to promote and support of innovative ICT services and products based on FIWARE technologies and the massive reuse of open data involving the SMEs and Web entrepreneurs on their creation.

3.1 How can FINODEX help me?

Through a set of clearly defined free services. Check them out at http://www.finodex-project.eu/Finodex_Services

3.2 Is there any support for proposers without a selected idea?

Yes. We are offering a set of free services for anyone interested in FINODEX, FIWARE, open data and business modelling. We are offering training on technical issues (both open data and FIWARE) through our website and YouTube Channel, we are organising workshops in different places to present the calls and we have activated a pre-proposal service to validate potential ideas before full submission.

3.3 What are the services like for the selected projects?

We will offer different services at each phase. Check section 6. Services by FINODEX of the Guidelines for Applicants.

3.4 So, are you financing my initiative?

Your project idea could be financed if you are selected in any of the calls. Conditions are found in the official documentation here. A selected project could be funded from €10k to €170k.

3.5 Who is eligible in the calls?

The accepted applicants for this FINODEX Second Open Call will be SMEs participating on their own (only one SME) or individuals participating in groups from two up to four members. A member is an individual person and not a registered SME. In the case of a group of individuals, one of them will be appointed as COORDINATOR by the rest. The coordinator will be the main contact point for the consortium.

Only applicants legally established, and working, in the case of the individuals, in any of the following countries will be eligible: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.

3.6 How does FINODEX work?

We work by phases. Phase 1 – Proposals is open to everyone eligible. Phase 2 will select up to 51 projects from Phase1. Phase 2 will select the best 30 out of those 50 in Phase 2. Phase 4 will select the best 10 out of the 30 in Phase 3. After each phase closes, an evaluation takes place. Funding depends on the phase reached.

3.7 How do I apply?

The F6S platform will be the entry point for all proposals. Documents required in this phase are the ones indicated on http://www.f6s.com/fiware-finodex and http://www.finodex-project.eu/FINODEX_documentation sections.

Any document requested in any of the phases must be submitted electronically in PDF format without restrictions for printing.

3.8 Is there any kind of restrictions we need to be aware of?

Yes. FINODEX will only fund initiatives making use of FIWARE technologies and reusing open data. Should a proposal not address this two criteria, it will be declared ineligible and won’t be evaluated either.

3.9 What kind of projects are you looking for?

We are looking for commercial products and/or services based on open data and FIWARE. So think about your business model as well as the technical stuff. As important as the technology is the financial sustainability of what you propose.

3.10 Any specific domain?

No. Any domain can be selected and funded.

3.11 Can I submit several projects?

As a general rule, only one proposal per SME will be selected for funding. This does not mean only one proposal can be submitted per applicant, but only its best proposal will be selected for funding, should the criteria for selection be met. In the case of individuals: 1- The same individuals acting as a team will be selected for funding only once, as in the case of SMEs. 2- In the case that a single person is part of two or more proposals (with other team members or on their own and with other team members), he/she shall be the coordinator of only ONE proposal, should different projects be selected for funding. 3- FINODEX consortium will be transparent and inform the rest of the team members about the multi-participation of an individual, should different projects be selected for funding.

3.12 Can I submit the same proposal to different Fiware accelerators?

The basic information about a proposal (summary and participants) will be shared with the other accelerators, as some general rules will apply: 1- Any proposer can submit several different proposals. 2- It should be acceptable to submit the same proposal to several Accelerators, but not to all 16. Submitting the same proposal to maximum 3 Accelerators is a reasonable limit. Not respecting the limit will declare the proposal as ineligible. 3- Double funding is not acceptable. A proposal can only be selected and supported by one accelerator.

3.13 What’s the deadline for the second call?

The 17th June of 2015 at 17:00 CEST without exceptions.

3.14 Are you sharing any information about my proposal?

Yes. A summary of the proposals and the participants’ information will be shared among the other accelerators and FI-PPP participants. Moreover, this information could be published at different websites for promotion. All the information that will be made public is clearly indicated in the official documentation of the call. Unless you want you, no technical insights will be published anywhere.

3.15 Where does the funding come from?

Funding is given by the FINODEX consortium under a Sub-Grantee Agreement signed by the selected proposers and FINODEX consortium. The funds are given the European Commission, which use the accelerators as intermediaries. So these funds are European Funds from the 7th Framework Programme.

3.16 When are we going to be paid in the Second Call?

If you accomplish with the works defined in the proposal and official documentation the payments will be executed always after each phase is evaluated (from Phase 2 onwards as Phase 1- Proposals does not generate any payment). Being specific an estimated calendar is: €10k from Phase 2 paid in December 2015; €40k from Phase 3 paid in June 2016 and up to €120k from Phase 4 plus prizes is differed till February 2017.

3.17 Does that mean that there is no pre-financing?

That’s it. All the payments are after the job is done and evaluated.

3.18 Do I have to keep track of my expenses for justifying the costs?

Not for this project. Payments are a kind of flat rate and a final prize. If you spend more or less is your business.  So administrative speaking, this is easy.

3.19 Is subcontracting allowed?

The general rule applicable to FINODEX project is that beneficiaries must have the appropriate resources to implement the full set of tasks needed within the project. This means it is not allowed to subcontract any part of the project. Examples (not restricted to) of subcontracting are, paying an external developer not in the company or being part of the team of individuals to develop certain parts (FIWARE), paying a research centre or foundation to execute technical tasks, etc. Employees of a company are never considered subcontractors but part of the company itself.

3.20 Last phase and prizes are paid in 2017? Why?

As mentioned before, the funds come from the European Commission, within the 7th Framework Programme, so we are subject to the rules of that programme. Those rules state that a good amount of the total funding cannot be reimbursed to the project till this are finished and evaluated. FINODEX finishes in August 2016 (note there are two calls) and payment usually occur half-a-year later. We cannot pay before because the funds are not in our account.

Nevertheless the affected projects will be 10 out of the 50 projects. They will have a written resolution by the consortium of the secured payment, so obtaining credit should be easier for them.

3.21 What if I secure funds from other national or regional authorities for the same project?

Funds coming from the 7th Framework Programme do not have to be included in the "de minimis" declaration required by the Member States. The 7FP contribution is not "de minimis" support. However, if a Member State (i.e. its national, local or another public authority) intends to support a project already financed from the 7FP, it has to ascertain itself that the combined Member State and FP funding for the same eligible costs does not exceed the maximum ceilings allowed by the appropriate State aid rules.

In practical terms, the Member State should calculate how much it would theoretically be allowed to pay to the project under the State aid rules if no FP funding was available. In a second step, the actual FP contribution should be subtracted from this theoretical amount. If the difference is positive, this is the additional funding that the Member State is still allowed to contribute, for example as "de minimis" support. If the difference is negative or zero, there is no space for additional funding.

It is the responsibility of the sub-granted projects to inform their authorities about the funding obtained thanks to FINODEX.

Regulation can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/legislation/block.html reference is made to Article 2(5) and 3(1).

Similar cumulative rules are foreseen in the Community framework for State aid for research and development and innovation, which can be found at the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/legislation/horizontal.html reference is made to section 8, 1st and 3rd paragraph.

Please be advised that the State aid rules are currently under review. See: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/modernisation/index_en.html

3.22 Can I present the same project I prepared for the first call in the second?

If it has not received funding from the FIWARE accelerators (including FINODEX) or ODINE accelerator, yes you can.

3.23 How was the selection like in the first open call?

You might be interested in reading this article on our website explaining how we selected and fund the first 49 initiatives. http://www.finodex-project.eu/1stcall

3.24 First call results are full of Spanish projects. Why? Is there any kind of quota per country?

Spanish presence is really high, it’s true. There are different reasons for this: 1-Two of the partners (ZABALA and ASOLIF) in the consortium are from Spain and have a long set of established contacts in the ICT sector. 2- During the first call a set of events was done in the countries where the partners had access to. This meant a pretty big number of events in Spain, reaching the majority of participants there. Next countries in participation were the ones represented in the consortium as well (Denmark and Italy). So the conclusion was clear: wherever there’s a face to face event, there are proposals. 3-FIWARE technologies had a longer background in Spain than anywhere else in Europe. You can see that also in the overall picture of the FIWARE Accelerators where Spain leads the number of funded projects.

And no, there’s not any single kind of quota per country.

3.25 So do you expect the same amount of country distribution?

We assume something similar will happen, but you never know. We’ve started to promote the second call in more countries. Check our events section, but we planning events in France, UK, Sweden, Norway or Austria, besides our countries of origin. We’d love to reach all the countries in Europe somehow, so if you are in the situation of organising something related to FIWARE Accelerate programme and want FINODEX contact us.


4 About open data

4.1 What do you mean by open data?

For FINODEX purposes open data is considered as such if the license attached to the dataset is under an open licence as per the definition on http://opendefinition.org/licenses/ If a dataset in a proposal does not accomplish with one of the earlier licenses it will be necessary to prove, by the proposer, that the dataset can be considered as open, and that copyright or non-commercial reuse policies do not apply to it. Unclear situations will make the proposal not eligible.

4.2 Can you give me examples of open datasets?

Yes. Check this world map of open data initiatives http://datos.fundacionctic.org/sandbox/catalog/faceted/ and some inspiring stories about companies already using open data http://www.opendata500.com And sure you can have a look at the FIWARE Lab repository http://data.lab.fiware.org

4.3 So if I produce open data in my project is that ok?

You can do that for sure, and we will encourage you to generate open data, but the eligibility criterion is REUSING open data and not producing it. So if you produce and do not reuse open data, your project is ineligible.

4.4 Can I use data available at a website to accomplish the open data criterion?

It depends on its license. If this data counts with an open license it’s perfect. If this data counts with a copyright you might be using data you are not legally entitled to, and therefore your project would be ineligible. Scraping data with copyright is an activity which we will not fund.

4.5 Can I use open data from any origin?

Yes, as long as it is open licensed. The datasets can come from any EU or outside EU website. FIWARE Lab also offers open datasets from certain cities, you can use them if they fit your purposes but you are not obliged to. The list of selected projects in our first call is published at FIWARE Lab data platform even. https://data.lab.fiware.org/dataset/fiware-accelerators-results

4.6 Is open data, any data published on a website?

NO. We have seen many proposers tend to mix between open data and published data on a website. They are for sure not the same. Always check the license of the website. As a general rule scrapping contents from websites is a practice which will probably include the violation of copyrights advises.

4.7 Can all Creative Commons licenses be considered open data?

Not all CC licenses can be considered open data. Note that FINODEX is aimed to support the creation of commercial products, so any CC-NC (non-commercial) or/and CC-ND (non-derivative) restricts you to do so and therefore data subject to those kind of licenses are NOT open data.

4.8 Is data from twitter or any other social network open data?

It is usually not. In the case of Twitter is clearly not, given its terms and conditions. If a website or social network provides an API for retrieving data that does not mean the data is open. The openness is in the license, so check the terms and conditions!