THE CORTEX2
OPEN CALL #1

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JOIN US IN FACILITATING
REMOTE COLLABORATION
THROUGH XR

We are looking for XR innovators. From companies (tech startups/SMEs) to research institutions (universities, NGOs, foundations, associations) to co-develop our CORTEX2 platform and engage new use cases to demonstrate its replicability in different domains.

Our goals? To investigate, advance and demonstrate the technical features of our innovative and digital eXtended Reality teleconference platform while involving organisations in the ‘Lab-To-Market’ stage to help bridge the Open Innovation gap. Also, to assess and validate the social impact of XR technology adoption.

In total, we will invest €3M in our Open Call #1 to fund and support the 20 teams that will be part of our journey.

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17:00 CET

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THE OPEN CALL #1 OFFER

#1 OPEN CALL

Open from 24 October 2023 to 16 January 2024 at 17:00 CET

20 PROJECTS

to be developed by the selected applicants

€3M FUNDING

€100.000 for co-developers and €200.000 for use-case

UP TO 12 MONTHS PROGRAMME

9 months for co-developers and 12 months for use-case

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

€100.000
for co-developers
and €200.000
for use-case

Continuous guidance and support

Access to tech and business experts

Capacity building on CORTEX2 and XR technologies & trends

Resources to facilitate integration and understanding of the CORTEX2 platform

Coaching and monitoring

We will assign a coach and a monitor to the selected teams. The coach, an expert from our CORTEX2 team, will support, give feedback, motivate and evaluate our XR innovators. The monitor will act as administrative contact, who will liaise with the coach to ensure the successful implementation of the projects.

Exploitation and commercialisation

We will also provide projects with tailored support to maximise their exploitation and commercialisation potential, such as:

• CORTEX2 Rainbow multi-modal collaborative platform: administration, cloud hosting and open API
• Tailor expert support depending on the co-development theme of selected use cases
• Integration and validation support
• Dissemination of achievements

WHO WE ARE
LOOKING FOR?

Research-oriented institutions:

Universities, foundations, associations, NGOs, etc.

Business-driven organisations:

Tech startups and Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

THE OPEN CALL #1
TRACKS

Through our Open Call #1, we are collecting applications for the co-development of our CORTEX2 platform features and deployment of use cases.

• Co-development: Selected startups and SMEs will co-develop CORTEX2 to build value-added services, leveraging their expertise on specific market segments.

• Use-cases: European technology adopters (who can work with technology developers/providers/integrators) to address and/or propose use cases for deploying the CORTEX2 framework and developed features in the co-development track 1.

CO-DEVELOPMENT

UP TO € 100.000

PER PROJECT

10

FUNDED PROJECTS

9-MONTH

PROGRAMME

TARGET

Tech startups/SMEs
Tech developer(s) - MUST

TEAM OF 1 OR 2

ORGANISATIONS MAX

GOAL

To develop and test the required features for the CORTEX2 framework

USE-CASE

UP TO € 200.000

PER PROJECT

10

FUNDED PROJECTS

12-MONTH

PROGRAMME

TARGET

EU industry players, RTOs, Foundations,
Universities/Schools, Associations, and NGOs.
Tech adopter (end-user) - MUST
Tech developer (provider/integrator) - RECOMMENDED

TEAM OF 1 OR 2

ORGANISATIONS MAX

GOAL

To propose novel use cases for deploying the CORTEX2 framework and developed features from the co-development

THE OPEN CALL #1
TOPICS

As an applicant, you should choose one of these topics or domains to apply to. If you don’t find a suitable one, you can also apply for an open topic or domain aligned with the CORTEX2 framework and objectives.

CO-DEVELOPMENT

Tech developers
Team of 1 or 2 organisations max

1. User representation and user avatar customisation
2. Real-time object virtualiser
3. Collaborative hand object manipulation
4. IoT adaptability of the CORTEX2 framework
5. Dynamic library of personalised gestures
6. 3D objects library
7. Automatic notetaking in virtual videoconference
8. Connect your app service to XR engine
9. Authoring tool for XR environment
10. Maintaining interface engagement and usability for the CORTEX2 framework

+ OPEN TOPIC: Submit your own project idea.

USE-CASE

Tech adopter + optionally tech developer
Team of 1 or 2 organisations max

1. Education
2. Business
3. Industry
4. Healthcare
5. Emergency and crisis
6. Entertainment and culture
7. Smart cities
8. Accessibility and social inclusion

+ OPEN DOMAIN: Submit your own use-case

APPLY NOW!

The call is open from 24 October 2023 to 16 January 2024 at 17:00 CET. All applications will be evaluated by external experts.

Applicants must be based in an EU or Horizon Europe-associated country, and their applications must be submitted in English through the F6S platform.

CO-DEVELOPMENTUSE-CASE

OPEN CALL #1 DOCUMENTS

Make sure to read our Open Call #1 documents carefully before submitting your application!

Guidelines for Applicants & OC #1 Documents
Co-development Template ProposalUse-case Template Proposal

NEED MORE
INFORMATION?

Want to know the keys to this open call and find out if it is for you?

Register for our next info webinars

  • Info webinar #2: 6 December 2023. Learn the essentials for a successful application.
  • Info webinar #3: 14 December 2023. Our technical team will present each Topic from Track #1 and the aspects of desired Domains in Track #2 covering: challenges, requirements, expected outcomes, including three deliverables per sprint, and what (technical) support/resources we will provide to the winning parties.

Watch our first info webinar

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OPEN CALL #1
STEPS FOR SUCCESFUL PROPOSALS

SUBMISSIONS

24 October 2023 -
16 January 2024 17:00 CET

EVALUATION

January -
February 2024

CONTRACTING

March 2024

START OF THE PROGRAMME

Co-development: March 2024
Use-cases: June 2024

SUBMISSIONS

24 October 2023 -
16 January 2024 17:00 CET

EVALUATION

January -
February 2024

CONTRACTING

March 2024

START OF THE PROGRAMME

Co-development: April 2024
Use-cases: June 2024

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