A total of 76 proposals from all over Europe have been submitted to ONTOCHAIN second open call, between the 15th of July and the 15th of September 2021.
The target audience were researchers, innovators and developers, whether from high tech companies including SMEs, academia or natural person(s) legally established in an EU Member State, H2020 associated countries or Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States.
Profile of Applicants and Technology Domains of Expertise
Applicants were asked whether they were applying as:
- A group of individuals (team)
- A group of individual(s) and organization(s)
- A group of organisations (consortium)
- A single organisation (legal entity)
Out of the 76 applications, 41 were submitted by a single organisation, 18 by a consortium, 13 by a group of individuals, and 4 by a group of individual(s) and organization(s).
At the same time, applicants were asked to select their technology domain of expertise as follow:
- Decentralised solutions, blockchain, distributed ledger
- Measurement, monitoring, analysis & abuse handling
- Services & Applications (e.g. email, instant messaging, search, video chat, collaboration, community), Trustworthiness (Including: transparency, auditability and security)
- Software Engineering (Including protocols, interoperability and fundamentals e.g. cryptography, algorithms, proofs)
- Trustworthiness (Including: transparency, auditability and security)
- Trustworthy hardware & manufacturing, Decentralised solutions, blockchain, distributed ledger, Services & Applications (e.g. email, instant messaging, search, video chat, collaboration, community), Privacy and confidentiality, Well-balanced economy, Middleware, distribution, deployment, operations, DNS, authorisation, authentication, reputation systems, Resilient, robust and dependable
The expertise domains among the 76 applications were distributed as represented in the following figure.
A large number of countries were covered thanks to the communication and dissemination efforts in getting participants from all eligible countries. So, this Open Call 2 received proposals from 21 countries. Spain (16,9%), Germany (10,8%), Italy (9,2%), Slovenia (9,2%), France (7,7%), The Netherlands (7,7%), were the five countries the most represented.
ONTOCHAIN Topics Selected
To implement an infrastructure that will host ONTOCHAIN’s trustworthy data, metadata and services, and specific software solutions that can be used widely, further extending the use cases and the architectural features planned by the end of the Open Call 1, the applicants could choose among 6 defined topics plus one open as follow:
- Topic 1: Decentralized Oracles for ONTOCHAIN
- Topic 2: Market Mechanisms for ONTOCHAIN
- Topic 3: ONTOCHAIN Interoperability & API Gateways
- Topic 4: ONTOCHAIN Network Design and Scalability
- Topic 5: Semantic Based Marketplaces for ONTOCHAIN
- Topic 6: Data Provenance in ONTOCHAIN
- Other/Open topic
The distribution of applications received among the 6 topics plus the open one are represented in the figure below, which shows “Topic 2: Market Mechanisms for ONTOCHAIN” as the topic chosen by the majority of applicants (17 proposals), followed by “Topic 1: Decentralized Oracles for ONTOCHAIN” (15 proposals), “the open topic”(14 proposals), “Topic 5: Semantic Based Marketplaces for ONTOCHAIN” (11 proposals), “Topic 6: Data Provenance in ONTOCHAIN” (8 proposals), “Topic 3: ONTOCHAIN Interoperability & API Gateways” ”(6 proposals), and finally “Topic 4: ONTOCHAIN Network Design and Scalability” (5 proposals). Note that a secondary choice was made possible for the applicants among these topics.
After the evaluation process, only 13 proposals were selected from the 76 proposals submitted, leading to an overall success rate of 17%. Six proposals have been shortlisted as long projects (10 months) and 7 projects as short projects (5 months). For short projects,7 projects were selected instead than 6, given the quality of proposals and the availability of funds.
The table hereafter summarizes the quick facts about the selected projects:
|ONTOCHAIN Open Call 2|
|Total number of project selected||13|
|Total number of long projects (10 months)||6|
|Total number of short projects (5 months)||7|
|Total number of projects selected by topics|
|Topic 1: Decentralized Oracles for ONTOCHAIN||2|
|Topic 2: Market Mechanisms for ONTOCHAIN||2|
|Topic 3: ONTOCHAIN Interoperability & API Gateways||2|
|Topic 4: ONTOCHAIN Network Design and Scalability||2|
|Topic 5: Semantic Based Marketplaces for ONTOCHAIN||2|
|Topic 6: Data Provenance in ONTOCHAIN||2|
|Selected third parties profile||Group of individual(s) and organization(s)||1|
|Group of individuals (team)||0|
|Group of organisations (consortium)||7|
|Single organisation (legal entity)||5|
|Countries represented among the third parties selected||Spain||4||29%|
Funding Allocation per Countries
By rules, the ONTOCHAIN Open Call 2 has been distributed to the legal representative of the legal entity or of the consortium. In that last case, a consortium agreement has been signed by the parties belonging to the consortium mentioning amount shared between them. The figure hereafter shows the funding distribution per countries taking into account only the legal representative’s countries. So, Spain is the most funded country with around 32% of the total OC2 funding distributed to it. Then follow Germany (around 16%), Italy (around 16%), Sweden (around 10%) and Slovenia (around 10%), as well as Estonia (around 5.5%), Poland (around 5.5%) and France (around 5.5%). From a geographical point of view, the funding of ONTOCHAIN for this Open Call 2 covers well Europe.