EMPIR supports metrology research to provide solutions for societal challenges focusing on contributions for energy, environment and health; developing novel measurement instrumentation aimed at stimulating innovation in industry; and metrology capacity building activities.
A total budget of €600 million is available - €300 million from the EU (Horizon 2020) and €300 million from Member States.
Funding contributed by participating states mainly represents resources allocated as direct expenditure in the selected projects via institutional funding of the National Metrology Institutes (NMI) and Designated Institutes (DI) participating in the projects.
Legal entities other than NMIs and DIs participating in the projects will be funded according to Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation.
- Metrology for Pre- and Co-normative Research
The indicative budget for this Call is €4.8 million. The average contribution per project will be €600,000 for Strand 1 and €1.2 million for Strand 2.
- Research Potential
The indicative budget for this Call is €2.3 million. The maximum contribution per project will be €500,000.
- Fundamental Metrology
The indicative budget for this Call is €15.6 million. The average contribution per project will be €1.5 million.
- Metrology for Industry
The indicative budget for this Call is €24.3 million. The average contribution per project will be €1.5 million.
- Support for Impact Projects
The indicative budget for this Call is €500,000. The maximum contribution per project will be €100,000.
The European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) is one of four Joint Programmes proposed by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. It replaces the European Metrology Research Programme (EMPR) for 2007-2013 which was implemented by 22 national metrology institutes.
The aim of the initiative is to address the challenges faced by the European Metrology Research System and to maximise the benefits of improved measurement solutions for Europe. The objectives are to:
- Provide integrated and fit-for-purpose metrology solutions supporting innovation and industrial competitiveness and measurement technologies to tackle societal challenges such as health, environment and energy including support to policy development and implementation.
- Create an integrated European Metrology Research system with critical mass and active engagement at regional, national, European and international level.
Mainly National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and Designated Institutes (DIs) - although the participation of other entities is encouraged.
The following indirect actions in the area of joint research and technological development will be supported:
- Scientific-technical actions supporting fundamental scientific metrology laying the basis for all successive steps including applied metrology research and development and metrology related services.
- Metrology research to provide solutions for societal challenges focusing on contributions for energy, environment and health.
- Research in order to develop novel measurement instrumentation aiming at industrial take-up of metrological technologies to stimulate innovation in industry
- Pre-normative and co-normative metrology research and development for priority documentary standards aiming to use the expertise of metrology institutes of the participating states to support policy implementation and accelerate innovative products and services to market.
- Metrology capacity-building activities on different technological levels aiming to achieve a balanced and integrated metrology system in the participating states.
Before identifying topics for a Call for Proposals, EURAMET will invite interested individuals and organisations from the metrology research community and users to suggest potential research topics.
The indirect eligible costs of NMI and DI participating in projects funded by EMPIR will be determined by applying a flat rate of 5% of their total direct eligible costs, excluding direct eligible costs for subcontracting and the costs of resources made available by third parties which are not used on the premises of the beneficiary, as well as financial support to third parties.
2016 CALL TOPICS
Metrology for Energy 2016
This Call focuses on metrological research which supports steps towards a safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy system while increasing the competitiveness of Europe's industries. It is open to potential metrology research topics related to all sources of energy, traditional as well as novel types of sources and technologies with longer-term potential. The whole energy chain comprising generation, conversion, transport, storage, and consumption of energy is included.
This Targeted Programme is related to the calls in the EMRP and will allow projects that further the aims of existing projects. It partially complements the projects within TP Environment - which is launched in parallel and which aim at metrological contributions to measure and control emissions - by contributions to reduce harmful emissions.
The involvement of the user community such as industry, and standardisation and regulatory bodies, as appropriate, is strongly recommended.
Proposals will be preferred which aim at the development of a joint, sustainable, and coordinated European landscape of metrology capabilities.
Metrology for Environment 2016
This Call focuses on metrological research to improve the quality of data to stimulate technological innovation, and to disseminate traceability to, and make traceable measurements in, the field. It also aims to underpin other environmental research initiatives through collaborative metrological research and development. It addresses both local environmental challenges such as those related to:
- Contamination of water, air and soil
- Radiation measurement and protection, and acoustic noise
- Local pollutions and emissions measurements
- Monitoring of key parameters to detect local climate evolution
and global metrological challenges for climate monitoring such as those related to:
- The essential climate variables of the atmosphere, land and water, including their constituents, contamination, transport and other parameters, and their time evolution and comparability
- Emission control; measurement of gases and particles that have an effect on climate and health
- Validated remote sensing data and products for environmental and climate monitoring, taking into account ground based instrumentation networks
- Measurements in extreme environments and challenging conditions
The focus of this Targeted Programme is on reliable climate data. Proposals are particularly welcome which enable the establishment of a long-term European NMI/DI network coordinating the measurement infrastructure in this area and links to a potential global network, in collaboration with user communities.
The TP is related to the previous calls on metrology for environment in the EMRP and will allow projects that further the aims of existing projects. It partially complements the projects within TP Energy - which is launched in parallel and which aim at metrological contributions to reduce harmful emissions - by contributions to measure and control emissions.
Proposals will be preferred which aim at the development of a joint, sustainable, and coordinated European landscape of metrology capabilities, supported by the involved communities of national meteorological organisations, international bodies such as WMO and GCOS, and the climate research community.
Metrology for Pre- and Co-normative Research 2016
The overall aim of this Targeted Programme is to develop metrological methods and techniques required for standardisation. Proposed topics should address one of the following two strands:
- Strand 1
Specific documented demands of European and international Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) for metrological research in any area. Proposals may address the development of traceable measurement methods or the provision of validated data sets, which are required for documentary standards. The demand for the research shall be demonstrated by clear reference to the measurement needs within strategic documents published by the SDO (Technical Committee(s) (TCs) or Working Group(s), (WGs), (eg in the Business Plans or Work Programmes) or by a letter signed by the convenor of the respective TC/WG). Proposals in this strand are expected to be mostly "co-normative" in nature, ie addressing actual standardisation development work. It is expected that projects selected for funding will have fewer partners and lower eligible costs than Joint Research Projects selected under other TP calls.
- Strand 2
Identified standardisation needs for metrological research with a potential for high impact. Proposals in this strand should address "grand challenge standardisation" and strategic priorities for European standardisation, eg as identified by the European Union or as supported by European and international SDOs, eg by letters of support. Proposals are expected to group different metrological R&D needs under a comprehensive theme or field such as smart grids, the Internet of Things, climate change and resource efficient Europe, etc. The potential higher impact is expected to be achieved by addressing standardisation work of several Technical Committees of possibly more than one SDO. It is expected that the projects selected for funding will be similar in size and budget compared to Joint Research Projects selected under other TP calls.
For both strands, proposals are encouraged that include representatives from industry, regulators and standardisation bodies for their active participation in the projects, specifically to ensure that the project outputs are acknowledged by the SDO TC/WG.
Research Potential 2016
For those states with limited metrology research capability, Research Potential projects should enable them to develop their scientific and technical research capabilities in areas of national and regional strategic priority. Potential Research Topics (PRTs) submitted for this TP should identify
- The particular metrology needs of stakeholders in the region
- The research capabilities that should be developed (as clear technical objectives)
- The impact this will have on the industrial competiveness and societal needs of the region
- How the research capability will be sustained and further developed after the project ends
The development of the research potential should be to a level that would enable participation in other TPs.
While PRTs can focus on national needs, the Joint Research Proposals must combine the strategic priorities of several states and develop an integrated and coordinated response (smart specialisation) at the European or regional level.
Support for Impact
Support for Impact actions (SIPs) are coordination and support actions. SIPs must be based on research outputs from a completed iMERA-Plus, EMRP or EMPIR Joint Research Project - the Related JRP. A key requirement is an external request for the work from an organisation ready to take up the outputs of the project and move them on to impact outside the metrology community. The organisation making this request is called the Primary Supporter.
Calls for joint research follow a two stage process.
- Stage 1 requests the contribution of Potential Research Topics (PRTs).
- Stage 2 requests project proposals against the Selected Research Topics (SRTs) which EURAMET publishes following Stage 1.
Submissions are made via the EMPIR website when a Call for Proposals is open.