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Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership - A large Horizon 2020 consortium call

March 16 2017

The EC has launched a new Horizon 2020 Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership call (ECSEL). Although this is a large and broad funding opportunity it has gone unnoticed in the general funding landscape. Therefore, it is about time we share our views about the possibilities this funding scheme holds.

The Electronic Components and Systems industry

Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) are Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) which will inadvertently be an inherent part of the future of healthcare. It will impact all industrial branches and almost all aspects of life. Smart solutions in phones, vehicles, homes, cities energy grids, and even smart society are all based integrating semiconductor chips running embedded software. They have enabled the internet, gave life to portable phones and tablets and drive the unmanned vehicles. No doubt the intersection of these technologies and playing fields will influence the future of healthcare.

About the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) call

The aim of the ECSEL call is to foster large scale consortia, both sponsored on a national level, and a European level, coordinated by leading industrial partners. The overall objectives are to contribute to the development of a globally competitive EU ECS (manufacturing) industry, to ensure the availability of ECS for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, keeping Europe at the forefront, and leading position, of technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, strengthening innovation capabilities and creating economic and employment growth in the Union. Affordable care and well-being at home, and in hospitals will result in heuristic care. Medical technology is to support patients throughout the phases of the care cycle (prevention, diagnosis, treatment/therapy, and after-care)

Horizon 2020 Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership call (ECSEL)


Cross-disciplinary synergies

To address problems related to urbanisation, aging and healthcare costs, ECSEL-projects focussing on Smart Health Key Applications should aim at synergies with other Key Applications. For example, sensors to monitor vital functions in vehicles, or shared power sources link to Smart Mobility. The Internet of Things (IoT), fall detection devices and health monitoring are associated with the Smart Society. Smart Energy Applications such as portable, uninterruptable, energy sources and energy conversion solution for on-body devices scan be beneficial for multiple healthcare products. And finally, Smart Production allows for the manufacturing of affordable and flexible medical equipments such as 3D printing and coating.

The synergistic setup of ECSEL calls for a cross-disciplinary approach of these Key Applications with Essential Capabilities such as Process Technologies (e.g. microfluidics and gas sensors, lab-on-a-chip), Design Technologies (low energy consumption, reliability for daily use), Cyber-Physical Systems to ensure wireless connectivity and physical parameter measurements, including semantic interoperability and health data mining systems. Smart Systems Integration will allow for multidisciplinary integration and packaging while, lastly, Safety and Security will also be accounted for.


Typical consortia include multiple academic institute and university groups, SMEs and large health technology companies. A project should adhere to at least several Key Applications and Essential Capabilities.

Attention should be given to the impact on several markets and the business strategy to develop these innovations.

RIA or IA?

Depending on the state of the project, TRL 3-4 proposals can be submitted in the Research & Innovation Action (RIA) and TRL5-8 proposal with experimentally developed projects should be submitted to Innovation Actions (IA).

When to apply?

There is a two-stage submission procedure for applications: a project outline (PO) and full project proposals (FPP). Deadline for submission of the POs is May 11 2017, at 17:00 CET. FPPs, on invitation only, are due September 21 2017.

For more information about this call, visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

Request assistance

Are you interested in learning more about ECSEL, or are you currently building a consortium and require support with aspects of the proposal? Do not hesitate to contact us and see how we can help.

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