Network of Excellence in Internet Science

EINS Open Call: Disruptive ideas for an Internet Science

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EINS is organizing an open call to attract new project ideas, aiming at improving knowledge in targeted topics of EINS that we consider of major importance, with a significant innovation potential and not sufficiently covered at present. The projects should be sharply focused, preferably on disruptive ideas within Internet Science, and designed to gain new knowledge while anticipating scientific and technological advances. Projects to be funded from this open call will furthermore aim at shaping collaboration between participants (institutions); new participants that have not been involved in EINS so far are encouraged to bring new expertise or knowledge to proposals. In particular, joint publications should be targeted as result of the new projects.

Deadline: 31/03/2013 at 17:00h Brussels time
Contact email:

Download the Guide For Applicants

Download the guide for applicants.

The goal of EINS is to coordinate and integrate current research initiatives aimed at achieving a deeper multidisciplinary understanding of the development of the Internet as a societal and technological artefact, whose evolution is increasingly interwined with that of human societies. Its main objective is to allow an open and productive dialogue between all the disciplines that study Internet systems under any technological or humanistic perspective and which in turn are being transformed by the continuous advances in Internet functionalities and applications. To achieve this objective, EINS brings together research institutions focusing on network engineering, computation, complexity, security, trust, mathematics, physics, sociology, game theory, economics, political sciences, humanities, law, energy, transport, artistic expression, and any other relevant social and life sciences.

This multidisciplinary bridging of the different disciplines may also be seen as the starting point for a new Internet Science, the theoretical and empirical foundation for a holistic understanding of the complex techno-social interactions involved in the Internet. It will inform the future technological, social and political choices concerning Internet technologies, infrastructures and policies made by the various public and private stakeholders about the possible consequences of architectural choices on social, economic, environmental or political aspects, and ultimately on quality of life as a whole.

The heart of the methodological work of EINS is formed by the JRAs; in general, they will take stock of existing activities in key scientific aspects of Internet Science, promoting coordination and stimulating synergies between them, and complementing them with research in specific areas which are seen as key for influencing the definition of future Internet specifications at architectural, technological and infrastructural levels.

JRA1, JRA2 and JRA3 are derived from the centrepiece of our vision, aiming to support the sets of scientific methodologies, system emergence/design methodologies and empirical and experimentation methodologies. In particular, JRAs 1, 2 and 3 constitute the supporting pillars for the rest of research activities (JRA4 through JRA8) that aim to coordinate the various multidisciplinary communities, ranging from legal and political through environmental and social science as well as user experience communities. More specifically, we have JRA1: Towards a Theory of Internet Science, JRA2: Emerging Theories and Design Methodologies, JRA3: Evidence & Experimentation, JRA4: Governance, Regulation & Standards, JRA5: Internet Privacy, Trust, Reputation & Identity, JRA6: Virtual Communities, JRA7: Internet as Critical Infrastructure; Security, Resilience & Dependability Aspects, JRA8: Internet for Sustainability.

Proposals focused on EINS JRAs and cross-JRAs research are welcomed.They should be in line with the spirit of a NoE, aiming for instance at promoting ICT/non-ICT research integration, explore new inter-disciplinary research areas, enhance research coordination and networking, etc..

Some representative topics of interest for this open call, but not limited to these, are:

  • Understanding the foundational properties of cyber and physical human social structures for designing the Internet of the future
  • Research methods and data infrastructures for Web Science and Internet Science synergies
  • The multidisciplinary regulatory and standards policy implications of Quality of Service in the Future Internet
  • The utility of public and private space in the future Internet, focusing on mixed real/virtual worlds and the implications for public policy
  • Cybergeography and cyberstrategy
  • Internet Science and stability of financial markets, impact of networked fast trading on market stability
  • Formal & algebraic methods for Internet Science
  • Technical & Policy Implications of Cloud Computing
  • Privacy Standards
  • Trust & Reputation in Online Platforms
  • Real time analysis of discussions in online communities
  • Critical Infrastructures as a key component of the future society and economy: towards a secure and resilient future Internet
  • Collaborative Coordination of Prosumers Communities
  • Impacts of network architectural choices on innovation and social cooperation
  • The evolving concept of network neutrality and its impacts
  • Using the Future Internet for creating a sustainable environment


If you are interested in applying to this call and receiving funding for your projects, please find the information for the first open call below.

  • Budget available in the open call: In the open call, EUR 330 K€ Commission funding will be made available. The requested funding per project is expected to be around 30-50 K€.
  • Total number of projects: EINS will offer funding for up to a maximum of 10 projects.
  • Eligible applicants: Applicants can be either EINS partners or new external entities that in order to submit a proposal to this call should first become affiliate members of the EINS network by just filling an application ( Mono-applicant proposals are also eligible. There is no restriction on the number of partners per proposal. CERTH as the coordinator of EINS and this open call, is not an eligible applicant.
  • Multidisciplinary considerations: Consortia are desired to involve more than one discipline;in case of mono-applicant submissions, the involvement of different disciplines members of the same applicant organisation is desired in the proposal.
  • Duration of the projects: The maximum duration of a project is 12 months, i.e. from June 2013 to May 2014.
  • Submissions: Proposals should be submitted in English and the submission is accepted only electronically, in a single PDF file, to the following email
  • Template / length of proposals: Proposals should not exceed 10 pages in total; the smallest accepted font is 11pt Times New Roman, and the 10 pages include tables. Tables can be filled with letters of even smaller fonts if they are visible enough. Specific page limits for each section are provided in the Guide for Applicants.
  • Deadline: This open call will close on 31/03/2013 at 17:00h Brussels time.

If you are planning to submit a proposal in response to this EINS open call, please read carefully the following information on how to prepare your proposal:
General Information and Requirements (below)
Guide for Applicants (DOC format) including template for the preparation of the proposal

General Information and Requirements

Call identifier: EINS Open Call

EINS is issuing this open and competitive call for new projects and issues that ideally add to the original EINS topics. Independent evaluations of the submitted proposals will be carried out, according to the criteria set out below.

Proposals have to demonstrate technological expertise, scientific novelty and quality. In addition, the participating organisations must be eligible for participation in the EC Framework Programme 7 (FP7) – related and further useful information can be found at Estimations of resources necessary for implementation and execution of the planned projects have to be provided in the submitted proposal. Following the selection of projects, an updated resource and project plan will be developed through negotiations between the proposing partner(s), the project coordinator and EINS Executive Board, as well as with the consent of the EC Project Officer.

Once an organisation is selected to implement the proposed project, it will be included in the project consortium (if not already a project partner) for a time period corresponding to the duration of the project implementation. The selected partner(s) will be added in the project consortium as additional partner(s), by signing the necessary accession forms to the project Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement. Consequently, the additional partners will participate in the project in accordance with all relevant FP7 rules and procedures. In particular the additional partners will be required to respect the consortium management procedures, e.g., with respect to project meetings, reporting, etc.

The proposal must state precise costs for the project in terms of personnel and other costs following the financial rules for EC FP7 projects. The requested funding per project should normally be 30,000 – 50,000 €. If additional new partners will be involved in the projects, they will receive the contribution in accordance with standard FP7 payment rules: covering 50 or 75% of eligible costs, depending on the type of organization, and considering direct and indirect costs.

The proposals will be evaluated by independent experts, who will be briefed by the consortium about the selection criteria. Annex II of the Guide for Applicants shows a template of an evaluation form. The selection criteria will include:

  • Quality of the proposal,
  • Degree of innovation,
  • Scientific excellence,
  • Relevance to EINS, Internet Science and the topics mentioned above in the call text ,
  • Involvement of new members,
  • Multidisciplinary considerations,
  • Qualifications of the organizations implementing the project and previous experience,
  • Consideration of socio-economic and other relevant non-technical aspects,
  • Expected impact of the results.

Specifically the assessment will be organized within the following criteria:

  1. Criterion of “Scientific and Technological quality” is the most weighted criterion (Threshold 3/5, weight 50%). The proposals will be evaluated according to its Scientific and Technological quality and specifically against the following pre-determined evaluation criteria (1) Relevance to the call, soundness of concept, quality of objectives and progress beyond the state-of the-art; (2) Quality and effectiveness of the S/T methodology and associated work plan.
  2. The proposal will be also evaluated according to “Implementation” criterion (Threshold 3/5, weight 30%). Specifically for the Implementation the predefined evaluation criteria are: (1) Quality of the relevant experience of the individual partners and the consortium (if applicable); (2) Multidisciplinary considerations, i.e., involvement of different disciplines in the consortium (in case of mono-applicant submissions, involvement of different disciplines members of the same applicant organisation in the proposal); (3) Involvement of new participants (outside EINS) (4) Appropriateness of the allocation of resources.
  3. The proposal will be also evaluated according to “Impact” criterion (Threshold 3/5, weight 20%). Specifically, for Impact criterion the predefined evaluation criteria are: (1) Contribution at the European and/or international level to the expected impacts listed in EINS.

Up to ten proposals can be selected in maximum.

Summary of the main points:

Innovative projects (the call will also support mono-applicant proposals)
Duration: max 12 months
Total Cost: typically 30-50,000 €

The proposer:

- Must be eligible for participation in the EC FP7,
- Must respect the consortium management procedures.