Q: We submitted a proposal to the recent open call, would it be possible to know the date when the results will be announced?
A: We expect to provide the results by end of January 2014


The FI-STAR architecture follows the FI-WARE architecture concepts. More information on FI-WARE can be retrieved at http://wiki.fi-ware.eu

Frequent Asked Questions

Q: With what information should I familiarise?
A: You should familiarise yourself at least with the details of the open call, the architecture that FI-STAR is proposing and the Generic Enablers of the FI-WARE project.

Q: a) We do not include an explanation in section 2 of how the team will be organized and team management will be conducted, or
b) We should not include any management at all in any section, and that includes not having a management Work Package in section 1.2 as well?
A: As I understand your a&b options, they both apply. Thus, please, leave the sections 2.1 and 2.3 empty and do not include a management WP in the proposal description.

Q: Can we present two proposals (one under the category 1 and the other under the category 2)?
A: Yes, you can submit as many proposals as you want.

Q: Can I combine topics from category 1 with topics from category 2?
A: Yes, but your proposal must have a centre of gravity. You must select only one category when you propose.

Q: Does the evaluation committee consist of experts from the European Commission?
A: No, the evaluation committee is not consisting of EC staff members but of external experts contracted by the project for the evaluation task. Still they are independent, i.e. not from a member organisation of the project and not from any organisation that is proposing. There are clear guidelines with respect to conflict of interest.

Q: I see that some of the topics listed in the call are related. Should I submit a proposal that combines topics?
A: It is always a matter of value for money. Also the list of topics is not exclusive. You should feel free to propose additional topics. However clearly focused proposals have usually advantages.

Q: What should be the scope of any proposed technology / service / application?
A: Indeed we are looking for technology that can provide added value to the FI-STAR platform either as components that become part of the platform or as services/applications that use the platform. Note that the topics mentioned in the call text are examples and not an exclusive list. We welcome also other ideas.
Formally we do not have a requirement that your proposal must bring an added value to the existing use cases, since future use cases that may come from outside the project should benefit as well. We don’t know what other use cases will eventually use the FI-STAR platform, e.g. in phase III of the FI-PPP programme.

Q: The call text mentions the Generic Enablers (GE:s) and the Specific Enablers (SE:s). Could you give or point to information about these enablers. E.g., are the enablers available in the form of API:s, is there a list of them, where are they described?
A: The concept of Enablers is best described at wiki.fi-ware.eu The FI-STAR platform is a specific version of the FI-WARE core platform, but follows the same design and development patterns.

Q: In the whole call the idea is to give added value to the already existing use cases. So, it is possible if we propose 1 “service” that can complement 2 different use cases at the same time?
A: Ideally a service/application should benefit the existing use cases. However this is not a requirement. A new service/application can benefit future e-health services, which are yet unknown. Note that the FI-STAR platform should be used also by the Phase III projects and currently we do not know what other/new use cases will be proposed. So any innovative service/application for the e-health domain is welcome.

Q: According to the call text any proposal under the Category 2 - Work-flow engine for accounting purposes must imply the "utilization of the FI-STAR cloud infrastructure to the maximum extend". What does it mean the latter expression?
A: The FI-STAR platform is based on the core platform concept of the project FI-WARE, which defines an architecture and partitions functionality in so called generic enablers. So far FI-WARE has specified certain generic enablers, see wiki.fi-ware.eu, but a workflow engine is missing.
We envisage that in a first step a workflow engine could be an application utilizing the generic enablers of the platform and a second step be offered in itself as an enabler component. “cloud infrastructure” refers to the fact that the FI-WARE core platform concept is based on cloud technology.

Q: Should “local” be interpreted as “the call is open only to local solution providers and system integrators in the 7 locations”?
In the Call description, page 2, it is mentioned the 7 locations where the current use case scenarios are being deployed; Basque region Leeds, UK, etc.
In ch.2, the first paragraph states that: “…local solution providers and system integrators to get involved in the project … for the benefit of its experimentation sites…
A:Local is indeed a very vague notation. In this context it means local in Europe.
Later in time FI-STAR and the FI-PPP programme are looking forward to create regional ecosystems of innovative entrepreneurs. In such a context local may have a more precise meaning.

Q: Do I need to use a certain number of GEs/SEs to be eligible?
A: Not explicitly, but your technology must seamlessly integrate in the FI-STAR platform, which is a specialised instance of the FI-WARE core platform (http://wiki.fi-ware.eu). This could mean that your technology would use the FI-WARE cloud hosting chapter GEs in order to be deployed. In some cases your technology is likely to be handled as a Specific Enabler in itself, which means that it should follow the architectural patterns that the other GEs are following.

Q: The services/applications to be developed in the context of this call will need to be deployed in the current use case scenarios of the project? Only in a few (for example, the closest ones) or in all of them? Or is it possible to propose new ones?
A: It is NOT a requirement that proposed services/applications directly contribute to the existing use cases. You can propose also new ones.
 
Technically speaking we expect to see new services/applications that could seamlessly work with the FI-STAR platform, which is a specialised instance of the FI-WARE core platform (http://wiki.fi-ware.eu). This could mean that your technology would probably use some FI-WARE Generic Enablers (GEs), e.g. cloud hosting chapter GEs in order to be deployed. In some cases your technology might be handled as a Specific Enabler in itself, which means that it should follow the architectural patterns that other enablers are following.

Q: Is it preferable to have one or two partners?
A: : There is no preference on this issue. All proposals will be treated equally in that respect. Of course in case of two partners they have to show their complementarity.

Q: Is it  better that proposals come from SMEs or from big companies?
A: There is no preference. All proposals will be treated equally in that respect.

Q: Should research/academic partners involve also a company?
A: This is not a requirement, but your proposal should demonstrate that the proposed work is relevant for the FI-PPP as a whole, which is looking to have an impact on the market. This could be done through various ways, e.g. involving industry as a partner, demonstrating an agreement with industry to use the results, working under the advice/guidance of senior industry representatives, working based on industry requirements, etc. A pure academic interest proposal would probably loose points on the impact.

Q: Do the financing rates for the new participants will be the same as for the regular FP7 participant, i.e.
-    50 or 75% for RTD (depending on the organization of the participant)
-    50% for demo activities?
A: Yes, the standard FP7 rules apply.

Q: The VAT is not an eligible cost; is that right?
A: VAT is not an eligible cost. The financial guidelines that govern the EC FP7 program apply.

Q: Can you please inform me about the financing rates if I apply to the category 3?
A: If your proposal is in category 3 then the work is classified as dissemination and would fall in the cost category OTH (other). This is funded at 100%.
If parts of your proposed work includes elements that could be classified as RTD then the 50%/75% rates (depending on your organisation) apply. This is up to you to formulate and justify in the proposal.
However note that any network connectivity costs (if needed and included) are always funded at 50% under FP7 rules.

Q: The FI-STAR team will produce the videos needed? Or the new partner will have the production responsibility?
A: We are hoping that a new parter will bring additional EU dissemination channels to the FI-STAR project and its digital media outputs.

The relationship with a broadcaster for this call is one of development. i.e. Developing new concepts and formats for FI-STAR in integrated TV and Internet channels.  We hope a partner would work with us to develop proposals / pilots /formats that are cross platform :  TV, web, mobile,tablet, social media, that can be transmitted across all platforms.

To answer your direct question:  FI-STAR can produce some of the video content as can be seen on the you tube channel.  If additional content is required for a new cross platform format then that could be produced by new partners. 

But as said above this is a development proposal and we would hope a cross platform pilot with a TV channel element  would come through the new partnership and that would lead in the future to new production for pan eu broadcast and web transmission.

Q: Is there more information about the FI-STAR architecture?
A: We published a presentation and a description of the FI-STAR architecture at https://www.fi-star.eu/open-call/supporting-documentation.html The architecture follows the FI-WARE architecture concepts and more information about this can be retrieved at http://wiki.fi-ware.eu

Q: Do you expect the proposed solutions to the developed during the 12 months or should the 12 months be spent on integration, validation and field testing of existing “prototypes” into the FI-STAR platform? - This would influence us to choose whether we propose what have in advanced stages of development or if we should aim for something new.
A: FI-STAR wants something working and that can provide added value to the existing platform and/or use cases. It is not straight forward to answer. A new system has risks in the design/development phase. An older system has risks that it may be considered commodity and less interesting. If you believe in your current system then perhaps you should propose your existing system. It is possible that there is enough adaptation/integration work for this as well. Also you do not need to “spend” 12 months. If you can deliver an innovative solution in 3 or 6 months that could also be extremely relevant.

Q: It is possible to present different proposals in the call by the same company? I mean we have 2 possible solutions that are independent. What is better, 2 proposals or include the 2 services in the same proposal?
A: Yes you can present more than one proposal. It is up to you to choose whether you want to present two distinct proposals or a combined one.

Q: The developments included in category 1 and 2 have to be tests with real users? Do the proposals need to involve users?
A: The proposers do not need to involve users

Q: Is it possible to create new enablers over the Fi-ware framework for the health area, or the new added value services must be done over the already existing enablers?
A: Please study the concept of enablers at wiki.fi-ware.eu. Normally you would use existing generic enablers. If you reuse and modify or add functionality to existing generic enablers then by definition you create specific enablers. You can also create new specific enablers without reusing existing enablers. In any case the enablers should follow the design and development pattern prescribed by FI-WARE since this is used also in FI-STAR.

Q: Can third countries e.g. Institutions from India participate in the call for partners?
A:In principle yes. Please consult the EC rules for participation that you can find at
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_documents
See the "rules for partcipation" as well as "horizontal issues"/"third country participation" for details.
Note however that the objectives of the open call is to invite local solution providers and system integrators.

Q: Does the proposal need to be linked to a current use case and be tested in it is not required and we focus more in increasing our offer for call 3 participant?
A: The proposal does not need to be linked to the existing use cases. It should be something new and innovative, that integrates well into the FI-STAR platform (i.e. for category 1 can be seen as a specific enabler) and increases the service offering for phase III projects. We do not know what the phase III projects will want, so we cannot act as “procuring” something concrete.

Q: Could you provide some further info about the reminders in category 1 [it is a popular one] ?  In the description devices are included. Does it refer to external devices such as sensors that collect info or it refers to pc, smartphones, etc that are the devices where reminders are shown to the user? What level of integration is required? Do we ask for a SE or something more like an aplication collecting data from sensors, evaluating them and providing reminders based on the results?
A: This is very fluid. In principle the proposers should offer what they think is more innovative. In some cases the devices are probably the sensors that are embedded in smartphones, special devices that some company has in mind to market for specific purposes, or even embedded sensors in clothes, etc. I think we should leave this open to the imagination of the proposers. Also we do not prescribe what we want to receive; we explicitly say that these are examples of what someone could propose.

Q: Where and when can I get more information?
A: FI-STAR will be present at ICT2013 Event in Vilnius, Lithuania. There will be opportunities to meet with interested proposers. Visit the FI-STAR exhibition stand number 5C4, ID 11128: "FI-STAR - Virtualization of Care in a Future Internet"and visit booth 6 on 8 November 2013 from 11:00 to 12:30 where FI-STAR will present the networking session: Modular Medical Architectures 

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