Celtic which is an Eureka ‘cluster’ project whose objective is to perform collaborative pre-competitive R&D focusing on Integrated System Solutions, including system, sub-system and basic technologies for end-to-end communication solutions launched for integrated telecommunications systems. The deadline of proposal submission is 14 May 2010.
During the past three years Celtic has been a success, becoming the third Eureka project in budget and participation and the first in Telecommunications.
The telecommunications industry, as a key element in the ICT sector, is strategic both as a business enabler and as a technology driving force. It contributes to the wealth and employment creation in the economy as a whole and it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the developed and developing countries. As shown in Figure 1, the direct contribution of the EU telecommunications sector to the economy stood at €374 billion in 2007.
Proposals shall contribute to the Celtic ‘Integrated Telecommunications Systems’ approach and shall contribute to promoting the Celtic ‘Pan-European laboratory’ with suitable platforms and test vehicles. The envisaged total project budget of Call 7 proposals should be around 150 – 200 M€ (depending on the available public funds per country).
Celtic is open to any kind of project participants from all EUREKA countries (industry, telcos, universities, research institutes). Especially small-medium-sized enterprises (SME) are encouraged to prepare a proposal or to join a consortium. The successful projects are expected to start in early 2011.
Projects will be funded on Services and Applications, Broadband Infrastructures and Security
The major technical domains, that constitute the core and focus of the Celtic programme, are identified as:
- Services and Applications.
- Broadband Infrastructures.
The following sections describe the new topics on which an increased research effort must be allocated:
o The new telecommunications scenario: In that section, a analysis of the need for a prolongation of Celtic activities is given. Particular attention is given to the ETP and their relationship to the Celtic work.
o The new scenario for media and content: This section is devoted to an analysis of the relationship of the NEM SRA as related to Celtic. NEM activities are covered in the present version of the Celtic Purple book, since it concerns Services, Infrastructures and Security. However, NEM gives some extra emphasis to content creation and Broadcasting that need to be underlined.
o The challenges of mobility: This section considers the activities of the eMobility SRA. Its priorities are also covering the three Celtic objectives on services, infrastructure and security. Even so, more emphasis to the user experience is given and that is the main objective of the chapter.
o The satellite component: developing solutions that ease the integration between satellite communications systems and terrestrial systems, thus making it far more appealing and ubiquitous for the user. This will necessitate the design and validation of hybrid satellite/terrestrial communication systems that rely on fully open network architectures. In addition, various trends in terms of service convergence and service evolution are developing in which satellite communication will play a fundamental role, such as: Service convergence, Broadcast and multicast services, heterogeneous and ubiquitous Telecom networks.
o New network integrated services for the user: It covers the activities of the NESSI SRA. NESSI activities impact both on services and security aspects of the present Celtic Purple book.
Celtic Information and Brokerage Day in Valencia, Spain on 13 April 2010
Celtic Call 2010 (Call 8) Calendar:
Call 8 – Proposal Outline (PO) Phase
|Start Submission phase for Proposal Outlines (PO)||8 March 2010|
|Celtic Information and Brokerage Day||13 April 2010|
|Submission deadline (PO)||14 May 2010|
|Evaluation of proposals finished||9 June 2010|
|Proposal selection meeting for FPP||23 June 2010|
|Invitation to submit FPP (Information to submitters)||30 June 2010|
Note: The PO requirements have been significantly reduced!
Call 8 – Full Project Proposal Phase (FPP) phase
|Start FPP submission||30 June 2010|
|Submission deadline (FPP)||15 October 2010|
|Review FPP finished||19 November 2010|
|Proposal selection meeting: Labeling decisions||end November 2010|
|Information to proposers about labeling until||15 December 2010|
Participating countries > Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom