The first call for proposals was announced on 15 February with a submission deadline of 31 March 2014. Our aim was to make the submission process as lightweight as possible with a short, restricted word-length, online application process. Each proposal had to explain its expected impact, transfer concept, resources, budget and partner profile. If a technology transfer is compelling, it should be possible to communicate this succinctly.
We were delighted with the response; a total of 31 proposals were submitted from 13 different European countries. In total, the proposals requested 904k â‚¬ from TETRACOM supported by 1.1M â‚¬ matching funding from industry partners.
Each of the proposals was evaluated by 2 reviewers from an external panel of reviewers. In order to provide a balanced evaluation, one of the reviewers was selected from academia, the other from industry. Partners of TETRACOM were not involved in the initial reviewing process and were excluded from participating in the call.
The ranked proposals were then considered by the TETRACOM Steering Committee who selected 10 proposals for funding, subject to contractual agreement. A provisional budget of 338k â‚¬ was allocated for the accepted proposals.