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Transnational Cooperation

ECSEL – Electronic Components and Systems

ECSEL was established under Article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and involves the European Comission, several Member and Associated States, and 3 european industrial associations (EPoSS, AENEAS and ARTEMIS-IA).

The strategic goals of ECSEL include:

  • to maintain the production capacity of semiconductors and smart systems in Europe, and to help it grow;
  • to ensure a position of leadership in systems design and engineering;
  • to provide access of all actors to a world class infrastructure for the design and production of electronic components and embedded and smart systems;
  • to stimulate the growth of ecosystems involving innovative SMEs, and to create and strengthen new competitive clusters in innovative areas;


06 February 2019: Announcement of ECSEL 2019 calls, more information here.
07 May 2019, 17h00 (CET) : Deadline for Project Outlines
18 September 2019, 17h00 (CET) : Deadline for Full Project Proposals.

ECSEL 2019 Calls for Proposals

ECSEL has announced its 2019 calls for proposals ECSEL, to support Innovation Actions (IA) and Research and Innovation Actions, in the electronic components and embedded systems areas, involving industry and RTOs. The evaluation procedure will be in two stages, Project Outline and Full Project Proposal, with the support of an international panel of experts.

How to apply

  • Proposals will have two stages of eligibility check: at European level, according to H2020 rules, and at national level, according to the national rules of each funding agency;
  • All applicants are strongly advised to contact their national funding agency before submission of the Project Outline;
  • Proposal are submitted electronically in the H2020 Funding and Tenders Portal;
  • The participation of Portuguese entities will be regulated by Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds;
  • All Portuguese applicants must send a Declaration of Commitment, duly signed and stamped by the PI and the legal representative of the institution, up to 10 working days after the submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later stage.

Financial commitment and rules of participation

  • National commitment to the Calls: 2.000.000 €
  • The total budget of national RTOs is limited to 300.000 € per entity, per proposal (several entities involved in the same proposal can request 300.000€ each);
  • National companies, large or SME, have no budgetary limit;
  • All national participations in proposals must include at least one Portuguese company. Participations in consortia with only national RTO will not be declared eligible;
  • If funded, national participants will have to report to the ECSEL JU, according to H2020 rules, regarding the EU funding; and will also have to report to FCT, according to the present Regulation, regarding the national funding.

National Funding Rates

ECSEL calls are co-funded by the European Commission through the ECSEL JU, in a percentage that varies from 20% to 35%. The national funding rate will be:
  • For RTOs: 100%-JU;
  • For companies, large or SME: 50%-JU;

Note: Time dedicated (FTE) to transnational projects is not accounted for the FCT limit of 100% of time allocated to national projects.


National Contact Point

Rui Durão
Tel: (351) 213 911 532
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
1249 – 074 LISBOA