EXTENSION: Be part of something BIG – Open Call for Innovators

Feb 20, 2023

To give innovators more time to apply for the Open Call, we have extended the deadline for submission until 20 March 2023.

In the course of the oPEN Lab project, the oPEN Living Labs in Tartu, Pamplona, and Genk are working on Positive Energy Neighbourhoods (PENs) that will be designed to fit the chosen districts. These PENs can serve as a testing ground for new market-ready technologies that can operate in combination with other technologies to tackle the challenges of our time. As energy costs are rising and the effects of climate change become increasingly apparent, the oPEN Lab project is searching for innovators who can help to find solutions.

What is the Open Call?

The oPEN Lab Open Call intends to involve European innovators interested in enhancing their innovation capacity and exploiting their innovative solutions in PENs. Within the framework of the oPEN Lab project, the cities of Genk, Tartu and Pamplona commit to making interventions and test combinations of different close-to-market ready solutions. This setting provides a chance to study the performance of technologies as a unique operating system based on eight main challenges identified by the three oPEN Living Labs.

Who can apply?

Innovators from the whole quadruple helix ecosystem are encouraged to submit their applications: SMEs, start-ups, large enterprises, research institutes, governments and associations representing citizens. Applications from SMEs and start-ups are highly encouraged and favoured in the evaluation and scoring phase. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.

What are the requirements?

Applicants need to be based in a European Union member state or countries associated with Horizon 2020. The applicant organisations do not need to be located in one of the three oPEN Lab Cities (i.e., Tartu, Pamplona, Genk). oPEN Lab demonstrations from organisations coming from a variety of locations to increase the potential for scalability and replicability of PENs in Europe. oPEN Lab focuses on the enhancement of solutions starting from a Technological Readiness Level (TRL) > 5 – 6 to achieve an expected pre-commercial readiness by project end with a TRL of 7 – 8. Based on this, the main eligibility criteria for the innovators applying to the oPEN Lab Open Call is to have a solution that has been already demonstrated in a relevant controlled environment (TRL 5 or above).

Find the Open Call Application Guide here

Apply through this form.

The call for innovators in a nutshell:

  • Launch the call for innovators on 16 January 2023.
  • Deadline for submission of applications 20 March 2023, 17 CET
  • Evaluate the applications between 21 March and 21 April 2023.
  • Select the innovators in collaboration with the three oPEN Living Labs in April 2023.
  • Start the implementations in May 2023

Deadline for submissions 20 March 2023, 17:00 CET.

In January and February several webinars informing about the Open Call and the individual challenges of each oPEN Living Lab took place.

Find the presentations here:

Genk, Tartu, Pamplona


Open Call Challenges