European commission

Pilot project - Satellite broadband internet access for educational multimedia contents to unconnected schools

31 juillet 2019
5 novembre 2019

The general objective of the pilot project is to contribute to assessing the benefits of a broadband connectivity via satellite in areas impacted by digital divide with the support of regional or national public authorities, as a precursor of the even larger benefits that the European Gigabit Society will later make largely available.

Topic Description

In accordance with this objective, the entities allowed to participate in the call must have a clear experience in implementing space telecommunications technologies for the reduction of the digital divide and for connectivity improvement.

Accordingly, proposals shall help the Commission to achieve at least the following specific objectives:

  • Analysis of EU regions in long-term digital divide and impacted sectors and population notably for schools: the identification of some relevant regions, schools and other stakeholders must be in the proposals;
  • Assessment of simple, efficient and cost-effective implementation schemes (e.g. vouchers) to ensure easy access to satellite broadband connectivity: the proposals must present solutions ensuring easy access to satellite broadband connectivity;
  • Assessment, through deployment of broadband internet access via satellite to some unconnected schools (“field trials”), of the benefit of distribution via satellite of educational multimedia content relying, to the extent possible, on data and services offered by the Union space programmes; and
  • Development of outreach and communication activities.

Proposals shall describe how relevant European stakeholders in the ICT supply chain shall be involved through an inclusive process and which appropriate coordination with educational stakeholders (Ministries of Education, EU Commission, etc.) shall be established.

Applicants may find useful data and information for the preparation of their proposal by contacting NEREUS – Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies. As NEREUS is the unique European regions’ association spreading the use and understanding of space technologies, it could provide support to the pilot project while taking care of involving regions currently not members of NEREUS.

Within the limited scope of a pilot project, the overall expected outcomes of the pilot project are:

  • The assessment of the benefits of a broadband connectivity via satellite for a minimum of 10 schools across Europe in minimum of 3 different and a maximum of 5 different Member States and;
  • The assessment of other market sectors and identification of the related stakeholders that could potentially benefit from broadband connectivity via satellite in regions affected by digital divide.

The proposals shall take into consideration, in order to avoid any overlapping and exploit possible synergies, any other existing or planned initiatives (European, national, regional...) which are likely to meet the need of broadband connectivity improvement of the schools chosen to be connected.

Topic conditions and documents

1.   Eligible Countries: described in section 6 of the Call document.

2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in sections 5 and 6 of the Call document.

3.   Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

4.   Evaluation: evaluation criteria, scoring, threshold and process are described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.

5.   Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of the Call document.

6.   Proposal templates, guidance and model grant agreements (MGA):

Note: Due to technical constraints, the forms used in the submission system are standard forms for Horizon 2020 actions. Nevertheless, this Pilot Project is not a H2020 action and any reference to H2020 in the forms or in the templates must be disregarded. The only reference documents are the Call Document and the related Commission Decision C(2019) 1646 of 5.3.2019.

For Part A, applicants should disregard the information in point 4 – Call specific questions – as the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 is not relevant for this Call.

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

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Type of Action: Pilot Project & Preparation Action Grant [ PPPA-AG] 

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