'REMOTE SCHOOLING' OPEN CALL
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The IMPACT EdTech project is a start-up incubator-accelerator helping European SME digital education innovators to bring innovative digital education solutions into the market. With funding from the H2020 programme of the European Commission, the project will particularly focus on developing new solutions that can contribute to extending personalised, inclusive educational models and/or support the development of the skills relevant in today’s world. In addition to these, solutions which facilitate remote and mobile learning aimed at ensuring educational continuity for school education or general users during periods of severe educational disruption will also be supported by the project.

The IMPACT EdTech consortium is led by European Schoolnet and brings together three experienced partners with complementary expertise:

  • European Schoolnet (EUN) is the network of 34 European Ministries of Education, providing Future Classroom Lab validation methodology for new ICT solutions for school education.
  • FundingBox Accelerator (FBA) manages the open calls and cascade funding. FundingBox is the European leader in managing Financial Support to Third Parties (cascade funding) and provides tools for community creation, to help innovators meet, interact and collaborate to build growth connections.
  • ISDI is the recognised European accelerator, helping Entrepreneurs, Enterprises & Institutions in their transformation to become competitive in the Digital Era.

IMPACT EdTech 1st Open Call will select up to 15 start-ups to participate in a hybrid incubation-acceleration programme. The 1st Open Call targets EdTech solutions from TRL 5 to TRL 7 specifically focusing on solutions that can contribute to extending personalised, inclusive educational models and/or support the development of the skills relevant in today’s world.
IMPACT EdTech ‘Remote Schooling’ Open Call will select up to 12 start-ups/SMEs to participate in a 5-month acceleration programme. The ‘Remote Schooling’ Open Call targets EdTech solutions from TRL 7 to TRL 8, specifically focusing on solutions that address common challenges faced by schools during the COVID19 crisis.

The deadline for the ‘Remote Schooling’ Open Call is 3rd September 2020 at 13:00 (CEST). No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

Only start-ups/SMEs will be eligible for the IMPACT EdTech Programme. An SME will be considered as such if it complies with the European Commission’s Recommendation 2003/361/EC. As a summary, the criteria defining an SME are:

  • Headcount in Annual Work Unit (AWU) less than 250;
  • Annual turnover less or equal to €50 million OR annual balance sheet total less or equal to €43 million.

Note that the figures of partners and linked enterprises should also be considered as stated in the SME user guide. For detailed information check EU recommendation: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition_en.
Only start-ups/SMEs legally established in the following countries will be eligible for the IMPACT EdTech Programme:

Yes, in conformity with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement , the UK and persons or entities established in the UK continue to be eligible to receive Union funds under actions carried out in direct, indirect or shared management, which implement Union programmes and activities committed under the MFF 2014-2020 until the closure of those Union programmes and activities. When restrictions apply, these will be clearly specified in the call for proposals.

  • The start-up/SME has to be established in an eligible country before the start of the programme.
  • The start-up/SME must be run by at least two full-time members with complementary business, technical and pedagogical skills.
  • The application must be submitted in English.
  • Only one proposal per start-up/SME can be submitted. If more than one proposal per applicant is identified, only the first proposal which has been submitted in order of time will be evaluated.
  • Applicants shall not have any potential conflict of interest with the selection process. All cases of potential conflict of interest will be assessed on a case by case basis. Conflict of interest can occur when there are circumstances that might affect objective evaluation of the proposal, as defined in the H2020 and EC regulations. Consortium partners, their affiliated entities, employees and permanent collaborators cannot take part in the IMPACT EdTech incubation and acceleration programme.

The full list of eligibility criteria is available in the Guide for Applicants, section 3.

No, this call targets solutions placed between TRL 7 (demonstration in operational environment) and 8 (system complete and qualified).

TRL or Technology Readiness Levels are measurements used to assess the maturity level of a particular technology. Each technology project is evaluated against the parameters for each technology level and is then assigned a TRL rating based on the projects progress. There are nine technology readiness levels, ranging from TRL 1 (the lowest) to TRL 9 (the highest). The TRLs in Europe are explained here: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/annexes/h2020-wp1415-annex-g-trl_en.pdf

Yes, the same start-up/SME can apply to more than one IMPACT EdTech Open Call, however, if selected as a beneficiary once, the company will have to choose whether they accept to be a beneficiary, or refuse it in order to stay in the running for the other Open Call. This will be the case even if applying with a different solution to two different Open Calls launched by IMPACT EdTech.

No, you must apply as a start-up/SME.

No, according to the IMPACT EdTech Open Call eligibility criteria, only one proposal per start-up/SME can be submitted per call. If more than one proposal per start-up/SME is identified by the IMPACT EdTech team, only the first proposal which has been submitted in order of time will be evaluated.

It is not compulsory to have commercialised your solution abroad at application stage, however you must have an interest of expanding beyond the national level. If you are selected, the piloting of your solution will be done with three teachers from three different countries.

You can apply for the call through the following link: https://impactedtech.fundingbox.com/

We estimate an average time of 4 hours for filling in your application via the official submission form. We encourage you to keep your proposal focused on the requested information keeping in mind the challenges and topics targeted by the current Open Call. Note that character limitations have been established in each section of the online application form. We strongly encourage you to start the submission process well before the deadline to avoid last minute difficulties.

The ‘Guide for Applicants’ is the main reference document for the IMPACT EdTech ‘Remote Schooling’ Open Call. It provides detailed information about the requirements of the evaluation and selection process, and the Acceleration Programme offered by the project. Additionally, an Open Call Helpdesk service is available to clear up any doubts you may have relating to the application process (eligibility rules, application form information requests, etc). You can access the Helpdesk via the Open Call Community Spaces available here: https://fundingbox.com/c/community-Impact-edtech. Finally, a Helpdesk service is also available if you encounter any technical problem when filling in the application form at contact@impactedtech.eu

The deadline for the ‘Remote Schooling’ Open Call is 3rd September 2020 at 13:00 (CEST). No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

IMPACT EdTech is looking for start-ups/SMEs to address one or more of the following challenges faced by the educational systems, which can be tackled by digital technology:

  • Pedagogical continuity of educational activities during remote and blended learning contexts, with a focus on addressing:
    • The lack of engagement and accountability of students.
    • Smooth communication between students and teachers.
    • Collaborative learning in remote teaching contexts.
    • Planning and delivery of daily teaching and learning activities in a remote teaching context.
    • Student assessment (summative and formative) and student monitoring.
    • Teacher-parent-student collaboration.
    • Supporting the school administration in organising, monitoring and follow-up activities.
    • Pedagogical continuity of primary school activities.
    • Privacy of students’ and teachers’ data and e-safety.
    • Access to curriculum-relevant online teaching resources.
  • Inclusive education, including the accessibility for learners with special needs and the overcoming of social inequalities in students’ access to suitable devices and low internet connectivity at home.
  • Personalised learning, including personalised assessment models which allow the monitoring and evaluation of individual student progress in remote and blended learning contexts and supporting the psychological wellbeing of teachers and students during distance learning contexts.
  • Development of digital skills of teachers and students in remote and blended learning contexts.

Moreover, the solution must be placed at least at Technology Readiness Level 7 when applying.

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