What is a smart textile?
The project clearly addresses smart textiles, defined as materials, components, products or services using a combination of textile fibres, yarns or fabrics with (micro)electronic components such as conductive wires, microsystems, sensors, actuators, energy capture or storage devices, heat, light or sound-emitting devices etc. to realise a smart function that adds value to the end user of the enabled product or service.
About the Calls for Applications
- Can I submit more than 1 proposal in this Call?
Yes any SME can. However the maximum financial support that can be allocated to each SME is € 60,000.
- If my proposal fails to be selected in one Call can I re-submit it in a later one?
Yes, you may re-submit the same project amended according to the comments of the Selection Committee, or submit a different one.
- If my proposal in this Call is selected can I submit another proposal in a later call?
Yes, any SME can submit several proposals. However the maximum financial support that can be allocated to each SME is € 60,000.
- Will I have to repay the money received after the project is over?
No, unless the money is used in fraudulent conditions or for illicit purposes, the support allocated is a grant, not to be refunded.
- May I use the grant to pay for the services of a research centre or a laboratory?
Yes, with the exception of all SmartX partners, as none of us is allowed to receive money from SmartX programme grants.
- Which Technology Readiness Levels must the proposed projects demonstrate?
SmartX support is dedicated to help bridge the industrialisation gap that currently often exists between Proof of Concept phase and market launch. So projects with TRLs of 7 and above 7 will be favoured, as shown in the scoring sheet form available in the Application Support Documentation.
- Who will have access to my proposal?
Please first note that every member of SmartX team and of the Selection Committee has signed a non-disclosure agreement that ensure full confidentiality to your data and project within the whole team.
Your Application coach will be in full contact with your proposal and underlying information you may give to him/her. If your proposal is eligible, your coach may seek advice or deeper information on a particular aspect by contacting other SmartX partners and keep you informed of the result obtained. Your Application form will then be transmitted to the Selection Committee members (list here) to be assessed during the Selection Meeting.
In case of potential conflict of interest, you may request that some member of the Selection Committee should not have access to your project data. If validated by SmartX Coordinator this request will be granted and enforced.
Moreover you may choose to give a restricted access to parts of your Application to individual SmartX project partners, except the project coordinator Textile ETP, or to individual Selection Committee members, by completing the “Restricted Information” section in the application form. In such cases, the full 10- page application form will not be disclosed to the parties for which access has been restricted. Access to the 5-slide pitch deck and the 2-min video cannot be restricted.
- Who will own the Intellectual and Industrial Property generated in the course of the project?
IP rights will be ruled according to the Contractual Agreements you are going to sign with your partners (service providers, other SME, etc). Neither SmartX nor any of SmartX partners will retain any of the IP generated by your project.
- Do I have to fill my Self Assessment Tool?
Yes if you want your Application to be eligible. It may seem a little complicated but your Application coach is here to help you.
About the Self-Assessment Tool
- Can I get access to the scores obtained by other members of SmartX Community?
Yes, a benchmark facility to help respondents compare their profiled scores with the others will be available as soon as a minimum number of 50 assessments has been reached, for statistical reliability purposes. To make it happen faster, do not hesitate to urge other SMEs to register and take the SAT test!
About Confidentiality and Intellectual Property
- How are you ensuring confidentiality during the application process and in terms of intellectual property?
All consortium partners have signed a confidentiality contract. In addition to that, please note:
- At the Expression of Interest stage
You don’t need to disclose technical information, just give an overview of your project idea. The only partners that have access to all expressions of interest are Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) and SmartX coordinator. Textile ETP will share your expression of interest with one coach who will perform the eligibility check. Data and information provided in the Expression of Interest may be available to other SmartX consortium partners to make sure the most relevant coaching service is provided to help you deliver your formal Application.
- At the Application stage
If the eligibility check is positive, you will be offered to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with your coach and start working through the technical documents requested for the calls.
- Regarding the Selection Committee
Your technical files will be read by two Selection Committee (SC) members (external to the consortium, but also covered by Non-Disclosure Agreements). Moreover, if you don’t want any one of the SC members to access your technical application documents, you can exclude them.
The application presentation (5 slides) will be shared with all SC members for evaluation.
- For selected projects
If your project is selected, you will be required to sign a contract with Textile ETP.
The ownership of IP resulting from your project work belongs to you and whatever partner(s) you develop your project with. Any IP arrangement you want to make with your co-developer is completely up to you.