Pilot Projects & Preparatory Action


Pilot projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) introduce new initiatives that might turn into standing EU funding programmes.

A Pilot Project is an initiative of an experimental nature designed to test the feasibility of an action and its usefulness and lasts not more than two years.

A Preparatory Action- normally the successor of a successful pilot project on the same matter - is designed to prepare new actions like EU policies, legislation, programmes etc. with funding for not more than three years.

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Open Calls

Pilot Project and Preparatory Actions

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Environmental Monitoring of Pesticide Use through Honeybees

The project should develop a non-invasive environmental monitoring system via The collection of biweekly pollen samples during two beekeeping seasons by beekeepers from several countries in Europe.

The project should develop a protocol, agreed between scientists and field practitioners, and following official methodological recommendations.

The project should identify areas at risk for bee health by putting analytical data in a geospatial context.

During The project analysis of samples, will screen for both authorised and unauthorised pesticide and veterinary products.

The project should give an indication of The plant biodiversity of The landscape linked to The biology of honeybees throughout the year.

The project should perform a verification of The quality of The CORINE database

Private and Public legal entities

May 15, 2018

Rare 2030 - A Participatory Foresight Study for Policy-Making Rare Diseases

Rare 2030 is a two-year project, led by a research team, but using inclusive methods to promote a focus on EU added value. The purpose of the pilot project is to propose sustainable policy scenarios in the field of rare diseases for the period 2020-2030 and to address challenges and opportunities up until 2030 in a comprehensive and innovative manner, with particular emphasis on limited competences at EU level.

Private and Public legal entities

May 15, 2018

The European Defence Research Runway – part II

This action should aim to provide an effective way for tackling the issue of the critical defence technological dependencies for the EU regarding current and future systems and capabilities. The action needs to address at least the following activities:

(a) Mapping of the ITAR and other non EU sourced components and materials in the systems developed by the EU industry and used and to be used by the EU armed forces.

(b) Identify critical technology building blocks and possibly components for future systems and disruptive capabilities for which European technology non-dependence will be crucial.

(c) Develop a methodology to assess the supply risk of technologies and components of point a) and b) and their criticality for armed forces and the defence industry.

(d) Prepare technology roadmaps, ideally including cost substantiated predictions, and suggest business models for selected technologies, taking into account supply risk and criticality.

Legal Entities

June 28, 2018

European high-performance, trustable (re)configurable system-on-a-chip or system-in-package for defence applications

Proposals should design and validate a SoC/SiP and as such make a substantial contribution towards the development and manufacturing of European high-performance, trustable (re)configurable SoC/SiP suitable for multiple defence applications.

Design considerations and engineering decisions on the architecture of the SoC/SiP should thereby be driven by the state-of-the-art requirements of the selected defence applications. In particular long-term operation under harsh conditions, such as severe temperature variations, intense vibrations, and elevated radiation levels, as well as specific power requirements, should be adequately taken into account.

Legal Entities

June 28, 2018

Towards a European high power laser effector

Directed energy systems, and in particular laser systems, are potential game changers in future military activities. They are capable to engage rapidly and precisely with agile targets at a low operational cost per shot and with a reduced risk to certain types of collateral damage. This makes them particularly attractive to counter a variety of threats, ranging from asymmetric threats such as incoming, low cost unmanned vehicles to Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (RAM) or missiles which conventionally would require expensive countermeasures such as guided missiles.

Legal Entities

June 28, 2018