ATMOSPHERE, UNDERWATER AND SPACE SCIENCES

OPEN CALL

Submit your proposal and utilize the services of NEANIAS for free!

The second Open Call for the NEANIAS project is launched, the application deadline is 8 December 2021.

The challenge is to utilize the NEANIAS services, develop novel technologies and strengthen European research in the Atmosphere, Underwater and Space service sectors. (www.neanias.eu)

You can apply for our unique program to validate your innovative idea and boost the development with NEANIAS experts for free!

It’s a good opportunity for you if you intend to elaborate a concept of a novel technology or intend to validate your start-up or your new development by working with leading European research institutions and companies. The application ideas will be selected by NEANIAS experts representing the Atmospheric, Underwater and Space thematic areas.

What do we provide?

Successful applicants will have access to the following services for FREE: 

Support on business development

• Intros to corporates, companies, investors, and other business stakeholders
• Business coaching and mentoring
• Business development support
• Innovation case implementation support

Access to NEANIAS Thematic services

• Access to NEANIAS Infrastructure.
• Develop your product by using NEANIAS Services within a 3 months project period from the Underwater, Atmospheric and Space thematic fields.

Networking

• Support from a pan-European network of experts, and be linked to the NEANIAS community.
• Access to a wide user group developed in the NEANIAS project.

Promotion

• Promote your project on NEANIAS channels.
• Create professional blog posts and targeted social media messages.

Purpose of the call

European Start-ups often face difficulties in the early phases, mostly because of the lack of high-quality infrastructure and human resources available to test and efficiently develop their technology.  NEANIAS aims to provide professional support to tackle these challenges in similar projects. The purpose of this Open Call is to spark and support the development of a wide variety of innovation projects, by providing novel services created in the frame of the NEANIAS project, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and contributing to advance research and innovation in Europe. The overarching goal is to build up and strengthen the European innovation community by identifying and supporting innovative projects with novel services developed in the Underwater, Atmospheric and Space research fields. Innovation in this scope may refer to (a) new operation models for existing services, that can exploit NEANIAS resources (b) improving existing services utilizing NEANIAS offerings to increase their overall offering (c) brand new services inspired by NEANIAS offerings (d) new services in need offerings such as NEANIAS and EOSC ones, and many more. Applicants will have to show strong reuse of NEANIAS offerings and valid sustainability potential.

Background

NEANIAS drives the co-design and delivery of innovative thematic services, derived from state-of-the-art research assets and practices in three major sectors: Underwater, Atmospheric and Space research, each engaging multitudinous academic and business groups, numerous researchers, professionals and governmental entities. NEANIAS Project partners have been developing 10+ novel services in hopes of overcoming emerging challenges; like bringing together actors from several disciplines (astrophysics, planetary, ocean, climate, archaeology, geology, computer science and more) to ultimately create opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Underwater services

UW-BAT - Underwater Bathymetry Processing

The UW-BAT (Bathyprocessing) service provides a large number of MB-System tools to post-process vendor specific raw data. Its approach is to create digital terrain models (DTM) and maps from multibeam echosounder (MBES) raw data.

UW-MAP - Seabed Classification from Multispectral Multibeam Data

The Seabed Classification from Multispectral, Multibeam Data service delivers a user-friendly cloud-based solution integrating cutting-edge machine learning frameworks for mapping several seabed classes, validated for archeological, geo-hazards, energy, and other applications.

UW-MOS - Underwater Mapping Service

The Neanias UW-MOS service, developed by Coronis Computing S.L., deals with optical mapping in underwater environments. UW-MOS provides an operational solution for large area representation of the seafloor addressing also visibility limitations from the underwater medium. UW-MOS service, available at https://uw-mos.neanias.eu, is composed of four sub-services or tasks:
• Calibrate a camera.
• Check image data quality.
• Create a 2D image mosaic.
• Create a 3D model.
For a more complete description of the service and its usage, and also links to sample data to test the services, please refer to the documentation page:
https://docs.neanias.eu/projects/u2-service

Atmospheric services

ATMO-4CAST - Atmospheric Forecast

The ATMO-4CAST service allows the generation of meteorological forecasts by using the Weather Research and Forecast Model. For this forecast computation, it is expected that the users provide relevant meteorological data. An example of such an input file is provided in the service web page. The service results are files, downloadable in different formats for a more custom analysis and PDF files for a preliminary graphical visualisation.

ATMO-FLUD - Calculation of Flux Densities

ATMO-FLUD provides a set of algorithms for the calculation of flux densities of Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, Turbulent Kinetic Energy and other scalars like GHGs. The input data to the service is user provided although test data are available for trial runs. Real data should be experimentally obtained by the user bearing in mind that the fundamental method employed in this service is the “Eddy Covariance”.

ATMO-SEISM - Service for correlation between gas emission, atmospheric conditions and earthquakes

ATMO-SEISM is a service for scientists to design, develop and test the correlation between gas measurements, atmospheric conditions and earthquake data. The considered earthquake parameters are: the earthquake Magnitude, the distance between the hypocentre and the gas emission site, and data and time of the seismic event. This service is focused especially on radon, but it could be possibly used also for other gases emitted in volcanic areas, like SO2 and CO2. The language that is used is Python, one of the most popular languages in data science. Jupyter Hub is a multi-user development environment using the IPython interface, allowing code implementation and interpretation using a web interface.

ATMO-STRESS - Service for reconstruction of stress trajectories map

ATMO-STRESS shows regional trends on 2-D gridded map (x-y plane) and can reconstruct a paleostress trajectory map by implementing the following two different methods (Lee and Angelier, 1993): (i) polynomial and (ii) distance weighted interpolation. It represents an upgrade of the already existing Lissage program (Lee and Angelier, 1994), which presented several limitations: it has been written using the Turbo C language, it is not user-friendly, it does not consider different data sources, and it cannot manage a large amount of data. All these issues are overcome thanks to ATMO-STRESS service, which also allows to download output maps in formats compatible with GIS environments (e.g. shp, kml)

Space services

ADAM DPS - ADAM Data Processing System - Data Processing, Cloud Computing, Pipelines submission

The ADAM-DPS provides processing services to support the integration and management of data processing pipelines and job scheduling. S2.2 Data processing pipelines are integrated to support the exploitation of planetary science data. The main potential users are Astrophysics and Planetary scientists. Main potential stakeholders are Industries and agencies involved in Space missions and related technologies addressing space activities such as planetary mining engineering, planetary robotics, image processing, computer vision, mobile telecommunications and space weather.

ADAM-Space - Seamless access to planetary data

A major obstacle in Planetary data exploration is the technical steps involved in exploring the data. The goal of this service is to handle data and provide specific products of broad use (eg, mosiacking) as well as products that demand processing intensive tasks (eg, landind-sites). Make those products available publicly to ease access and allow users to reuse data.

SPACE-ML AstroML service - Machine Learning tool for source segmentation and classification in astrophysical maps

AstroML service has been developed for source identification, classification and characterization of sources in large-scale radio surveys. This includes a deep convolutional neural network based on an instance segmentation framework (R-CNN) that allows both detection and classification of radio compact sources, radio galaxies with extended morphology and sidelobe imaging artefacts. It can work either as a standalone source finder, or as a classifier stage applied to source finders catalogue outputs of the CAESAR Service.

SPACE-ML CAESAR service

CAESAR (Compact And Extended Sources Automated Recognition) service provides a straightforward solution to segment astrophysical FITS maps, allowing for the extraction and characterization of both compact (e.g. stars, galaxies) and extended sources (e.g. galactic filaments, supernovae remnants).

SPACE-VIS ViaLactea Service - for Galactic Plane data access and visualization under FAIR principles

The ViaLactea service provides an advanced operational solution for data management and visualization of astrophysics FAIR data surveys of the Galactic Plane to study the star formation process of the Milky Way. The ViaLactea Visual Analytic (VLVA) tool combines different types of visualization to perform the analysis exploring the correlation between different data, for example 2D intensity images with 3D molecular spectral cubes. All underlying data are managed in the ViaLactea Knowledge Base (VLKB). The VLKB includes 2D and 3D (velocity cubes) surveys, numerical model outputs, point-like and diffuse object catalogues and allows for retrival of all the avaiable datasets as well as cutouts on the positional and/or velocity axis and some merging capabilities on adjacent datasets.

Service catalogue of NEANIAS

Video and more information about NEANIAS Services:

What kind of projects are we looking for?

We are looking for innovative projects, which meet the following criteria:

Novelty

By using one or more services of the NEANIAS project (please check the service list of NEANIAS), a significant impact can be made and achieved on your project in terms of novelty.

Exclusivity

The project can utilise NEANIAS services, which provide an answer to research needs, which would otherwise not be available by using internal competencies.

Technical excellence and industrial relevance

The proposed project provides technical excellence, as by developing a new product and/or service, a novel, innovative technology/service can be developed. The developed product has a novelty and relevance in terms of added value in the given industry.

Feasibility, Sustainability, and Viability

The proposed solution is using NEANIAS services for a limited period, and by utilising these services the added value of NEANIAS is straightforward, and quantifiable metrics are defined.

The Selection Process

  1. Submission: you are submitting your application by filling out the form – it requires a maximum of 20 minutes
  2. Evaluation:
    1. our internal expert creates a first evaluation of your application
    2. interview prepared with NEANIAS experts
  3. Selection:
    1. based on the evaluation of experts you will receive an individual score
    2. we will inform you within 1 month about the result of your application

How to apply

Application details and evaluation criteria will be available on the 11 October.

The Execution Process

After the selection procedure, the successful winners will start working with NEANIAS experts of the selected thematic fields of Underwater, Atmospheric or Space research. After signing an NDA, and creating a concise project abstract, where the clear goals of the project are defined; the project implementation will start. The awarded projects will receive technical and business-related support in the POC implementation phase, at least during three months. This period will be followed by a one-week collaboration with NEANIAS experts on evaluating the POC, and creating the closing report, where the status of development and the added values of NEANIAS will be described. The projects might receive additional support from NEANIAS experts to implement their business cases, which can be further negotiated and agreed upon between the awarded projects and NEANIAS experts.

The mains steps:

  1. Project abstract creation
  2. NDA signing
  3. POC implementation (3 months)
  4. POC evaluation (1 week)
  5. Case report (1 week)
  6. Optional additional support and extension period

Eligibility criteria

NEANIAS aims to foster the advancement of interdisciplinary research and innovation, therefore encourages the application of:

  • Start-ups
  • Established private companies from diverse industries (SMEs / Multinationals)
  • Groups of individual researchers / innovators of up to 3 members

representing a diversified field of research and innovation, which might use the services of NEANIAS with added value to apply. 

Conditions

By submitting your application, you agree with the followings:

  • NEANIAS Partners will protect the confidentiality of your proposal, by an NDA signed by both parties.
  • The evaluation of applications will be made by NEANIAS experts, and are based on NEANIAS criteria and the overall scope of the project. There is no possibility of appeal against the decision taken by the NEANIAS evaluation board on the awarded projects. Appeals against decisions taken by the NEANIAS Project Partners will not be handled.
  • You declare, that the project you are submitting has not received any EU or Government funding. No double-funding is accepted by the NEANIAS board.

Contacts

For all queries related to the Open Call, please send us an email:  opencall@neanias.eu

Additional document

NEANIAS is funded by European Union under Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme via grant agreement No. 863448