Call for Applications
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The fourth pilot project round has been closed on 31 August 2017. Over 100 applications were received. Applications will be evaluated during September and decisions are announced between the end of September and beginning of October.
KIRA-digi offers funding for trials that promote the digitalisation of the built environment and construction. The aim of the experiments is to 1) accelerate change in the sector’s operating practices, 2) enable the testing of various models and development paths and 3) apply the solutions of standards in practice. A total of approximately EUR 4 million in funding will be allocated for trials between 2016 and 2018.
Seeking fast and concrete experiments
An experiment means the limited practical testing of an idea or solution, which quickly shows whether or not it is prudent to continue its development or adopt it on a wider scale.
“An experiment means the limited practical testing of an idea or solution, which quickly shows whether or not it is prudent to continue its development or adopt it on a wider scale.”
Experimental development can include obtaining, combining, modifying and using existing scientific, technological, business-related and other relevant knowledge and skills with the aim of developing new and improved products, processes and services. Experimental development may also comprise the prototyping, piloting and testing of new or improved products, processes or services in pilot environments. Experiments can be conducted by both companies and communities.
Because the objective is to support new solutions, aid can only be granted beforehand and for new projects.
Themes of experimental projects
The projects must focus on special experimental development related to the digitalisation of the built environment or construction as well as processes related to organisation and innovation activities.
The scope of the experiment programme encompasses the built environment and construction, including planning, zoning, permit processes, construction, built heritage, building engineering, real estate management, real estate business and property management, links to infrastructure and energy efficiency, and service providers. The parties implementing the projects need not operate in these fields, but the results must pertain to the digitalisation of the built environment and construction.
The project must implement one of the five themes/perspectives:
Information: New life cycle opportunities and removal of obstacles related to opening, providing access to, refining or utilising information, for example, through linking data or opening data.
Services: Increasing customer value and streamlining processes in the sector’s ecosystems with the help of new and existing digital services.
Standardisation: Life cycle opportunities offered by compatible standards, information models, lexicons, nomenclatures or task lists, for example, in the development of processes, methods, services and products.
Internet of Things (IoT): The experiments combine life cycle stages, devices, movement, information sources, virtual reality and service solutions in a new way.
Operating model: Experiments that shake up life cycle operating models and seek new solutions and practices, using the means and principles of the digital age.
Maximum aid amount and aid period
The KIRA-digi aid scheme supports experimental projects with government transfers. Experimental projects may receive a maximum of 40% in aid of the project’s eligible costs. The costs of an individual project may be approved after the award decision.
Evaluation of the applications
The applications are evaluated by an independent evaluation group consisting of experts from numerous organisations and the KIRA-digi programme’s steering group. The decisions on aid recipients will be made with consideration to the following evaluation criteria, in addition to the basic requirements set for the projects:
Feasibility: The project can be implemented as planned, on schedule and with the resources available.
Impact: The project tackles a key challenge related to the digitalisation of the built environment and construction or enables other effective solutions; the project supports the use of the national service channel.
Accessibility, openness: Where applicable, the experimental activities utilise existing open environments, open source solutions and data that is already available, and the key solutions of the project are available online, for example, on avoindata.fi or kokeilevasuomi.fi.
Originality, innovation and creativeness: The project or a solution presented within the project is new and special or made in an original way, or features novel and special elements.
The application and evaluation process includes oral presentations of the projects via remote connection, envisaged to take place on 25-26 September 2017. If the number of applications received is very high, the Ministry of the Environment may invite only the applicants considered as the most successful in the evaluation to give the oral presentation, with the decision on projects selected for funding to be made between them.
3. If you wish, you can post your experimental idea on the open idea wall to find partners | View the idea wall >
Questions related to the project funding, the aid scheme and reporting of the experiments:
Virve Hokkanen, Project Manager, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 29 525 0087 Email. virve.hokkanen(at)ym.fi