Second OFELIA Open Call

The Second OFELIA closed on April 18th, 2012, 17:00 Brussels time

The second call closed April 18th 2012. Thank you all for considering OFELIA for your experiments.

17 proposals have come in that were reviewed, leading to four winning proposals and a total of 6 new partners to be integrated into OFELIA. Four new work packages will cover topics that so far have not been present in OFELIA, like Video-on-Demand applications, path computation engines (PCE) for optics/OpenFlow integration, data center integration and multi-link wireless based on IEEE 802.21. In addition, new OFELIA islands will grow the total number of islands to 10.

For more information about the new project partners, experiments and island can be found in the OFELIA Newsletter Issue 8.


The call text can be downloaded here.

A template for the proposal is here.

Two video conferences were scheduled where additional information about the call and answers to related questions have been provided.

  • 30 March 2012; 14:00 CET


The European Commission has published a GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS. This contains a template for the proposal and general explanations about the proposal generation and evaluation process. 

Here is an FAQ section regarding the procedure of the Open Calls and proposal evaluation.


OFELIA – Second Open Call – OFELIA-2012

The project “OFELIA - Open Flow in Europe: Linking Infrastructure and Applications" is currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community. Primary target of the project is to build a pan-European experimental facility based on OpenFlow technology. Within this Open Call the project solicits proposals to enable advanced use and experimentation by extending the experimental facility.


Proposals should address at least one of the following areas:

  • Experiments in the area of functional diversity of capabilities could cover aspects like new processing capabilities, data storage, streaming media, and others.
  • We welcome users from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and support efforts to extend OFELIA and/or federate with existing testbeds in these countries.
  • Proposals for specific measurements and evaluations on the OFELIA experimental facility that need extensions of the already available infrastructure. Measurement frameworks, measurement equipment, inclusion of this equipment into OFELIA Control Framework, integration of OMF (ORBIT Management Framework) for wireless OpenFlow experiments.
  • In the fourth aspect, functional enhancement of the experimental facility for experiments, manifold extensions related to general functional topics and OpenFlow itself can be developed and tested. Extension of OFELIA to perform experiments beyond OpenFlow v. 1.0, Carrier Ethernet experiments / OAM extensions, Data center experimentation (e.g., load balancers) on OpenFlow,
  • Improved usability of the testbed, hiding complexity of individual hardware components, while being able to go deep into configuration.


The proposal should describe planned activities, information on the expertise and background of the researchers involved, and on the proposed budget. Independent experts will evaluate all eligible proposals to identify those whose quality is sufficiently high for possible funding.

The selected proposers will join the project consortium and accede to the existing Grant Agreement (GA) with the European Commission and the Consortium Agreement (CA) between the partners.

As selected proposers will join the existing OFELIA consortium as partners with equal rights, in principle the duration of their participation is restricted by the duration of the project only, that is, September 2013. Given the duration of work a reasonable project size will be up to 100K€. Maximum contribution per successful proposal is 200K€, the available budget for the call is 440K€. Overall between 3 and 6 new partners are planned to join the consortium.


Eight proposals that are following in the ranking will be invited to submit a short paper for the European Workshop on SDN in October 2012 and receive a travel grant for the presenter.


The EU has published a guide for applicants. This contains a template for the proposal and general explanations about the proposal generation and evaluation process.

The call will be closed at April 18th, 2012, 17:00 Brussels time. Only proposals submitted to by that time will be considered for the evaluation process.

Additional information can be found at