Evaluation Process & IP Rights



How will my proposal be evaluated?


  • WEAR Sustain project funding applications will be evaluated by independent expert reviewers in a triple-blind cross-regional system, consisting of three reviewers with at least two non-local reviewers.
  • External reviewers will assess the proposals, using predefined evaluation criteria.
  • All submitted proposals will be reviewed remotely and scored by the three reviewers.
  • Reviewers will score and rank each proposal according to a grid consisting of a quantitative score for each of the selection criteria, and a qualitative justification of each group of criteria (i.e. Sustainability, Wearability, Creativity, Team and Business Potential).
  • The 40 top ranked proposals (provided overall quality of submissions) will be invited to pitch to a panel of experts, consisting of external experts.
  • Pitch events will be organised in the week of February 7th – 9th, 2018.
  • Based on the evaluation results, proposals will be ranked and funded as long as funding is available and the quality of the proposals are above the defined thresholds.



Consolidation of the expert evaluations.


** A maximum of 40 top ranked submissions (depending on the quality of the submissions), will be notified on 31 of January and invited to a tele-pitching day on either 7, 8 or 9 of February), to pitch their proposal to a panel of experts, consisting of external experts and the WEAR Sustain Project Coordinator.


The candidates will be able to call in remotely via a teleconferencing system.


At the end of this selection process a maximum 24 projects will be selected in total.


Evaluation Criteria


Applicants should consider the following criteria when applying for the WEAR Sustain funding:

  • Addressing Call Themes: To what extent is the project proposal in line with the call themes? Main subcriteria of this indicator are environmental sustainability and ethics;
  • Creativity: The indicator creativity focusses on the novelty of the solution, the ability to integrate technology in a creative solution and the focus on the artistic value of the project;
  • Team Excellence: Concerns the commitment of the team and the capability to develop and bring the wearable close to market. Specific criteria are the collaboration between artistic and technological disciplines, the expertise of the core team and the team’s interdisciplinarity, diversity and cross-border collaborations;
  • Business Potential: Concerns the need and potential value of the envisaged wearables for actors and the involvement of real end-users for requirements analysis and/or verification and validation of solutions. Specific criteria are end-user validation and market vision & business sustainability;
  • Feasibility: Rates the proposal on the project feasibility. Sun-indicators focus on technical viability, project plan & budget, impact and the legal aspects and risks covered.


Selection Criteria for successful WEAR project teams



Scoring Criteria Point
Addressing call themes 25
1.1 Environmental sustainability
1.2 Ethics
1.3 Other themes
Creativity 25
2.1 Novelty or/and Innovation of the solution
2.2 Technical integration within project
2.3 Focus on design/ artistic value of project
Team 20
3.1 Collaboration between Artistic and Technological disciplines
3.2 Expertise
3.3 Interdisciplinary, diversity and cross-border collaboration
Business Potential 15
4.1 End-user validation
4.2 Market vision & Business Sustainability
Feasibility 15
5.1 Technical viability
5.2 Project plan & budget
5.3 Impact
5.4 Risk Mitigation



Intellectual Property Rights of Applicants



The results developed by the selected teams in the course of their funding and support by WEAR Sustain will be the shared property of the owners of the sub-granted projects. The WEAR Sustain consortium agrees that IPR lies with the sub-grantees’ organisation, which will receive the grant and innovation services. Sub-grantees commit to ensuring that Intellectual Property Rights are clearly defined within their organisation.



It is required that the proposals submitted are based on original work by the applicants and that their foreseen developments are free from third party rights. The WEAR Sustain consortium is not obliged to verify the authenticity of the ownership of the foreseen products and services. Any issues derived from third party claims that arise as a result of the sub-granted projects are the sole responsibility of the applicant.



Selected teams will be asked to actively participate in sharing information and providing insights about their project for WEAR Sustain dissemination purposes. These will be specifically described in the Sub-Grant agreements that will be made after the selection, between the sub-grantee and WEAR Sustain. A template is available here.