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I am working (with several colleagues from CEA, LIST in France) on research proposal grant to the European H2020 Framework Program (call is LEIT ICT-16-2018 Software Technologies)

The project idea is about:

Increase the software development productivity and quality by developing an open source toolset for software developers and associated methodologies. This applies mainly to the software developments with large software components (written in C or C++ or Java) and their ecosystem, such as open-source projects.

(BTW we have a more precise outline and a more detailed description of our project idea, in several pages)

We have got several (both academic and industrial = SMEs) partners, but we are lacking some large European corporation (e.g. some team in a global corporation of more than 10,000 workers) which:

  • knows about H2020, is located (has R&D staff) in Europe, and is willing to work on an H2020 proposal and (if the proposal get fundings) in an European collaborative R&D project.

  • uses and contributes to some large open source or free software project (coded in C, C++ or Java).

I know about several open source industrial associations with large European stakeholders (such as GENIVI, FIWARE and many others) but it is difficult to contact those persons interested by H2020 projects in them. BTW, some corporations which are strong members of these alliances are well known partners of H2020....

(I often get a reply like: we already have difficulties in hiring personel so we are not interested in H2020 programme)

Do you have suggestions about how to contact the interested persons in such (big) European corporations?

(sending emails to active contributors on public technical mailing lists is not effective, and I don't dare spamming these lists with a non-technical question)

BTW, if you happen to be a person working in Europe with open source in a large corporation and interested in H2020, you can contact me by email to basile dot starynkevitch at cea dot fr

Sorry if this question is off-topic. I feel it is border-line but not off-topic

My colleague Franck VEDRINE is presenting slides about this project idea at the ICT proposer day on 9 and 10 November, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

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    I think your question is excellent, and it is definitely on-topic. You're dealing with how to attract support of people (in this case, corporations) that use open source software and getting that into a research proposal. It's a bit of a twist to what everyone here is used to, but I think it's highly relevant to the community! Thanks for posting! :) – Zizouz212 Oct 26 '17 at 17:53
  • @Zizouz212: unfortunately my question was downvoted and would be closed, so others don't share your positive perception about it. – Basile Starynkevitch Nov 3 '17 at 6:58
  • I'd say the "BTW if you happen to be a person..." part is certainly border-line for a question on SE, and I guess that's why some people down-voted it... – Zimm i48 Nov 10 '17 at 16:45
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    @Zimmi48 To be fair, if you can downvote a question for something so simple, then you can just as easily edit it out. We provide editing privileges to various users for exactly that reason. Alternatively, raise a flag if you feel that issues are chronic, or deserve serious attention (although I did kind of preempt that with a comment). I'm not meaning to attack you (you didn't down vote), but "blind" voting doesn't always making for a positive community atmosphere :/ – Zizouz212 Nov 11 '17 at 19:38

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