Call for Tenders: “Study the economic potential of Edge & Far-edge computing in smart IoT”


The European Commission has launched a “Call for Tenders” to study the economic potential of Edge and far-edge computing in the next generation Internet of Things. In light of the EU’s ambitious climate goals and plans (Green Deal), and in line with DG CNECT’s priorities to support the sustainable development goals and the industrial agenda for a Digital Europe, this study seeks to examine in more detail both the economic opportunities and environmental impacts of a paradigm shift in the domain of the Internet of Things (IoT) towards computing at the Edge. Additionally, the study will contribute to the objectives of the Horizon Europe strategic plan for the development of technologies, standards and experimentation for users that will support Edge Computing for the future smart IoT.

  • Call for tenders open from: 5th July 2021
  • Call for tenders closing on: 3rd September 2021 – 16:00 CEST

The purpose of this call for tenders (CNECT/2021/OP/0026) is to analyse Europe’s economic opportunities and to derive solid economic data, as well as future policy development in the context of the European digital, industrial and green strategies. The objectives of the study are as follows:

  • To identify and measure the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of European stakeholders and their competitiveness in a cloud continuum with strong growth at the Far Edge.
  • To quantify Europe’s economic opportunities with broad and robust data, in general and in the following vertical sectors: agriculture, energy, home, mobility and manufacturing.
  • To derive scenarios in said sectors, which demonstrate the ecologic and green benefits of strengthening Far Edge Computing.
  • To discuss the impact of Far Edge computing in the context of the European data, industrial and green strategies.
  • To identify and evaluate the potential impact of European measures at programme and policy level in order to support this opportunity for European industry.

Funded through the Commission’s new Horizon Europe programme, the maximum amount allocated to the study is EUR 300 000. The factual evidence resulting from the study is to support the European Commission in achieving its targets for the Digital Decade.

Find more information here. 

Tenders must be submitted electronically via the TED e-Tendering website.