OpenReq Open Call

To fund and assist organisations to profit from the research and innovation results of OpenReq.

Proposal submission deadline: August 15.

Interested parties can contact us at providing the following information:

  • Company name and website
  • Name and email of a contact person
  • Topic preference

Download the Open Call in PDF here.


Goal of the call

OpenReq (Intelligent Recommendation & Decision Technologies for Community-Driven Requirements Engineering) is a European research and innovation project under the Horizon 2020 programme. OpenReq addresses the challenging objective of creating a platform of services to semi-automatically support collaborative decision making in large software projects. The focus is on Requirements Engineering-related decisions such as requirement quality improvement, release planning or requirements reuse. In this Open Call, we seek proposals from organisations that want to integrate, extend, and evaluate OpenReq technologies for tools, processes, and use cases of their interest.

The call participants are expected to:

  • Perform technical work (including implementation and deployment).
  • Conduct evaluation(s) in real-world settings (with real-world data and participants).
  • Contribute to the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project.


The OpenReq project

In OpenReq, we develop an integrated platform that continuously monitors, analyses, and aggregates project and product information to:

  • Support stakeholders in collaboratively developing, screening, analysing, and assessing relevant requirements throughout a project.
  • Understand users by systematically analysing their implicit and explicit feedback. Implicit feedback includes software usage data and can, for example, help understand how and how often particular features are used to prioritise users’ requests. Explicit feedback, gathered through social media channels, can reveal issues, emergent needs, and new requirements.
  • Automatically extract dependencies between requirements (e.g., inconsistencies, conflicts) from the requirements body text.
  • Filter relevant requirements that should be taken into account for a release—e.g., based on dependencies, stakeholders and users preferences, time constraints, and budget limitations.
  • Provide recommendations to developers, analysts, and other stakeholders during requirements-related tasks — e.g., to improve the quality of the requirements text.
  • Help achieve consensus among stakeholders regarding the requirements (e.g., to be integrated into a certain release) using group recommendation approaches.
  • Support the reuse of requirements in similar projects (e.g., in the same business domain).

In particular, OpenReq focuses on the following industrial scenarios (OpenReq trials):

  • Intelligent requirement engineering and reuse for railway systems.
  • Complex dependencies and knowledge management in OSS communities.
  • Requirements intelligence and decision support for a telecom operator.

The OpenReq consortium provides platform interfaces together with a set of JSON APIs to ease the process of integrating OpenReq services. The OpenReq consortium will provide support and guidance to the applicants to learn the OpenReq platform and underlying technology, design, and integrate their contributions.


Who can apply

We invite applications from companies and legal entities with a VAT number located in the EU countries.



  • July 2nd, 2018: Call opens
  • July 22nd, 2018: Expression of interest
  • August 15th, 2018: Proposal submission deadline
  • September 2018: Selection and contract signing
  • End of April 2019: Results presented by the call participants.



We call for proposals covering (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Smoothly integrate relevant OpenReq features into popular — preferably open source — tools, including issue trackers (e.g., Bugzilla, Jira, GitHub Issues), requirements management tools, release planning tools, communication tools, or office tools.
  • Collect usage and context data from the applicant’s own apps and tools — or from popular ones — using a framework developed for this specific purpose.
  • Integrate OpenReq services — e.g., to support stakeholder meetings — into intelligent conversational interfaces (e.g., chatbot, voice services Siri, Alexa etc.) for quick and easy natural language querying.
  • Use of popular social media platforms such as StackOverflow as a data source for the OpenReq services. StackOverflow is one of the major resources for developers to discuss issues, complain about functionalities, exchange needs, and nice-to-haves.
  • Interactive visualisation and navigation of requirements knowledge — e.g. through the visualisation of the interdependencies of requirements, issues, feedback.
  • Integrate requirements quality improvement approaches (such as reducing the ambiguity of requirements text) into popular word processors — e.g., through plugins.
  • Integrate the user participation approach in an app. For example, give users the possibility to participate in the prioritisation of requirements by acquiring tokens from a smart contract set up by a group of stakeholders.


Evaluation process

The entities who expressed their interest will be invited to submit an application which will be screened by the OpenReq team for eligibility. Eligible applications will then be assessed by a panel of experts among the OpenReq partners. The shortlisted proposals will be invited for a remote interview with the assessment panel and winners will be announced by September/October 2018.

Successful applications will deliver a product/service that:

  • Has OpenReq as a central element and can be evaluated by the project industry partners.
  • Is technically sound and scalable to a market-ready product.
  • Can contribute to the project sustainability.


Budget information

We expect the proposals to request between 10.000€ and of 25.000€, but we will review other proposals outside this range as long as they meet the call goal. Multiple projects may be funded and the exact amount will vary depending on the complexity and the relevance of the proposal to OpenReq. Recommendations on the amount of investment will be made by the panel, therefore, it may not match the requested funding.

Winning proposals will be promoted via the OpenReq communication channels and, where possible, via OpenReq partner channels.

The selected applicants will sign a subcontract with the OpenReq coordinator, HITeC e.V., based in Hamburg, Germany.

A staged payment schedule and delivery points will be agreed between HITeC and the winning applicant(s).


Copyright and confidentiality

The applicants retain the intellectual property rights (IPR) of their work. On the finished product and on any related website or materials the applicants must use the “Made with OpenReq” logo.

The OpenReq consortium is developing open source software using a business-friendly license (EPL) so that proprietary platforms, which are integrated with OpenReq, can remain closed.

Access to the code base and the licensing of the source code developed by the call participants will be agreed and granted on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested contact us at providing the following information:

  • Company name and website
  • Name and email of a contact person
  • Topic preference