Specialist Task Forces can be proposed by the ETSI Technical Bodies, the Board or Special Committees.
STF proposals must be approved by the OCG and the Board independently of the funding source.
Funding can be provided from the ETSI ordinary budget, EC/EFTA contracts or voluntary contributions of ETSI Members or other Organizations. The funding negotiation process depends on the funding source to which it is addressed.
The total budget available for STFs is decided every year by the General Assembly.
STF proposals for ETSI funding must be submitted to the OCG and Board for approval. The Board will decide which proposals can be funded, within the limit of the total yearly budget.
STF proposals must address subjects that require specific technical competence not available in the TB and with strong support from ETSI Members. Priority is given to projects in the following domains: innovation, conformance testing and validation using formal methods, quality, methodology, security, societal good / environmental. STFs cannot be used to maintain mature standards.
The approval process under ETSI funding is relatively quick and is recommended for small projects with high technical focus (see here process and calendar for funding allocation). Set-up time can be in the order of 1 to 2 months from funding approval to STF at work but budget can hardly exceed 50-100 k€ and, typically, for no more than one year duration. Complex projects must be split in phases.
STF proposals must be submitted to the ETSI Secretariat: STF Manager: STFManager@etsi.org
STFs requested under the EC/EFTA budget must refer to a Mandate or one of the domains set in the Rolling Plan for ICT standardization.
The TB will prepare a Technical Proposal that will be submitted for preliminary approval by the ETSI OCG/Board and to the EC/EFTA for evaluation. If the evaluation is positive, a contract will be established between the EC/EFTA and ETSI for funding the STF.
The approval process for EC/EFTA funding has a longer lead time but can release resources for larger and longer term projects.
STFs proposal for EC/EFTA may include consultation and dissemination activities.
Contact for more information: STFManager@etsi.org responsible of relations with EC/EFTA.
TB's can propose STFs totally or partially funded with contributions from ETSI Members or other Organizations.
Contribution can be in cash and/or in the form of experts working free of charge, provided there is a clear separation between the STF work and the normal delegate contribution to the TB (e.g. expert voluntary contribution must be under STF contract, with identified work sessions).
The Board must approve the Terms of Reference for the STF, even in case of full voluntary funding.
Contact for more information: STF Manager: STFManager@etsi.org