European Commission grants € 75 million for Green ICT research projects
20.10.2011 Organisations involved in Green Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are invited, by the European Commission, to submit proposals for research projects in the areas of Smart Energy Grids, Efficient Water Resources Management and Energy-Positive Neighbourhoods. The deadlines are early-December 2011 and mid-January 2012.
The Commission recognises that ICTs could play a greater role in supporting sustainable growth. Significant EU funds have, therefore, been dedicated to driving research and development in this area. The research projects are funded by the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
On November 25, European Commission officials will visit Cyprus to present what the European Commission does in the area of Green ICT. All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to attend the event. Find out more about this event here.
So how can you participate?
To benefit from the EU funding participants must draft proposals in which they address the challenges 6.1 (Smart Energy Grids), 6.3 (ICT for Efficient Water Resources Management) or 6.5 (Energy-positive neighbourhoods) of the "Work Programme 2011" of the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). A participant must team up with at least two other partners from two other EU Member States or Associated Countries.
Two of these challenges are part of the so-called "ICT Call 8" for which the deadline is the 17 January 2012:
1) 2011.6.1. Smart Energy Grids, € 30 million
2) 2011.6.3 ICT for Efficient Water Resources Management, € 15 million
More details on how to apply for funding in these areas can be found here.
Another challenge - 2011-6.5 ICT for Energy-positive neighbourhoods - is part of the call "Energy-efficient Buildings" with a budget of € 30 million. The deadline is 1 December 2011.
More details on how to apply for funding in this area can be found here.