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ICT Research and Innovation Implementation

ICT Research and Innovation Implementation

Programme Coordination (Unit F.3)
Goal: 

Efficient implementation of the ICT Research and Innovation strategy in Horizon 2020 and of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Action: 
  • Coordinate and ensure timely delivery of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)Telecom Work Programme and of the ICT related parts of the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes
  • Ensure overall consistency of  ICT themes across the different pillars of Horizon 2020
  • Include the international strategy for ICT in the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes
  • Manage and coordinate the Horizon 2020 Leading and Enabling Industrial Technologies ICT Committee (LEIT ICT Committee), and the Connecting Europe Facility Committee
  • Provide secretariat for the Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies and ICT Programme Committees, and the Connect  Advisory Forum;  leveraging their inputs for the Work Programme
  • Organise trainings and meetings for the National Contact Points (NCPs) on the Horizon 2020 sections LEIT ICT and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Organise ICT information events, proposers' days and conferences at regular intervals
  • Monitor the evaluation of calls for proposals
Situation: 

Horizon 2020 integrates Research and Innovation in the same Programme, ensures a more collegial approach to Societal Challenges across several Directorate General (DGs), and broadens Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) to the entire Programme. Moreover, part of the deployment of ICT R&I will be carried out under the Connecting Europe Facility. This has repercussions on the implementation level, as it implies new ways of preparing Work Programmes, taking into account new approaches and instruments. At the same time, dialogue between Member States and the European Commission must be maintained together with outreach activities such as ICT information events

Mandate: 
ICT R&I acts on several fronts of the EU growth and jobs strategy, Europe 2020, as it contributes directly to the flagship initiatives for an Innovation Union and a Digital Agenda for Europe. ICT R&I strategy is implemented through Horizon 2020, whereas deployment actions are part of the Connecting Europe Facility. The main implementing instruments are the Work Programmes, containing the calls for project proposals, whose drafting requires coordination with the Member States and the provision of related information to stakeholders

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
11.35
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Budget: 
Event organisation; Meetings of the Committees; Training/meetings with National Contact Points; Monitoring of call evaluations; Studies; Day-to-day operations
Outputs

Support the network of National Contact Points (NCPs), national structures that provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

3872

Organisation of meetings/trainings with the National Contact Points (NCPs)

Target Yearly organisation of 1 training and 1 meeting with the NCPs (2015)

Dissemination of information to attract the best applicants and broaden our constituency

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

3833

Active participation in national information days on the Work Programmes

Target Participate in at least 10 info days (2015)

Successful delivery of the high-level event "ICT 2015" in Lisbon

Target Attendance of 4000 participants at the event (20-22 October 2015)

Efficient coordination with relevant internal stakeholders for the preparation of the CEF Telecom Services Work Programme and its implementation

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

3834

Adoption of CEF Telecom Work Programme for 2016

Target On-time adoption of the CEF Telecom Work Programme for 2016 (3Q 2015)

Management and coordination of the CEF Committee meetings: constant involvement of its members in the preparation and development of the CEF Telecom Work Programme

Target On time preparation and invoice of documents, communication with Committee members, drafting of the agenda (2015)

Management and coordination of the CEF Telecom expert group: constant involvement of its members in the preparation and development of the CEF Telecom orientations

Target On time preparation and invoice of documents, communication with expert group members, drafting of the agenda (2015)

Coordination with internal and external stakeholders for the preparation of Horizon 2020 Work Programmes and their implementation

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

3859

Monitoring of Horizon 2020 call evaluations

Target Monitoring of at least 70% of call evaluations held in Brussels/Luxembourg (2015)

Responsiveness to contributions from the CONNECT Advisory Forum

Target At least 3 key recommendations contained in the Work Programme 2016-2017 ( 2016-2017)

Organisation of the Horizon 2020 LEIT ICT and FET Committees

Target Yearly organization of 12 meetings of LEIT and FET Committees (2015)

Adoption of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 (lead indicator)

Target On-time adoption of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 (3Q 2015)

Implementation of International Cooperation Activities

Timeframe: 3Q 2015

Indicators

4349

Successful completion of the evaluation of topic 39 "International Partnership Building in low and middle income countries" of the Horizon 2020 ICT call 2015

Target On time submission of the topic report (3Q 2015)
Results/Impacts

Realization of pan-European Public Digital Service Infrastructures

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

4351

Number of EU countries submitting proposals

Target Proposals from 80% of EU countries (2015)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades
  • DAE - To double public investment in ICT R&D to € 11 bn by 2020
  • DG CONNECT is a lean, modern, effective and efficient public administration