Communications Networks, Content and Technology

ICT Research and Innovation Strategy

ICT Research and Innovation Strategy

Programme Coordination (Unit F.3)

A strategy for Research & Innovation in ICT for a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth in the European Union.


Coordinating the preparation of an ICT strategy covering the whole research and innovation cycle, from basic research to solutions for society and the market. This strategy will take into account the views of EU R&I stakeholders and policy fora and international positioning. The core of the Unit's activities is the coordination of ICT Research and Innovation across all three Horizon 2020 pillars. This implies:

  • participating in Inter-service groups, and Joint programming working groups
  • overseeing and coordinating the collection of positions of stakeholders on R&I to inform on Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, for example: the CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF),  European Technology Platforms (ETPs); contractual Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and Horizon 2020 Programme Committees
  • representing DG CONNECT in Science & Technology (S&T) dialogues and Inter-Service coordination of  international Research, Development and Innovation activities (inter-Service group Strategic International Research and Innovation Cooperation - SIRIC)

Europe continues to under-invest, fragment its efforts, under-use the creativity of SMEs and fails to convert the intellectual advantage of research into the competitive advantage of market-based innovation. Moreover, society calls for solutions to key European and global challenges ranging from demographic change to resource efficiency.We need to build on the talent of our researchers to deliver a European innovation ecosystem that maximises the economic and social potential of ICT.In a globalised world, this ecosystem cannot disregard the opportunities offered by international collaboration in ICT R&I. This involves identifying the areas of mutual interest, associated benefits and potential drawbacks. A broad perspective considering economic and trade aspects as well as science diplomacy should especially be taken in the ICT sector.

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 and subsequent industrial investment and growth will ensure that Europe remains competitive in the mid to longer term, while benefitting from solutions to societal challenges.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Day-to-day operations; Missions; Expert groups

Efficient coordination with stakeholders via ICT European Technology Platforms (ETPs)

Timeframe: 2015



Ensure constant flow of information on the work of relevant ICT ETPs

Target Attendance of 8 meetings promoting ICT ETPs and reporting (2015)

Shaping a strategy for ICT international research collaboration

Timeframe: 2015



Alignment of overall DG CONNECT international strategy with key stakeholders (e.g. CONNECT Advisory Forum, Programme Committees, ETPs, PPPs…)

Target One major contribution to the inter-service group on Strategic International Research and Innovation Cooperation (SIRIC) per semester in the form of papers or presentations (2015)

Contribution of DG CONNECT in ICT Science & Technology dialogues with third countries and inter service coordination of international Research, Development and Innovation activities, in collaboration with DG RTD

Target Contribution to all Science and Technology dialogues with third countries identified as ICT-relevant (2015)

International cooperation in the Work Programmes: Number of targeted or coordinated calls and dedicated budget

Target Double the number of targeted or coordinated calls and the budget with respect to FP7 (2020)

Ensure alignment with national ICT R&I programme by consulting the representatives of Member States via the Horizon 2020 Programme Committees

Timeframe: 2015



Ensure timely consultation on relevant initiatives concerning the Work Programme

Target Delivery of position papers and documents by agreed deadline (2015)

Ensure consultation of key stakeholders through the CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF)



Delivery of CAF reports on orientations for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme

Target Delivery of one report for each CAF Working Group by agreed deadline (2015)

Constant involvement of CAF members in the preparation and development of Horizon 2020

Target 3 plenary meetings per year (2015)

Efficient inter- and intra-institutional coordination of ICT research and innovation across all three Horizon 2020 pillars



Ensure uptake of DG CONNECT's position in Horizon 2020 strategic programming and orientations

Target Presence of ICT in the strategic programming process for the Work Programme 2016-17 (2015)

Influence of DG CONNECT on R&I policy decisions

Timeframe: 2015



Percentage of budget allocated to ICT R&I in the next budget cycle (lead indicator)

Target 17,5% minimum



Chart URL See the chart

Recognition of ICT role in strategic documents

Target ICT prominent position is maintained in all strategic documents

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