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European Commission Directorate General

Software & Services, Cloud: research and innovation

Software & Services, Cloud: research and innovation


Our vision is that Europe will lead in the development and implementation of the next paradigm of cloud computing, notably through advanced infrastructures and services that permit provision and use of services that cuts across cloud providers and platforms, thus increasing choice and facilitate market access, especially for high tech SMEs.


Our Priority is to develop a long term research agenda for advanced cloud infrastructures and services, including devices, sensors and networked computing to address technological challenges that will not be overcome through the market.Research priorities identified as meeting these requirements are: high performanceheterogeneous cloud infrastructures; federated cloud networking; cloud security and  automated service composition.


Currently Europe has strengths in advanced computing e.g. research infrastructures and grids and to some extent high performance computing, but is not in the lead in terms of roll out and take-up of cloud computing infrastructures and services, despite its traditional strengths in both fixed and mobile communications. The development of strategic technology capacities for the future provision of advanced services is important to underpin fast innovation and growth businesses and services in Europe.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
10.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
We envisage spending under the Horizon 2020 programme of the order of €121m for priorities 2 and 3 (years 2014-15). These are indicative figures to be confirmed by the budgetary process by the end of 2013.

Cloud Research Experts Group, Connect Advisory Forum (CAF), NESSI (European Technology Platform), Cloud Select Industry Group, contributors to the public consultation (April 2013)

Software & Services, Cloud (Unit E.2)

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