-- Posted by Mário Campolargo, Director CONNECT E, Net Futures
On the 09 July I went to Lisbon to announce the last and largest set of calls for proposals for research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
An earmarked €8.1 billion is to fund projects and ideas in crucial domains of human health, environment protection, urbanisation (smart cities), resources management, clean and secure energy. A package worth up to €1.2 billion will be given to support SMEs and to help them innovate and grow. ICT alon takes the largest share of the funding receiving €1.5 billion. The funding is open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries.
--- Posted by Gerard de Graaf, DG INFSO, Director for Electronic Communications Policy
As pointed out by Neelie Kroes in her recent speech about the ingredients for ICT success in Italy Digital Single Market also needs "high-speed broadband for ALL" so we need all of you to join the discussions online and share your comments and ideas!
Have you ever wondered why telecom companies and utilities keep digging up the road? Why don't they coordinate more and save money in the process? Particularly when the cost of digging represents
--- Posted by Paul Timmers, DG INFSO, Director "ICT for Societal Challenges", & by Maria Iglesia Gomez, DG SANCO, Head of Unit "Innovation for Health and Consumers"
Everything is ready for the 3rd of April event "European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: From Plan to Action", a milestone for this pilot initiative that will enable more than 500 stakeholders to meet with each other, explain how they want to get involved and discover common interests.
As you may remember the European Commission recently launched an invitation for stakeholders to commit to the implementation