Action 55: Member States to double annual public spending on ICT research and development
Member States should, by 2020, double annual total public spending on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) research and development spending from €5.5bn to €11bn (which includes EU programmes), in ways that leverage an equivalent increase in private spending from € 35 billion to € 70 billion.
What is the problem? Public spending on ICT is too low
The EU public sector spends less than 5.5 B € per year on ICT R&D, far below the levels of competing economies. Public policies should be creating the right conditions for sustaining the support to R&D and explore the yet untapped resources to support ICT R&D. Public funding is important for radical improvements to public sector services and new financial resources to R&D. It act as leverage factor for private spending and help accelerate time-to-market and open up new markets for ICT solutions across the EU.
Why is EU action required? To ensure Europe remains a leader in ICT innovation
Awareness raising, experience sharing, benchmarking and financial incentives at EU level will help encourage Member States to move towards the use of pre-commercial procurement. EU action will support a more targeted use of structural/regional development fund for ICT research and innovation and disclose new ways to increase national R&D investments.
What are the Commission's plans?
There are 3 main strands of action:
· Increase the use of pre-commercial procurement through awareness raising, clarification of the legal framework and sharing of experiences.
· Increase the use of structural & regional development funds for ICT research facilities and development projects on ICT products, services and applications.
· Strengthen national R&D investments like tax credits, support to universities, infrastructures, national research programmes, etc.
What has the Commission done until now?
Under FP7 the following calls have been launched:
· Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) designed to leverage more R&D investments from Member States, Associated through pooling public and private efforts.
· AAL Joint National Programme.
· ERA NET and ERA NET Plus actions e.g. in the area of flexible, organic and large Area Electronics and Photonics.
In addition a number of pilot projects have been launched under ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP), e.g. in the area of health and energy efficiency.
What will the Commission do?
By end 2011:
Adoption of the Commission proposal for Horizon 2020, including the specific programme for research and innovation and the rules of participation.
Horizon 2020 foresees an ambition budget for ICT R&I and introduces new instruments and funding mechanisms to provide the leveraging potential of private spending.
By mid 2012:
Adoption of Work Programme (WP) 2013.
WP13 will continue to support JTIs, Public-Private partnerships as well as new initiatives such as the FET Flagships that will require more MS investments.