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The ICT sector represents 4.8% of the European economy.

It generates 25% of total business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D), and investments in ICT account for 50% of all European productivity growth. EU investments in ICTs are due to increase by about 25% under Horizon 2020 compared to FP7. This EU investment will support the whole chain from basic research to innovation that can deliver new business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies.

Information and Communication Technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. Thus in H2020, ICT-related topics can be found in all priorities, from 'Excellence Science' to 'Industrial Leadership', to 'Societal Challenges'.

'Excellent science' research will cover the radically new technological possibilities through the 'Future and Emerging Technologies', including FET Flagships, and the 'European research infrastructures' ('eInfrastructures'). Within the new research programme, integrating more than ever research and innovation, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) will go beyond its historical role of path-finding information technologies: it will open to all technologies thus strengthening its multidisciplinary aspects to turn Europe's excellent science base into a competitive advantage.

Research and innovation activities on generic ICT technologies either driven by industrial roadmaps or through a bottom up approach are addressed in the 'Industrial Leadership' pillar, more specifically in the 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' (LEIT) part of the work programme, under the section 'Information and communication technologies'. In particular, the topics addressed in the first two years of the programme cover the ICT technology value chain in a comprehensive way, from key enabling technologies up to content and information management technologies, robotics and networking technologies. Several cross-cutting topics addressing cyber-security, Internet of Things and research on Human-centric Digital Age are included. All activities are complemented with support to innovation and take-up and international cooperation.

In addition, three ICT-related topics are integrated in the Factory of the Future (FoF) PPP.

A number of essential EU policy objectives on health, ageing, climate, environment, energy, transport, public sector modernisation, security cannot be achieved without ICT innovation. ICT also invades and transforms bit by bit all aspects of our societies and economies and change the way people live and behave. Multi-disciplinary, application-driven research and innovation actions leveraging ICT to tackle societal challenges are included in the different 'Societal Challenges' parts of the programme.

A quick, but comprehensive guide to all ICT-related topics in the Workprogramme for 2014-15 can be downloaded .


Search for funding opportunities related to ICT in the Participant Portal.

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Events

From 15/06/2015 - 02:00 to 17/06/2015 - 02:00
Riga, Latvia,

First Innovative Enterprise week “Access to Finance for Research, Innovation and SMEs 2015” is a 3-day international conference on:

  • the political answer to the macroeconomic situation
  • ways to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness through innovation, including the investment Plan for the EU
  • how the financial instruments, facilities and accompanying measures launched under Horizon 2020 can enhance access to finance for research, innovation and SMEs
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From 15/03/2015 - 01:00 to 18/03/2015 - 01:00
Lausanne (CH),

The aim of the second Human Brain Project Education Workshop is to introduce the new concept of biological signature of diseases for Future Medicine and the methods for creating multi-level biological models of brain diseases. Read more

From 12/03/2015 - 01:00 to 13/03/2015 - 01:00
Barcelona, Spain,

The International Workshop on Organic and Graphene ELECtronics and SPINtronics will focus on the design and exploitation of organic- and graphene-based electronic and spintronic devices. Read more

Multimedia

24/11/2014 - 12:44

Chalmers University of Technology, the coordinator of the Graphene Flagship project Chalmers will launch its massive open online course on graphene. The course will be free of charge and accessible to anyone with a computer. The teacher is Jie Sun, Assistant Professor in the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory of the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. Read more

17/11/2014 - 11:28

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called BIG BRAIN. Read more

07/11/2014 - 17:36

Understanding user's reactions to data visualisations will help and enhance user's abilities to understand information in big sets of data. Read more

News

12/01/2015 - 13:25

In this newsletter Thierry Van der Pyl, Director of "Excellence in Science" at DG CONNECT, summarises the achievements in FET for this first year in H2020, in parallel with EC policies development, and looks at the challenges ahead of us. We also report on FET related funding opportunities, conferenes & workshops, major results & achievements of FET projects & initiatives & reports. Read more

05/01/2015 - 01:00

Within the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015, the FET Proactive call "Emerging themes and communities" had three initiatives: Global Systems Science (GSS); Knowing, doing and being: cognition beyond problem solving (KnowDoBe); and Quantum simulation (Q-SIM). The call closed end of March 2014 and 13 projects have been selected for funding. Read more

11/12/2014 - 10:28

With Flagships, the EC proposes a new PARTNERING MODEL for long-term European co-operative research. This model is built around a large Core Project and several Partnering Projects. The FET Flagship Model is the implementation and Governance Model of the Flagship projects in Horizon 2020. The FET Flagship Staff Working document published by the EC sets out the future working arrangements and governance for the two Flagships under way. Read the overviews & check out the presentations below. Read more

Project stories

15/12/2014 - 01:00

An EU research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart devices. Read more

27/11/2014 - 01:00

Forecasters predicting the spread of Ebola are using one of the most sophisticated modeling systems in the world – the result of an EU research project. Read more

26/11/2014 - 12:13

Many scientists point out that the goal of social sciences is not simply to understand how people behave in large groups, but to understand what motivates individuals to behave the way they do. Could this fundamental insight be transformed in a step forward towards the solution of important societal challenges like traffic congestion or the sustainability a fully electrified transportation system? Among others, those are the questions that DATASIM project tried to address. Read more

Publications

14/10/2014 - 14:54

The "STAC report" was presented to President Barroso in October 2014 at "The future of Europe is science" Conference in Portugal. This foresight report outlines some key opportunities for Europe that could be provided by science and technology, looking ahead to the year 2030. Read more

02/10/2014 - 13:21

The European Commission is piloting the potential of a Cloud of public services for the development and the delivery of more flexible public services by combining building blocks and allowing service sharing between public and private providers. Discover in this brochure which projects have been and are funded in this domain. Read more

12/09/2014 - 13:17

The report presents the outcomes & discussions from our 3rd FET2020 Conference held in Budapest(Hungary 26/06/2014, and which had the objective of discussing aspects related to increasing the engagement and participation within FET projects in Horizon 2020. Of particular interest was how to increase participation of both the scientific and industrial communities of those Member States with a relatively low participation rate in FET projects in FP7, namely the majority of the EU13 Member States. Read more

Press Release

03/12/2013 - 01:00

The European Commission welcomed the adoption by EU Member States of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. Read more

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