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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.

Events

From 26/11/2014 to 27/11/2014
Milano, Italy,

A high-level event on Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions is being held in Milan on 26-27 November 2014. Read more

09/12/2014
Brussels,

Stakeholders in the robotics field come together on December 9, 2014 in Brussels to discuss project ideas and consortia for ICT-24-2015 in robotics. Read more

From 15/03/2015 to 18/03/2015
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

Multimedia

13/10/2014

Videomessage from Neelie Kroes,Vice-President, European Commission at "The future of Europe is science" Conference in Lisbon (PT)on October 7th,2014. Neelie Kroes explains open, digital science: a new trend helping scientists, citizens and society...........We are giving EU industry the global lead... like ground-breaking flagships for computers based on the human brain, and the new "wonder material" Graphene. Read more

20/06/2014

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

27/05/2014

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

News

27/10/2014

As part of its mission to strengthen Europe’s graphene research and development community, the Graphene Flagship welcomes its first four associated members: Netzsch (Germany), NetComposites (UK), ABB and Imerys (Switzerland). Read more

20/10/2014

Beginning October the Future was in Portugal ! To be exact, in Lisbon, in the Centre for the Unknown, of the Champalimaud Foundation. The Centre was hosting the high-level conference: "The Future of Europe is Science", marking the completion of the term of office of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso. Read this blogpost written by Andrew Houghton. 15/10/2014 Read more

16/10/2014

FLAG-ERA launches funding instruments in support of the Flagship initiatives on Graphene and Human Brain. The FLAG-ERA Consortium launches a dedicated joint call for proposals worth 18.5 M EUR on 27 October 2014. In parallel, FLAG-ERA announces the launch of Association Mechanisms for integration of nationally and regionally funded research into the Flagships work plans. Read more

Project stories

28/10/2014

Written in cooperation with Inria, France European Research Council (ERC) grantee Dr Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, is today presenting the first complete open-source 3D printed humanoid robot, called “Poppy” (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build – its body is 3D printed and its behaviour programmed by the user. Read more

21/10/2014

Tsunamis are not very frequent events, but they can have a terrible impact on human life and on the economy of a country. They occur as a result of earthquakes, usually at the bottom of the sea. But at present such earthquakes cannot be foreseen. Read more

01/10/2014

Conclusions of RoboLaw project on Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics have been presented at the workshop 'Upcoming issues of EU law', organised by the JURI Committee of the European Parliament Read more

Publications

14/10/2014

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

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

16/09/2014

The European Commission published today a report on its ambitious science and technology Flagships. The report draws the lessons from setting up the first two such Flagships, Graphene and the Human Brain Project, each representing an investment of EUR 1 billion. It also sets out the future working arrangements for the two Flagships underway. Read more

Press Release

03/12/2013

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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