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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

The EU Member States have set aside EUR 9.1 billion for funding ICT in FP7. This makes it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme, which itself is the largest of the specific programmes.

Objectives

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) will promote innovation, creativity and competitiveness in industry and the service sector. They will also create jobs and improve quality of life throughout Europe by facilitating the modernisation of public services. Research and innovation are needed for the next generation of technologies if Europe is to ensure its global leadership in ICT. Progress in this field will also reduce the digital divide and social exclusion as highlighted in i2010, the EC’s policy framework for an information society.

Areas of ICT Research covered in FP7

In order to ensure that Europe becomes a world leader in ICTs, the funding is focussed on seven key Challenges, plus support for horizontal actions like international cooperation.

The ICT theme also looks to the future in the form of long-term, high-risk, ‘purpose driven’ research known as Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). This blue-sky research is hoped to develop innovative technologies that will create completely new markets.

Three of the seven Challenges will promote industrial leadership in key ICT sectors, while the remaining four are led by socio-economic targets. SMEs are actively encouraged within each challenge because of their crucial role in innovation and economic growth. The seven challenges include:

Challenge 1- Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructures
Challenge 2 - Cognitive systems, interaction and robotics
Challenge 3 - Components, systems and engineering
Challenge 4 - Digital libraries and content
Challenge 5 - Sustainable and personalised healthcare
Challenge 6 - Mobility, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency
Challenge 7 - Independent living and inclusion
Future and emerging technologies (FET)

Scope of energy research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The scope for ICT also includes opportunities for funding research under the other nine themes of the Cooperation programme.

Opportunities for SMEs

The ICT theme provides major opportunities for SMEs to:

  • finance high-risk, early stage research and development;
  • build strategic partnerships;
  • operate outside their local markets with more innovative products and/or services.

Support actions will give SMEs greater access to micro/nano-systems manufacturing technology in FP7. New opportunities are provided for identifying training and educational needs and dissemination of smart systems at European level.

For more information on the ICT theme see pages on CORDIS.