The Digital Single Market strategy endorses open science and open access to scientific results. The objective is to provide European science, industry and public authorities with excellent digital infrastructure - supercomputing and data storage.

The European Commission invests in world-class ICT research and innovation in order to boost growth and jobs. It encourages innovative Public-Private Partnerships to boost innovation in Europe. The Horizon 2020 research funding programmes provide opportunities to promote excellence in ICT reasearch.

Digital infrastructures offer researchers an easy and controlled online access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools, bringing to them the power of ICT for computing, connectivity, data storage and access to virtual research environments. Research is more efficient, transparent, accessible and effective by new, digital tools for scientific collaboration through Open Science.

The Commission is also working on initiatives to stimulate innovation in Europe by strengthening the ICT ecosystem, and supporting European researchers, companies, and entrepreneurs. It also invests in emerging technologies with forward-looking ideas and longer term research.

Robotics technologies help Europe maintain and expand a competitive manufacturing sector with millions of jobs; they also offer new solutions to societal challenges from ageing well to health, smart transport, security, energy and environment.

Europe is at the forefront of Components and systems research and aims to maintain its leadership through advanced research effort in this field.

Research advisors CAF and FETAG provide advice on how to take the new role in the Horizon 2020 funding programme.