As part of the preparation for Horizon 2020 DG CONNECT has set up a new advisory structure – CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation (CAF). The CAF is expected to become the essential platform helping the Commission, and more specifically - DG CONNECT, to bring closer to the potential users the ICT research and innovation.

The CAF core group involves a number of leading personalities of the European ICT industry, large public research organisations as well as a group of distinguished academics addressing not only the scientific and technological aspects of ICT but also the economic and societal impacts of new developments. Women represent 26% of the group composition.

The first meeting of CAF took place on the 28th February 2013.