The aim of the study is to inform decisions on future coverage and approach towards the fields of simulation, visualisation and visual computing within a future post 2013 EU Research and Innovation Programme. The study should analyse and assess the position of the EU research community and of EU industry in these areas. It should benchmark these activities against the main international competitors. It should also analyse the research and market potential in various application areas and identify the potential key players that should be involved in the definition of future R&D priorities and in subsequent research and development activities in the area. The data gathered and lessons learnt through this study will be fed into the Common Strategic Framework and Work Programme preparation process.