The project “Digital Agenda for Europe – Engagement for Growth and Jobs, Lot 3 - ICT and Innovation” is part of a wider assignment intended to mobilise efforts and stimulate commitment around the use of ICT to deliver growth and jobs in Europe. It is aimed at identifying relevant initiatives and involving stakeholders in the formulation of policy recommendations to foster ICT and Innovation in the EU by addressing different challenges to help bridging the gap between research and market competitiveness, in two perspectives: in and through ICT.

The desk and field research found a number of initiatives complementing the work of the European Commission, and in particular aligned with Horizon 2020 and 2014-2020 Structural funds, or with the SME ICT innovation vouchers launched in October 2013, the Startup Europe initiative launched under the Digital Agenda for Europe, as well as the recent JRC-IPTS study / DG CONNECT "Mapping the European ICT Poles of Excellence: The Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe".

By engaging online and offline discussion with a limited set of stakeholders, identified on the basis of the relevance, novelty and impact of their respective initiatives, the study concludes with a set of four recommendations based on the lessons learned to promote innovation "in and through ICT" at national or regional level. Finally, it provides with an integrated view across policy domains addressed by the three other DAE Engagement studies and their specific recommendations ("ICT and Public services for business", "ICT and Entrepreneurship", "ICT and jobs and skills") as well as with an analysis on the stakeholders engagement across the different studies to formulate a set of lessons learnt applied for both online and offline engagement.