What is the problem? Insufficient coordination of policies and concentration of resources
Europe's policies must be more coordinated and the resources dedicated to ICT research and innovation should be more concentrated. Coherent and strong partnerships for research and innovation are needed to create critical mass both in terms of financial and human resources and knowledge. Becoming more systemic in pooling and coordinating our resources and investments in ICT R&D and innovation across Europe - both on the demand and on the supply side - would lead to reduced fragmentation, less redundancies and better exploited synergies.
Why is EU action required? To pool resources at European and national levels
· To improve the impact and efficiency of European efforts
· To ensure complementary efforts at EU and Member State levels
· To help mobilise stakeholders around common goals
What are the Commission's plans?
· To enhance dialogue, exchange experience, avoid duplication of efforts and establish common goals and priorities.
· To support various types of partnerships, be they industry-driven, science-driven, or driven by public authorities, e.g. European Innovation Partnerships, Public-Private Partnerships in research, Joint Technology Initiatives, joint national research programmes, FET flagships etc..
What has the Commission done until now?
The FP7 ICT Work Programme 2013 (WP 2013) was adopted in July 2012.
A number of joint undertakings have been launched in 2012 designed to leverage more R&D investments from Member States, Associated through pooling public and private efforts.
The ENIAC Joint Undertaking (in nanoelectronics) conducted two calls in 2012. The first call with a total funding of up to 50.55€ addressed research and innovation project proposals. The second call with a total funding of up to 113.8€ addressed pilot lines to address closer to the market actions by establishing new and realistic R7D environment suitable for pilot manufacturing.
An Impact Assessment for setting up a new JTI was launched on electronic components and systems in Horizon 2020. The most prominent activities in this context were consultation with Member States and 3 European Technology Platforms (AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS).
2012 also saw the launch of a call for an ERA-Net Plus action in OLAE (Organic and Large Area Electronics ). The evaluation of proposals is complete. 12 projects are under negotiation. The total funding budget for these 12 projects is 14.9 m€ (of which 67% from the participating MS and 33% from the EU).
What will the Commission do?
By mid 2013:
The WP2013 will continue to support JTIs, Public-Private partnerships, SMEs as well as new initiatives such as the FET Flagships and the Smart Cities initiative launched together with DG Energy.
The WP 2013 supports a number of dedicated Pre-commercial procurement initiatives. The initiatives include support for more efficient higher quality public services and high quality cloud computing environment for public sector needs, through pre-commercial procurement (PCP).
Two ERA-Net actions are foreseen in WP 2013 one on a photonics topic of strategic interest the other supporting the FET Flagships.
By end 2013:
The next EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 foresees an ambition budget for ICT R&I and introduces new instruments and funding mechanisms to provide the leveraging potential of private spending. An institutional agreement is foreseen by mid 2013 paving the way for Work Programmes 2014-15 expected to be ready by autumn 2013 with first calls launched by the end of 2013.
A decision is expected to be reached on the regulation of the new JTI by the end of the year. The current JTIs' call activities will end on 31.12.2012 when the new JTI will take over their actions and start fresh calls at the start of 2014. The activities of ENIAC Joint Undertaking will include 2 calls identical to those of 2012. These advanced R&D environments are foreseen to provide advantage in Europe to tackle specific needs for components and systems as well as access to advanced R7D infrastructures to various actors including SMEs and user industry.
DG CONNECT's along with the Lithuanian Presidency will host its flagship event ICT 2013 in Vilnlius to help mobilise stakeholders around common goals.