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The ICT sector represents 4.8% of the European economy.

It generates 25% of total business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D), and investments in ICT account for 50% of all European productivity growth. EU investments in ICTs are due to increase by about 25% under Horizon 2020 compared to FP7. This EU investment will support the whole chain from basic research to innovation that can deliver new business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies.

Information and Communication Technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. Thus in H2020, ICT-related topics can be found in all priorities, from 'Excellence Science' to 'Industrial Leadership', to 'Societal Challenges'.

'Excellent science' research will cover the radically new technological possibilities through the 'Future and Emerging Technologies', including FET Flagships, and the 'European research infrastructures' ('eInfrastructures'). Within the new research programme, integrating more than ever research and innovation, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) will go beyond its historical role of path-finding information technologies: it will open to all technologies thus strengthening its multidisciplinary aspects to turn Europe's excellent science base into a competitive advantage.

Research and innovation activities on generic ICT technologies either driven by industrial roadmaps or through a bottom up approach are addressed in the 'Industrial Leadership' pillar, more specifically in the 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' (LEIT) part of the work programme, under the section 'Information and communication technologies'. In particular, the topics addressed in the first two years of the programme cover the ICT technology value chain in a comprehensive way, from key enabling technologies up to content and information management technologies, robotics and networking technologies. Several cross-cutting topics addressing cyber-security, Internet of Things and research on Human-centric Digital Age are included. All activities are complemented with support to innovation and take-up and international cooperation.

In addition, three ICT-related topics are integrated in the Factory of the Future (FoF) PPP.

A number of essential EU policy objectives on health, ageing, climate, environment, energy, transport, public sector modernisation, security cannot be achieved without ICT innovation. ICT also invades and transforms bit by bit all aspects of our societies and economies and change the way people live and behave. Multi-disciplinary, application-driven research and innovation actions leveraging ICT to tackle societal challenges are included in the different 'Societal Challenges' parts of the programme.

A quick, but comprehensive guide to all ICT-related topics in the Workprogramme for 2014-15 can be downloaded .


Search for funding opportunities related to ICT in the Participant Portal.

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Events

From 20/10/2015 - 02:00 to 22/10/2015 - 02:00
Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Portugal,

ICT 2015, the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 20-22 October 2015. Save the date in your calendar and do not miss the opportunity to "Innovate, Connect, Transform" with us! Read more

From 24/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

The RE.WORK Future Technology Summit will gather experts to learn about future technologies and discuss their impact on science and society. The Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the European Commission will be part of the discussion. Read more

From 22/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
Ghent, Belgium,

The Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum is the annual platform for the European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL Programme as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market. This year's event will combine interactive sessions and workshops with an interesting exhibition area. Initiatives from the Flanders care sectors and care living labs will be showcased while end users will be heavily involved. Read more

Multimedia

26/11/2014 - 12:13

Many scientists point out that the goal of social sciences is not simply to understand how people behave in large groups, but to understand what motivates individuals to behave the way they do. Could this fundamental insight be transformed in a step forward towards the solution of important societal challenges like traffic congestion or the sustainability a fully electrified transportation system? Among others, those are the questions that DATASIM project tried to address. Read more

24/11/2014 - 12:44

Chalmers University of Technology, the coordinator of the Graphene Flagship project Chalmers will launch its massive open online course on graphene. The course will be free of charge and accessible to anyone with a computer. The teacher is Jie Sun, Assistant Professor in the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory of the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. Read more

17/11/2014 - 11:28

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called BIG BRAIN. Read more

News

01/04/2015 - 12:32

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open call had its first cut-off date on 30 September 2014. 24 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and 4 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) proposals have been selected and are currently under Grant Agreement preparation. Projects are expected to start as of June 2015. Read more

20/03/2015 - 13:15

The European Summit of Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing took place in Brussels on March 9 and 10. Over 1200 visitors swamped the Brussels Square meeting centre, took part in over 32 sessions, workshops, sandpits and the Pioneer Village with its 20 exhibition booths. Read more

18/03/2015 - 19:10

Researchers from an MSCA ITN project have launched a crowdsourcing initiative to collect pictures of the Mosul museum's artefacts and recreate it virtually. Read more

Project stories

17/04/2015 - 02:00

Mass production and packaging in factories is already highly automated these days, but the same cannot be said for logistics. Movements of raw materials and finished products still depend heavily on manual labour. However, EU-funded research on Automatic Guided Vehicles means this is about to change over the next decade – and could create thousands of new jobs. Read more

15/04/2015 - 17:34

The main objective of the EU-funded project called "GrowMeUp" is to develop and test an innovative robot (the GrowMu robot), which will support the needs of older people (65+) in their daily life activities. Eight companies and research organizations from five European countries, led by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) will cooperate towards the development of the GrowMeUp system and test it with real users from two European countries (the Netherlands and Portugal). Read more

14/04/2015 - 23:05

Össur, a company with headquarters based in Iceland and whose mission is to improve people's mobility, is a partner in two FET projects, BIOMOT and SYMBITRON. Learn more about those projects and how Össur contributes to them. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

11/03/2015 - 11:18

Latest news on FET research on funding opportunities, evaluation results, new H2020 FET projects starting, Flagship news, focus on German participation in FET projects....and more. Read more

06/03/2015 - 12:26

The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit of the European Parliament published an analysis entitled "Ten technologies which could change our lives: Potential impacts and policy implications", covering topics such as Graphene and Massive Online Courses. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

03/12/2013 - 01:00

The European Commission welcomed the adoption by EU Member States of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. Read more

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