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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 Work Programme for 2016-2017 can be downloaded.


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

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Events

From 18/10/2016 - 02:00 to 20/10/2016 - 02:00
Elsinore, Denmark,

The H2020 project ESCAPE aims to develop world-class, exascale, computing capabilities for numerical weather prediction (NWP) and future climate models. In October, the project will hold its first workshop, relevant for EU projects involving High Performance Computing for weather, climate, ocean/sea, Earth System Modelling communities. It will include dissemination and training sessions. Read more

From 07/09/2016 - 02:00 to 10/09/2016 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

This international conference brings together researchers dealing with swarm intelligence to share ideas on current developments and applications and to present their latest research. ANTS2016 welcomes paper submissions on any aspect of swarm intelligence. Read more

From 18/07/2016 - 02:00 to 22/07/2016 - 02:00
Edinburgh (UK) ,

The Convergent Science Network (CSN) for Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (FET Proactive Co-ordination Activity) is co-organising the 5th edition of the Living Machines conference. This event will focus on biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and demonstrations of state-of-the-art living-machine technologies. The all for papers, satellite events and sponsors is now open. Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Submission deadline is March 11th, 2016. Read more

Multimedia

24/02/2016 - 16:01

Flora Robotica develops and investigates relationships between robots and natural plants. The project explores the potentials of plant-inspired robots, and aims at growing artificial plants. Read more

28/10/2015 - 11:22

Researchers from the EU-funded research project HELiCoiD have developed hyper-spectral imaging technologies which can help distinguish more accurately between healthy tissue and that affected by tumour. The prototype hyper-spectral camera has been tested during brain cancer surgery at Negrín Hospital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain. This non-invasive technology can provide more detailed information allowing real-time identification of healthy and affected tissue during brain surgery. Read more

19/06/2015 - 10:58

Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. It is the first time that a large HPC system based on mobile embedded technology has been deployed and made fully operational to a scientific community. Read more

News

20/04/2016 - 18:53

The European Commission has launched two Horizon prizes to identify breakthrough ideas that could drastically reduce air pollution caused by transport. Read more

20/04/2016 - 11:33

The Commission presented on 19 April its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of big data revolution. Read more

05/02/2016 - 12:15

The second cut-off of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open call on 31 March 2015 resulted in 14 new projects retained for funding, 11* of them for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and three for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). Ten of these projects have already begun, the rest will start soon. So far, together with the projects of the first cut-off date, work on 35 FET-Open projects is well under way. Read more

Project stories

09/12/2015 - 12:33

With today’s technology, supercomputers of the future would consume the amount of energy needed to power a little town. To allow the further development in exascale supercomputing without that extremely energy-intense trade-off, Exa2green developed a set of energy efficient High-Performance Computing (HPC) components, tools and algorithms. Read more

20/11/2015 - 17:35

RADIO is a Horizon 2020 action to develop an Ambient Assisted Living solution that integrates robotic and home automation technologies. The RADIO Home is designed to support independent living of elderly population. Three academic partners, three SMEs and three clinical partners, led by the National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Greece), cooperate to develop the RADIO ecosystem and to pilot the system in two clinical sites (Italy, Spain) and several home environments (Greece). Read more

09/11/2015 - 18:02

In just a couple of years, Africa has gone from possessing a total bandwidth availability comparable to that of Norway to having almost one hundred million internet users and seven hundred million mobile users. Read more

Publications

12/04/2016 - 12:57

For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor continually and systematically its implementation, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. The first Annual Monitoring Report under Horizon 2020 is a comprehensive publication encompassing the analysis of Horizon 2020 through its calls closed in 2014 Read more

30/09/2015 - 12:46

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Advisory Group has produced a report which proposes to put FET at the nucleus of the European Innovation Council. Read more

28/09/2015 - 16:39

This infographic describes what High Performance Computing (HPC) is, what the HPC applications are, and what the European Commission does within its HPC strategy. Read more

Press Release

13/10/2015 - 18:51

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives." Read more

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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