The Commission announced today that it is committing more than €38 million, through Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, to support several innovative projects in the field of protection of critical infrastructure against cyber and physical threats and making cities smarter and safer.
The European Commission is conducting a mapping of the existing centres of expertise in the field of cybersecurity. The results of this mapping will be translated into a "Cybersecurity Atlas" that will be made publicly available. This Atlas aims to become a valuable tool and a reference for the cybersecurity community to look for potential partners and pool resources. Are you a center of excellence in the field of cybersecurity? Then register before 15 February 2018.
The European Commission has launched a new Horizon Prize: "Seamless authentication for all". EUR 4 million is available for inventing secure, privacy-friendly and affordable authentication methods for smart objects available to everyone.
Interesting data is available about the results of ongoing PCPs funded by FP7. Data shows first impacts on opening the market for new players, creating cross-border growth opportunities for companies, bringing research results to the market and contribution to growth and job creation in Europe.
H2020 provides 130M euro funding for innovation procurements in 2016-17 across several areas: Research Infrastructures, ICT, Health, Security, Energy, Transport, Space and Climate Change/Environment.
Get ready to submit your proposal to the next call: the "open" PCP call (deadline 12 April 2016). It finances 90% of the coordination and procurements costs for pre-commercial procurements (PCP) in "any" domain of public interest that requires ICT based solutions.
The AXA Research Fund has awarded ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) funding for a Chair for a quantum information technology project that will focus on risks associated with data privacy. The chair has a budget of € 1.7 million and during the first 5 years, it will be led by Prof. Antonio Acín.