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1 A perspective on the 7th Framework Programme of Community Research in ICT: new opportunities Fabrizio Sestini Future and Emerging Technologies DG INFSO, European Commission Trento – 14/3/2006

2 2 Points to improve  Procedures and instruments  Oversubscription in some fields  SME participation  Participation of new Member States  Participation of third countries IST in FP6:

3 3 ICT – Key for Growth and Jobs Creation  ICT – a key enabler for productivity growth & competitiveness  half of the productivity gains in our economies are due to ICT ICT leading to completely new products and services ICT underpins innovations in all major products and services ICT impacts business efficiency across the economy  ICT – an important sector in its own right  from 4% of EU GDP in early 90s to more than 6% today  ICT – underpins progress in all science & technology fields  computation and simulation, data handling, sensing, control, collaboration, etc.  e.g. Grid infrastructures and GÉANT research networking

4 4 ICT helps addressing key societal challenges  ICT – providing tools for addressing key societal challenges  ageing population, inclusion, health and social care  education, learning and preserving cultural diversity  security, safety, environment and risk management  ICT – a facilitator for more efficient public services  helps modernise administrations and public services  allows more participation in democracy and public life

5 5 ICT R&D – Europe Lags  ICT represents more than a third of total R&D budget in all major OECD economies; in Europe it is 18%  Gap in ICT research makes up half of total gap with the US in R&D spending ICT R&DEU-15USJapan Private sector investments23 B€83 B€40 B€ Public sector investments8 B€20 B€11 B€ Inhabitants383 m296 m127 m Investments / inhabitant80 €350 €400 € ICT R&D as % Total R&D18%34%35%

6 6 FP7 approach: Continuity & New Impetus  Continuity  Thematic priorities  Scaling up ERA coordination actions  Scaling up Marie Curie actions  Scaling up SME measures  Seven years duration  New Impetus  Doubling of budget per year  European Research Council  Joint Technology Initiatives  New research infrastructures  Mainstreaming NEST/FET, SSP/Priority8, Int’l Cooperation  New management schemes Leverage effect on Member States + private investments

7 7 FP7: structure “Cooperation” Predefined themes, refined FP6 instruments “Cooperation” Predefined themes, refined FP6 instruments “Ideas” Frontier research, competition, individual grants “Ideas” Frontier research, competition, individual grants “People” Human potential, mobility “People” Human potential, mobility “Capacities” Infrastructure, SMEs, science and society, “Capacities” Infrastructure, SMEs, science and society, Joint Research Center – non-nuclear + EURATOM

8 8 FP7 Specific Programmes Cooperation: m€ (61%) Ideas: m€ (16%) People: 7178 m€ (10%) Capacities: 7536 m€ (10%) JRC: 1824 m€ (3%)

9 9 1. Health 2. Food, Agri, Biotech 3. Information and Communication Technologies 4. Nano, Materials, Production 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport (including Aeronautics) 8. Socio-econ 9. Security and space “Cooperation” – Collaborative Research – Themes

10 10 “Cooperation” – Collaborative Research – Themes Health: 8373 m€ (18%) Food, agri, biotech: 2472 m€ (6%) ICT: m€ (28.5%) Nano, materials, production: 4865 m€ (11%) Energy: 2951 m€ (7%) Environment: 2552 m€ (6%) Transport: 5981 m€ (13%) Socio-econ research: 798 m€ (2%) Space and security: 3987 m€ (9%) 8850 M €

11 11 Building on Europe’s Strengths  Industrial & technological leadership in key ICT fields  e.g. telecom, embedded IT, nano-electronics, micro-systems, rich audio-visual content etc.  Strengths in “vertical” markets  e.g. automotive, aerospace, pharmaceuticals etc.  Handling complexity  More embedding, end-to-end integration, increasing interdependencies  Transform progress in complex technologies into reliable products, services and infrastructures  Capacity to draw on multiple technologies and disciplines  Digital convergence  Info-nano-bio-cogno  Partnering and collaboration  Consensus-building, pursuing common goals

12 12 Main Themes and Activities  ICT Technology Pillars  pushing the limits of performance, usability, dependability, cost- efficiency  Integration of Technologies  integrating multi-technology sets that underlie new functionalities, services and applications  Applications Research  providing the knowledge and the means to develop a wide range of ICT-based services and applications  Future and Emerging Technologies  supporting research at the frontiers of knowledge

13 13 Integration of Technologies  Personal environments  personal communication and computing devices, wearables, implants..  Home environments  communication, monitoring, control, assistance;  Robotic systems  advanced autonomous systems; cognition, control, miniaturisation  Intelligent infrastructures  tools making infrastructures that are critical to everyday life more efficient, easier to adapt and maintain,

14 14 Applications Research  ICT meeting societal challenges  for health; to improve inclusion; for mobility; in support of the environment; for governments  ICT for content, creativity and personal development  new media and content; technology-enhanced learning; digital cultural assets  ICT supporting businesses and industry  business processes; collaborative work; manufacturing  ICT for trust and confidence  identity, authentication, authorization, privacy, rights

15 15 FP7 “Capacities” – Research Infrastructures  Support to existing research infrastructures  Research e-infrastructures GÉANT, Grids, Super-/high-end-computing  Transnational access  Integrating activities  Support to new research infrastructures  Construction of new research infrastructures and major updates of existing ones Nanoelectronics cleanrooms  Design studies

16 16 FP7: notable changes in the rules of participation  Implementation and grant agreements  Participants implement the work jointly and severally and carry out work of a defaulting partner  Commission to assess risk of default and may establish a mechanism to cover financial loss (replaces financial collective responsibility)  Community financial contribution: Basis for Funding Reimbursement of eligible costs Flat rates Lump sum amounts♦

17 17 FP7: notable changes in the rules of participation  Research and technological activities – 50% of eligible costs except that for:  Public bodies – 75%  Secondary and higher education establishments – 75%  Research organisations (non-profit) – 75%  SMEs – 75%  Demonstration activities – 50% of eligible costs  Other activities – 100% of eligible costs  Frontier research actions – 100%  Coordination and support actions – 100%  Training and career development of researchers actions – 100% Maximum funding rates:

18 18 Conclusions  Information & Communication Technologies  key to the Lisbon agenda  central to mastering innovation  necessary to modernising public services  R&D in ICT, we need to:  intensify effort & reinforce our strengths  extend scope & seize opportunities  shape to fit the needs of businesses & citizens  involve all stakeholders & reach out beyond Europe ICT R&D: shaping our future!

19 19 “The EU needs a comprehensive and holistic strategy to spur on the growth of the ICT sector and the diffusion of ICTs in all parts of the economy” “Facing the Challenge : The Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Employment” Report from the High Level Group Chaired by Wim Kok, November 2004 A Comprehensive and Holistic ICT Policy


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