2 SCORE @ a glance Full Title Strengthening the Strategic Co-operation between the EU and Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT ResearchProject InstrumentSpecific Support Action (SSA)Project start01 February 2007Duration24 months (project end: 31 January 2009)FundingProject funded by the European Commission under the “Information Society Technologies” Thematic Priority of the 6th Framework Programme.Partners10 highly complementary partners:8 – from Western Balkan countries2 – from EU countries
4 The motivation of SCORE Current situation:No formulated EU ICT research policy for the Western Balkan region for the periodNo defined common future ICT research priorities / policies within the region (driven by national level)Why SCORE?Need for well-defined future research priorities thatwill enhance RTD co-operation in the area of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)between the WB region and the EU SCORE aims to contribute to the shaping of EU ICT research policy in the region, in a way that meets the:interests and needs of regional ICT stakeholders andpriorities of the European Commission
5 SCORE Objectives1. Develop ICT Strategic Research Agendas that will define the WB countries’ ICT research prioritiesFollowing a wide consultation with ICT stakeholder communities (e.g. national RTD policy makers, research actors, ICT companies)2. Develop a Policy Paper with “Recommendations for shaping EU scientific co-operation with the Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT research: ”3. Transfer EU research results and technologies in the identified ICT research priorities4. Facilitate the development of networksWithin the Western Balkan region, andBetween the WB region and the EU
6 Key results of SCORE4 country-specific ICT Strategic Research Agendas, defining future ICT research priorities:Albania,Bosnia-Herzegovina,FYR MacedoniaSerbiaPolicy Paper with recommendations for EU ICT research directions in the region1 thematic workshop (per country) for the transfer of know-how on ICT research areas identifiedOrganisation of an EU-Western Balkan Regional Conference, in order to consolidate the Strategic Research Agendas and Policy Paper.
7 Objectives of the SCORE consultation To obtain feedback from ICT stakeholders in order to determine the ICT research priorities in each country for the periodThe ultimate aim is to identify research priorities that:reflect the actual research capacities and potential,meet the technological / industrial trends, andand address real socio-economic needsThe research priorities are the main element for:defining the country-specific ICT Strategic Research Agendas,which in turn, will form the basis for developing the Policy Paper
8 Overview of the SCORE Consultation Process 2. Selection of ICT panel experts4. Distribution of document & invitation to panel experts5. Collection and Initial synthesis of contributions1. Identification of ICT stakeholders3. Preparation of Consultation Document7. Development of initialStrategic Research Agendas(SRAs)PHASE I – EXPERT CONSULTATION6. Organisation of Consultation Workshops with panel experts9. Distribution of initial SRAs and questions - invitation to stakeholders12. Development of Policy Paper8. Preparation of consultation questions to accompany initial SRAs10. Collection of feedbackPHASE II – OPEN CONSULTATION11. Development of Final Strategic Research AgendasNote: Orange steps produce key results /deliverablesThe Policy Paper will map national ICT researchpriorities to FP7 challenges
9 ICT Stakeholders Targeted DIRECT ICT stakeholders:National ICT research policy-makers (ministry representatives, specific ICT policy working groups, regulatory authorities etc.)Research actors / organisations (academic, not-for-profit, private)ICT companies (software companies, telecom operators, internet providers)NGOs for ICT promotionRelated national / international projectsINDIRECT ICT stakeholders (ICT beneficiaries/ user communities)Business community representatives e.g. chambers of commerceBroad public administration (e.g. ministries, association of regional public administrations)Civil society (e.g. online communities, links through websites of ministries etc.)
10 The ICT Strategic Research Agendas The Strategic Research Agenda will define the future research priorities and research areas of each countryStructure of a typical SRA:Overall objectives of the SRAResearch priorities for the country (5 to 10)For each research priority:research objectives are defined andSpecific areas of research are proposed
11 The Policy PaperBased on the four country-specific SRAs, the Policy Paper will:identify common research priorities and needs of the WB Countries, andrecommend areas of EU-Western Balkan research collaboration in the periodThe Policy Paper will be entitled “Recommendations for shaping EU scientific co-operation with the Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT research:
12 The Final Regional Conference A closing EU-Western Balkan Regional Conference will be organised in Belgrade in January 2009The Conference will target RTD policy-makers and key ICT stakeholders coming from:the European UnionWestern Balkan regionand neighboring countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey)The aim of the conference will be to consolidate the ICT Strategic Research Agendas and Policy Paper
13 SCORE Contact InformationFor further information on the SCORE project please contact:PLANET S.A. – Project Co-ordinatorSoumi Papadopoulou,
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