Horizon 2020 Working Programme for ICT for the last 3 years!

The EC has just published the draft version of the new Work Programme for ICT for the last 3 years of H2020. 

Digital technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. The topics addressed in this Work Programme part cover the ICT technology in a comprehensive way, from technologies for Digitising European Industry, HPC, Big Data and Cloud, 5G and Next Generation Internet. Pursuing the change initiated under Work Programme 2016-2017, activities will continue to promote more innovation-orientation to ensure that the EU industry remains strong in the core technologies that are at the roots of future value chains. Firstly, this WP will support core ICT industries through roadmap-based Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

The work will contribute to maintaining and developing the technology leading edge in key areas such as electronics, photonics, embedded systems, computing, robotics, big data or network technologies and systems, in which the EU has and should keep major strengths. The ECSEL Joint Undertaking on electronic components and systems and the contractual PPPs will continue to be cornerstones for this strategy. Secondly, support to the Focus Area Digitising and transforming European industry and services will be provided through Innovation hubs and cross-sectorial and integrated digital platforms and large-scale pilots for experimentation and co-creation with users. All available demand-side instruments and accompanying measures will continue to be exploited in order to reinforce the involvement of end users, support digital entrepreneurship, strengthen support to start-ups and SMEs and as a result more effectively embed innovation in LEIT-ICT.

Security also remains a key transversal goal through a dedicated set of activities as well as a pervasive consideration for security issues throughout ICT research and innovation areas. The international dimension of ICT activities is reinforced through joint calls with Japan and South Korea on a set of specific topics, dedicated twining activities on 5G with China and Taiwan, as well as additional support actions towards improved cooperation with the US on 5G and Next Generation Internet. Finally, the STARTS activity promotes silo-breaking collaboration between researchers, industry and artists to have European innovation profit from the out of the box thinking of artists. In particular, STARTS encourages projects to consider including dedicated artistic practices, for instance, for exploration of technological limits via art installations, developing unexpected uses of technology, testing of unusual technical solutions, and for working on social acceptance. Geolocation and earth observation data are playing an important role in digitisation. Wherever relevant, applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage data provided by the European satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS, as well as the European Earth Observation programme Copernicus.

Interim Evaluation

This work programme takes into consideration and addresses the main findings of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation. In particular, this Work Programme has a simpler and more coherent structure, in line with clear political priorities in the digital area. This will help increase impact and makes it easier to navigate for proposers. This is consistent with the Interim Evaluation's recommendation to 'simplify the work programme'. The work programme also reinforces international cooperation with Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and the US, a clear recommendation from the interim evaluation which noted a decrease in international participation as compared to FP7. This should help improve on the opening of the programme. This Work Programme responds to the need to deliver on the targets for sustainable development (in particular goal 9) through building resilient infrastructures, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Open research data

Grant beneficiaries under this work programme part will engage in research data sharing by default, as stipulated under Article 29.3 of the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement (including the creation of a Data Management Plan). Participants may however opt out of these arrangements, both before and after the signature of the grant agreement. More information can be found under General Annex L of the work programme

Contribution to focus area(s)

Focus Area 'Digitising and transforming European industry and services' (DT): EUR 461.00 million Focus Area 'Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union' (SU): EUR 139.00 million

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