ICT in H2020
To bring the benefits of progress in Information and Communications Technologies to European citizens and businesses.
Horizon 2020 will be the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
Planned to run from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new Programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create the conditions for new growth and jobs in Europe.
Horizon 2020 will bring together all existing EU research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
It will provide funding for every stage of the innovation process from basic research to market uptake, in line with the EU's commitments under the "Innovation Union".
The overall aim of EU research and innovation in information and communication (ICTs) under Horizon 2020 is to bring the benefits of progress in these technologies to European citizens and businesses.
ICT is essential to address Europe's societal challenges.
It brings unique responses e.g. to the growing needs for sustainable healthcare and ageing well, for better security and privacy, for a lower carbon economy and for intelligent transport.
This EU investment will support the ICT research and innovation that can best deliver new business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies.
In particular, ICT in Horizon 2020 will support the development of ICT in Science, ICT in industrial leadership and ICT in societal challenges.
What does the Commission propose for ICT funding in Horizon 2020?
EU investments in ICTs are due to increase by 46% under Horizon 2020 compared
to the current EU research programmes (FP7). This is in line with the Commission's
proposed increase in funding across all themes. This EU investment will support the
riskier ICT research and innovation that can deliver new business breakthroughs,
often on the basis of emerging technologies. In particular, Horizon 2020 will support
the development of:
- A new generation of components and systems including Micro / nano-electronics
and photonics technologies, components and embedded systems engineering.
- Next generation computing, Advanced computing systems and technologies.
- Infrastructures, technologies and services for the future Internet,
- Content technologies and information management, including ICT for digital
content and creativity.
- Advanced interfaces and robots and Robotics and smart spaces