ICT Proposers’ Day 2017, which is one of the biggest research and innovation networking events organized by the European Commission, was held on 9 and 10 November, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The event focused on the new Horizon 2018-2020 Work Programme in the field of ICT, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Societal Challenges which was launched on Oct 27, 2017. It will allocate roughly € 6 billion from the overall EU budget of € 30 billion to research and innovation in ICT.
More than 2500 participants showed great interest in the event and they learned about 2018 call for proposals. During the event, more than 6300 bilateral meetings were realized and potential proposers shared their project ideas and built partnerships with universities, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe. Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES and Erdem Gulgener, Board Member of TAGES were also there to develop innovative projects for the new call and build partnerships during the networking sessions. They also introduced the ICT PSP OPENISME Project (Open Innovation Platform for Innovative SMEs), which is a powerful tool with Artificial Intelligence to position better in tech market and innovate, to the participant SMEs.
The event started with the opening speech of Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market. He emphasized the figures show that the amount Europe spends on R & D is 2.03% of GDP which is behind South Korea at 4.23%, Japan at 3.49%, the United States at 2.79% and China at 2.07% and stated that Europe should have spending more to avoid falling further behind. He also pointed out the importance of digitalisation in every sector, from public services to industry and the opportunities created by technology advances in everything from robotics to artificial intelligence, big data to cloud computing and the Internet of Things.
During the event, the networking and information sessions were organized according to the pillars and topics of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 where the attendees were informed about the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls, the procedures and rules for submission of project proposals and projects ideas by the potential proposers. You can have a look into the guide to ICT related activities in WP2018-20 to learn about the ICT topics, allocated budgets and deadlines. If you couldn’t find an opportunity to attend the meeting but you are willing to develop projects ideas together with potential partners and to join project consortiums, you can also look at the participant list and the project ideas presented at the event.
Undoubtedly, one of the most prominent topics addressed in the event was about the new third party system in H2020 projects. As also mentioned in the ICT Work Programme for 2018-2020, the Commission has announced that part of the budget allocated to several actions of the Next Generation Internet topics would be dedicated to the support of experiments and smaller projects funded through financial support to third parties (in accordance with article 137 of the Financial Regulation). While their size will be small in comparison with standard Horizon 2020 actions, in line with article 23 (7) of the Rules for Participation the budget to be allocated per third party may exceed the default maximum amount foreseen in the Financial Regulation. Specific limits corresponding to the specific objectives to be addressed, and to the consequent expected scale and duration of the activities to be carried out by third parties are provided for the topics ICT-24-2018-2019, ICT-25-2018-2020, ICT-26-2018-2020, ICT-29-2018, and ICT-30-2019-2020. You can find the details in the Work Programme.
Through these third party projects from outstanding academic research groups, hi-tech startups and SMEs, so that multiple third parties will be funded in parallel contributing to the same research area, using short research cycles targeting the most promising ideas.
TAGES is a candidate to coordinate and manage these third party projects since we have an extensive knowledge and experience mainly on innovation management, user requirements, pilot implementations and user evaluations of innovative products and services, dissemination and exploitation of R&D&I project results, Open Innovation strategy and program implementation, technology foresight, ICT based innovative application and services.
As TAGES, we will mostly focus on the following H2020 2018-2020 ICT calls and topics. If you are interested in these topics and have some project ideas, please contact us to develop innovative projects together!
- Technologies for Digitising European Industry
- ICT-02-2018: Flexible and Wearable Electronics
- ICT-07-2018: Electronic Smart Systems (ESS)
- European Data Infrastructure: HPC, Big Data and Cloud technologies
- ICT-13-2018-2019: Supporting the emergence of data markets and the data economy
- Next Generation Internet (NGI)
- ICT-24-2018-2019: Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative
- ICT-25-2018-2020: Interactive Technologies
- ICT-29-2018: A multilingual Next Generation Internet
- ICT-30-2019-2020: An empowering, inclusive Next Generation Internet
- Cross-cutting activities
- ICT-32-2018: STARTS – The Arts stimulating innovation
- ICT-33-2019: Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar
- Call – Digitising and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms
- Platforms and Pilots
- DT-ICT-07-2018-2019: Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories
- DT-ICT-11-2019: Big data solutions for energy
- Platforms and Pilots