2011 call of the ICT PSP programme which aims at stimulating smart sustainable and inclusive growth by accelerating the wider uptake and best use of innovative digital technologies and content by citizens, governments and businesses was launched on 1 March 2011.
The programme addresses obstacles hindering further and better use of ICT based products and services and barriers for the development of high growth businesses, notably SMEs, in this field. In addition to illustrating and validating the high value of digital technologies for the economy and society, it will foster the development of EU-wide markets for innovations enabling every company in Europe to benefit from the largest internal market in the world. The programme is open to all legal entities established in the EU Member States and associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Turkey and Serbia).. So the programme with approximately 115.5 million Euro budget is a great opportunity for central and local public institutions and organizations, universities, SMEs, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations which are operating in informatics field.
The ICT PSP call opened on 1 March 2011 and the end date for the proposal submission is 1 June 2011. The timetable of the call is as on the following table.
|Timetable for 2011|
|Opening of the Call for Proposals||1 March 2011|
|Closing of the Call for Proposals||1 June 2011|
|Project Negotiations||September 2011|
|Conclusion of Negotiations, Signing of the Grant Agreements||The end of 2011 / Beginning of 2012|
The call includes three types of instruments which are identified:
- Pilot (Type A) – building on initiatives in Member States or associated countries. Pilot A projects focuses on the EU-wide interoperability of ICT-based solutions that have been already launched in Member States and ensure cross border access to these services by avoiding market fragmentation of innovative services and products. Pilot (Type B) – stimulating the uptake of innovative ICT based services and products
- Thematic Networks – providing a forum for stakeholders for experience exchange and consensus building on ICT policy implementation
- Best Practice Networks (up to 2011) – making European digital libraries more accessible and usable by combining the consensus building and awareness raising function of a network with a large-scale implementation in a real life context
If you have a project idea or if you are certain about your abilities and competences which are suitable for these three instruments, you can view the Ideal-ist Network (http://www.ideal-ist.net/partner-search) which creates opportunities to find partners to build a consortium for your ICT projects.
An Information Day, organised by the Commission, took place on Monday 28 February in Brussels. The presentations can be found inhttp://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/participating/calls/call_proposals_11/index_en.htm and the video of the Information Day is available in http://scic.ec.europa.eu/str/index.php?sessionno=01eee509ee2f68dc6014898c309e86bf.
You can find the call details in http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/index_en.htm