In the framework of the Czech Republic’s EU presidency Masaryk University in Brno, CITT partner First Innovation Park and others organised an EU project information and brokerage event on April 30, 2009, where I had the honour and pleasure to speak. The hall was full, people interested and attentive. Allow me therefore this time to comment myself.
Originally I planned to talk about chances and risks in R&D and EU activities in Central Europe, but facing the present economic situation I thought I should rather offer general information on what is happening in the ICT markets in the region. Continue reading ‘ICT Brokerage Brno: ICT better off than other industries’
I am very glad to have the opportunity to be a nowEurope contributer. With my first article I would like to greet and welcome all readers of this page warmly.
The Brussels office of the Vienna Business Agency (VBA) and VITE organised from the 16th to the 18th of April 2008 a business trip to Brussels and Leuven for IT enterprises from Austria and the CENTROPE region. Continue reading ‘Review: Vienna IT Enterprises (VITE) trip to Belgium 16th-18th of April, 2008′
One year ago the evaluation of project proposals submitted within the 2nd IST Call of the 6th framework programme took place in Brussels. As one of the invited evaluators I had a chance to view it from the other side. Let’s say from a view of a wicked man, at least this is the way the evaluator ‘killing’ the majority of proposals is perceived by their promoters.
The number of proposals ‘to be killed’ was really high, because submitted all together into the 2nd call was over a thousand projects (more than half was submitted in the electronic way), which at total required more than 4 bil. EUR (the budget available was 525 mil. EUR, so the chance to succeed can be simplified as a ratio of 1:8). Despite the obstacles of individual evaluation criteria and total minimum score, which is always necessary to reach to move forward, 276 (26%) projects pursuing together more than 1 bil. EUR (still almost a double overhang of demand) were passed forward. Continue reading ‘A local view to the previous two calls’