I have just read the following information that I would like to share with you:
The European Commission is now in the process of preparing the next ICT research Work Programme for years 2011-2013. In view of this, the Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures unit is updating the research community’s vision for the area, identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and establishing a research agenda for the coming years.
This is achieved through consultation with external experts, with industry and with academia, while additional input comes from a number of initiatives that are developing roadmaps and research agendas for Software and Services, such as ‘Future Internet’ (http://www.future-internet.eu/).
The main objectives of this consultation are to identify the key technical challenges, the success factors, the expected impacts, and to derive a list of research foci and priority actions to be implemented. For this, a wide range of aspects should be addressed including technological issues, research challenges and standardisation approaches. The timeframe to be considered for this Work Programme is 2011 to 2013.
The consultation can be accessed at http://www.eu-ecss.eu/contribution_list_2010.
It will be possible to add contributions starting from 21/09/2009 until 02/11/2009; after this date, the consultation will be closed, and the resulting ideas and suggestions will be used as a valued input for the next research Work Programme.”
I am convinced that our CITT partners and readers should actively contribute!
A few days ago the Calypso initiative published a blog post and link about my recent nowEurope article address addressing technology transfer and FP7. Calypso specialises in helping organisations to participate in FP7 projects. Their blog deals with similar topics and questions as nowEurope, which got me to thinking about a handful of European initiatives that resemble our project, CITT.
Continue reading ‘A little peek over CITT’s fence’
I would like to use the occasion and respond to Günther’s remark on the phenomenon that everyone talks about technology transfer (“TT”), but still it is hard to find results.
Günther writes that actually TT is “NOT an issue – at least if one googles the term and looks at the results (…) surely there’s a lot of institutions promoting it, and the EC funds projects …”.
Being familiar with the EU policy and the focus of FP7 and other funding programmes, one could argue that public institutions really do promote technology transfer. I am sure technology transfer is indeed an issue. I guess the people actually DOING technology transfer only have a different understanding about it, they have different perspectives than the people TALKING about TT. Last, but not least, they do not publish their projects using terms of technology transfer etc.
So as Günther says it is probably just a matter of (non) marketing: “Universities are still very reluctant to publish about themselves, success stories are rare, and companies do not consider such news worth while publishing”. Anyway, marketing is not the only problem, there are of course always reasons and possibilities to improve things. Continue reading ‘Technology Transfer and FP7′
The EC just launched a website that is dedicated to the regional aspects of FP 7 and therefore, as well, to our (CITT’s) programme Regions of Knowledge. What does this have to do with CITT, the blog and clusters?
Well, first of all the website contains information about the programme, an interactive map of related projects all over Europe and useful links and publications such as ‘Practical Guide to EU funding opportunities for Research and Innovation’ and ‘Regional Research Intensive Clusters and science Parks’.
All non CITT partners can learn about the focus of the programme: “…to promote regional economic development in order to strengthen the research potential of European regions and increase their participation in the European Research Area, in particular by supporting the cooperation, across Europe, of regional ‘research-driven clusters’…”
And finally we can use it to get in contact with similiar projects in order to exchange experiences regarding e.g. regional economic development, technology transfer or formalities of the programme.
Only one in ten requests for funds made under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 makes €50 billion available for research projects in 2007-2013) came from one of the 12 countries that have joined the EU since 2004. 22% of applications from countries that were members of the EU before 2004 are accepted, compared to 18% of requests from those that joined after 2004.
Speaking at the Research Connection conference in Prague in May, Janez Potočnik, European commissioner for science and research, said research activity in new EU countries had increased since accession, but “the potential of the EU12 has not been fully tapped”. The vast majority of applications for European research funds come from countries which were members of the EU before the major expansion of the Union in 2004 according to EurActiv.
Continue reading ‘Which EU countries are more successful with FP7 funds?’
On Thursday last week Gunther Krumpak and I were facilitating one of the discussion tables within the ICT Brokerage in Brno, the event co-organised by our FIRST Innovation Park. See Gunther’s post about the event. The second day consisted of interactive discussions divided into six tables according to the FP7 5th & 6th call’s challenges. Ours was dedicated to Digital Content, Technology Enhanced Learning and Intelligent Information Management.
We had an interesting bunch of researchers, companies, both experienced Framework Programme players as newcomers around the table. As usually the most useful talks happen with those you choose (or who choose you) for coffee conversations. We have also distributed copies of two documents that may be also of your interest – the relevant part of the FP7 workprogramme and the examples of projects funded under FP6 or FP7 1st call. By the way the 4th ICT call (closed on April 1) attracted in total 1267 project proposals – 954 STREPs 954 and 172 integrated projects (IPs).
If you are interested in international R&D projects around building virtual communities, Internet application including web 2.0 and social networks and if you are looking for a partner in the Czech Republic for 5th or 6th call proposals, feel free to contact us.
Here are a couple of upcoming events which may be interesting for CITT project partners as well others.
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) has organised an information event called “Förderungen für innovative Regionen”, mainly for Austrian companies and institutions, about the possible support for innovative regions in Vienna. This event takes place on November 11, 2008.
I agreed with the FFG representatives that we will have the opportunity to present the CITT project, as we were part of the first round of projects supported within FP7 Regions of Knowledge. One of the goals of FFG/Austrian Research Promotion Agency is to promote European programmes, and they also provide their services as Austrian national info point for FP7.
Continue reading ‘European Intercluster and other events’