Frequently asked questions

1) How does WINS-ICT strengthen S&T cooperation between the EU and the WBC?

WINS-ICT activities generally aim at strengthening the cooperation, on the one hand by deepening the bi-regional strategic relations in the field of ICT and, on the other hand by promoting the participation of WB ICT research actors in FP7.

2) What are the specific objectives of the WINS-ICT project?

The specific objectives of the WINS-ICT project are to:

  • Provide comprehensive understanding of the current framework of EU-WBC ICT RTD policies and RTD collaboration, realizing a one-stop information point directed both towards researchers and policy makers in the Western Balkans as well as the Member States of European Union.
  • Optimize the current policy framework and research collaboration by addressing the relevant stakeholders, using the contacts that the carefully selected project partners can provide.
  • Support the building of sustainable networks between innovative WBC ICT researchers and their EU counterparts with regard to collaboration in the 7th Framework Programme and in ICT Priority in particular.
  • Enhance the capacities and capabilities of WBC researchers to successfully participate and compete in the Framework Programme on equal terms with the Member States, enabling them to take on the challenge to submit their own project ideas as co-ordinators.

3) What is FP7 and where can I find more detailed information on FP7 and ICT?

'Framework programmes' (FPs) have been the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. For detailed information on the structure of FP7 or FP7 documents, terminology, or complete database on the FP7 issues please use the following links:

4) What are NCPs?

NCP stands for National Contact Point and its main role is to provide advice and individual assistance in all Member States and Associated States on European Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (RTD) in all Member States and Associated States and therefore contributes to participation of the researchers from each country in the Framework Programmes of EU.

5) Where can I find the contacts details of the national contact point for ICT?

Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for every country and each area of knowledge  (

6) What can I find on the WINS-ICT portal regarding FP7 and ICT?

This portal aims at becoming a key reference point as to targeted information on ICT research in the Western Balkan countries and increase the opportunities of collaboration within the 7th Framework programme.  Therefore, you will be provided with all relevant information to successfully prepare your proposal, find a partner from EU or the WB region and finally form a consortium. Furthermore WINS-ICT project offers assistance (FREE OF CHARGE!) for the development of research project ideas under the FP7 ICT programme. For more information about the assistance please select the button “coaching” at FP7 ICT Help Desk.

7) What kind of information is provided on the portal?

WINS-ICT partners will do their best to provide you always with the latest information on calls, events, publications or trainings that might be interesting for you or your organisation. If you are searching for specific policy documents, studies, analysis or reports concerning FP7 and ICT, please take a look in our library. If you are searching for ministries, institutions or maybe companies who are supporting ICT research do not hesitate to take a look in our links list that we prepared for you. The list of the links as well as the documents database is regularly updated.

8)  What is the ICT contact database?

It is an information service developed together with ICT-WEB-PROMS that is able to foster partner searching. By registering, organisations/individual researchers have access to a network of stakeholders from all over Europe, moreover they can increase their research potential and competiveness and making yourself visible to other stakeholders. Registered users receive technical assistance on administrative procedures and contractual issues of participating in EU ICT projects, are invited to project workshops, roadshows and brokerage/networking events which will address specific technical areas and build capacity for participation in ICT projects.

9) What is a Brokerage event?

Generally, brokerage events are organised at exhibitions or conferences, although some are organised as stand alone events. Using another event as a host for a brokerage event can bring added value for the companies, institutions or other organisations in the form of free entrance to the fair or the opportunity for extra meetings to be organised with other companies/institutions/organisations attending the event. The advantage of such a brokerage event for research institutions and researchers is quite obvious.   

10) What is the Dialogue Forum established within the WINS – ICT Project?

Establishment of a regular “Dialogue Forum on ICT Research for Western Balkan countries” linked to the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan countries (which was founded by the Austrian presidency and the European Commission, the Steering Platform brings together ministries for science/research cooperation twice a year, chaired by the presidency, the Commission and a Balkan country) and the first workpackage of the WBC-INCO.NET project which shall foster “European and Regional Dialogue”.
WINS-ICT establishes the political Dialogue Forum on ICT Research for the Western Balkan countries in the model of the Steering Platform, however with specific focus on ICT research. Related ministries/agencies from all WBC as well as multilateral stakeholders will be invited to specific dialogue meetings which will feed into the Steering Platform through the preparation ofinput papers (presented either in written form to the Steering Platform members or through oral presentation). It is aimed at participation of one of the co-chairs of the Platform (defined as: European Commission, council presidency and one Western Balkan country rotating) in the dialogue meetings.

11) Who are the ICTC national delegates and what is their role within the ICTC?

The ICT Committee is a body chaired by teh DG INFSO established to help the European Commission to manage the FP7 ICT Programme. The ICT Committee is composed by delegates appointed by the National Governments of the 27 Member States who have voting rights, and the Associated States namely, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Israel, Turkey and Switzerland, without voting rights. These national delegates have a substantial leverage in the course of the Programme Management regular meetings in Brussels, by assuring that their specific ICT national policies are also being taken into account when ICTC takes strategic decisions for ICT/FP7.

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