ICT calls

To improve the competitiveness of European industry and to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of the Information and Communication Technologies, so that the demands of society and economy are met, are the final objectives of the ICT research programs under the EU FP7.

In total, approximately 9 billion Euros have been earmarked over the duration of FP7 by the EU Member States for this purpose. ICT is namely the largest funded research field within the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).

Research activities funded under the FP7 shall:

  • enhance Europe’s scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT,
  • help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and creativity through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.

Download the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012

On 20 July 2010 the European Commission published 10 new calls for proposals under the ICT theme (on the CORDIS calls page) that will result in projects worth €1.2 billion to be launched in 2011. Furthermore CALL 7 was launched on 28 September 2010 during the ICT 2010 event.

This funding is the first significant increase for EU ICT research in more than 10 years and is in line with the Digital Agenda for Europe , the EU's flagship policy programme, which calls for doubling investments through strategic public-private partnerships, more extensive use of pre-commercial procurement, and by using structural funds for research and innovation. 

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) under the European Economic Recovery Plan receive double financing while a 'Future Internet' Partnership with a budget for 2011-2013 of €300 million is being launched  to advance Europe’s industrial know-how in Internet technologies and systems and to support the emergence of Future Internet-enhanced applications of public relevance.

This 2011 work programme provides major opportunities for innovative SMEs that are very present notably in areas of high potential growth such as  photonics, embedded systems, and ICT for health and ageing. Significant  opportunities also exist for large SME involvement in areas focusing on  the development of open platforms for digital content and service provision and delivery.

Download the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012

View here the latest ICT Calls for proposals





Cooperation projects