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Information and Communication Technologies



Information and Communication Technologies

Background & policy context: 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are critical to creating jobs and improving quality of life across Europe.

Although the ICT sector is itself worth 6-8% of the EU’s GDP, their importance goes well beyond that - ICTs are also vital to:

  • meeting the globalization challenge by boosting innovation, creativity and competitiveness throughout the economy;
  • delivering cutting-edge science in all scientific and technological areas;
  • making Europe’s large public sector more efficient, and modernising sectors ranging from education to energy;
  • tackling social challenges, improving quality of life and meeting the challenge of an ageing society.

Europe must therefore master these technologies to remain competitive and safeguard its quality of life, which is why ICT research is one of the key themes of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, which will fund research across Europe from 2007-2013. 

Strategic Objectives: 

EU research funding is deliberately focused on seven key Research Challenges to ensure Europe becomes a world leader in ICTs. Three Challenges aim at industrial leadership in key ICT sectors, while four are driven by socio-economic targets. Within each Challenge, the Programme will fund an array of collaborative research projects, each bringing together public and private organisations across Europe to help the EU pool its scientific, industrial, financial and human resources. Small and medium-sized enterprises are actively encouraged due to their vital role in innovation and economic growth. Research partnerships will also be forged with advanced and developing countries, supporting European competitiveness and helping international development.

Programme organisation: 

Challenge 1 - Pervasive and Trustworthy Network and Service Infrastructures

Tomorrow's information infrastructure will connect together billions of people, countless organisations and literally trillions of devices - PCs, mobile phones, servers, sensors and much more. This infrastructure will underpin economic development in all EU regions, and will be at the origin of new services and business opportunities throughout the economy. Mastering the development of this infrastructure is essential to reaping the benefits of ICTs in areas as diverse as manufacturing and home healthcare. It is an immense challenge to make this network and service infrastructure more robust, resilient and secure.

Challenge 2 - Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics

Providing the next generations of ICTs with more intelligence will create many new opportunities in a range of sectors. Research here will focus on developing ICT systems that are more aware of what is going on around them, and will be able to learn, reason and interact with people more naturally. These robots and "smart artefacts" will thus better serve our needs in the real world.

Instead of forcing users to learn how to use the machines, the machines will learn how best to work with us. Applications in areas as diverse as manufacturing, education, healthcare, public safety, environmental protection and service robotics are expected.

Challenge 3 - Components, systems, engineering

European firms are currently among the world's leaders in supplying electronic components to industries as varied as transport, telecoms, consumer electronics and medical equipment. Europe also enjoys leading positions in technologies such as photonics, plastic electronics, flexible displays and micro/nanosystems. Europe is well positioned in the global race to develop these technologies and to embed intelligence into products, services and processes. This Challenge will support European industry and academic researchers in this strategic field and ensure that these new technologies meet the needs of European business & society.

Challenge 4 - Digital Libraries and Content

ICTs enable us to access, create and share content widely. They also allow us to learn better, and to preserve and enrich our cultural heritage. Every day, however, brings us face to face with the shortcomings of current technologies, and the way they are used. We are often overwhelmed w

Leading Institutions:

European Commission

Type of funding:
Total Budget: 
€ 9.1 billion
Number of projects:
Projects covered: 


Project Profiles:
  1. A Decision Support System for Reducing CO2 and Black Carbon Emissions by Adaptive Traffic Management
  2. AdaptIVe - Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles
  3. Advanced telematics for enhancing the SAFEty and comfort of motorcycle RIDERs
  4. Advancing Traffic Efficiency and Safety through Software Technology Phase 2
  5. An Integrated Wireless and Traffic Platform for Real-time Road Traffic Management Solutions
  6. Analysis of Massive Data Streams
  7. Antenna Research and Technology for the Intelligent Car
  8. Assessment Methodologies for ICT in Multimodal Transport from User Behaviour to CO2 reduction
  9. Car multi propulsion integrated power train
  10. Co-operative ITS Systems for Enhanced Electric Vehicle Mobility
  11. Co-operative Systems in Support of Networked Automated Driving by 2030
  12. Common Highways Agency Rijkswaterstaat Model
  13. Communications for eSafety
  14. Compact, Smart and Reliable Drive Unit for Fully Electric Vehicles
  15. Cooperative Advanced Driver Assistance System for Green Cars
  16. Cooperative Cities extend and validate mobility services
  17. Cooperative dynamic formation of platoons for safe and energy-optimized goods transportation
  18. Cooperative Intersection Safety
  19. Cooperative Mobility Systems and Services for Energy Efficiency
  20. Cooperative Self-Organizing System for low Carbon Mobility at low Penetration Rates
  21. Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions
  22. Dissemination of Performance Testing Methods for ICT-based Safety Functions in Road Vehicles
  23. DRIVE C2X DRIVing implementation and Evaluation of C2X communication technology in Europe
  24. E-safety Vehicle Intrusion proTected Applications
  25. eCO-friendly urban Multi-modal route PlAnning Services for Mobile uSers
  26. Ecological Aware Navigation: Usable Persuasive Trip Advisor for Reducing CO2-consumption
  27. ECOSTAND - Coordination Action for creating a common assessment methodology and joint research agenda with Japan and the USA on ITS applications focusing on energy efficiency and CO2 reduction
  28. Efficient Cooperative infrastructure for Fully Electric Vehicles
  29. ELectric Vehicle communication to Infrastructure, Road services and Electricity supply
  30. Electric-VEhicle Control of individual wheel Torque for On- and Off-Road Conditions (E-VECTOORC)
  31. Electrical powertrain HEalth Monitoring for Increased Safety of FEVs
  32. Electricity Demand and Supply Harmonizing for EVs.
  33. Energy ManagEment and RechArging for efficient eLectric car Driving
  34. Energy Storage with lowered cost and improved Safety and Reliability for electrical vehicles
  35. eSafety Challenge and Awareness Raising
  36. eSafety Digital Maps Public Private Partnership Support Action
  37. Europe-Wide Platform for Cooperative Mobility Services
  38. European Field Operational Test on Safe, Intelligent and Sustainable Road Operation
  39. European Inter-disciplinary Research on Intelligent Cargo for Efficient, Safe and Environment-friendly Logistics
  40. European Large-Scale Field Operational Test on Active Safety Systems
  42. Evolutive User-centric Networks for Intraurban Accessibility
  43. Extend Framework architecture for cooperative systems
  44. Field Operational Test Networking and Data Sharing Support
  45. Field opErational teSts supporT Action
  46. Fusing Far-infrared and Near-infrared Imaging for Pedestrian Injury Mitigation
  47. Geo-addressing and Geo-routing for Vehicular Communications
  48. Global Opportunities for SMEs in Electro-Mobility
  49. Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport
  50. Highly-complex and networked control systems
  51. Holistic Energy Management for third and fourth generation of EVs
  52. iCargo - Intelligent Cargo in Efficient and Sustainable Global Logistics Operations
  53. Information and Communication Technologies for the Full Electric Vehicle
  54. INnovative COst efficient management system for next generation high voltage BATteries
  55. Integrated Control of Multiple-Motor and Multiple-Storage Fully Electric Vehicles
  56. Integrated Enabling Technologies for Efficient Electrical Personal Mobility
  57. Integration and Management of Performance and Road Efficiency of Electric Vehicle Electronics
  58. Intelligent Car Support
  59. Intelligent Cooperative Sensing for Improved traffic efficiency
  60. Intelligent Dynamics for fully electric vehicles
  61. interactIVe
  62. International automotive 79 GHz frequency harmonization initative and worldwide operating vehicular radar frequency standardization platform
  63. Interoperable Fare Management Project
  64. Interoperable GCDC AutoMation Experience
  65. IPv6 ITS Station Stack for Cooperative Systems FOTs
  66. Logistics Industry Coalition for Long-term, ICT-based Freight Transport Efficiency
  67. Low-cost Miniature Laserscanner for Environment Perception
  68. Model-based Analysis & Engineering of Novel Architectures for Dependable Electric Vehicles
  69. Models for Optimising Dynamic Urban Mobility
  70. MOre Safety for All by Radar Interference Mitigation
  71. Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Cooperative Traffic Management in the Information Society
  72. Networking for Field Operational Tests
  73. Open VEhiculaR SEcurE platform
  74. Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and Transmission Ratio
  75. Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery based on system network
  76. Optimized electric Drivetrain by INtegration
  77. People Centric easy to implement e-mobility
  78. Personalized Mobility Services for Energy Efficiency and Security through Advanced Artificial Intelligence Techniques
  79. Pragmatic solution for parasitic-immune design of electronics ICs for automotive
  80. Pre-Commercial Public Procurement for Intelligent Transport Systems
  81. PREparation for DRIVing implementation and Evaluation of C-2-X Communication technology
  82. Preparing Secure Vehicle-to-X Communication Systems
  83. Privacy Enabled Capability In CO-operative systems and Safety Applications
  84. Reducing Environmental Footprint based on Multi-Modal Fleet management System for Eco-Routing and Driver Behaviour Adaptation
  85. Reliable Application Specific Detection of Road Users with Vehicle On-board Sensors
  86. Road map for radical innovations in European transport services
  87. ROad Safety ATTributes Exchange Infrastructure in Europe
  88. ROBotic System with Intelligent Vision and Control for Tunnel Structural INSPECTion and Evaluation
  89. Safe Adaptive Software for Fully Electric Vehicles
  90. Safe and Efficient Electrical Vehicle
  91. SIMPLI-CITY The Road User Information System of the Future
  92. Smart and Compact Battery Management System Module for Integration into Lithium-Ion Cell for Fully Electric Vehicles
  93. Smart Battery Control System based on a Charge-equalization Circuit for an advanced Dual-Cell Battery for Electric Vehicles
  94. Smart Freight Transport in Urban Areas
  96. Smart Vehicle to Grid Interface
  97. Smartest Cars Video Project
  98. Specification, Implementation, Field Trial, and Standardisation of the Vehicle-2-Grid Interface
  99. Split architecture carrier class future networks
  100. Support Action for a Transport ICT European Large Scale Action
  101. Support action for Vehicle and Road Automation network
  102. Support action to contribute to the preparation of future community research programme in user centered Design for ECO-multimodal MOBILity
  103. Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions
  104. SUstainable and PERsuasive Human Users moBility in future cities
  105. SUstainable social Network SErvices for Transport
  107. TeleFOT - Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devices in Vehicles
  108. Testing and Evaluation Methods for ICT-based Safety Systems
  109. The smart-vehicle
  110. uBiquitous, secUre inTernet-of-things with Location and contExt-awaReness
  111. V-Charge - Autonomous Valet Parking and Charging for e-Mobility
  112. Virtual Construction for Roads
  113. WIDE spectral band & WIDE dynamics multifunctional imaging SENSor Enabling safer car transportation
Contact Name: 
The ICT Information Desk
European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General
Office BU31 01/19
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Fax Number: 
(+32) 2 296 83 88