This set of proposals by the EU Commission is just the latest in a drive to provide ICT across the entire continent. Admirable you may think, but its not, as much of it is simply sinister, and I hope to be able to bring you in some later posts news from the inside, to show you how and why all this ICT is not designed for your benefit, as the EU uses billions upon billions of your tax money to set up the federal and governmental infrastructure to simply rule and control you.
The European Commission on Tuesday has announced one of the biggest calls ever for information and communications technology (ICT) research proposals under the EU’s research framework programmes. The announcement was made at Europe’s largest event for ICT research and innovation, ICT 2010-Digitally Driven. It will result in project funding of € 780 million in 2011. This funding will advance research on the future internet, robotics, smart and embedded systems, photonics, ICT for energy efficiency, health and well-being in an ageing society, and more. Under the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200), the Commission has committed to maintaining the pace of a 20% yearly increase of the annual ICT R&D budget at least until 2013.
Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: “Increasing overall investment into ICT research is crucial for our future. The EU’s support to our world-class researchers announced today must be accompanied by substantial additional investments by the beneficiaries themselves. This research will help Europe’s industry to strengthen its competitiveness.”
The €780 million call for proposals (ICT Call 7) is part of the biggest ever annual Work Programme under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. Almost €1.2 billion has been budgeted for 2011. €220 million were made available already in July 2010 for public private partnerships focusing on ICT for smart cars, green buildings, sustainable factories and the future internet (see IP/10/966, MEMO/10/339, Newsroom).
In this call, €120 million will be available to fund research and technological developments in networking, digital media and service infrastructure for the future internet. This is crucial if Europe is to stay ahead of the challenges that its increasingly digital society will face in the next decade. Nearly €100 million have already been earmarked for the ‘Future Internet’ Partnership (IP/09/1596) to take advantage of the increasing demand for innovative internet applications that make infrastructures like health systems, energy grids or traffic management systems ‘smarter’.
To strengthen Europe’s position as a leading supplier of electronic systems and photonic components, more than €200 million are available for research in this field. This supports the competitiveness of the automotive, telecoms, industrial automation, lighting technologies and medical industrial strongholds in Europe. Their success depends on integrating innovative components and systems into products and services across all sectors. Advances in laser technology for instance are crucial to boost growth in optical communications and getting ultra fast internet connections to all Europeans.
This latest call also foresees close to €200 million for research in ICT for health and ageing. The European population aged 60 plus is increasing by about 2 million every year. ICTs are essential to creating sustainable solutions and to maximising market opportunities that help reduce related social and health care costs.
In addition, €135 million are available for ICT research that improves energy efficiency in buildings, in transport and logistics. This complements the €220 million made available in July 2010 for public private partnerships for an economy based on low carbon cars, buildings and factories (see above).
Universities, research centres, SMEs, large companies and other organisations in Europe and beyond are eligible to apply for project funding under ICT Call 7. Proposals can be submitted until 18 January 2011, after which they will be evaluated by independent panels of experts for selection on the basis of their quality.
Source: EC Press Release 28/9/2010