EECA-2-Horizon

Bringing the EU-EECA cooperation and policy dialogue in ICT in the HORIZON 2020 era (GA No 610793)

Funding Source
Programme
Duration
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Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

European Commission – DG CONNECT
FP7-ICT
February 2014 – July 2016 (30 months)
920.185 € (EC funding 799,.000 €)
http://www.eeca-ict.eu
Project Coordinator
Mr Kostas Bougiouklis – +30 2310 411 191, bougiouklis@qplan.gr
Mr Iakovos Delioglanis – +30 2310 411 191, delioglanis@qplan.gr

Description

The main aim of the EECA-2-HORIZON project is to reinforce the development of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships in ICT between the EU and the East Europe and Central Asia (EECA) countries. The goal is to strengthen links and boost cooperation among the research and industrial communities of both regions to exploit emerging opportunities for international partnerships (under EU and EECA RTD&I programmes) and jointly address common societal challenges

  1. Create a knowledge sharing and collaboration environment (“EU-EECA Virtual Collaboration Breeding Environment in ICT”) to facilitate interaction and support collaboration among ICT research and industrial actors from both regions towards the formation of strategic partnerships.
  2. Link and bring together leading ICT research and industrial actors from both regions in areas of mutual interest and added value for EU – EECA cooperation. This will be based on 2 pillars:
    • RTD&I actors: sustainable cooperative “ICT Communities” will be created having a thematic focus (e.g. focusing on specific ICT sub-areas); and
    • Technology Platforms: strengthen interaction and cooperation among ICT-oriented ETPs and similar structures and interested stakeholders from the EECA countries.
  3. Reciprocity in collaboration by identifying and promoting RTD&I national programmes and initiatives from the EECA countries that are open to the participation of EU research teams and/or individual researchers, with a view to support the international cooperation under these EECA programmes.
  4. Support dialogue between the EU and the EECA countries on enhancing their cooperation in ICT and thus contribute in shaping HORIZON2020 research orientation regarding the participation of the EECA ICT research and industrial actors.
  5. Organise a series of increase awareness and networking / twinning events in both regions to promote and facilitate collaboration among ICT actors.

EECA-2-HORIZON builds upon the invaluable legacy in EU-EECA cooperation in ICT that was created by the PICTURE project (December 2011 – May 2014) and its preceding EECA-ICT cluster (January 2009 – June 2011) that was formed by joining forces of FP7-ICT CSAs, namely: ISTOK-SOYUZ, SCUBE-ICT and EXTEND).

EECA-2-HORIZON consortium will closely collaborate with the EAST HORIZON project in the context of the “EU-EECA ICT Cluster” as both projects focus on the same region and have similar objectives.

Download the EECA Cluster brochure

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Mapping of EECA research and innovation landscape in ICT, analysis of existing collaboration framework and capacity building activities
  • Creation of 4 EU-EECA higher education / research and industrial communities (including ETPs) in major ICT areas of common interest.
  • Web-portal development and operation.
  • Innovation management services and policy recommendations.
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