Identify and Support Research and Business Excellence to Enhance NMS – ACC Participation in the Development and Pilot Implementation–Demonstration of ICT Business Applications and Services (Contract No 015871)

Funding Source
Total budget
Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

European Commission – DG INSFO
May 2005 – February 2007
886.490 € (EC funding: 850.000 €)
Project Coordinator
Mr Kostas Bougiouklis – +30 2310 411 191,


The major objective of IST-BONUS was to upgrade the participation of organisations from the NMS & ACC (including Turkey) to the FP6-IST Priority both in quantitative and qualitative terms, particularly regarding two wide areas: e-business and e-working technologies and related state-of-the-art applications; which can have significant impact on Europe’s competitiveness, sustainability and societal cohesion.

IST-BONUS aimed to facilitate the transition of competent NMS & ACC organizations from ‘research followers’(that is partners with low capability to influence research course) to ‘research leaders’ (coordinators or major partners of RTD projects).

To achieve this ambitious endeavour IST-BONUS implemented actions sufficiently including ‘conventional’ activities such as (i) Information days, workshops, (ii) training events towards SMEs from NMC & ACC targeting to a large number of interested organisations.

However, the project innovated by providing to a selective number of highly motivated and competent organisations from NMS & ACC a set of advanced capacity enhancement services such as:

  • Audits, SWOTs,
  • e-business research action plans
  • Elaboration of PR research profiles,
  • Roadmaps to excellence in ICT,
  • Networking events with EU-15 research leaders and EC services.

Furthermore, IST-BONUS deployed actions promoting the ERA coordination: IST-BONUS prepared a Report on “Main e-Business policies / major national initiatives on e-Business in New Member States (NMS) & Accession Candidate Countries (ACC)” on June 2005, targeting to:

  • Examine main e-Business (and e-Work) policies in the NMS and ACC (In particular in 7 NMS and 3 ACC:Turkey, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Romania and Bulgaria).
  • Present policy priority areas in research per NMS and ACC.
  • Identify major national initiatives on e-Business (and e-Work).
  • Provide a list of key contact points at national level.

This report targeted to contribute to the European Research Area (ERA) in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and support discussion and co-ordination initiatives among national key players, the EC and the key European research players already participating in the clustering initiatives of the EC.

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Project Management / Coordination
  • Elaboration of E-business research action plans
  • Roadmaps to excellence in ICT
  • Information and training to more than 500 SMEs and research organisations from the targeted countries
  • Organisation of 3 European Networking Events with more than 250 participants from all over Europe (SMEs mainly)
  • Web-portal, partner search tools and a Database with more than 600 collaboration profiles from SMEs and research organisation.
  • Report on “Main e-Business policies / major national initiatives on e-Business in New Member States (NMS) & Accession Candidate Countries (ACC)”
  • Elaboration of the Training Guide “Towards Successful Participation in European ICT Research’: a. Advice on Research Strategy & Action Planning. b. Guidance on research project development & project management