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There is a wide range of funding opportunities for ICT research and innovation activities under Horizon 2020. The EU is investing at least 25 per cent more in ICT research compared to previous framework programmes.

While the core programme – ICT in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (ICT-LEIT) – has been placed under the Industrial Leadership pillar, ICT challenges are found across the board in the Horizon 2020 work programme, from applied research under the Societal Challenges pillar to pioneering research under the FET programme.

ICT in the overall LEIT work programme
Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), ICT and Space are areas that are important to maintaining Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 combines strong support for industrial roadmaps with new mechanisms to encourage disruptive innovation.

ICT under Excellent Science
Excellent Science encompasses radically new technological opportunities under the programmes Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) (including FET Flagships). The FET programme is targeted towards giving Europe a competitive edge through the development and use of ground-breaking new technologies. FET actions are designed to lead to radically new technological solutions by finding new ways to combine advanced, interdisciplinary research and enabling technologies.

ICT under Societal Challenges
ICT can be applied to solving many of Europe’s most pressing societal challenges, such as those related to health, the environment, security and an inclusive society. A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge from diverse subject areas, technologies and disciplines, including social science and the humanities. This portion of the Horizon 2020 work programme encompasses activities that extend from basic research to the market, with new focus on innovation-related activities such as piloting, demonstration, testing and support for public procurement and market uptake.

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