ICT contributions are expected in each of the seven societal challenges in Horizon 2020:
ICT is in the societal challenges addressed through either specific topics or calls or as part of a broader set of contributing technologies in the description of the targeted activities.
2. SC2 – Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
One of the topics of the call “Sustainable Food Security - Resilient and resource-efficient value chains” is dedicated to “Robotics Advances for Precision Farming”.
3. SC3 – Secure, clean and efficient energy
It is to be noted that ‘Smart Cities and Communities’, which cut across several societal challenges (including SC3), are now addressed in a focus area which is to be found in the part of the work programme dedicated to cross-cutting activities.
In the ‘Energy Efficiency’ call, ICT is expected to contribute to four topics, in three different areas:
In the ‘Competitive Low-Carbon Energy’ call, ICT’s contribution is focussed on smart grids, which are addressed in the five topics of the part entitled ‘Towards an integrated EU energy system’.
SC4 – Smart, green and integrated transport
In the ‘Mobility for Growth’ call ICT will contribute in the following areas:
Moreover, one of the topics of the part dedicated to ‘socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making’ will address Big Data in transport.
The first topic of the ‘Automated Road Transport’ call will be centred on ICT and one of the topics of the ‘Green vehicles’call explicitly refers to ICT.
5. SC5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
7. SC7 – Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
This part of the work programme is structured around five calls out of which two are particularly relevant for ICT:
For more information and details:Guide_to_ICT-related_activities_in_H2020WP2016-17.pdf
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