ICT contributions are expected in each of the seven societal challenges in Horizon 2020:
SC1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing,
SC2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy,
SC3: Secure, clean and efficient energy,
SC4: Smart, green and integrated transport,
SC5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials,
SC6: Europe in a changing world - Innovative, inclusive and reflective societies,
SC7: Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
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.
1. SC1 – Health, demographic change and wellbeing
ICT, which does have a prominent role in this societal challenge, is addressed in dedicated topics in three parts of the unique call ‘Personalised Medicine’:
active ageing and self-management of health,
methods and data,
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
ICT is present in the two calls of this societal challenge:
‘Energy Efficiency’ (EE),
‘Competitive Low-Carbon Energy’ (LCE).
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:
Engaging consumers towards sustainable energy,
Industry, services and products.
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
Three calls are planned in 2016-17 for this challenge:
‘Mobility for Growth’ (MG), which actually constitutes the main call of SC4 and is sub-divided in eight parts corresponding to transport modes or environments (aviation, waterborne, urban mobility), or horizontal issues (safety, logistics, intelligent transport systems, etc.),
Automated Road Transport’ (ART),
Green vehicles’ (GV), which implements the Green Vehicle cPPP.
In the ‘Mobility for Growth’ call ICT will contribute in the following areas:
urban mobility, where the integration of ICT solutions can be considered in a topic addressing sustainable mobility,
logistics, where one topic is dedicated to innovative ICT solutions for future logistics operations,
intelligent transport systems, which rely on ICT and for which three topics are proposed.
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
This societal challenge will be addressed in 2016-17 through one generic call ‘Greening the Economy’ and contributions to two cross cutting focus areas, ‘Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy’ and ‘Smart and sustainable cities’. SC5 will also contribute to the ‘Blue Growth’ focus area of SC2.
In the main call ‘Greening the Economy’, there are only very few explicit references to ICT. The only topic where ICT’s contribution is clearly requested is the one entitled
‘European data hub of the GEOSS information system’.
6. SC6 – Europe in a changing world – Innovative, inclusive and reflective societies
In 2016-17, ICT will be contributing with specific topics proposed in three out of the four calls of this societal challenge:
‘Co-creation for growth and inclusion’, where most of the activities related to public sector modernization are located (in three topics),
‘Reversing inequalities and promoting fairness’,
‘Understanding Europe – promoting the European public and cultural space’, where two topics cover the area of ICT for cultural heritage and a third one complements the set of topics addressing public sector modernization mentioned above.
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:
‘Critical infrastructure protection’ (CIP), which contains a topic cutting across physical and cyber-security,
‘Digital Security’ (DS), which corresponds to a focus area covering most of cyber-security activities of SC7, with also topics from SC1 (on the protection of health data) and LEIT-ICT (on ‘assurance and certification for trustworthy and secure ICT systems, services and components’ and ‘cryptography’)
For more information and details:Guide_to_ICT-related_activities_in_H2020WP2016-17.pdf
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