It generates 25% of total business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D), and investments in ICT account for 50% of all developed countries productivity growth. Funding possibilities in ICTs are due to increase by about 25% before 2020. This group will support the whole chain from basic research to innovation that can deliver new business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies.
Information and Communication Technologies underpin innovation and competitiveness across private and public sectors and enable scientific progress in all disciplines. Thus ICT-related topics can be found in all priorities and agendas both for Universities, Industry and Governments alike. The focus areas for this group will be
- A new generation of components and systems
- Advanced Computing
- Future Internet
- Content technologies and information management
- Micro- and nano-electronic technologies