H2020 Info day Innovation and Public Sector

On 10 February 2014, the European Commission organised an information day on “Innovation and Public Sector” with the purpose to explain ICT-enabled public sector innovation in H2020. The information day especially focused on the priorities Societal Challenges (SC) and Industrial Leadership (LEIT). The event gathered more than 300 participants from more than 230 organisations, representing various types of stakeholders and different countries, with the aim to share information and present ideas on the themes:

• SC6 (Europe in changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies)
• SC7 (Secure societies – protecting freedom & security of Europe and its citizen)
• LEIT / ICT7 (ICT Advanced Cloud Infrastructures & Services)
• LEIT / ICT8 (Pre-commercial procurement for public sector cloud computing services (PCP) and Public procurement of innovative cloud computing solutions (PPI)

At the opening of the event the European Commission provided an overview of the new elements of Horizon2020 related to eligibility criteria, funding opportunities, evaluation criteria as well as the new types of actions in H2020 which include apart from Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) also a dedicated SME instrument.

The new SME instrument is a major novelty in H2020 and aims at supporting the European SME´s in developing high-potential innovation ideas. The objective is to increase their profitability and make the European SME´s competitive at international level. The instrument includes three phases, including a feasibility studies, innovation actions and implementation of innovative solutions, i.e commercialisation.

Thereafter, the work programme 2014-2015 was presented, including information on its instruments and e-government related topics. New elements were introduced, such as open government approach, emerging technologies in the public sector as well as specific focus areas. In addition, information about calls covering ICT enabled public sector innovation in the theme SC6 and its specific topics and challenges:

• INSO-1: This call is focusing on ICT-enabled open government and its specific challenges like personalised public services, mobile government and transparency. First call closes on 29 April 2014 with the indicative budget of 12.3 million € for two IA and one CSA. The second call closes on 21 April 2015 and has the budget of 8.6 million € for two IA and 0.6 million € for one CSA. The numbers and dates are still on indicative basis, the final information has yet to be confirmed.
• YOUNG-5b: This call aims to increase societal and political engagement of young people and their perspectives in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable Europe and allows for open participation. The call ends on 3 June 2014 and has the budget of 5 million € for one IA.
• EURO-6: This call focuses on meeting new societal needs by using emerging technologies in the public sector. The call closes on 21 April 2015 and has the budget of 11.5 million € for one RIA and 0.5 million € for one CSA.
• INSO-9: Covering the new forms of innovation this call emphasise innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs. It has the budget of 4 Million € for one SME instrument (EU contribution between 0.5 million and 2.5 million € for the second phase) and multiple deadlines in 2015 18 March, 17 June, 17 September and 16 December.

SC7 includes three topics; privacy, access control, risk management & assurance models. The theme has one instrument, an Innovation Action, with the budget of 19.04 million €. The call closes on 28 August 2014.

The objectives of LEIT, ICT7-2014 and ICT8-2015 and their relation to the public sector specific topics and challenges were also presented. In the ICT7-2014 objective, the relation to the public sector is given in the challenge of automated discovery and composition of services. The aim is to facilitate collaboration between public administrations, users and other stakeholders as well as to produce, discover and mix different service components and create new public services. ICT8-2015 includes Pre-commercial procurement for public sector cloud computing services (PCP) and Public procurement of innovative cloud computing solutions (PPI). As an instrument for public sector innovation, pre-commercial procurement identifies innovative solutions for cloud services and provides better information about the potential of cloud services. The ICT8 objective for 2015 builds on work started by the project C4E (Cloud for Europe). The project C4E supports public sector cloud use as collaboration between public authorities and industry and is a part of the European Cloud Partnership which is one of the key actions of the European Cloud Strategy.

A networking session opened the stage for participants who wished to present their visions and ideas for the themes covered at the event.

You can find more information about the H2020 Innovation and Public Sector info day here.

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