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CIP ICT PSP work programme 2012




CIP ICT PSP work programme 2012

Table and index




Objectives of the ICT PSP……….

SMEs and the ICT PSP…………..

The ICT PSP work programme for 2012


Theme 1: ICT for "smart cities"……

Theme 2: Digital content, open data and creativity

Theme 3: ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion

Theme 4: ICT for innovative government and public services

Theme 5: Trusted e-services and other actions



General conditions for participation

Submission and Evaluation process

Indicative implementation calendar






Annex 1 – Eligibility and exclusion criteria

Annex 2 - a) - Award criteria – Pilot A

Annex 2 - b) - Award criteria – Pilot B

Annex 2 - c) - Award criteria - Thematic networks

Annex 2 - d) - Award criteria –Best Practice Networks

Annex 3 – Conformity with the legal base

Annex 4 – Glossary……………………………………………………………………...2

CIP ICT PSP work programme 2012


The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) was adopted on 24 October 2006 by Decision No. 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (the “Programme Decision”). This European Union programme runs from 2007 to 2013 and is organised around three specific programmes:

– The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP);

– The Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP);

– The Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme (IEEP).

The detailed activities to be supported by the three specific programmes each year are described in three separate Work Programmes. Further information on CIP, its specific programmes, the related work programmes and their implementation can be found on the CIP portal: http://ec.europa.eu/cip/ The present document is the Work Programme (WP) of the ICT PSP. It defines the priorities for calls for proposals, calls for tender and other supporting actions to be launched in 2012.

For further information relating to this programme, please refer to the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme web site at http://ec.europa.eu/ict_psp.



The European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy1 in March 2010 to address the economic crisis and prepare the EU economy for the challenges of the next decade.

Europe 2020 sets out a vision to achieve high levels of employment, a low carbon economy, productivity and social cohesion, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels.

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE)2 is one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. It defines the key role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Europe to succeed in its ambitions for 2020.

The objective of this Agenda is to chart a course to maximise the social and economic potential of ICT, most notably the internet, a vital medium of economic and societal activity, for doing business, working, playing, communicating and expressing ourselves freely. Successful delivery of this Agenda will spur innovation, economic growth and improvements in daily life for both citizens and businesses.

Wider deployment and more effective use of digital technologies will thus enable Europe to address its key challenges and will provide Europeans with a better quality of life through, for example, better health care, safer and more efficient transport solutions, cleaner 1 http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/ 2 COM(2010) 245: A communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Social and Economic Committee and the Committee of Regions: A Digital Agenda for Europe: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/

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environment, new media opportunities and easier access to public services and cultural content.


The ICT PSP supports the realisation of European policies and in particular the Digital agenda for Europe and is aligned with its priorities. It aims at stimulating smart sustainable and inclusive growth by accelerating the wider uptake and best use of innovative digital technologies and content by citizens, governments and businesses.

The programme addresses obstacles hindering further and better use of ICT based products and services and barriers for the development of high growth businesses, notably SMEs, in this field. In addition to illustrating and validating the high value of digital technologies for the economy and society, it will foster the development of EU-wide markets for innovations enabling every company in Europe to benefit from the largest internal market in the world.

Particular emphasis is put on areas of public interest given their weight in the European economy and the unique solutions that ICT can bring to the societal challenges that lie ahead such as health and ageing, inclusion, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, culture preservation and learning as well as improving efficiency of public administrations. The main challenges include the relatively slow uptake of ICT innovations in the public sector and the high fragmentation of relevant markets due notably to a lack of interoperability between ICT solutions deployed across the Member States and other countries participating in the programme (associated countries).

The ICT PSP covers technological and non-technological innovations that have moved beyond the final research demonstration phase3. The ICT PSP does not support research activities; it may cover, when needed, technical adaptation and integration work in order to achieve the objectives.

Coordination will be ensured between the ICT PSP and actions to be supported under the Innovation Union flagship4, as well as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This will be done in order to maximise the impact of Union support, in particular by informing - via the existing governance structures set out for ERDF and ICT PSP - the national/regional authorities of organisations which have benefited from ICT PSP grants established in their respective territories.

2.3 SMES AND THE ICT PSP The ICT PSP offers opportunities both for innovative SMEs in the ICT sector and for SMEs that can make better use of ICT to improve their products, services and business processes. It does so by contributing to the creation of wider market opportunities and better services for SMEs. The ICT PSP will build on and complement national, regional

and other EU initiatives for SMEs. In particular, the ICT PSP will:

The ICT PSP is not a follow up of the European Framework programme for Research and Technological Development (EU FP), ie there is no requirement for a solution tested or promoted in an ICT PSP project to have been previously supported in a project of the EU FP.

4 http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/pdf/innovation-union-communication_en.pdf (p.40)

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– accelerate the deployment of EU-wide services of public interest that are of direct benefit for all businesses and in particular for SMEs, improving and expanding their working environments.

– help develop the internal market for innovative ICT based services and products which is essential for the growth and development of innovative SMEs that can benefit from wider markets for the diffusion of their innovations;

– fund the participation of SMEs supplying innovative ICT based solutions in pilots and networking activities together with the main users of these solutions;

The ICT PSP is expected therefore to have an impact on a wide range of SMEs extending far beyond those that participate directly in the supported actions.


2.4.1. Work Programme content The WP2012 describes the themes, objectives and types of actions that will be supported in the ICT PSP following calls for proposals and tenders in 2012. It also includes the selection criteria and rules for participation in the programme.

For the themes addressed, the WP specifies: the objectives to be reached with Union support; the targeted outcomes; and, the expected impact. For each objective, it also describes the types of actions (funding instruments) to be supported (sections 3 and 4).

2.4.2. Approach: Focus on a limited number of themes, complemented by horizontal actions In order to optimise the impact of Union support, funding is concentrated on a limited

number of themes and objectives that are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

– addressing the EU policy priorities as expressed notably in the Digital Agenda for Europe;

– improving the innovation capacity of the Union and facilitating the development of EUwide markets for innovative ICT-based products and services and exploitation of digital content;

– a clear need for financial intervention at EU level;

– readiness of stakeholders to mobilise the appropriate financial and human resources to carry out actions in support of the objective.

The recommendations resulting from the second evaluation of the ICT PSP5 completed in 2011, have been also taken into account for the WP2012.

Based on these criteria and recommendations, the WP 2012 focuses on 5 themes:

– ICT for "smart" cities Digital content, open data and creativity – ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion – Innovative government and public services – http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/information_society/evaluation/non_rtd/programmes/cip_ict-psp_interim_evaluation_report.pdf

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Trusted eServices and other actions – These themes and actions will be supported by a limited number of high impact pilot or best practice projects, as well as thematic networks. The projects will be selected through a call for proposals.

For each of the above themes, a set of objectives has been identified. They are presented in section 3.

In addition, support will be given through calls for tender for studies, analysis, benchmarking activities, conferences and events that help monitor and promote the development of the Digital Agenda. These are presented in section 5.

2.4.3. Implementation The different nature and specificities of the objectives detailed in section 3 require distinctive implementation measures. Four types of funding instruments have been


– Pilot (Type A) - building on initiatives in Member States and associated countries;

– Pilot (Type B) - stimulating the uptake of innovative ICT based services and products;

– Thematic Network (TN) - providing a forum for stakeholders for experience sharing and consensus building;

– Best Practice Network (BPN) - exclusively for support to Europeana under the theme 2 "Digital content, open data and creativity".

Each of the objectives described in section 3 indicates which funding instrument to use for addressing the objective.

Section 4 defines these funding instruments in more detail (§4.1), and also describes the evaluation process for selecting proposals following a call for proposals (§ 4.3). This includes notably the evaluation criteria that are described in §4.3.3 and in annex 2 of this WP.

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The above actions are complemented by support measures implemented through calls for tender or grants without call for proposals which are detailed in section 5.

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THEME 1: ICT FOR "SMART" CITIES The Digital Agenda for Europe highlights the importance of ICT for energy efficiency and a low carbon economy; the role of ICT for smart mobility as well as the development of a new generation of web-based applications and services that leverage standards and open platforms.

Those topics are addressed under the Theme 1 concerning services to be tested in cities,

through the following objectives:

Objective 1.1: Smart urban digital services for energy efficiency;

– Objective 1.2: Cooperative transport systems for smart mobility;

– Objective 1.3: Open Innovation for Internet-enabled services and next generation – access (NGA) services in 'smart' cities.

Total funding available for this theme is 27 M€ and it is intended to fund projects under the three objectives listed below.

Objective 1.1: Smart urban digital services for energy efficiency

Funding instrument: Pilot Type B - It is intended to support several pilot actions for 8 M€ EU contribution in total Focus and outcomes The objective is to stimulate the creation, provision and use of innovative digital services supporting energy-efficient, low-carbon activities in an urban context. Those services should build on and interoperate with existing infrastructures. They may include digital solutions to facilitate energy-efficient, smart processes (e.g. tele-working, green public services, improved logistics, use of micro-generation), as well as transformational approaches which drive new values and behaviours (e.g. promoting inclusive sustainability through making energy savings and emissions data visible through 'ecomaps').

Actions should be driven by service providers and should involve other businesses, public sector organisations, and citizens, as appropriate.

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