Fabian Demicoli

Information Session ICT PSP 2012 Call for Proposals

The next call for proposals for the EU's ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) has been launched in February 2012. In this light the Malta National Contact Point for the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP Malta NCP), in collaboration with the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), is organising an information event for local stakeholders, in order to create awareness of the various funding opportunities that exist within the ICT-PSP programme:

 

Venue: MITA 01,Triq Il-Ferrovija, St.Venera
Date: 21st February 2012
Time: 8.30 – 11.30 hrs

 

Background information

The EU's ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) is a funding programme that aims at stimulating EU innovation and competitiveness by accelerating the development of a sustainable, competitive, innovative and inclusive information society. It supports activities to step up innovation and implementation of ICT-based services and systems through the wider uptake and best use of ICT and the exploitation of digital content by citizens, governments and businesses.

In the EU the greater uptake in the EU of ICT and exploitation of digital content in areas of public interest – like health, inclusion, cultural heritage, public sector information, learning, public administrations, or energy efficiency – requires greater availability of ICT-based services, improved interoperability of solutions across the Member States, as well as less market fragmentation of the information space and ICT-based solutions.

Therefore the ICT PSP assists the development of markets for innovative ICT-based solutions and digital content, notably in areas of public interest. This opens-up a wide range of new business opportunities, in particular for innovative SMEs that provide such solutions and are keen to form part of a European network of partners. The Programme builds on and complements national, regional and other EU initiatives.
The aim of this roundtable is to provide a forum for debate and experience sharing and to outline various avenues that could be considered to pursue by stakeholders regarding ICT-PSP projects. It will also serve as a meeting platform to establish direct communication channels and set the base for possible further collaborations and joint projects between stakeholders.

The ICT-PSP 2012 Call for Proposals will address the following

 themes:

-ICT for "smart" cities

-Digital content, open data and creativity

-ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion

-Innovative government and public services

-Trusted eServices and other actions

These themes will be supported by a limited number of high impact pilot or best practices projects, as well as thematic networks addressing specific objectives. The call documentation can be downloaded from here: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/participating/calls/call_proposals_12/index_en.htm  

For more info kindly contact the Malta CIP National Contact Point on  or visit http://www.cipmalta.com/ 

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