SME Outreach event on Future Internet Public Private Partnership: Funding and Partnering

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 14:00 - 19:00

Many challenges in the areas of technology, business, society and governance will have to be overcome if the future development of the Internet is to sustain the networked society of tomorrow. To answer these challenges, the European Commission has launched the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) programme. The programme brings together the major industrial stakeholders, public sector, research institutes and SMEs into a new type of innovation ecosystem. The participants have a shared agenda to create next generation public services and infrastructures in an open and participatory manner.

CONCORD, the coordination and support action (CSA) of the FI-PPP, advances Europe’s Future Internet research by supporting the successful and coherent implementation of the FI-PPP programme. CONCORD coordinates and facilitates the alignment of the FI-PPP programme activities to ensure the relevance, rigor and robustness of the emerging Future Internet concepts, visions and roadmaps.

CONCORD has a two-fold objective when it comes to SME engagement within the FI-PPP programme, being the active engagement of SMEs as both sources and users of R&D. This objective is facilitated through the ‘stakeholder engagement work stream’ (SEWS) within the CONCORD dissemination workgroup (DWG).

The FI-PPP FI-WARE project announced its first open call at the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) in Poznan, Poland at the end of October. This call will be opened end of January 2012, and will run until the 3rd week of March 2012. FI-WARE would like to devote 30% (± €4 mln.) or more of the total budget for open calls (± €12 mln.) to SME participation. In light of this upcoming open call CONCORD organises an SME outreach event in the afternoon of Thursday the 24th of November at the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, which will be accompanied by a networking cocktail afterwards.

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