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FP7 ICT-2007.4.2 - Call 1: Intelligent Content and Semantics

The European Commission funds ICT research by selecting project proposals submitted in response to a 'Call for proposals'.

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Work Programme 2007-2008 under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) included three calls for proposals. For Challenge 4, Intelligent Content and Semantics, more specifically FP7 ICT Call 1 and FP7 ICT Call 3 .

The first call was published in the Official Journal C 316/10, 22 December 2006 and on CORDIS, with a deadline for submission of proposals on 8 May 2007 at 17:00 Brussels local time.

A total of 148 proposals were submitted to the Strategic Objective 4.2: Intelligent Content and Semantics, requesting a total grant of around 473 Meuro against a published budget of 51 Meuro. The consortia brought together around 1210 project participants from 50 countries, including all EUR-27 and Associated countries and third countries such as India, China, USA, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

The evaluation of the proposals took place in Baulieu, Brussels on 10-16 June 2007, and the hearings of the successful Integrated Projects where scheduled for the end of June 2007, in Luxembourg. The proposals submitted to Call 1 were evaluated by 77 experts (evaluators as well as rapporteurs) from 25 countries.

The outcome resulted in a list of 15 top-ranked proposals, with 128 participants (55 % academia and public sector). The Work Programme was well covered by the top proposals, when it comes to research, development and field validation. Partnerships were balanced, with consortia that are often smaller than in FP6, and consist of both well known and new players. Seven out of the 12 'new' member states are involved in the project teams.

In December 2007 the negotiations where finalised and contracts signed, and start dates for successful Call 1 projects where foreseen for the first quarter of 2008.

Useful links and key documents


We offered a pre-proposal screening service during spring 2007. Proposers where invited to send us, by e-mail, and before the end of March 2007 a brief description of the proposal they intended to submit for Call 1, Strategic Objective 4.2. Within a few working days we gave feedback, due to be used to improve the actual proposal.

Instructions on how to proceed with the pre-proposals where given in two steps:

  1. How to get early feedback?

    a) Describe the rationale and the problem area your proposal addresses, in particular

    • Specify the intended user profile and related tasks
    • Describe actual or prospective applications
    • Detail data sets: source(s), typology, volume
    • How will the proposal contribute to Work Programme objectives?
      • What are the key scientific and technological innovations?
      • What will be the main concrete results?
      • What public outputs are foreseen?
      • What impact do you expect (scientific, technical, socio-economic)?

    b) Describe the consortium

    • Give partners' names or profiles, and the intended skills mix
    • Indicate the intended instrument (if known)
    • Indicate the scale of your ambition
      • What is the estimated effort (man-months)
      • How long will the proposed project last?
      • What amount of EU funding are you looking for?
  2. How to improve your pre-proposal further?
    In order to help you put together the most informative pre-proposal, we have identified several points for you to pay attention to. Give us some more information, and we will be able to give you meaningful feedback. Please read the attached Guide ( 44KB ), and answer each of the questions in the form on page 6-8.

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