Find the most recent information on EU Funding activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by visiting our ICT in FP7 website , which covers ICT in the 7 th Framework Programme (FP7) 2007 - 2013.
The overall vision
The IST thematic priority will contribute directly to realising European policies for the knowledge society as agreed at the Lisbon Council of 2000, the Stockholm Council of 2001, the Seville Council of 2002, and as reflected in the e-Europe Action Plan and in the i2010 initiative 1 .
The strategy adopted in Lisbon 2000 is for an accelerated transition to a competitive and dynamic knowledge economy capable of sustainable growth, with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. This requires wider adoption, broader availability and an extension of IST applications and services in all economic and public sectors and in society as a whole. IST are the key underlying technologies for easier and efficient knowledge creation, sharing and exploitation.
The objectives of IST in FP6 are therefore to ensure European leadership in generic and applied technologies at the heart of the knowledge economy. It aims to increase innovation and competitiveness in European businesses and industry and to contribute to greater benefits for all European citizens.
The focus of IST in FP6 is on the future generation of technologies in which computers and networks will be integrated into the everyday environment, rendering accessible a multitude of services and applications through easy-to-use human interfaces. This vision of 'ambient intelligence' 2 places the user, the individual, at the centre of future developments for an inclusive knowledge-based society for all.
This research effort will therefore reinforce and complement the eEurope objectives and look beyond them to the 2010 goals of the Union (the i2010 initiative) of bringing IST applications and services to everyone, every home, every school and to all businesses.
The Community support for IST in FP6 will help mobilise the industrial and research community around high-risk long term goals. It should facilitate the aggregation of public and private research efforts on a European scale and enable the development of a European Research Area (ERA) in IST .