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2005-2006 Work Programme

2.4.13 Strengthening the Integration of the ICT research effort in an Enlarged Europe


To develop and validate innovative and efficient ICT-based systems and services in key application areas for the societal and economical development of the enlarged Europe, with a view to strengthening the integration of the IST European Research Area.


  1. eLearning

    Research and development on ICT-based systems for teaching and learning building on existing open platforms and tools and exploiting the collaborative use of learning objects and resources (including of cultural and scientific content). Work should integrate validation, supported by sound research methodologies, in realistic pedagogical scenarios in universities or schools, and address the critical success factors for subsequent larger-scale deployment initiatives.

  2. eHealth

    Research and development on advanced ICT-based eHealth systems and services focusing on integrated health information systems, intelligent environment for health professionals and online health services for patients and citizens. Proposed applications should exploit advances in networking and mobile communications and ensure interoperability with existing networks. Moreover, eHealth applications should build on best practices established throughout Europe and ensure all aspects of confidentiality and privacy. Examples of proposed applications include regional health information networks, decision support for health professionals, mobile applications for health monitoring, home care monitoring and support to autonomy of patients.

  3. eGovernment

    Research and development on ICT-based systems to improve and innovate in the delivery of key public services, integrating interoperable systems for identity management, and to enable good governance (efficiency, inclusiveness, democracy, openness and accountability) in areas with strong potential for European collaboration and institutional reinforcement. Work should integrate several back-office administrative systems where relevant such as at local, regional, national and European level and build on secure and interoperable infrastructures for eGovernment. In addition it should address relevant critical success factors for subsequent larger scale deployment.

    Example application areas are electronic public procurement, citizen services such as one stop life events, job search or social security. The proposed work is expected to take European best practices into account.

  4. eBusiness

    Research and development addressing: e-collaboration enabling a particular cluster of SMEs to operate as a single business entity in the production of applications and solutions adapted to local business needs; B2B and B2C e-commerce allowing quicker response times and more dynamic business models at a lower cost; connection of CRM applications to back-office applications of both Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply chain. The regulatory, social, cultural and economic obstacles to e-business take-up within the enlarged Europe should be given special attention as well as the interoperability of proposed enterprise applications.

Proposals should make a convincing contribution to strengthen integration within the enlarged Europe in the selected field. In addition, proposals are expected to provide a strong contribution to the relevant eEurope objectives 1 in the selected fields.

Integration is characterized by the level of collaboration between relevant organizations within the enlarged Europe and in terms of bringing an appropriate European dimension into the proposed solutions within the selected application fields.

Indicative budget:
STREPs: 100%
Call information:
IST Call 4

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