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IST-BONUS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 015871
Funded under: FP6-IST
Country: Greece

Helping ICT researchers become research leaders

A European project has boosted the research base of new and aspiring EU members in information and communication technologies (ICT) and business-related applications and services.
Helping ICT researchers become research leaders
The aim of the IST-Bonus project was to help organisations like universities, research centres, innovative SMEs, and industry in these respective countries to increase their participation in EU-funded research programmes in e-work and e-business. E-work and e-business enable individuals and companies to provide better products and more responsive services through ICT that contribute to making Europe more competitive.

Many of these highly motivated and competent organisations already possessed the skill and talent to become European researcher leaders in ICT. But making the transition onto the European research stage is a challenge. IST-BONUS, a consortium of 12 partners from 11 European countries, supported the efforts of new Member States and candidate countries by not only improving research but also by helping the stakeholders in these countries network with established research leaders. Over 10 000 organisations have benefited.

Over the years, the European Commission had launched initiatives targeting organisations in these countries, which have helped boost their participation rate in EU-supported research. Conferences, training sessions and networking events took place. But beyond these EC actions, organisations in these countries had to largely rely on their own resources and resourcefulness. This is where IST-bonus has helped most.

The project first identified organisations with the potential to become research leaders. Then it established two sets of activities, one focusing on quantity and another focusing on quality. The quantitative activity was a three-stage process whereby participating organisations would first engage in promotional and awareness sessions. The second stage involved organising information days and tutorials. And the third stage, involved networking and brokerage events at international conferences in the IT domain.

The second activity focused primarily on increasing the number of highly networked organisations in the respective participating countries. This entailed a number of diverse qualitative activities including audits, action plans, and roadmaps to excellence in this field.

The efforts of IST-Bonus helped researchers in new and aspiring EU Member States meet the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging ICTs.

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