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ICT Standardisation Observatory and Support Facility in Europe

Project description

Empowering European ICT standardisation

The EU has placed a significant emphasis on expanding the reach of ICT and supporting its continued development in recent years. The EU-funded 2026 project aims to enhance the European ICT standardisation ecosystem. The project will establish a flexible and impactful facility to support the development of a fellowship programme, monitor ICT standards, and increase the influence of expert work. Additionally, it will train new experts and ensure the smooth operation of the project through the use of forums and experts. Building on the successes of previous iterations, 2026 aims to support and empower the European ICT standardisation landscape.

Objective 2026 builds on the success of the previous two editions [2020-23 & 2018-19 initiatives], delivered by the original partners who prepared the first proposal back in 2017, obtaining the recognition of the “go-to” project on ICT Standards in Europe. 2026’s principal goal is to strengthen its global reach in the European ICT Standardisation Ecosystem, by: a) launching & managing a robust and efficient facility supporting the Fellowship Programme with € 2,925,000 funding earmarked over 36 months with 9 Open Calls; b) EUOS (EU Observatory for ICT Standardisation) and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) empowering contributions from ICT standardisation experts; c) Training the next generation of ICT standardisation experts, engaging with National Standardisation Bodies & PPPs through the Standards Education Group (EUOS-SEG); d) ensuring hi-level steering of 2026 by means of an authoritative Expert Group (the EAG) who tap directly into the WGs & TCs of SDOs, tackling EU priorities, challenges & gaps; e) Creating an engaging & influential Forum on EU Strategy for ICT standards to address policy (FOREST), to keep momentum in policy discussions, in-synch with the MSP and subsequent high-level forum to be rolled-out in 2022.
Trust-IT Srl (IT), coordinates the effort with 5 highly experienced partners: Dublin City University (IE), Open Forum Europe (BE), AUSTRALO (ES), Digital SME Alliance (BE), and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (DE). Principal outputs: Fellowship Programme, with Open Calls, 1000+ proposals received, over 400+ funded Experts & 50+ External Evaluators; 4,000+ significant ICT Standards uploaded in the Observatory; 18 Webinars & 5 Workshops, Training Lectures, 2 Impact Events, Impact Reports, Policy recommendations, 10+TWGs, 25+ signed MoUs, 1000+ participants in trainings. Sustainability strategy and a truly engaged, well represented multi-stakeholder ICT Standardisation Community.


Net EU contribution
€ 3 296 156,25
9 Dublin

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 3 296 156,25

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