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ICT Standardisation Observatory and Support Facility in Europe

Project description

Reinforcing European presence in the international standardisation landscape

The Digital Single Market envisages increasing Europe’s competitiveness across a wide range of industrial and service sectors in key ICT domains. The EU-funded 2023 project, carried out through 10 Open Calls to financially support European specialists in the context of international Standards Developing Organisations Working Groups, will aim at creating a standardisation ecosystem where the EU’s priorities and expertise are taken into account to enhance Europe’s overall competitiveness. The project will set-up an ICT Standardisation Observatory to achieve an exhaustive mapping of the global standards arena, by reinforcing EU presence in the international scene through maximising synergies with ongoing programmes. The project will also contribute to shaping 'the next generation of European Standards experts' through education initiatives and trainings.

Objective 2023’s principal goal is to create a European Standardisation Ecosystem, by: a) launching & managing a robust and efficient facility with € 3,000,000 funding earmarked over 36 months & 10 Open Calls, the Fellowship Programme; b) empowering contributions from ICT standardisation experts letting their voices be heard, also in the Standardisation Observatory; c) pursuing the training of next generation of ICT standardisation experts, engaging with National Standards Associations & PPPs; d) ensuring hi-level steering of 2023 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 Foresight Committee (the EUOS-FC) to keep momentum in policy discussions, in-synch with the MSP. 2023 builds on the success of the 2018-19 initiative, moving from the existing 700+ community, the grants platform & processes, the standards watch. Moreover, 2023 is proposed by a lean Consortium, coordinated by the same organisation leading the precursory initiative –Trust-IT Srl (IT), an SME with over 15 years’ experience of managing complex EC-funded projects in ICT– including 2 experienced partners: Dublin City University (IE), a major player in SDO WGs & TCs and in educating future ICT Standards experts, & Australo Interinnov Marketing Lab SL (ES), an SME specialised in stakeholder engagement, with their agile methodology approach. All Consortium Partners bring to the project their impressive international network in ICT standardisation.
Principal outputs: The Fellowship Programme, with 10 Open Calls, 1000+ proposals received, 400+ funded Experts & 50+ External Evaluators; 5,000+ significant ICT Standards uploaded in the Observatory; 10 Webinars, 10 Workshops, 2 Standards Assemblies, 2 ICT Standards Impact Reports, a truly engaged, multi-stakeholder ICT Standardisation Community, well representing SMEs and Academia.

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€ 3 409 071,25
Via francesco redi 10
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

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