Currently several Grid Research initiatives are on-going or planned at national and European Community level. These initiatives propose the development of a rich set of advanced technologies, methodologies and applications, however enhanced co-ordination amongst the funding bodies is required to achieve critical mass, avoid duplication and reduce fragmentation in order to solve the challenges ahead. In the 2002 - 2006 timeframe, the funding for Grid research and deployment at EU level more than doubled passing from FP5 to FP6 reaching the amount of 275 Meuro. During the same period, an estimate of the funding for Grid research and deployment by Member and Accession States (UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden) is about 300-500 Meuro. The totality of these initiatives could provide the EU with the potential to play a world leadership role in Grid technologies and applications. National and EU collaborations have been established with other international players and with international standards organisations. However, if Europe wishes to compete with leading global players, it would be sensible to attempt to better coordinate its various, fragmented efforts towards achieving critical mass and the potential for a more visible impact at an international level. Achieving such a coordinated approach will require: Co-ordination among the funding authorities; Collaboration amongst the individual researchers; A visionary research agenda. The first objective of the project is to strengthen co-operation amongst the funding authorities in order to better co-ordinate the planning of future activities in the field of Grid research. A second objective is to enhance the already ongoing collaboration among the research actors and users. A third objective is to develop, based on the above, national and EU Programme visions and roadmaps enabling Europe to play a leadership role in Grid technologies and applications.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action
SN2 1ET Swindon
BT7 1NN Belfast
28660 Boadilla Del Monte
1098 SJ Amsterdam