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FP7 ICT Work Programme 2011-2012 - At a glance

Input and consultations

The FP7 ICT Work Programme 2011-12 defines the priorities for the calls for proposals to be launched in 2011 and 2012 (read also about the previous Work Programme for 2009-10 ). The priorities are faithful to the FP7 Framework Programme and Specific Programme decisions and in line with the main ICT policy priorities as defined in the i2010 initiative and the Digital Agenda . They reflect the input received from the Programme Committee and Advisory Group , the European Technology Platforms and a series of detailed consultations with the main stakeholders.

Main messages

Increasing competition on a global scale , with accelerated globalisation of markets and ever-faster pace of technological change, gives Europe no other choice than to mobilise its resources and focus them on key elements of the value chain to attract investments.

Leading the progress in ICT is essential for Europe to improve its innovation performance and address its socio-economic challenges.

Europe has great knowledge and industrial assets and it has one of the world’s largest markets. More than ever before, partnering at European level is needed to keep pace with soaring research costs and increasingly complex and interdependent technologies.
Progress and breakthroughs in ICT are driven mainly by

  • The continuous miniaturisation of electronic components and new integrated and embedded multi-functional systems. There is a need to increase the performance and reliability of the underlying electronic components and systems.
  • The accelerated digital convergence of communications, computing and media technologies. There is a need to make network and service infrastructures more stable and predictable, more scalable and secure.
  • The increasing need to build systems that can contextualise, learn and act autonomously. ICT systems need to learn better from observations and experience, adapt better to the context in which they operate, and become more personalised and user-friendly.
  • An ever growing load of information and content and increasing demands for knowledge and skills. This requires progress in the way we create and publish digital content and in the way we can effectively search, discover and make use of it.


To optimise impact, focus is on a limited set of concrete targets, or Challenges , to be addressed by high-risk, medium-to-long term, trans-national collaborative research. Targets can be end-to-end systems to achieve specific socio-economic goals, or technology roadblock to overcome to reach specific characteristics of a solution.

In pursuit of the targets, a set of research objectives will be called for calls for proposals launched in FP7. For each objective, the Work Programme defines the target outcome of the supported research and the expected impact of these outcomes on the European economy and society.


The Work Programme seeks to strike the right balance between continuous support to Europe’s industrial and technology strongholds and promoting areas where new opportunities are arising for Europe.

Current strongholds are in network and service infrastructures and in components, systems and engineering . New opportunities are arising from novel technology paths, in particular those that make ICT systems more context-aware and personalised and better able to learn and adapt from observations and experience. Major opportunities also emerge from new ways of using and applying ICT : for digital content management , for sustainable health , for safer mobility, for energy efficiency and the environment , for independent living and inclusion .