In the end of October, the European Commission has published the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The document provides information on future Commission priorities for research and innovation in the media sector.

The Work Programme includes several calls for proposals of interest for media organizations, especially within the framework of the Big Data and 5G PPPs, as well as in the Next Generation Internet (NGI) section. Over the course of the next two years, media organizations will have an opportunity to develop proposals on big data applications, interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, and hyper-connected media systems in reply to the ICT calls (list of preselected proposals available in the table below).

To assist potential proposers in finding the most relevant topics and suitable calls, the European Commission has published a guide on ICT-related activities for the last phase of Horizon 2020. This dedicated guide digests the EU’s largest funding programme for research and innovation, where roughly 6 billion euros is made available for projects in the ICT sector in 2018-2020 period.

Work Programme Section ICT Relevant Calls Application deadline
European Data Infrastructure: HPC, Big Data and Cloud technologies ICT-11-2018-2019: HPC and Big Data enabled Large-scale Test-Beds and Applications (pp. 27-28) 17 April 2018
ICT-12-2018-2020: Big Data Technologies and extreme-scale analytics (pp. 29-30) 17 April 2018
ICT-13-2018-2019: Supporting the emergence of data markets and the data economy (pp. 30-32) 17 April 2018
ICT-16-2018: Software technologies (pp. 36-38) 17 April 2018
5G ICT-17-2018: 5G End to End Facility (pp. 39-40) 31 January 2018
ICT-19-2019: Advanced 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries (pp. 41-43) 14 November 2018
Next Generation Internet (NGI)


ICT-24-2018-2019: Next Generation Internet-An Open Initiative (pp. 50-53) 17 April 2018
ICT-25-2018-2020 Interactive Technologies (pp. 54-55) 17 April 2018
ICT-26-2018-2020: Artificial Intelligence (pp. 55-57) 17 April 2018
ICT-28-2018: Future Hyper-connected  Sociality: Future Hyper Connected Sociality (pp. 58-60) 17 April 2018
Cross-cutting activities ICT-32-2018: STARTS-The Arts stimulating innovation (p. 66-68) 17 April 2018

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