StandICT.eu, “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and defines a pragmatic approach and streamlined process to reinforce EU expert presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. Through a Standards Watch, StandICT.eu will analyse and monitor the international ICT standards landscape and liaise with Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), key organisations such as the EU Multistakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation as well as industry-led groups, to pinpoint gaps and priorities matching EU DSM objectives. These will become the topics for a series of 10 Open calls focused on priority domains and a continuous cascading grants process, launched by StandICT.eu from March 2018, providing support for European specialists to contribute to ongoing standards development activities, and attend SDO & SSO meetings.
StandICT.eu is a new initiative funded by the European Commission that offers funding opportunities, with a total budget of €1.4 million for every ICT Standards Specialist based in Europe. The Open Calls offer a unique opportunity to EU standards specialists to apply for grants to support various types of contributions to ICT international and national standardisation activities. The initiative aims to ensure that the EU plays a key role in making ICT services and technologies interoperable and secure.
The covered areas range from Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things.
The 4th Open Call is now ongoing (deadline is next 31st December) and 4 more will come in the next years.