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ICT PSP - Molte grazie, Annalisa!

 

Annalisa Bogliolo, from DG Connect in the European Commission spoke at workshop on the opportunities in the current ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP) Call 7 hosted at the Coin Street Conference Centre on Thursday 7th February.

Jeff Alford from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, welcomed us and set out the UK policy context.

Richard Foggie, ESP KTN, pointed to the sharp alignment between UK and EU policy instruments designed to drive digital innovations into key markets, notably health and creative industries underpinned by ICT.

Peter Walter, FP7UK, ran through the ICT-PSP Programme, Projects and Practicalities in his inimitable style.

Annalisa described the opportunities in the current ICT-PSP 2013 workprogramme. Annalisa also detailed the different mechanisms – Pilots Types A and B, Thematic and Best Practice Networks – and the types of stakeholder expected to be involved.

There is a new instrument in Call 7 – a bit of an experiment that if successful will feature in Horizon 2020 – Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI). Basically the PPI will fund the development of a procurement specification, pay for the procurement process and meet 20% of the value of the solution being procured – but please read the small print! The Call 7 PPI focus is on eHealth and telecare.

An important characteristic of the PPI (and other instruments) is the participation of Public Service stakeholders so it was most illuminating to hear from Nick Rosewell, Bournemouth Borough Council. Nick is responsible for Bournemouth’s Extra Care services and gave an excellent example of where participation in European projects allows him to develop better services. 

 

ICT PSP Call 7 remains open until 14th May 2013. For details on the call click here

 

The presentations from the 7th February event can be found here.

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