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EU Funding - FP7 IoT Opportunity

There are a range of funding opportunities for the Internet of Things, through the EU Framework Programme 7. Various discussions are ongoing, but this note is intended as an initial overview of some of the potential emerging opportunities.


The IoT SIG is organising a special briefing event on the FP7 opportunity on 12 September in London. Further information to follow shortly.

This note has been prepared by the UK contact point for EU funding, Peter Walters, at:


Commission support for collaborative research on the Internet of Things has been developed and managed in recent years by Gerald Santucci and his team at the Directorate General for Information Society (and Media) (DG INFSO).

In July 2012 the DG undergoes a major reorganization to better match the Future Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 which commences in 2014.  Meanwhile, the directorate has been renamed Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CNEKT)

The principal Internet of Things activity will become the responsibility of DG CNEKT Unit 5A : Network Technologies, which will be led by Luis Rodiguez Rosello.


Two other important things are happening:


Announcement of a cross thematic action on Smart Cities.

This involves a grouping together of Research activities in The CNEKT area with  others in the compass of DG ENERGY around the title of Smart Cities and Communities (SMARTCITIES). These research objectives will open and close simultaneously [July 10 – Dec 4 (17:00 BRX time)], The ICT elements of this call will be:

  • Optimising Energy Systems in Smart Cities
  • A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities
  • Data Centres in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Internet
  • Integrated personal mobility for smart cities.


The launch of the ICT Work programme for 2013

This defines a spend approaching 1.5 B€ spread over a number of calls for proposals – The most valuable of these being ICT Call 10 [July 10 – Jan 15 (17:00 BRX time)], this includes an objective on The Digital Enterprise, which is allied to the Internet of Things.

A final draft of the full document can be found here.



The ICT Workprogramme is presented as a number of Challenges. Challenge 1: Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures includes the objectives

Objective ICT-2013.1.4 A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities

And the less important Objective ICT-2013.1.3 Digital Enterprise.

Some of the other objectives within the workprogramme, whilst not specifically mentioning Internet of Things are concerned with or influenced by it, for example Trustworthy ICT, Future Internet PPP, FIRE,…


The following is a helpful extract from the Work Programme:


Objective ICT-2013.1.4 A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities


Target Outcomes

The goal is to facilitate wider uptake of IoT-based systems with an emphasis on sustainable smart city applications. The technological focus is on built-in privacy and security, and on scalable data management capabilities applicable to heterogeneous device platforms.

Focus is on:

a) A reliable and secure Internet of Things, based on security and privacy by design architectures and technologies for connected objects. Research covers integration of security and privacy by design with core functionalities (e.g., naming, addressing, routing) across the full data and information life cycle: date capture, storage, processing, delivery, exploitation, within a comprehensive IoT governance framework. It includes hardware coded safety and security. It takes into account the cross-application nature of objects supported by use cases in multiple fields such as smart home/spaces, smart living[1], smart communities, and the emerging requirements of smart sustainable cities and related industrial applications.

b) A smart Internet of Things with scalable and adaptive middleware supporting data flows from sensing devices and a high quantity of object instances. It supports the Internet of Things as a heterogeneous network made up of federated private/public area networks composed of devices with different technological properties (virtualisation). It is complemented with event filtering and management capabilities.

For items a) and b) above, the technological work is expected to support  intelligent information systems of smart cities. Smart city application are thus expected to drive the requirements. 

c) Coordination and Support Actions

One CSA covering: i) International road-mapping activity on the future of the Internet of Things about the integration of research results in various scientific and technological disciplines, including ICT, nanotechnology, biomedicine and cognitive sciences, and their further applicability to smart city scenarios; ii) support to research coordination and policy activities of the Internet of Things European activities.


Expected Impact

  • Scientific and technological models of resilient and reliable IoT applications supporting confidentiality, authenticity, and integrity of the data sensed and exchanged by smart objects.
  • Technological and standardised solutions for IoT virtualised platforms supporting "green" and sustainable smart city applications.
  • Enabling European suppliers to reach by 2020 a share of the IoT market above 30%.  







2 people have had something to say so far

Thanks for flagging this up Graham (and Peter). I met up with Gerald Santucci last week at IoT Week. The EU is putting some serious money (and some passion) into this and it will continue into Horizon 2020. Great opportunity for UK companies and researchers. Note your diaries now for 12 September!
Posted on 26/06/12 00:50.
It is interesting that the author regards the digital enterprise as less important. Where will the economic resources to build/use/research/exploit the IoT come from without a thriving enterprisre base to generate the wealth needed? It will certaionly not come from the service sector which in a global economy is a zero-sum game, and it will not come from the already failed financial sectors. Unless we adopt a completely lunatic policy of nationalising everything and letting governments (mis-)manage economies then enterprise is the only wealth generating game in town. And unless we support their effective, rapid deployment of digital technologies (whatever sector an enterprise operates in) competitors in the developing world will soon make sure there are no more surviving wealth generators in Europe.
Posted on 03/07/12 08:41.

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