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Member States to double annual public spending on ICT research and development

Indicator Status Evidence
Have your ICT R&D expenditure risen by 10% or more per annum in public spending in last 3 available years? - We have no figures with regard to public spending on ICT at our disposal.
Is ICT R&D a dedicated area in your Research and Development programme (either as a separate programme or a part of general R&D programme)? No Generally speaking, ICT is not covered by a separate programme in our financing formulas, this applies to R&D projects in enterprises, subsidies for patents, creating spin-offs, completing doctorates in enterprises or university research fellowships. Our calls largely respond to a bottom-up logic and enterprises or researchers are in most of our formulas asked to submit their projects in all technological topics to us. It is useful to mention though that ICT projects represent between 70 and 80 % of the supported projects every year. However, ICT is covered by a specific programme within the framework of our sectoral programmes. In the same way as environment, life sciences and health is ICT one of the three priority sectors of our region. In this respect, several specific programmes surrounding this topic have already been developed. Initially, we launched “Impulse Programmes”, which are collaborative projects gathering units from the various Brussels research universities and organizations. In 2010, a new initiative called “Strategic Platforms” was set up in the ICT area in order to bring the academic research led by the recipient research institutions into line with the enterprises real needs and thus enhance concrete short-term or medium-term economic goals achievement. Within this framework, several projects have already been financed. Furthermore, Innoviris provides enterprises with a supporting formula allowing the financing of projects concerning innovating processes or internal organisation using ICT. These activities, that have to be based on ICT usage, have to imply a novelty or a notable improvement regarding the state of the art.
Has the total ICT R&D spending (private and public) risen by 10% per annum in the last 3 available years? No internal ICT R&D expenditures 2006 : 582140.7 internal ICT R&D expenditures 2007 : 583400.4 internal ICT R&D expenditures 2008 : 530320.4 internal ICT R&D expenditures 2009 : 530147.8 internal ICT R&D expenditures 2010p : 519178.6
Have the number of ICT researchers grown by at least 10% per annum in the last available 3 years? No number of ICT R&D personnel 2006 : 5657 number of ICT R&D personnel 2007 : 5672 number of ICT R&D personnel 2008 : 5335 number of ICT R&D personnel 2009 : 5548 number of ICT R&D personnel 2010p : 5411
Are there targeted allocations of Structural Funds on ICT R&D? No Concerning the programming 2007-13, there was no such specific allocation. The new programming 2014-20, however, could move towards this.

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