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The FUTURIUM is an online engagement platform set-up by DG CONNECT to define longer-term visions and ideas on future needs. Be curious and have a look at what is already on the FUTURIUM – maybe ideas that concern you are already present and you can identify others with whom to share.

Why participate? Because Horizon 2020 requires serious, visionary, high-quality input over the next few years to come and you can provide a useful perspective towards what the new programme should offer.  FUTURIUM may be one way to influence and shape research and innovation in the EU. FUTURIUM will provide your collective inputs to policy makers in the new Commission and the European Parliament. It shall help to give more impact to the long term needs of stakeholders, citizens and your voice and choice.

On FUTURIUM you can:

  • Post policy ideas, library entries, comments, just like a wiki
  • Organise webinars (FUTURIUM staff is there to guide you)
  • Act as curator for subjects you are involved in, hoping to somehow steer the discussions and inputs. This active role needs more time investment.


Call: Objective ICT-2013.5.4 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling

Call presentation: ICT-2013.5.4.ppt

Public sector has a significant role in stimulating economic growth as has been evident from the current economic and financial crisis. At the same time, citizens and in particular younger generation are becoming more vocal in monitoring and influencing policy decisions. Future scenarios are likely to show greater complexity and citizens’ involvement. Current ICT tools for collaborative governance and policy modeling show great opportunities for empowerment of citizens and increased transparency in decision-making in a complex world.  However, current research is fragmented between academic fields, application areas and is not multi-disciplinary. In addition, there is a growing need for research and innovation for future public services that will be catalyst for growth and sustainability.

Target Outcomes

a) Research will focus on policy modelling and simulation for productivity gains and innovation in public service provision through innovative use of ICT. Such modelling, simulation and prediction should also enable public administrations to develop policies for growth and investment strategies for next generation ICT for public services. This research will also address innovative ICT solutions that build on Web2.0/Web3.0 and social networking, crowd-sourcing and collaborative technologies.

The tools shall include innovative data mining functionalities to identify the emerging societal trends as a result of the economic environment, and should further advance crowd-sourcing techniques to engage citizens in sharing knowledge and expertise to collectively solve complex, large-scale problems in a distributed fashion. 

The work in this area should also exploit the vast reserves of Europe's public sector collective and open data and knowledge resources, for new services.

b) Coordination and Support Actions.  b1) Roadmapping of research on ICT for innovative public services and governance. Coordination & Support actions should specifically address road mapping of research and innovation and wider take-up of the use of ICT for innovative public services and their governance, in particular cross border services. Another area of significance for the roadmap is that of empowerment of younger generation through ICT tools. These shall lead to their implementation under Horizon 2020. b2) Increased collaboration, on Electronic Identification and Authentication, in particular with the USA and Asia, that could be a leverage for European solutions worldwide, while ensuring data protection for the citizens. The action is expected to enhance dialogue with countries that have activities on eID and authentication, and to exchange good practices so as to spearhead European solutions for mutual benefit.

Expected Impact 

•Improved involvement of public administrations and policy makers in the projects

•Improved take up of policy making tools by stakeholders, in particular by decision makers in the public administrations

•Improved validation of the potential impacts of the policies through evidence

•Development of curriculum in academia for governance and policy modelling

•Evidence of productivity gains and reduction of costs in the provision of public services

•Evidence of participation of younger generation in contributing to policy modelling through social media

•Evidence of efficiency and effectiveness of cross border services through governance 

•Increased take up of open and public data for provision of public services

Funding schemes

Area a) STREP; area b): CSA

Indicative budget distribution

EUR 19 million

Call:   FP7-ICT-2013-10