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CAPS in Horizon 2020

Building on the knowledge developed within the CAPS2020 project, a new CAPS Coordination and Support action will launched soon under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Creating High Impact for CAPS is its name and like its predecessor it will also be coordinated by Sigma Orionis, with the precious help and skills of three other partners, namely Martel Consulting (Switzerland), T6 Ecosystems (Italy) and the University of Thessaly (Greece). This project is a game-changing one, aiming at maximizing the impact of the ICT-10-2015 projects and transforming CAPS in an Innovation Ecosystem.

In the last couple of years, CAPS-centered projects and initiatives have been successfully initiated through the European Commission’s 7th Funding Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7) and pursued by an increasing number of innovative and diverse players, including industry, academia, local communities, grassroots activists, hackers, social entrepreneurs, students, citizens, creative industries and civil society organizations. There is a strong need to coordinate these efforts so as to maximize their impact for the whole European society. This is where the Creating High Impact for CAPS project comes, with the ambition to act as a bridge between all CAPS-driven efforts and players, including the EC representative and related EU initiatives. The project will last 30 months and groups a small, but very dynamic team of well-experienced players in the CAPS and related domains, which are committed to create broad impact on the basis of a well-structured and articulated work plan. The activities performed within the project will include the coordination and support of experimental and scientific efforts within the CAPS context to maximise their impacts and reach beyond current players for effective involvement and engagement of new stakeholders. The ambition of Creating High Impact for CAPS is to support the various CAPS and related projects by offering them concrete opportunities for networking, know-how sharing / exchange and effective promotion of their work and result, but also to ensure that the CAPS programme as a whole can grow as a unique, engaging and disruptive initiative.

 

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

The Horizon 2020 calls launched on the 15th October 2014 included the ICT-10 topic Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation. The objective is “To harness the collaborative power of ICT networks to create collective awareness of sustainability threats and enable collective solutions”. The Call included the four areas listed below:

a.      Collective awareness pilots for bottom-up participatory innovation paradigms

b.      Multidisciplinary research on collective awareness platforms (Internet Science)

c.       Digital Social Platforms (DSP)

d.      Coordinating pilots and research activities in CAPs

The call closed on the 14th April 2015 with 193 proposals submitted, proving the most demanded one under H2020. The projects selected will be launched in January 2016.

The new CAPS call will be launched in 2016 and close on the 17th April 2017.