Identification and analysis
The EuroAfrica-ICT initiative conducted in 2010-2011 a two-phase study into researchable priorities in ICT between Europe and Africa, with the objective of evaluating, together with European and African ICT research communities and key stakeholders in the field, what projects can be launched in the short term (in the next five years), what recommendations and actions can be developed for the identified ICT research priorities and how EU-Africa cooperation on ICT R&D can best address such priorities. It also aimed to identify region specific cooperation barriers, technology gaps, needs and opportunities that could be addressed by EU-Africa research cooperation, which could lead to significant advances in bridging the digital divide.
In this new phase of the EuroAfrica-ICT initiative, started in January 2012 with the EuroAfrica-P8 project, the identification and analysis of joint ICT Research priorities will be based, at the very beginning of the process, on the information produced so far by other similar and related projects (such as EuroAfrica-ICT.org but others as well) and will be extended by the EuroAfrica-P8 Partnership.
- Production of substantial descriptions of 3 to 4 ICT research priorities aligned with the FP7/Horizon2020 frameworks and highly relevant to both the European and African ICT research/development/policy communities;
- Within each prioritised ICT research domain, a number of research project ideas describing the needs, potential long-term benefits, research and technology trends, relevant research capacity in Europe and Africa, and potential beneficiaries of the outcomes will be detailed;
- Recommendations to the EC regarding focused ICT collaboration opportunities in the identified priority domains will be issued;
- Outputs will be shared (among other means) during the 2 next editions of the “Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” (2012, Portugal and 2013, Africa)