TSSG awarded a ‘New Foundations’ Grant from Irish Research Council of Ireland (IRC)

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Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology has recently been awarded a ‘New Foundations’ Grant from the Irish Research Council of Ireland (IRC). The project is entitled International cooperation long term strategy planning and development between Ireland and India for EU Horizon 2020 cooperation (INDO-IE-EU2020).

On April 29th 2014, The Indian Government: Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and the Delegation of the European Union to India will host an event called India-EU Workshop on Research & Innovation on Information and Communication Technology and Electronics (ICTE) in New Delhi.

Representing TSSG, Mr. James Clarke will present the results of the recently concluded EU Framework Programme 7 BIC project project, of which the IRC INDO-IE-EU2020 project builds upon. The BIC project (Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT) set up an International Advisory Group and Working Groups in India, Brazil and South Africa, with the purpose of scoping relevant ICT Trust and Security related topics and building consortia for H2020. The India event, which is dedicated to EU and India cooperation in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, is considered to be the beginning of the INDO-IE-EU2020 project, especially from the Irish perspective.

It is expected that INDO-IE-EU2020 will significantly enhance Ireland’s ICT Research and Innovation (R&I) potential by developing a long-term cooperation strategy between Ireland’s R&I community and their Indian counterparts (including close linkages with the Indian government).

This cooperation model, involving international working groups, will work with Irish and EU researchers in developing R&I proposals for Horizon2020. The proposed project will also work closely with the Science Foundation Ireland International Strategic Cooperation India programme (SFI ISCA) – also known as Research Ireland India (RII), of which Waterford Institute of Technology is a consortium member. The cooperation model will be implemented for Ireland-India in the ICT domain, and can later be expanded to additional fields (e.g. bio-pharm, material sciences, etc.) in SFI India, and other SFI ISCA programme countries (e.g. Brazil, China, Japan). The SFI ISCA project continues into 2015.

In addition, in 2013, Mr. Clarke was invited to take part in a major conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance (CyFy 2013) in a panel session entitled “Multi-stakeholderism: Avoiding the PRISM Paradigm”, and he was also a rapporteur of the overall event.

The report of the event is now available at HERE 


For more information on

India-EU Workshop on Research & Innovation on Information and Communication Technology and Electronics

Mr James Clarke – Strategic EU Liaison Manager

Research Ireland India (RII)

Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (BIC)

In photo: L-R: Virat Bhatia (FICCI Chair, Communications & Digital Economy Committee), FICCI, INDIA), Martin Fleischer (International Cyber Policy Coordinator at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany), Barkha Dutt (Group Editor, NDTV, INDIA, Session Moderator), James Clarke (Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG, IRELAND), missing from photo: Anja Kovacs (Internet Democracy Project, INDIA).