Waterford Institute of Technology is a partner in the DISCOVERY Project, a consortium composed of five partners from the EU, two partners from the United States and two partners from Canada. The main purpose of DISCOVERY is to ensure a platform for structured dialogue on EU-North America policy and research and innovation (R&I), in areas of mutual interest in all jurisdictions related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
The project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme addressing the Commission’s strategy of enhancing and focusing EU International Cooperation in Research and Innovation by a) supporting dialogues between Europe and North America, i.e. the US and Canada; and b) fostering cooperation in collaborative ICT R&I projects, both under Horizon 2020 and under US and Canada funding programmes.
DISCOVERY, which is running from January, 2016 until December, 2017, is focussing on action-oriented and result-oriented dialogues, providing input and recommendations on ICT in the context of regular bilateral dialogues on Science, Technology and Innovation, and engaging more actively researchers and industry in ICT projects and initiatives.
DISCOVERY has six core objectives addressing the main purpose of enablement of the EU and North America to formulate together a common strategy and approach for R&I in ICT aligned with the priorities of each region. The six objectives of the project are:
- TRANSATLANTIC ICT FORUM: To create the Transatlantic ICT Forum as a sustainable mechanism to support dialogues for EU-North America cooperation in the fields of ICT, with a specific focus on three key areas: Funding mechanisms, ICT policy and regulations, and Cybersecurity;
- SYNCHRONIZATION: To synchronize project events on both sides of the Atlantic with EU-US and EU-Canada dialogue meetings and ICT-related events;
- DOORKNOCK: To set up DISCOVERY “Doorknock” outreach to relevant US and Canada funding programmes supporting ICT R&I collaboration;
- PRIORITISE: To identify ICT priorities of common interest and mutual benefit for EU-North America cooperation;
- IDENTIFY: To identify obstacles to participate in ICT R&I collaborative projects and mitigation steps to remove the obstacles; and
- ENHANCEMENT: To enhance innovation partnerships for EU-North America collaboration in ICT R&I projects, involving industry, research and academia stakeholders.
Mr. James Clarke from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) of Waterford Institute of Technology represented the project for WIT at their second review this week in Brussels, and he remarked about the positive review results, “The external reviewers and the project officer recognised the excellent collaborative work of the project, especially in relation to the establishment of three working groups of the Transatlantic ICT forum, leading to the publication of three high quality Input papers on ICT Policy and Regulations, Funding Mechanisms, and Cybersecurity. They were also very complimentary about the fruitful collaboration and complementary expertise amongst the partners from the three jurisdictions and their outreach partners, and suggested the project should focus on the important intersection between three different ICT sectors, namely Cybersecurity, eHealth and Digital inclusion.
The partners in the DISCOVERY project include: INMARK Europa (Spain), Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), NORDFORSK (Norway), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Italy), Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University (Georgia, USA), European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey (New Jersey, USA), Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, Canada), and University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).