eGovernment Research: the EU Framework Programmes for Research
To achieve the eGovernment goals agreed by the EU, research in the field must be done. The EU Framework Programmes (FP’s) are the main programmes in research to provide answers and workable solutions.
Since 1998, the EU has funded more than 80 e-Government-related
research projects under the Research Framework Programmes:
In FP5, research in the eGovernment field was designed to support research in new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) which could make government services more user-friendly for citizens and easier to access, especially for marginalized groups in society. Moreover, researchers investigated how to add value to the wealth of information and know-how.
Under FP6, the eGovernment research strategy was focused on two core challenges. The first was to modernise public agencies, by creating new and improved eGovernment services. These services could be used by business and citizens, to save time and money in dealings with government. The second was to facilitate organisational transformation in the public sector towards public organisations.
ICT research under the FP7 aims to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to adjust the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met. The EU Member States have put aside a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7. Research activities are designed to strengthen Europe’s scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT, help drive and stimulate innovation and creativity through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.
The Work Programme for 2010-2011 of the 7th Research Framework has been published and can be accessed through the link below/aside.
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