2023 2023: ICT Standardisation Observatory and Support Facility in Europe

The Digital Single Market envisages increasing Europe’s competitiveness across a wide range of industrial and service sectors in key ICT domains. The EU-funded 2023 project, carried out through 10 Open Calls to financially support European specialists in the context of international Standards Developing Organisations Working Groups, will aim at creating a standardisation ecosystem where the EU’s priorities and expertise are taken into account to enhance Europe’s overall competitiveness. The project will set-up an ICT Standardisation Observatory to achieve an exhaustive mapping of the global standards arena, by reinforcing EU presence in the international scene through maximising synergies with ongoing programmes. The project will also contribute to shaping ‘the next generation of European Standards experts’ through education initiatives and training. 2023’s principal objective is to create a European Standardisation Ecosystem, by: 

  1. Launching & managing a robust and efficient facility with € 3,000,000 funding earmarked over 36 months & 10 Open Calls, the Fellowship Programme. 
  2. Empowering contributions from ICT standardisation experts letting their voices be heard, also in the Standardisation Observatory. 
  3. Pursuing the training of the next generation of ICT standardisation experts, engaging with National Standards Associations and PPPs.
  4. Ensuring high-level steering of 2023 by means of an authoritative Expert Group (the EAG) who tap directly into the WGs & TCs of SDOs, tackling EU priorities, challenges & gaps.
  5. Creating an engaging & influential Foresight Committee (the EUOS-FC) to keep momentum in policy discussions, in-synch with the MSP. 2023 will build on the success of the 2018-19 initiative, moving from the existing 700+ community, the grants platform and processes, the standards watch.

  • Start date: 1 Sept 2020
  • PI: Ray Walshe
  • Acronym: 2023
  • Title: ICT Standardisation Observatory and Support Facility in Europe
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  • Grant ID: 951972
  • Overall budget: €4,000,000
Project Contact
  • Ray Walshe