FIcontent is one of the flagship FI-PPP projects supported by the European Commission.
The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) has developed in the context of the European Union’s FP7 research-funding programme and represents a total funding of around 600 millions euros over the period 2011-2015. Its overall goal is to advance Europe’s competitiveness in Future Internet technologies and support the emergence of Future Internet-enhanced applications of public and social relevance.
The FI-PPP follows an industry-driven, user-oriented approach that combines R&D on network and communication technologies, devices, software, service and media technologies; and their experimentation and validation in real application contexts. It brings together the demand and supply sides, and it involves users early into the research lifecycle. The platform technologies will be used and validated by many actors, in particular by small and medium-sized companies and public administrations.
The programme is based on a three-phased approach with a number of tightly related objectives.
Phase 1 (2011-2012) laying the technology foundation, and defining “use case scenarios” in different industry sectors,
Phase 2 (2013-2014), developing use case pilots and platforms, and setting up infrastructures,
Phase 3 (2014-2016), extending use cases by developing applications and services, and extending the technology foundation.
Open Calls for proposals are launched by the FI-PPP to provide funding to organizations interested in contributing to its objectives. The third and last FI-PPP Call, addressing Phase 3 and closing on Dec. 10, 2013, benefits from a EU funding of 130 million euros to allow regional development agencies, SME associations, accelerators, company investment funds, etc. to distribute a financial support (typically of 50k to 150k€) to SMEs and Web entrepreneurs in order they can develop cutting edge applications and services on top of innovative technologies.