Project Overview

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ceFIMS is a Coordination Action, funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The project fosters knowledge-sharing via a number of specific actions, including: its support to the Future Internet Forum; the establishment of expert Working Groups; and, the development of a Research Roadmap. This knowledge-sharing aims to maximise synergies between EU, Member State and regional investments in Future Internet research. ceFIMS will also help create an implementation framework for an Future Internet ERA-NET+, and it will support the strong engagement of Member States in the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Project Implementation

ceFIMS is taking a three-phased approach to its work:
Phase 1 – Establish the ceFIMS Infrastructure
• Establish the ceFIMS Secretariat, Steering Committee and ceFIMS web portal
• Establish and support expert Working Groups

Phase 2 – Stocktaking & Analysis
• Collect and exchange information on Future Internet activities of Member States to enable sharing of best practice
• Analyse administrative and legal barriers that hinder co-operation
• Enable programme managers to exchange information at national and regional level
• Analyse requirements at regional and local levels for the Future Internet
• Document and analyse potential gaps in the EU and national Future Internet policies, priorities and investment strategies
• Monitor progress towards achievement of greater level of synergies

Phase 3 – Generating Actions
• Engage with key national and regional decision-makers to develop mechanisms for the consistent and sustainable development of a trans-national Future Internet framework
• Identify key actions at local, regional or national level to build consensus leading to the development of a roadmap and implementation framework for the creation of a Future Internet ERA-NET+ and create increased awareness of PPP
• Support the process of preparing a proposal for a Memorandum of Understanding between Member State towards Future Internet ERA-NET+

The project began September 2010 and will conclude February 2013.

Key Objectives

The ceFIMS project addresses the problem of the fragmentation of ICT research between European Member States (MS). ceFIMS will leverage its knowledge of Member State-funded research to gain consensus about problems and approaches at the Member State level. ceFIMS will build on that consensus to promote alignment both across Member States and also between Member State and EC-funded ICT research. This will, consequently, unite better the European ICT research community and place European Future Internet (FI) research in a stronger position.

ceFIMS will produce a research roadmap to maximise synergies between EU and MS investments in FI research, establishing the basis for an ERA-NET+ on the Future Internet. An ERA-NET+ will provide the means to develop the EU’s strong research position. Allied to this, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) will provide the means to transfer new knowledge into innovative products, with economic and social benefits for EU citizens. ceFIMS will increase awareness among Member States of the role that they can play in a Europe-wide FI PPP and how Member State initiatives and the PPP can be aligned to the maximum extent possible.

Partner List

  • National Innovation Office (Hungary)
  • NWO (The Netherlands)
  • University of Luxembourg
  • AMETIC (Spain – Industry Association)
  • UMIC (Portugal)




For more information visit: www.cefims.eu
Contact Project Manager Brian Foley: bfoley@tssg.org