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									   Strengthening the
                            Short overview
 Strategic Cooperation
                            of the SCORE
between the EU and              project
 Western Balkan

   Region in the field of

        ICT Research
SCORE @ a glance

 Full Title      Strengthening the Strategic Co-operation between
                 the EU and Western Balkan Region in the field of
                 ICT Research
 Project         Specific Support Action (SSA)
 Project start   01 February 2007

 Duration        24 months (project end: 31 January 2009)

 Funding         Project funded by the European Commission under
                 the “Information Society Technologies” Thematic
                 Priority of the 6th Framework Programme.
 Partners        10 highly complementary partners:
                 8 – from Western Balkan countries
                 2 – from EU countries

                             SCORE project overview
SCORE partners

                   GREECE                        AUSTRIA

              (Project Co-ordinator)


                                                      SOCIETY SCG

     BOSNIA -
   HERZEGOVINA                                        FYR MACEDONIA

                             SCORE project overview
The motivation of SCORE

●   Current situation:
     o No formulated EU ICT research policy for the Western Balkan
       region for the period 2007-2013
     o No defined common future ICT research priorities / policies
       within the region (driven by national level)
●   Why SCORE?
     o Need for well-defined future research priorities that
     o will enhance RTD co-operation in the area of Information &
       Communication Technologies (ICT)
     o between the WB region and the EU
●    SCORE aims to contribute to the shaping of EU ICT research
    policy in the region, in a way that meets the:
     o interests and needs of regional ICT stakeholders and
     o priorities of the European Commission

                            SCORE project overview
SCORE Objectives

●   1. Develop ICT Strategic Research Agendas that will define the
    WB countries’ ICT research priorities
     o Following a wide consultation with ICT stakeholder communities
       (e.g. national RTD policy makers, research actors, ICT companies)

●   2. Develop a Policy Paper with “Recommendations for shaping
    EU scientific co-operation with the Western Balkan Region in the
    field of ICT research: 2007-2013”

●   3. Transfer EU research results and technologies in the
    identified ICT research priorities

●   4. Facilitate the development of networks
     o Within the Western Balkan region, and
     o Between the WB region and the EU

                               SCORE project overview
Key results of SCORE

● 4 country-specific ICT Strategic Research Agendas,
    defining future ICT research priorities:
    o   Albania,
    o   Bosnia-Herzegovina,
    o   FYR Macedonia
    o   Serbia
● Policy Paper with recommendations for EU ICT
    research directions in the region
●   1 thematic workshop (per country) for the transfer of
    know-how on ICT research areas identified
●   Organisation of an EU-Western Balkan Regional
    Conference, in order to consolidate the Strategic
    Research Agendas and Policy Paper.

                              SCORE project overview
Objectives of the SCORE consultation

● To obtain feedback from ICT stakeholders in order to
    determine the ICT research priorities in each country
    for the period 2007-2013.
●   The ultimate aim is to identify research priorities that:
    o reflect the actual research capacities and potential,
    o meet the technological / industrial trends, and
    o and address real socio-economic needs
● The research priorities are the main element for:
    o defining the country-specific ICT Strategic Research
    o which in turn, will form the basis for developing the Policy

                             SCORE project overview
 Overview of the SCORE Consultation Process

                                             3. Preparation of        4. Distribution of         5. Collection and
1. Identification of   2. Selection of ICT                               document &
                                               Consultation                                      Initial synthesis
ICT stakeholders          panel experts                              invitation to panel
                                                 Document                                        of contributions

                               6. Organisation of Consultation             7. Development of initial
                              Workshops with panel experts               Strategic Research Agendas


    8. Preparation of           9. Distribution of
 consultation questions         initial SRAs and                 10. Collection of
  to accompany initial        questions - invitation                 feedback
          SRAs                  to stakeholders

                                                                     The Policy Paper will map national ICT research
                                                                     priorities to FP7 challenges
    11. Development of                   12. Development of
      Final Strategic                        Policy Paper
    Research Agendas                                                         Note: Orange steps produce key results /

                                                SCORE project overview
ICT Stakeholders Targeted

●   DIRECT ICT stakeholders:
     o National ICT research policy-makers (ministry representatives,
       specific ICT policy working groups, regulatory authorities etc.)
     o Research actors / organisations (academic, not-for-profit, private)
     o ICT companies (software companies, telecom operators, internet
     o NGOs for ICT promotion
     o Related national / international projects

●   INDIRECT ICT stakeholders (ICT beneficiaries/ user communities)
     o Business community representatives e.g. chambers of commerce
     o Broad public administration (e.g. ministries, association of regional
       public administrations)
     o Civil society (e.g. online communities, links through websites of
       ministries etc.)

                                SCORE project overview
The ICT Strategic Research Agendas

● The Strategic Research Agenda will define the future
  research priorities and research areas of each

● Structure of a typical SRA:
   o Overall objectives of the SRA
   o Research priorities for the country (5 to 10)
   o For each research priority:
      ● research objectives are defined and
      ● Specific areas of research are proposed

                            SCORE project overview
The Policy Paper

● Based on the four country-specific SRAs, the Policy
  Paper will:
   o identify common research priorities and needs of the WB
     Countries, and
   o recommend areas of EU-Western Balkan research
     collaboration in the period 2007-2013
● The Policy Paper will be entitled “Recommendations
  for shaping EU scientific co-operation with the
  Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT research:

                          SCORE project overview
The Final Regional Conference

● A closing EU-Western Balkan Regional Conference
    will be organised in Belgrade in January 2009
●   The Conference will target 80-100 RTD policy-makers
    and key ICT stakeholders coming from:
    o the European Union
    o Western Balkan region
    o and neighboring countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and
● The aim of the conference will be to consolidate the
    ICT Strategic Research Agendas and Policy Paper

                           SCORE project overview
SCORE Contact Information

● For further information on the SCORE project please
   o PLANET S.A. – Project Co-ordinator
   o Soumi Papadopoulou,

                         SCORE project overview

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