ICT and Horizon 2020

Being Europe’s largest financial framework, Horizon 2020 calls need to be able to tackle important issues and have a massive impact on society. Everything from migration all the way to ICT actions, is being taken.

In 2020, Horizon 2020 calls are aiming to bridge the gap between the ICT sector and the educational field. This can happen through the implementation of projects under some of Horizon’s most innovative calls.

If you are interested in taking part in a Horizon 2020 proposal bridging ICT and the educational sector, you will have the opportunity to do so under this year’s Horizon calls. Here is a call that you will want to consider applying to:

Title: Mentoring scheme for schools: Mainstreaming innovation by spreading the advanced ICT-based teaching practices to a wide circle of schools

Focus Area: Digitising and transforming European industry and services (DT)

Type of Action: CSA Coordination and support action

Deadline Model: Single-stage

Deadline: 12 March 2020, 17:00:00 Brussels time

The Challenge: It is important that education will be able to keep up the pace with digital transformation. Our society needs young people to specialize in specific sector of the ICT field. The gap that currently exists between the educational sector, especially in schools and the ICT sector is massive. Some schools have indeed developed a culture that is based on ICT but for the most part of it, there is still a lot of work to be done.

The schools that are developing in ICT are currently working in isolation and there is a growing digital gap between schools that are advanced and those who are not leveraging the advantages of ICT-based pedagogies. One of the greatest challenges is to mainstream digital innovation in education that contributes to improving educational performance and school climate, reaching the less advanced schools and teachers.

There is a great need to share, discuss spread and adopt innovative practices that will be able to support a whole-school approach and promote a model of school mentoring, specified in the ICT sector. These actions require the implanting and fostering of a broader culture of innovation and leveraging networks and hubs of innovation to help disseminate and widely diffuse best practices involving ICT. 

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

The Impact: The proposals should provide meaningful and ambitious indicators on how the whole requested range of impacts will be measured, including the improvements resulting from the digital innovation actions, as well as the number of countries and schools to be reached.

A significant number of schools connected and supported by the network to exchange best practices and develop a whole-school approach involving all levels of school governance to implementing ICT and a significant number of policy-makers and educational stakeholders provided with actionable guidance on how to successfully mainstream culture of innovation across European schools.

iED’s scope on ICT

iED has made sure to create the tools needed for people to be able to learn and acquire new skills and competencies without a lot of effort. Through our e-learning platform Athena we offer professional training courses for digital skills and competencies.

Two of the key competencies for lifelong learning set by the European Parliament are digital competence and a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. The ICT invades and transforms, bit by bit, all aspects of all societies and economies and changes the way people live and behave. In iED, we try to connect the ICT sector with entrepreneurship. 

We strongly believe that the ICT sector and entrepreneurship have a spot in the schooling environment. Through years of research, actions and experience, we are able to create the best tools needed to promote and enhance ICT skills and competencies for and through education.

Over the years we have implemented strong projects in the ICT sector. Some of those projects include “Transforma: Game-based learning course to boost the digital transformation of the rural commerce sector” and “ Triple E-dge: Entrepreneurship, employability and enterprising in a digital and gaming environment”.

These two are just some of our strongest ICT projects. You can see more of our work on ICT by visiting our project’s page. You can also learn all about our impact on the ICT sector, over the years through our ICT use case.

We are interested in becoming a part of a consortium aiming to implement actions bridging the European gap between ICT and education. We are experts that can add great value to your team. If you are looking to add expert partners to your consortium, contact us today and let’s discuss our future collaborations.

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Spiros Voulgaris
Deputy Head of Planning & Development Unit

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