Funding agencies participated in funding mechanisms session at TIF 2017
European Commission DG RTD
DIRECTORATE-GENERALRTD Research and Innovation

This Commission department is responsible for EU policy on research, science and innovation, with a view to help create growth and jobs and tackle our biggest societal challenges.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

AiF Projekt GmbH

AiF Projekt GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cologne-based German Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke” e.V. (also known as simply AiF). On behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), AiF Projekt GmbH is responsible for managing the cooperative projects within ZIM, the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs.

MESI, Government of Québec

The Ministry’s mission is to support business growth, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, export trade and investment. The MESI is coordinating the elaboration and the implementation of the digital strategy. It also advises the Government with a view to favouring economic development in every region of Québec.

Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

FCT supports the scientific community in Portugal through a range of funding schemes, tailored for individual scientists, research teams or R&D centres. Through its funding schemes, FCT supports graduate education, research and development, establishment and access to research infrastructures, networking and international collaborations, conferences and meetings, science communication and interactions with industry.

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

The EAER deals with economic affairs and trade policy, including agricultural policy. It is also responsible for education, research and innovation. Further areas such as housing are also part of its remit.

Events partners and sponsors
Cloud28+, ICT Discovery Lab EU in DataCloud Europe 2017, Monaco, June 6-8, 2017

Cloud28+ is an open community of Cloud Service Providers, Cloud Resellers, ISVs, Systems Integrators and government entities dedicated to accelerating enterprise cloud adoption across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Google, ICT Discovery Lab US, Washington DC, September 21, 2017

Google collaborated with DISCOVERY in its ICT Discovery Lab in Washington D.C. and European Research Day 2017 in North America.

EURAXESS North America, ICT Discovery Lab US co-located with European Innovation Day North America 2017, Washington DC, September 21, 2017

EURAXESS North America promotes researcher mobility and cooperation. Researchers of all nationalities, all disciplines, and at all career stages are the people we assist. Membership is free.

AEGIS, World e-ID and Cybersecurity, Marseille, France, September 25, 2017

AEGIS addresses one of the critical challenges of our era, which is to strengthen international dialogues on cybersecurity and privacy with the objective to facilitate exchange of views, policies and best practices to accelerate EU-US cooperation in cybersecurity and privacy research and innovation.

• K4I, Transatlantic ICT Forum 2017 co-located with European Innovation Summit 2017, November 30, 2017

K4I is a prestigious network with its very well acknowledged European Innovation Summit. For the TU Delft K4I offers an excellent chance to expand the innovation network and to better understand developments in the world of innovation allowing us to better focus our research potential in Europe.

MIT, co-organisor of Critical Care Datathon, Madrid, Spain, December 1-3, 2017

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the twenty-first century. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

NSERC, IoT and Smart Cities Workshop, Toronto, December 13, 2017

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.

Collaborators provided insights for Input Papers and Policy Briefs and contributed to their dissemination:
Trans-Atlantic Business Council

The TABC is a cross-sectoral business association representing global companies headquartered in the U.S. and EU. We work with companies across multiple sectors and policy levels, including the strategic level with the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), a program which brings together C-suite executives and high level government officials. TABC stands out as the only officially recognized transatlantic voice of business on trade and investment issues.

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

ITIF, founded in 2006, is anonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank—focusing on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Its mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.

National Institution of Standards and Technology

NIST is founded in 1901 as a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.


NCURA serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.

Bilat USA 4.0

A project funded by the European Union, has started on 1 February 2016. BILAT USA 4.0 continues activities started by the predecessor project BILAT USA 2.0 with the overall aim to enhance, support and further develop the research and innovation cooperation between the European Union and the United States of America.


NearUS will establish the Network of Centres of European Research and Innovation as central contact point for support to EU research and innovation actors (start ups, SMEs, universities) seeking collaboration with and in the US.


The project PICASSO “ICT Policy, Research and Innovation for a Smart Society: towards new avenues in EU-US ICT collaboration“, funded under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, will bring together EU and US prominent specialists with the aim of reinforcing EU-US ICT collaboration in pre-competitive research in key enabling technologies related to societal challenges of common interest – 5G Networks, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems – and to support the EU-US ICT policy dialogue.

Getting to Know Europe

Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) is a program funded by the European Union under objective four of the Partnership Instrument. GTKE promotes greater knowledge and understanding, within local and regional communities in the United States, of the European Union, its international role, its policies, its culture, and the value and the significance of the EU-US transatlantic partnership.

NIS Platform

The Network and Information Security Public-Private Platform NIS Platform was established under the EU Cybersecurity Strategy. It shares the same objective as the Cybersecurity Strategy and the NIS Directive, i.e. to foster the resilience of the networks and information systems which underpin the services provided by market operators and public administrations in Europe.

Cyberwatching EU is the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy. Funded under the European Commission’s H2020 programme, this brand-new project will contribute to making the Digital Single Market a safer and more trusted by promoting the uptake and understanding of cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy services which emerge from Research and Innovation initiatives across Europe.

Collaborators provided insights for good practices guide for EU-North America cooperation ICT R&I.
EIT ICT Labs Silicon Valley hub

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. It delivers breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeds entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life in Europe.

GENI-Global Environment for Network Innovations

GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) provides a virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research and education. It is well suited for exploring networks at scale, thereby promoting innovations in network science, security, services and applications.

US Ignite

US Ignite is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with original inspiration from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, and our deeply experienced team is responsible for convening US Ignite partners in industry, academia and government to identify and share best practices and resources.

Trans-Atlantic Platform

The Trans-Atlantic Platform is a collaboration—on an unprecedented scale—between key humanities and social science funders from South America, North America, and Europe. The Platform underpins a truly trans-Atlantic network of programme managers, and social sciences and humanities research councils and facilitators, with involvement across the Americas from Canada to the Southern Cone. The Platform intends to expand to include more partners.

German Center for Research and Innovation in NYC

The GCRI New York was opened on February 19, 2010. It was established as one of five German Houses of Research and Innovation (DWIHs) worldwide and is part of the German government’s Strategy for the Internationalization of Science and Research.

EIT Health Living Lab

EIT Health promotes entrepreneurship and innovates in healthy living and healthy aging, proving Europe with new opportunities and resources. It leads citizens to have healthier and more productive lives by delivering products, services and concepts that improve quality of life, and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare across the Europe.


European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging through Europe (EIP on AHA) is a communication and information hub for all actors involved in Active and Healthy Ageing through Europe. It is the place to encourage partner engagement, promote news and events, meet and exchange ideas with peers, and look for potential partners on innovative projects.


ACTIVAGE is a European Multi Centric Large Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments. The main objective is to build the first European IoT ecosystem across 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven European countries, reusing and scaling up underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms, that will enable the deployment and operation at large scale of Active & Healthy Ageing IoT based solutions and services, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities.

Inclusive Design Research Centre

ACTIVAGE is a European Multi Centric Large Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments. The main objective is to build the first European IoT ecosystem across 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven European countries, reusing and scaling up underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms, that will enable the deployment and operation at large scale of Active & Healthy Ageing IoT based solutions and services, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities.


Prosperity4All develops the infrastructure and ecosystem that will allow for a ubiquitous auto-personalization of interfaces and materials, based on user needs and preferences, to grow (promote self-rewarding collaboration, reduce redundant development, lower costs, increase market reach and penetration internationally).


ECSO represents the industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Cyber Security contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). ECSO members include a wide variety of stakeholders such as large companies, SMEs and Start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users, operators, clusters and association as well as European Member State’s local, regional and national administrations, countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 associated countries.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.


GÉANT is a fundamental element of Europe’s e-infrastructure, delivering the pan-European GÉANT network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. Through its integrated catalogue of connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GÉANT provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of research.

Startup Europe Partnership (SEP)

Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) aims at offering an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up.
How? Connecting top European startups to established Corporates and Stock Markets/Investors to provide them with financing to encourage growth and business development, and expose them early to concrete strategic options.

European Commission website

Official Website of the European Commission

Horizon 2020

Official Website of H2020

EU Delegation to the USA

Official website of EU Delegation to the USA

Mission of Canada to the EU

Mission of Canada to the EU