On the 27 October, the European Commission has officially adopted the H2020 Work Programmes 2018-H2020 in support of research and innovation.
H2020 Societal challenge includes a focus entitled Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (SC6), which is aimed to foster a greater understanding of Europe, provide solutions, and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies. Thus the aim of the Work Programme 2018-2020 is to address the concerns of the European citizens regarding migration the fourth industrial revolution and the challenges of governance, by providing objective scientific elements of assessment regarding these phenomena and formulating elaborate policy options or applicable solutions in order to help better tackle these complex issues and inform citizens objectively.
DT-MIGRATION-06-2018-2019 “addressing the challenge of migrant integration through ICT-enabled solutions” is a call for proposals are dedicated to migration, with a strong focus on ICT-based innovation. The integration of migrants, including refugees, in many Member States of the European Union and Associated Countries remains a challenge for both public authorities and local communities. ICT-enabled solutions and toolkits for the implementation of inclusion policies by public administrations may facilitate the management of the integration of migrants, improve autonomy and inclusion and therefore the lives of migrants. Project proposals may also analyse available data and provide migrants with information on and easy access to relevant public services specific to their needs or support policy-makers and public administration at all levels in planning and taking decisions on migration-related issues through data analytics and simulation tools.
The scope of the call is to favor an efficient management of migrant integration, which requires clear understanding of migrants’ personal and family situation, including their legal status, origin, cultural background, skills, language skills, medical records.
Proposals should address at least one of the following points:
- the management of migrant integration can be facilitated, by designing tailored training programmes or by creating specific decision support tools;
- better and customised services can be delivered to match the needs of migrants;
- more efficient integration strategies can be defined and implemented at local level for a sustainable inclusion of migrants and a fact-based public perception of migration.
Proposals should engage all actors and consider the potential for co-creation work with migrant in the design and delivery of services. In addition, proposals should demonstrate the reusability or scalability at European level and should develop strong and realistic business plans to ensure the long-term sustainability as well as take up of the results by the identified users. They should also engage multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral teams to explore the complexity of this challenge, to identify the necessary changes, and the risks and barriers to their implementation, including cultural questions.
Proposal are expected to provide new or enhanced ICT solutions and tools will facilitate the efforts of public administrations at EU, national and local levels to manage the integration of migrants.
The total budget is EUR 12 million and the EU contribution for addressing the specific challenge appropriately is between EUR 3 and 4 million.
The action is a single stage Innovation Action (IA) with the deadline on 13 March 2018 17:00
Further information on the topic are available on the Participant Portal