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Consultation on Cloud Computing Research Innovation Challenges for WP 2018-2020

The European Commission (DG CONNECT, Unit "Cloud and Software") recently consulted interested stakeholders on the future research and innovation challenges in the area of Cloud Computing to be addressed in the forthcoming H2020 LEIT ICT Work Programme 2018-2020. The Consultation is now closed.

The Consultation was open from 5 September to 10 October 2016. Interested stakeholders (industry, research centres, academia, SMEs and users) were invited to contribute.

Post-consultation Workshop

A Post-Consultation Workshop was held in Brussels on Monday, 7 November 2016 in order to discuss the input received during the consultation phase.

One of the goals of this workshop was to bring together existing and new stakeholders with the aim of focusing the Work Programme in order to maximise its impact on European competitiveness and economic growth. You can read the final Consultation report here.

Presentations given at the Post-Consultation Workshop


Download a copy of the Agenda here.



The contributions submitted during the Consultation phase can be accessed here.

Relevant reports

The reports listed below were intended to trigger the discussions. Respondents were invited to comment on any aspects of these reports or to put forward new ideas/suggestions for research and innovation topics in the area.

• Policy context: European Cloud Initiative Communication

Report from the industry workshop – 4 February 2016

Challenges for trustworthy (multi-)Cloud-based services in the Digital Single Market

New Approaches for Infrastructure Services

Inter-cloud Challenges, Expectations and Issues Cluster Position Paper

Beyond Cloud Computing: Towards Complete Computing - HolaCloud report

The WP 2018-2020 Call for Proposals is expected to be published by the end of 2017. Hence, new projects are likely to be launched before the end of 2018. These projects are likely to run for 2 or 3 years. Therefore, the Work Programme is expected to focus on infrastructures, services, technologies and innovation ripe for commercial deployment beyond 2021 i.e. in 5/6 years' time.