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Impact of the StandICT.eu2023 Fellowship Program

The Fifth edition of the “Following the Fellows” Report is Published


PISA – Italy, 31.10.2022 - 2023 shares the results of its Fellowship Programme in the Fifth Impact Report “Following the Fellows”. StandICT.eu2023 fellowship programme aims at fostering the participation of the European experts in the international ICT standardization. It will fund 400+ European standardisation experts in a series of 9 Open calls providing a total of 3M€ of funding.

This report presents the tangible output of 35 applicants who received funding under the 5th 2023's Open Call. This edition pinpoints the evidence-based outcomes related to the delivered results in the engaged Standardisation Organisations (SDOs) and within the targeted Work Groups and Technical Committees. 2023 aims to support and facilitate specialists across a broad spectrum of ICT standardisation fields, as defined in the Rolling Plan for ICT, and therefore, the fellowship outcomes are also narrated around the four main technological areas: Key Enablers and Security (including namely Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence , 5G, Quantum Technology), Sustainable Growth (covering Intelligent Transport Systems, Digital Twins etc.) and Innovation for Digital Single Market (focusing on Blockchain and DLT and FinTech).

The 5th edition brought a new research topic on “ICT Environmental impact” in the granted fellowships. The trending topics continue being Cybersecurity, AI and 5G.

This report offers the granted experts the opportunity to speak about their work and contributions to standards efforts, while presenting key facts and figures showing how the results obtained intercalate European ICT standardisation priorities and gaps, and how the tangible impact achieved contributes to societal and industrial challenges.

Here are some examples of the fifth call’s perspectives and contributions shared by the fellows:

With this fellowship in the field of IoT Semantic Interoperability, I contribute to the standardization of energy ontology by ensuring alignment with ETSI SmartM2M SAREF via IEC TC57 new work item on smart energy ontology (joint working group JWG3 of SC41 IoT and digital twins). My work has contributed to a published standard JTC1-SC41/167/CDV - ISO/IEC 21823-3:2021 Internet of things and two other standards are still being developed.”, summarises Amelie Gyrard, Principal Research & Innovation Consultant at Trialog in France.

"My focus is in 5G, and this fellowship has enabled me to co-establish the ITU Focus Group FG-TBFxG together with partners: Testbeds Federations for IMT-2020 and beyond. This FG will serve as a junction point and platform for other SDOs besides ITU (ETSI, IEEE, NGMN, etc.) and R&D organizations, SMEs, and large corporations as well as public stakeholders to collaborate on the topic of Federated Testbeds and drive it further.“ explains Muslim Elkotob, Principal Solutions Architect, Vodafone in Germany.


The “Following the Fellows” series makes perfect reading for the 2023 community, the European Commission, National Standards Bodies (NSBs),  Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs), the Multi-Stakeholder Platform, SDOs and other interested parties who would like to gain more insight into ICT standardisation within a European context. 

The project’s overall mission is to ensure European-wide active participation within the global ICT standardisation landscape and the contributions it may make to support the efforts of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation. 



For more information & contact of 2023 runs from the 1st of September 2020 for a period of 36 months. The Consortium of Partners includes Trust-IT SRL (Coordinator), Dublin City University and Australo Interinnov Marketing Lab SL.

The 2023 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation programme - under the grant agreement no. 951972.


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