Brief description 2026 builds on the success of the previous two initiatives ( and 2023), that allowed the project to obtain the recognition of the “go-to” project on ICT Standards in Europe. 2026’s principal goal is to strengthen its global reach in the European ICT Standardisation Ecosystem, by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Launching and managing an efficient facility supporting the Fellowship Programme (with nearly € 3 Millions 2 funding allocated over 36 months with 9 Open Calls; 
  • EUOS (EU Observatory for ICT Standardisation) and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) empowering contributions from ICT standardisation experts; 
  • Training the next generation of ICT standardisation experts, engaging with National Standardisation Bodies & PPPs through the Standards Education Group (EUOS-SEG); 
  • Creating an engaging and influential Forum on EU Strategy for ICT standards to address policy (FOREST), to keep momentum in policy discussions, in-synch with the MSP and subsequent high-level forum to be rolled-out in 2022.
Jan 2023 to Dec 2025 Ongoing
ICT Standards & SW Excellence

Our role

Trust-IT coordinates the effort with 5 highly experienced partners: Dublin City University (IE), Open Forum Europe (BE), AUSTRALO (ES), Digital SME Alliance (BE), and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (DE).

Trust-IT will take care of the overall project management of the project with a view to guarantee timely and high-quality results through the efficient administrative, technical, organisational, and financial coordination. Moreover, Trust-IT will lead the set-up and management of the online Facility Platform and the digital processes for grants management (including the handling of call management, evaluation/admin processes).

Finally, Trust-IT will also guide the “Dissemination, promotion, communication, and sustainability” (WP6) by defining the overarching branding strategy management for 2026 and delivering a plan for sustainability for the project.


The main results, once delivered, will include: 

  • 900+ Applications received from European experts.
  • 350+ EU funded fellows in lead positions in SDO TCs & WGs (at least 35% females).
  • Creation of 10+ Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in critical ICT areas with the duty to deliver corresponding Landscape Standards Reports.
  • Evolved EUOS Standards Observatory inclusive of 4.000 Standards.
  • Set-up of a Forum for European Strategy on ICT Standards (FOREST) for Policy.
  • 9 Fellows Impact Reports.
  • Establishment of 200 synergies with R&I projects (resulting in at least 25 signed Memorandum of Understanding).
  • 1000+ beginners, intermediate and advanced trained participants on standardisation through dedicated initiatives.
  • 18 Webinar from the “Walk & Talk” series.

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