Policy dialogue in science, technology and innovation has become an important vehicle for Latin America and Europe cooperation  in ICT. To ensure continuity and enhance collaborative ICT research and innovation (R&I) in Horizon 2020,

LEADERSHIP will support the evolving dialogues on EU-LAC cooperation in ICT, by providing input, both at bilateral level to the S&T dialogue and at bi-regional level to the EU-LAC SOM ICT Working Group.


LEADERSHIP proposes a new approach to engage more actively and strategically in supporting dialogues and partnership building for EU-LAC cooperation. At the core of the LEADERSHIP strategy to is the establishment of the LAC-ICT Expert Group as a permanent and sustainable mechanism to support ICT dialogues in the region. The Expert Group collaborates closely with the EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) ICT Working Group, providing opinions and policy recommendations for EU-LAC dialogues and roadmaps for ICT R&I cooperation, based on high-level input from a wide range of sources and stakeholders.  This top-down approach is combined with a bottom-up approach focused on promoting ICT enabling technologies in Horizon 2020 through well-targeted participatory events, like the LEADERSHIP Co-Innovation Lab, the Living Labs Spring School and the international cooperation projects Workshop. All these face to face events link ICT dialogues to the grassroots actors, i.e. the industry and ICT research and innovation communities, and stimulate innovation and engagement to identify ICT research priorities, explore new and sustainable models of open innovation, and thus supporting the definition and implementation of multi-annual roadmaps for EU-LAC cooperation under Horizon 2020.


The project covers all Latin American countries with bilateral S&T Agreements in place (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico) or involved in a regular S&T cooperation dialogue (Colombia); and extends to 11 additional countries under the umbrella of the regional partner CAF – Development Bank of Latin America  (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela).


Project Objective 1

To create a LAC Expert Group as a sustainable mechanism to support dialogues for EU-LAC cooperation in ICT

Project Objective 2

To synchronize project events with EU-LAC dialogue meetings and other ICT related events

Project Objective 3

To support the EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) ICT Working Group

Project Objective 4

To contribute to coordinate efforts and explore funding mechanisms for partnership building in ICT

Project Objective 5

To engage with Latin American stakeholders to identify ICT priorities for research and innovation and good practices for cooperation in Horizon 2020

Project Objective 6

To provide input and follow up for the definition and implementation of multiannual roadmaps for EU-LAC cooperation

Project Objective 7

To reinforce Latin America industrial cooperation in ICT

Project Objective 8

To support the creation of Living Labs networks through Latin America and encourage collaboration with the European Network of Living Labs