The European Commission (Unit DG INFSO/E2) is planning to invest 2B€ in research and development (2009-2010, FP7). They recently sent out emails asking for comments from researchers:
“[…] we would very much like to hear your views on what you think are the most pressing problems and ripe opportunities in your field. We are interested as much in scientific advances as in innovative applications or infrastructural initiatives in domains where they are likely to have a large positive impact.”
(The context is “knowledge technologies, interactive media and online content”.)
It’s an interesting question to think about.
I’m tempted to point them to work on unstructured collaborative tagging of music, ie, folksonomies. There are lots of interesting opportunities there, some of which might still be there by the time the FP7 projects start.
If you have any ideas, let the EC know:
UPDATE: Jeremy points out some interesting topics the EU should funding in the comments.