There is a pressing need for new and more efficient networks in light of a massive online data explosion that is expected to continue over the next decade.
The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks' capacity to carry it.
The projects, will receive around €18m in funding, and touch on challenges such as cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, said: "Our Future Internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution.”
The funded projects are: