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Technology Platforms are set up for bringing together companies, research institutions, and any other organisations, with a view to defining, at European level, a common strategic research agenda (SRA) which should mobilise a critical mass of national and European public and private resources. They also address technological and non-technological issues for implementing this agenda.
The benefits of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) include: improved structure and coordination of research activities, partnership building for resources, consensus building on strategies for technology development and on measures for exploitation of research results, and acceleration of innovation processes.
The main goals are to improve the impact of public and private research, to increase investment in European research, and to facilitate common approaches to technology progress and uptake.
The SRAs will be considered as an important input in preparing the Work Programmes of the IST thematic priority of the EU Framework Programmes. However, the Commission is in no way committed to incorporating general outcomes from the Technology Platforms.
The ETPs created to date in ICT are:
- Artemis (Embedded Systems Unit)
- eMobility (Communication Technologies Unit)
- ENIAC (Nanoelectronics and Photonics Unit)
- EUROP (Future and Emerging Technologies Unit)
- ISI (Communication Technologies Unit)
- NESSI (Grid Technologies Unit and Software Technologies Unit)
- Networked and Electronic Media (Networked Audiovisual Systems Unit)
- Photonics21 (Nanoelectronics and Photonics Unit)
- EPoSS (Micro- and Nanosystems Unit)
Other initiatives have been launched by industry and the stakeholders in ICT as well. These might develop into ETPs in the future.
The CORDIS Technology Platforms service has been set up with the objective of providing a unified access point to information from the European Commission services on the development of the various technology platforms.
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