European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led stakeholder fora charged with defining research priorities in a broad range of technological areas.
ETPs provide a framework for stakeholders, led by industry, to define research priorities and action plans on a number of technological areas where achieving EU growth, competitiveness and sustainability requires major research and technological advances in the medium to long term. Some European Technology Platforms are loose networks that come together in annual meetings, but others are establishing legal structures with membership fees.
They work on developing and updating agendas of research priorities for their particular sector. These agendas constitute valuable input to define European research funding schemes. Since they are developed through dialogue among industrial and public researchers and national government representatives, they also contribute to create consensus and to improve alignment of investment efforts. Avoiding duplication and making the most of poles of excellence and best practices is one of the great challenges of European research, and ETPs are a very good vehicle to improve synergies.
ETPs foster effective public-private partnerships, contributing significantly to the development of a European Research Area of knowledge for growth. Public-private partnerships can address technological challenges that could be key for sustainable development, for the improved delivery of public services and for the restructuring of traditional industrial sectors.
The European Commission does not own or manage European Technology Platforms, which are independent organisations. The European Commission did, however, support their creation and remains engaged with them in structural dialogue on research issues.
Russian Technology Platforms
The Russian Technology Platforms (RTP) were formed in 2011-2012 by the Russian Government to further enhance innovation and growth in Russian. Currently, there are 32 self-organised platforms involving a large number of companies and academic institutions. A booklet was produced in the end of 2012 to describe the different platforms and their work to date. For more information: Technology Platforms RF
Road map to improve the energy efficiency in built environment.
The project BUILDING UP has developed a roadmap for cross-sectorial research and innovation activities in order to improve the energy efficiency in built environments. The roadmap is a result of the work done by nine ETPs and through large public consultations and debates. This video summarizes the work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6KqzvrLd80&feature=youtu.be
More information can be found on the BUILDING UP website: www.buildingup-e2b.eu
The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) 8th Conference “Inspiring Horizons”
Barcelona 11-14 March 2013
The conference was jointly organized with the Confederación Española de Empresas de la Madera (CONFEMADERA HÁBITAT) and the Plataforma Tecnológica Forestal Española, acting as the Secretary of the Confederation. More than 200 representatives from the forestry industries around Europe discussed issues related to forestry. For more information:
Last updated on: 2013-04-23