These funding decisions are breakthroughs because it is the first time that Community bodies, namely the ARTEMIS and ENIAC Joint Undertakings, decide the co-financing of European cooperative projects by both national and Community funds. This increases the leverage effect of public funding and enables focusing a critical mass of resources on key competitiveness goals. The decisions complete the evaluation and selection processes for 2008, which started with the publication of Calls for proposals in May 2008. Similar Calls are foreseen on a yearly basis, the next one to be published in February 2009. The first of the 20 projects are expected to start work in January 2009. They address the development of chips, electronics and software systems in areas of major industrial, economic and societal impact, such as energy efficiency, smart homes and buildings, sustainable cities, automotive and avionic safety, health systems, and security. ARTEMIS, Advanced Research & Technology for Embedded Intelligence & Systems, is a public-private partnership between the European Commission, 21 European countries and ARTEMISIA, a European association of more than 150 industry and research actors. ARTEMIS operates an industrial R&D programme in the area of electronics and software. It was established on 7 February 2008 by the Council of the EU in the form of a Joint Undertaking. ENIAC is a public-private partnership between the European Commission, 18 countries and AENEAS, a European association combining the European industry and research actors in the field of micro- and nanoelectronics. ENIAC operates an industrial R&D programme in the field of nanoelectonic components, their manufacturing and their integration in electronic products. It was established on 7 February 2008 by the Council of the EU in the form of a Joint Undertaking.
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