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Federating European Electronics Ecosystems for Competitive Electronics Industries

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - 5E (Federating European Electronics Ecosystems for Competitive Electronics Industries)

Reporting period: 2020-04-01 to 2021-06-30

The 5E project will underpin digitalisation and support specifically the European electronics industry in seizing opportunities by federating – not merging – the 3 European electronics ecosystems, i.e. Nanoelectronics, Electronic Smart Systems, and Flexible and Wearable Electronics.
Federation will be achieved by developing a joint vision based on a thorough analysis of the state of play of the 3 ecosystems, focusing on the interfaces between the areas, as well as on opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilisation.
A technology and application meta-roadmap will be elaborated and implemented at the levels of the 3 electronics ecosystems, the demand-side industries in application sectors, and the areas of digitalisation, as well as on the European and regional policy levels.
Dedicated actions of 5E will further reinforce collaboration and outreach of the electronics industry across Europe – in all relevant value chains, sectors, areas and target groups, and at international level, establishing and reinforcing cooperation.
Targeted outreach and visibility actions aim at EU-funded projects, large industry, SMEs, start-ups, but also at the demand-side, user communities and the wider public. These actions include provision of a toolbox, a digital library, digital showcase and a contest, thereby largely contributing to dissemination and exploitation, and hence to maximising impact.
RP2 Summary
In the second - final - reporting period, the 5E project successfully performed all scheduled work.
WP3 – Roadmapping - built its activities further on work in RP1. 4 Vision Papers were published, linking the innovation opportunities that functional electronics presents with the innovation needs to tackle the Areas of Intervention in Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe:
• Circular economy for green electronics industry
• Electronics enabled energy solutions for digitalisation of European Industries
• Electronics as enabler for autonomous operation of machines
• Advanced sensing solutions for ubiquitous use across sectors
Based on these Vision Papers, the Meta-Roadmap was built. This has led to the identification of 17 recommendations. 15 of those were linked to one of the Vision Papers, while 2 were more general.

WP4 – Implementation - organised workshops jointly with WP5 to involve and collect feedback from relevant areas and stakeholder groups, and to widely disseminate and implement the meta-roadmap developed in WP3 in those areas and groups. A total of 19 workshops and workshop-type actions were implemented in RP2, and another 14 had already been carried out in RP1. Of the 19 workshops and workshop-type actions in RP2, 11 targeted electronics areas, 13 targeted neighbouring areas of digitalisation, 8 targeted stakeholders of the demand side, and 12 had a focus on cascading strategies in regions. Through the joint workshop activities, approx. 300 experts were actively involved and many more were indirectly reached. WP4 contributed to a high level of recognition in the targeted stakeholder groups, has proven that there is a high level of agreement with and support for the results of the project and the recommendations of the meta-roadmap, and has all in all achieved a big impact.

WP5 – Fostering Cooperation - intended to develop and reinforce the European Electronics ecosystem through close cooperation between as many as possible interested organisations and individuals contributing to this community as well as benefitting from it. A main action point in RP2 were the individual workshops to be organised jointly with WP4
• to “close loops” with the ecosystems of the three Electronics Areas
• to address key digital areas, the demand side to create new opportunities, and multipliers, intermediaries and possibly policy-makers on geographical levels to disseminate recommendations
All activities fostering cooperation in relation to the 5E project were announced on the 5Ewebsite to attract participants, inform about the agenda, objectives and instructions for participation. After the activities, results were made available to participants and summaries were provided.

WP6 - Outreach
The 5E website was continuously updated throughout the entire project duration. Thanks to this tool, project outputs were made available.
The 5E Digital Showcase is operational and consultable at: www.5e-project.eu/showcase. It provides visibility to innovations in electronics, be it in Nanoelectronics (NE), Flexible, Organic and Printed Electronics (FOPE), and Electronic Smart Systems (ESS). At the end of the project there are 50 showcases online, coming from 13 different countries, and of which 27 coming from funded projects (at regional, national or European level) and 23 developed in-house by single entities. This platform has found wide acceptance and interest, placing itself as a dissemination tool of great utility for electronics innovators at European level.
The 5E Contest provided visibility and new opportunities to European Electronics Innovators, rewarding entities engaged in the development, manufacturing and commercialisation of electronics products in NE, FOPE, and ESS. The 5E Contest website is consultable at: www.contest2021.5e-project.eu. The Award Ceremony took place during SSI 2021. From the 33 applications received, 3 winners were selected:
In addtion, actions in support of the other WPs were carried out, including networking activities and dedicated communication material, outreach activities, graphic production and dissemination, Stakeholder Database activities and fostering cooperation actions
5E substantially contributed to all impacts listed in the call, providing metrics (KPIs) for measuring and monitoring, and additionally generated impact on the higher economic and societal levels.
The project primarily contributes to those impacts set out in the ICT-07-2018 call text of the Work Programme that are relevant for CSA type projects.
These impacts are:
• Creating new opportunities for digitisation in traditional sectors and improving user acceptance.
• Attract a substantial number of new users, from industry (in particular SMEs and mid-caps) and academia, to advanced technologies.
• Increased cooperation and synergy across electronic technology areas, promoting joint, multi-disciplinary initiatives.
• Stimulating the involvement of industry in longer term research and innovation activities.
The impacts generated on the higher economic and societal levels include:
• European competitiveness, economic growth and employment in the Electronics sector
• Well-being of European citizens
• Structuring and valorisation of value chains and ecosystems in Electronics
• Awareness, general perception, visibility and value of Electronics technologies
• Future public, corporate and private investments in Electronics

Many additional impacts were achieved by the 5E project, at Work Package and Task level, and at the level of the partner organisations.
Concrete major achievements in the project that will live on after the end of the project are:
• The Catalogue of 39 Opportunities
• The concept of Functional Electronics
• The Joint Vision based on Functional Electronics
• The four Vision Papers
• The Meta-Roadmap with its 17 recommendations
• The Digital Showcase
• The 5E Website which hosts all the above and more
5E Logo
5E Vision Paper Energy
5E Vision Paper on autonomous operation of machines
5E Joint vision for Electronics - Concept for Functional Electronics
5E Vision Paper on circular economy
5E Vision Paper on sensor development