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Micro- and Nanoelectronics

Micro- and Nanoelectronics

Components (Unit A.4)

Europe needs unrestricted access to sustainable solutions for its societal challenges; it needs industrial drive for wealth creation and global competitiveness; and it needs to step up research and innovation. The nanoelectronics industry is key to solving Europe’s societal challenges; its products and innovations are essential in all market segments where Europe is a recognized global leader; and the intensity of its industrial research and innovation is among the highest in the world.Within Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem, the European semiconductor industry is estimated to have a worldwide economic value of €30 billion, and is responsible for 200 000 direct and more than 800 000 induced jobs.Our goal is to boost micro- and nanoelectronics capabilities in Europe in order to enable innovation in the digital economy and increase the European competitiveness, growth and jobs in ICT. The result should be a doubling of the value of production of semiconductors in Europe in the next ten years with benefits for the whole economy.


Support focused R&D&I activities on micro- and nanoelectronics through two complementary pillars:

  • collaborative projects in Horizon 2020 addressing mainly lower-end Technology Readiness Levels to stay at the forefront of the state-of-the-art technological developments, provide users and researchers with access to world-class infrastructure
  • participation in the Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) on Electronic Components and Systems (ECSEL) addressing mainly higher-end Technology Readiness Levels to maintain and grow manufacturing capability and capacity in Europe, maintain leadership in design and engineering of complex components,  strengthen clusters and nurture promising areas (e.g. Internet of Things, the changing landscape of mobile convergence, solutions for challenges in energy, transport, health, security)

Promote the achievements of R&D&I activities and coordinate flanking measures to implement the European strategy in the field.

  • Europe's share of world production dropped below 10% while consumption in Europe is above 20%. Challenge: Regain market shares in a hard global competitive environment.
  • Lack of private investments in Europe in R&D&I and production facilities to maintain manufacturing capability and competitiveness in Europe.
  • Fragmented subcritical investments in R&D&I lacking critical mass and high return on investments.
  • Societal needs create a market pull.
  • Insufficient design capability of micro- and nanoelectronics in Europe.
  • Gap between research and exploitation.
The strategy for micro- and nanoelectronic components and systems is set out in the Commission Communication COM(2013)298 and in the European Industrial Strategic Roadmap delivered in that context. The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013) identifies micro- and nanoelectronics as a line of activity contributing to the leadership in enabling and industrial technologies. Micro- and nanoelectronics is defined as a Key Enabling Technology for the European society and economy in the Commission Communication COM(2009)512.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
10.50 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
ECSEL JTI (2014-2020): 1.2 B€ (EU) + 1.2 B€ (Member States) + 1.7 B€ (R&D&I actors) / H2020 (2015): 50 M€

Industrial position papers and market analysis.Networks of stakeholders.Participation at events.Coordination with Member States, regions and Eureka.


R&D&I actions

Progress state-of-the-art knowledge and exploitation of micro- and nanoelectronics in Europe

Timeframe: 2014-2020



Easy access to design and manufacturing of micro- and nanoelectronic components and systems including for SMEs and research - develop skills

Target Increase by 20% users of design and manufacturing services (2014-2020)
Baseline No mapping of facilities, limited coordination and barriers to access (2014)

Service/infrastructure providers

JTI contribution

Target 1.185 B€ planned (2014-2020)
Baseline Financial planning for ECSEL JU (2014)
Current ECSEL Legislative Financial Statement (2014)

EU yearly budget and Horizon 2020 ICT work programmes


Target at least 3 patents per €10 million funding (2014-2020)
Baseline Patents in projects

Dissemination and Use Plans of projects

Quality of results

Target at least 6 scientific publications per €1 million funding (2014-2020)
Baseline number of peer reviewed publications from the projects

Dissemination and Use Plans


Implementation of strategy

Common industrial strategy for micro- and nanoelectronic components and systems in Europe

Timeframe: 2014-2024



Favourable environment for investment in Europe

Target Increase number of companies with European operations by 2020 (2014-2020)
Baseline Number of companies with European operations (2013)
Current tbd (2013)

Market data (icInsights, WSTS, iSuppli, etc)


Competitiveness of European stakeholders in electronics components and systems and availability of essential parts in the value chain in Europe to design and manufacture innovative solutions for societal needs and new markets based on electronic components and systems

Timeframe: 2014-2020




Target +250.000 direct and induced jobs (2020)
Baseline status in 2013

Industry position paper: "Innovation for the future of Europe: nanoelectronics beyond 2020"

Europe's share of production of semiconductors in value (lead indicator)

Target 20% of value creation in Europe (2024)
Baseline <10% (2013)

Data coming from the European semiconductor industry association (EECA-ESIA) ESIA data is based on reports from (WSTS - World Semiconductor Trade Statistics: Data collected at least annually, and often quarterly.

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades

Implement an industrial strategy for electronic components and systems

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