European Technology platforms: champions for growth
European Technology Platforms are an important weapon in the Commission's competitiveness arsenal and were set up to chart the strategic R&D path ahead for key European industries. Several of these 'champions for growth' are related to the KBBE as well and work together with the European Commission and with the stakeholders active in this field.
Dubbed 'champions for growth', European Technology Platforms (ETP) focus on strategic fields - such as food, biotech, chemicals and nanotechnology - where Europe's future growth, competitiveness and sustainability depends upon major technological advances. They bring together stakeholders to define medium- to long-term research and technological development objectives and lay down markers for achieving them.
The successful accomplishment of their mission will enhance quality of life for European citizens and sharpen the competitiveness of European industry in the world. ETPs cover the whole economic value chain, ensuring that knowledge generated through research is transformed into technologies and processes, and ultimately into marketable products and services.
From vision to mission
Technology platforms follow a three-stage process. Firstly, stakeholders forge a common vision. Secondly, they define a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) setting out the necessary medium- to long-term objectives. Finally, they implement the SRA by facilitating the mobilisation of the necessary human, financial and technological resources.
Several Technology Platforms are intimately connected to the KBBE. Consequently, they are coordinating their activities closely, or plan to do so. These Platforms are:
General information on all the existing ETPs can be found under:
ERA-Nets related to the KBBE
The ERA-NET scheme is a highly innovative component the EU's Research Framework Programmes. It provides support for the transnational networking and coordination of national research programmes. That means it is targeted at programme managers working in national ministries and funding agencies.