The Council of the European Union today adopted a €22 billion Innovation Investment Package. It includes a public-private partnership bringing together the EU, Member States and industry in Electronic Components & Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL).

The EU will invest some €1.18 billion in this public-private partnership through its research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 #H2020. At least a similar amount will come from participating Member States. Industrial partners will contribute with more than €1.65 billion.

The first calls launched under the ECSEL JTI are expected to be published on the 9th of July 2014 – stay tuned on @Electronics_EU.

Long-term benefits for European society and economy

The ECSEL JTI will:

- secure the supply of key digital technologies supporting innovation in all major sectors of the economy. In this way Europe assures its independence in the field of electronic components and systems

- Align strategies with Member States to attract private investment and avoid duplication of efforts. So, Europe will get the most out of the pooled resources rather than investing in an uncoordinated way in different Member States

- support innovative SMEs and strengthen clusters in promising news areas

- put Europe's best brains together to develop innovative solutions, notably to increase energy efficiency

- Push industry to set a long-term strategic research and innovation agenda in the area of electronic components and systems

Public-private partnership

The partners in the ECSEL JTI are:

- The EU (through the Commission);

- Member States and Associated Countries to the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 on a voluntary basis;

- 3 private industrial associations (EPoSS, AENEAS and ARTEMISIA) representing the stakeholder - SMEs, large enterprises and research and higher education organisations from the areas of micro-/nanoelectronics, smart integrated systems and embedded/cyber-physical systems.

Building on success

The ECSEL JTI is a key action of the May 2013 European Strategy for micro- and nanoelectronics components and systems. It was presented by the European Commission in July 2013 (IP/13/668ECSEL factsheetMEMO/13/673) and adopted by the European Parliament in April 2014 (MEMO/14/304).

This new public-private partnership merges the ARTEMIS initiative on embedded systems and the ENIAC initiative on nano-electronics that both were set up in 2008. It also incorporates research and innovation on smart systems.

Through the public-private partnerships ENIAC and ARTEMIS, over 100 projects have been supported in the period 2008-2013 with a total financing of 4 billion euro, of which 650 million euro by the European Commission and 850 million euro by participating Member States. They involved over 1000 organisations with 40% SMEs, 30% large enterprises and 30% research and higher education organisations.

The largest project in the ARTEMIS portfolio was CESAR - Cost-Efficient methods and processes for SAfety Relevant embedded systems. For key transportation domains (automotive, aerospace and rail) it developed ultra-reliable embedded systems in order to meet societal demands for increased mobility and safety.

For ENIAC a clear success is the launch of 14 manufacturing pilot lines over the period 2012-2013, representing some €1.8 billion investment. The European funding of nearly €270 million complemented by €230 million national funding leveraged €1.3 billion industrial contribution.