The EU has agreed the launch of two major ICT initiatives, the ARTEMIS and ENIAC Joint Technology Initiatives. ARTEMIS is concerned with maintaining European strengths in the area of embedded computing systems ; ENIAC is targeting nanoelectronics. The overall budget of the ARTEMIS initiative is €2.5 billion over seven years. The Commission is expecting to contribute €410 million during the seven years, starting with €41.5 million in 2008. For ENIAC the overall budget is close to 3 billion € over seven years and the Commission is expecting to contribute €440 million during the seven years, starting with €41.5 million in 2008.
The first Call for proposals for both initiatives will most likely be launched in April 2008. In order to inform the research communities and to enhance SME participation, the EPISTET project is hosting this free information day. The deadline for registration is 17 March.