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European Technology Platforms (ETPs)

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 operating in fields related to the KBBE and work together with the European Commission and stakeholders active in the field.

Dubbed 'champions for growth', European Technology Platforms (ETP) focus on strategic fields – such as food, biotechnology, chemicals and nanotechnology – where Europe's future growth, competitiveness and sustainability depends on 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 the 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. First, 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.

In the bio-economy arena, cooperation mainly focuses on nine European Technology Platforms:

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