Austrian Contribution to a Successful ECSEL in Horizon 2020

Austrian actors established two associations to support the Joint Undertakings ARTEMIS and ENIAC during FP7. For this purpose, the "ARTEMIS Austria" and "ENIAC Austria" associations were created for a harmonized approach towards the Joint Undertakings in Brussels and to bring together the different players from universities, research centers and industry in Austria.

Through these activities, also the supply chain for systems was accelerated and improved. Also the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was highly involved in this network. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) provides financial support for the association's activities. Both associations are well-linked to the main actors in Europe. ARTEMIS-Austria is a member of the Centers of Innovation Excellence EICOSE and ProcessiT. In the area of semiconductor manufacturing, members from ENIAC-Austria actively coordinated the first European pilot line projects. As a result of these activities, the partners not only generate benefits for their respective organizations but also highly contribute to innovation in Austria, thus, increasing knowledge and employment.

Austrian Activities for JU ECSEL in Horizon 2020

ECSEL's challenge is to combine the activities of ENIAC, ARTEMIS as well as EPoSS. Following this vision in Austria, the separate associations were merged into the ECSEL-Austria association. The various interest groups are still active. However, they are also seeking to generate the potential of synergies and additional value chain for the future. Another challenge is to build more projects as pilot lines with the integration of hardware, software and smart systems, also considering sensors or actuators. Many examples of such cooperations already proved to result in innovations, which are also an ambitious goal in Horizon 2020.

The process of this merger has started in May 2013 and will be finalized by the end of 2013. The new association ECSEL-Austria will Iead to a lean organization as well as to improved communication between all stakeholders in Austria. It aims to create synergies along the full value chain toward innovation and leadership in electronic components and systems made in Europe.