Large public-private research initiative set for 2007

ARTEMIS, the first European Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) will conduct research in embedded computing systems, with 3 billion euro expected to be spent on electronics and software from 2007-2013.

ARTEMIS (Advanced R&D on embedded Intelligent Systems), the European technology platform on electronics and software, will be the first technology platform the strategic research agenda of which will be implemented in the form of a Joint Technology Intitiative.

“The budget of the ARTEMIS initiative will be around €3 billion over seven years. More than 50% of this would come from industry, while the rest would be financed by the Commission, member states and associated states involved,” said the commissioner responsible for information society and media, Viviane Reding, in the IST 2006 event on 21 November 2006. 

17 major European companies, including Airbus, British Telecom, Daimler Chrysler, Nokia, Philips, ST Microelectronics and Thales have already joined ARTEMIS and some 14 European governments have also expressed their intention to join. The Finnsh government recently committed €70 million for this purpose.

According to ARTEMIS, embedded technologies and embedded systems are the fastest growing sector of information technology (IT) and still hold many unexplored business opportunities.

There are currently 29 European Technology Platforms (ETP), which are major large-scale research initiatives in key technology areas such as chemicals, nanotechnology, automobiles and food. They bring together companies, research institutions, the financial world and regulatory authorities to define a common vision of Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) in a specific field.

SRA will be implemented through either collaborative research in FP7 for most Technology Platforms, or in the form of long-term public-private partnerships, the so-called Joint Technological Initiatives (JTI). 

JTIs arise from technology platforms, when the scale and technical complexity of strategic research agendas necessitate a 'critical mass' of research and innovative effort. They combine private-sector investment and national and European public funding, including grant funding from the FP7 and loan finance from the European Investment Bank, and may be decided on the basis of Article 171 of the Treaty or specific programme decisions in accordance with Article 166. 

  • ARTEMIS is open to all member states and other partners who want to join at a later stage.
  • The ARTEMIS joint initiative is expected to be operational in 2008. 
  • Other areas where a Joint Technology Initiative could be set up are: innovative medicines, hydrogen and fuel cells, nanoelectronics, aeronautics and air-traffic management, global monitoring for environment and security. Further JTIs may be identified during the implementation of FP7.

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