More regulatory and standardisation efforts are needed to help translate research results into new products and services, concludes an independent evaluation of the European technology platforms (ETPs).
As the strategic research agendas delivered by the industry-led technology platforms enter the implementation phase within FP7, the challenge is now to align national, regional and international research activities with these research priorities.
The Commission needs to find a single 'master structure' for the future large-scale public-private partnerships realised in format of Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs), says Herbert Wancura, vice-chair of the hydrogen and fuel-cells industry grouping.
Businesses have welcomed the EU's so-called lead-markets initiatives which seek to promote innovation areas with high growth potential, as long as the public sector limits its actions to improving the business environment by, for example, setting common standards.
At a conference gathering stakeholders of all current European Technology Platforms, Commissioner Janez Poto?nik underlined the need for the platforms to remain open to all stakeholders and transparent in their actions.
The European business summit had clear ideas on how to turn knowledge into growth: more private sector investment in R&D is a must, together with the creation of lead markets for technology-intensive goods and services.
A European technology platform called 'Food for life' will research and innovate to develop new products and production processes to boost economic growth and to assure quality goods to European consumers.