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Together with its partners, AENEAS shapes the future of digital Europe and co-defines the RD&I Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) strategy. Initiated by three European Industry Associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS, the Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components and Systems (ECS-SRA) is a document created by over 250 European technology experts which contains a technology roadmap for a digital Europe, as envisaged by industry, covering the key application areas, the RD&I challenges and potential solutions along the entire value chain.

A radical, digital transformation is going on and strongly influencing how we live and how we work. The innovations that lie at the heart of this transformation are founded on the rapid developments of Electronic Components and Systems (ECS)-based applications. This prompted the three Industry Associations that represent their members along the ECS value chain to co-organise a joint ECS Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).

Since 2018 the ECS-SRA is updated each year and sets the strategic priorities and technical pathways to enable European industry to become stronger and more competitive, and to have a significant and beneficial impact on society and the economy. It addresses the emergence of new business models with shorter innovation cycles and new transaction mechanisms for improved trust and security. It captures the game changers that have led to a smart economy and society (smart mobility, smart health, smart energy, smart industry and smart life). In the future, new integration technologies and closer interaction with neighbouring evolving technology domains like integrated photonics, bioelectronics and flexible electronics will open up new opportunities and application fields for the European ECS industry.

The ECS-SRA acts as a tool to realise the industry-driven, long-term vision of an ECS ecosystem. By focusing on strategic priorities, it aims to align and coordinate research policies in Europe as well as match the allocation of programmes and resources to different technology and policy challenges. It provides continuous guidance to collaborative RD&I projects and public-private partnerships throughout the Electronic Components and systems ecosystem.

  1. The ECS-SRA serves as the basis and input for the ECSEL multiannual strategic plan and for the European Commission strategic agenda

As a co-organiser of the ECS-SRA, AENEAS delivers the roadmaps which serve as an input for the European Commission strategic agenda and are the basis of the ECSEL multi annual strategic plan (MASP) and more operationally, of the ECSEL Calls for Proposals based on the Work Plan. Indeed the ECSEL multiannual strategic plan which specifies the strategy and plans for achieving the objectives of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking is based on a multiannual strategic research and innovation agenda from the Private Members Board (composed of the three Industry Associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS) and on a multiannual financial perspectives from the public authorities. During the development phase of the new annual version of the SRA, AENEAS is consulting its members to drive the next release. AENEAS is also gathering the feedback from its members as well as from the overall ECS community to integrate it in the new annual version of the ECS-SRA during EFECS events. Your interests are then represented at the highest level of the European Commission and participating Members States in the ECSEL JU Governing Board in which AENEAS has voting rights.

  1. The ECS-SRA serves as the strategic research agenda of the EUREKA Clusters PENTA and EURIPIDES²

The ECS-SRA serves as the basis for the EUREKA PENTA and EURIPIDES² Clusters of their Calls for Proposals. For the PENTA and EURIPIDES² Joint Calls, projects can be and are submitted in all areas of the SRA.