European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led stakeholder fora that develop short to long-term research and innovation agendas and roadmaps for action at EU and national level to be supported by both private and public funding.
ETPs span a wide range of technology areas and have to date played an important role by developing joint visions, setting Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas and contributing to the definition of the research priorities including those under the Research Framework Programmes.
Building on the strategies for Europe 2020 and for an Innovation Union, the Commission’s Horizon 2020 proposal for an integrated research and innovation framework programme recognises the role of ETPs as part of the external advice and societal engagement needed to implement Horizon 2020.
ETPs will therefore be a key element in the European innovation ecosystem and will help turn Europe into an Innovation Union, by taking a holistic view and:
- developing strategies and provide a coherent business-focused analysis of research and innovation bottlenecks and opportunities related to societal challenges and industrial leadership actions
- mobilising industry and other stakeholders within the EU to work in partnership and deliver on agreed priorities
- sharing information and enable knowledge transfer to a wide range of stakeholders across the EU.
The European Commission does not own or manage European Technology Platforms, which are independent organisations.