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February 8, 2008

EC Announces Increases in Industrial Research in Nanoelectronics

Lynn L. Bergeson

On February 22, 2008, the European Commission (EC) announced the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), which is endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament. Over the next ten years, € 3 billion will be invested in nanoelectronics.  The ENIAC JIT is a public-private partnership that targets nanoelectronics.  Under the ENIAC JIT, the EC and European Union (EU) member states who wish to participate will pool their public funding with universities and industry, including many innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), by setting up public-private partnerships. According to the EC, while research funding in nanoelectronics so far tends to be fragmented in small projects funded by individual member states and agencies, the ENIAC JIT will allow member states and the EC “to co-operate and co-finance pan-European research initiatives focus[]ed on a strategic agenda set by Industry itself.” The following member states participate in ENIAC: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  The Governing Boards of the ENIAC JIT held its first meeting on February 22, 2008.