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The ECSEL (Electronics Components and Systems for European Leadership) Joint Technology Initiative is the main pillar of the EU's industrial strategy in the field of electronics. ECSEL is implemented through the ECSEL "Joint Undertaking (JU)" established by the Council Regulation (EU) No 561/2014 of 6 May 2014 to support research, development and innovation projects in the fields of nanoelectronics, embedded systems and smart integrated systems.
One of the aims of the ECSEL JU is to contribute to the implementation of the Horizon 2020 programme, in particular, within the "Industrial Leadership" pillar, of the "Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies" work programme through the definition of targeted calls and with the aim of increasing the "leverage" effect of public funds on private investment.
To contribute to this strategy, in the previous two editions the NOP on Research and Innovation 2014-2020 allocated ERDF funds of about 30 million euro to the ECSEL initiative under Action II.3 - "Thematic Projects - Key Enabling Technologies - KETs". This co-funding contributed to the implementation of projects submitted by large, small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and research organizations from the 8 target regions of the Programme.
Following the increase in Italian participation in the ECSEL calls thus obtained, the MUR, formerly MIUR, decided to repeat the initiative in 2018 by allocating a maximum budget of 5 million euro of ERDF funds through the NOP on Research and Innovation to the co-funding of the ECSEL-2018-1 RIA (Research and Innovation Actions) call, mainly focused on industrial research and experimental development activities and, to a lesser extent, on innovation activities and, secondarily, to the co-funding of the ECSEL-2018-1-IA call.
The additional ERDF resources committed by the NOP on Research and Innovation to the call, which is open to less developed regions (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sicily) and transition regions (Abruzzo, Molise, Sardinia), will allow industries, research organizations and universities to take part in important international cooperation projects in highly strategic industrial sectors and with a potential economic and social impact, such as those identified by the ECSEL JTI work programme (smart mobility, smart society, smart energy, smart health, smart production) and consistent with the objectives and expected results of the NOP on Research and Innovation 2014-2020.
For further information: http://www.ricercainternazionale.miur.it/era/jti/ecsel.aspx