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 were established in 2003 after the European Council called for a strengthening of the European Research Area by “…creating European Technology Platforms (ETPs) bringing together technological know-how, industry, regulators and financial institutions to develop a strategic agenda for leading technologies”.
In 2013, the European Commission communicated its “Strategy for European Technology Platforms: ETP2020”, with the aim to maximise the impact of the European Technology platforms (ETPs). The strategy recognises the role of the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) as part of the external advice and societal engagement needed to implement the Commission’s Horizon 2020 proposal for an integrated research and innovation framework programme.
The rationale for ETPs is to ensure that EU research has a high impact in leading markets and technology areas with the overall objective of closing the gap with global innovation leaders and boosting jobs and growth in the EU. This rationale is reinforced in Horizon 2020, which will considerably strengthen the innovation dimension of EU support.
The Mission of ETPs is to:
The European Technology Platforms are a key element in the European innovation ecosystem and will help turn Europe into an Innovation Union.