Helps to place Europe in a leading position in development and production of Micro- and Nanoelectronics!
The Silicon Eurocluster project aims to achieve greater European self-sufficiency, with increased competitiveness and resilience in the electronics value chain, with specific attention to SMEs.
The existing Silicon Europe strong alliance of leading micro- and nanoelectronics, enriched by competencies from Bulgaria, will synergize the updated European industrial strategy to boost its value chains to be greener, more digital, and more resilient against disruption. Silicon Eurocluster wants to place Europe in a leading position in the development and production of Micro- and Nanoelectronics (key enabling technologies) by harnessing the teamwork of existing high-potential clusters.
The project aims to achieve greater European self-sufficiency with increased competitiveness and resilience in the electronics value chain paying attention to SMEs. In this context, we launch our Open call for demonstration projects where we expect to fund 25 market-oriented projects involving consortia with at least 2 SMEs. Funded projects will receive up to 80.000€ and the total budget of the open call is 1.010.000 €.
The projects to be funded under this call are technology solutions including a prototype (demonstrator) of a microelectronics system and which may include other technologies such as radio communications, cybersecurity, energy harvesting, AI, sensors, or photonics. Eligible activities may include:
The challenges and proposed solutions should describe how to improve resource efficiency, support green entrepreneurship, and facilitate market access for SMEs offering green products and services.
The call will be open from 28/03/2023 until 31/05/2023 at 17.00 CET. Two informative webinars with a Q&A session will be organized on the 18th of April and the 03rd of May.
Having (and keeping) a semiconductor industry requires long-term commitment, including during difficult times. In this Silicon Eurocluster, 9 cluster members of the Silicon Europe Alliance are partnering together with a Bulgarian ICT to achieve the desired scope:
Our strong project partnership has chosen the adoption of processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy as the key focus of our Silicon Eurocluster project. We aim to stimulate green markets, support green enterprises, support our electronics companies to adopt green processes, integrate considerations from the circular economy, and improve resource efficiency, while at the same time boosting the uptake of solutions by all businesses.
The Silicon Eurocluster project aims to achieve greater European self-sufficiency, with increased competitiveness and resilience in the electronics value chain, with specific attention to SMEs. The semiconductor industry, a foundation of all electronics, impacts the entire European Value Chain. Its independence will build a strong basis for a greener and more digital economy. Several regions cluster the technological expertise and resources of Europe’s leading SMEs, industries, and research organizations in innovative electronics. A strong alliance of leading micro- and nanoelectronics regions already exists – The Silicon Europe Alliance. Enriched by competencies from Bulgaria, the alliance aims to synergize the updated European industrial strategy: to boost its value chains to be greener, more digital, and resilient against disruption. Silicon Eurocluster will initiate the following actions:
Silicon Eurocluster wants to place Europe in a leading position in the development and production of Micro- and Nanoelectronics (key enabling technologies) by harnessing the teamwork of existing high-potential clusters in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Extending the collaboration among the clusters to a registered European cluster association will have a major impact on the global competitiveness of Europe’s electronics systems. The project ambitions provide direct support to at least 50 SMEs via financial support (25 green vouchers and 25 demo projects) & support them in internationalization, innovation, networking, and training towards digitized and green.
In the project, we envisage having around 300 organizations participate in the Silicon Eurocluster activities concluding with 20 business partnerships signed by the companies supported, at least 50 SMEs will receive funding via the FSTP scheme (25 green vouchers and 25 demo projects) to support them in internationalization, innovation, networking and training towards digitized and green. Additionally, 20 cluster employees will be trained, and 15 SMEs will benefit from Internationalisation support. The project will run until February 2025 and has a budget of more than 1.5 million euros with funding of about 1.4 million coming from the European Union. 1.05 million will be addressed to financially support European Small and Medium Enterprises.
Considering the global competition, especially in times of crises like the current corona crisis, and considering the great assets that the European electronics industry already possesses, there is an excellent chance to succeed in maintaining, structuring, and strengthening this very important electronics value chain in Europe. The rationale of our project proposals is as follows:
After my studies as a Health Care Engineer – focusing on medical technologies and health informatics – at the University of Applied Sciences Graz, I made my first professional experiences at GS1 in Vienna. In the field of logistics, I have been involved in numerous projects with hospitals, medical technology and pharma companies. After my return to Graz, I was able to shape the field of medical technologies at the Human.technology Cluster as a business developer, pushing important topics such as sensor technologies, microelectronics or production technologies in the life science context on the national and international levels. With the foundation of nubid, I have been able to support numerous companies and start-ups in the field of medical technologies and digitization in expanding their business.
As Business Development and Innovation Manager I can perfectly use my experience and network from science and business to generate added value for our partners at the SILICON ALPS Cluster. Especially in the context of sensor technologies and microelectronics, I will push the topics of start-up ecosystem and project development as well as internationalization.
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