Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 3

Rudolf Haggenmüller
Chairman of the EUREKA Cluster
programme ITEA
am delighted to be given the opportunity to address the readers of
Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal
in the spring of 2015, as this year in
July, the EUREKA Network will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
EUREKA was established in 1985 to foster European R&D co-operation
and to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry based on
the national priorities of its member countries. Aside from developing
EUREKA individual projects, Umbrellas and the Eurostars programme,
each of which offers opportunities to smaller consortia with fewer
partners to develop innovative technologies, EUREKA has also understood
the critical need for a focus on business-oriented innovation in major
high technology domains to maintain the competitiveness of European
industry. Consequently, in 1987, JESSI, the first EUREKA ‘strategic
initiative’ – later to be known as a ‘EUREKA Cluster’ – was born, and its
success led to the endorsement of further clusters. Together, these
EUREKA Clusters now represent 70% of the budget of the EUREKA
portfolio and in total have leveraged €14.9bn in R&D efforts since the
network’s inception.
The EUREKA Clusters have created with their partners (large companies,
SMEs, research organisations, academia, user organisations), and with
the strong support of public authorities, an important organisational
ecosystem and a unique network for pan-European co-operation, which
is ready to respond to any new challenge. The bottom-up approach and
the flexibility embedded in EUREKA and in the clusters allow industry to
react quickly and efficiently to any changing parameter; this approach is
compatible with market push so that innovation can always be at the
leading edge whilst allowing for fast market deployment.
Today, ITEA is recognised as the EUREKA Cluster on software
innovation. In 2013, we published our joint ITEA-ARTEMIS Vision 2030
report with a focus on the role of software innovation in the coming
period, a time full of change and disruption. As we reported together
with ARTEMIS, we are addressing a global market of around 2,600
billion US dollars (~€2.4 trillion), corresponding to 44 million jobs. For
Europe, an industry strong in software innovation is a prerequisite for
maintaining global competitiveness and in securing high-value jobs in
digital technology and in other, more traditional industries that are
dependent on digital technology.
The ITEA programme, now in its third instalment, known as ITEA 3, builds
on the foundations of ITEA 1 and 2. However, at the same time, it is
radically different from previous approaches to research and innovation.
ITEA 3 represents an agile organisation with an ISO 9001:2008 quality
management system in place to ensure adaptability to the forthcoming
changes in industry, and has created a living roadmap to support the
launch of new ITEA projects as a continually updated baseline for
innovation. The programme is strengthening its software innovation
power through increasingly globalised strategies, including customers
and end users in its software innovation projects, and addressing talent
development in its projects on company and country levels.
EUREKA Clusters, including ITEA, are complementary to other European
programmes like Horizon 2020 and the joint technology initiatives.
These programmes are more oriented to general research and
innovation, whereas EUREKA Clusters clearly focus on short to medium
term market impact.
Research and innovation in Europe has to become more global and
digital; EUREKA and especially ITEA may act as frontrunners for this
development. Through their flexibility and adaptability, the EUREKA
Clusters are well equipped to consider more global approaches and the
involvement of customers and end users. EUREKA, with its instrument
of association, may take the lead in this globalisation. However, for the
digitalisation of R&I, the lead will be with the financing instruments.
This journal may be considered as the initiation of a new generation of
European research and innovation. The partners highlighted in this edition
should take up the signal: three years from now, global and digital R&I
in Europe must be in place.
I wish the readers prudent reading and passionate afterthought.
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