AENEAS is an Association, established in 2006, providing unparalleled networking opportunities, policy influence & supported access to funding to all types R&D&I participants in the field of micro and nanoelectronics enabled components and systems. AENEAS is open to all players in the ECS value chain, such as Large Enterprises, Small and Medium Enterprises, research institutes and universities. AENEAS is currently gathering more than 450 members.

As a private member of the KDT JU, AENEAS advocates for European and National support for Research, Development, and Innovation. Together with its partners, AENEAS shapes the digital future of Europe and co-defines the Electronic Components and Systems Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (ECS-SRIA). AENEAS also strongly stimulates and supports collaborative innovation to meet societal and economic challenges in a sustainable way.

AENEAS is also operating the EUREKA funded programmes Xecs, PENTA and Euripides². 

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EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, is an industry-driven policy initiative, defining R&D and innovation needs as well as policy requirements related to Smart Systems Integration and integrated Micro- and Nanosystems. EPoSS is contributing to EUROPE 2020, the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade, to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.

EPoSS brings together European private and public stakeholders in order to create an enduring basis for structuring initiatives, for co-ordinating and bundling efforts, for setting-up sustainable structures of a European Research Area on Smart Systems Integration. EPoSS embraces all key players, public and private, in the value chain so as to:

  • provide a common European approach on Innovative Smart Systems Integration from research to production outlining the key issues for a strategic European innovation process,
  • define priorities for common research and innovation in the future,
  • formulate commonly agreed road maps for action (updating, assembling and completing existing material and approaches) and provide a strategic R&D agenda, and
  • mobilise public and private human, infrastructural and financial resources.

The initiative is of immediate importance in view of defining research and technology priorities for the "Horizon 2020" programme - the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, for raising more critical mass and resources and for coordinating between different initiatives (national, regional, EUREKA, European public funding, and industry).

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Inside Industry Association


Inside is the Industry Association that strives for a leading position of Europe in Intelligent Digital Systems. The Association is a membership organisation for the European R&I actors with more than 200 members and associates from all over Europe.

The multidisciplinary nature of the membership provides an excellent network for the exchange of technology ideas, build together strategic R&I agenda’s, cross-domain fertilisation, as well as for large innovation initiatives. Inside is all about Creating Intelligent Systems together. The association serves as a European Technology Platform providing networking opportunities, a channel to inspire politicians and support to apply for funding in the Electronic Components and Systems value chain for R&I participants.

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Supporting partners



NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables a smarter, safer and more sustainable world through innovation. As a world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is pushing boundaries in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 31,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted a revenue of $11.06 billion in 2021.

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Robert Bosch GmbH


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm.

In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future.

Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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IPCEI on microelectronics

IPCEI on microelectronics

The goal of the „Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on Microelectronics” is to strengthen microelectronics as a key enabling technology for a wide variety of European Industries.

The integrated project, notified by the Member States France, Germany, Italy, and UK  has been approved in December 2018 by the European Commission under state aid law; Austria has joined in March 2021. The project allows the participating countries to support transnational cooperation projects with major synergies in microelectronics – thus maintaining and further expanding European capabilities and capacities in this field. It covers the entire microelectronics value chain, from design to technology development and production, from early research until first industrial deployment. 5 technology fields are addressed: Low-energy deep-submicron technologies, power electronics, sensors, semiconductor equipment, and compound semiconductor technologies.

The 32 European companies/RTOs, directly involved, implement 43 closely related sub-projects. In the course of the project, these companies cooperate with up to 425 additional (indirect) partners, such as research organisations or SMEs, beyond the five participating states.

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KDT Joint Undertaking


The Key Digital Technologies Joint Undertaking (KDT JU) is a public-private partnership managing a research and innovation programme aiming at reinforcing the EU’s strategic autonomy in the electronic components and systems sector.

Through the KDT JU, European industry, SMEs and Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) - represented by 3 industry associations (AENEAS, EPoSS, and INSIDE) - are supported and co-financed by the KDT Participating States and the European Union.

KDT JU launches annual calls for proposals for research, development and innovation projects contributing to the EU policies in Digital Transformation and the Green Deal. Information about open calls, and about projects already selected from previous calls, can be found on the respective pages.

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