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.
A group of major industrial companies and research organisations (EPoSS Members) from more than 20 European Member States intend to co-ordinate their activities in the field of Smart Systems Integration. A main objective is to develop a vision and to set up a Strategic Research Agenda.
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 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, for raising more critical mass as well as resources and for coordinating different initiatives (national, regional, EUREKA, European public funding and industry). With the stakeholder input EPoSS defines research priorities in the field of Smart Systems Integration and creates Roadmaps which are then published as part of Position Papers and Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) for a variety of application fields. These documents serve as input for Common SRA within the EPoSS cooperation activities with other ETPs and can be applied for creating a spectrum of R&I&D Funding Programmes.