The European Commission has approved a new Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research, innovation and the first industrial deployment of microelectronics and communication technologies (ME/CT) across the value chain.
This adds to the other 5 IPCEIs that had been previously assessed by the Commission: two on Batteries, two on Hydrogen (IPCEI Hy2Tech and IPCEI Hy2Use), and the first IPCEI on Microelectronics, approved in 2018 with a €1.75 billion budget.
The new IPCEI ME/CT has been jointly prepared and notified by 14 Member States: Austria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain; which will provide up to €8.1 billion in public funding and unlock an expected additional €13.7 billion in private investments.
As a result, a total of 68 projects will be undertaken by 56 companies, including SMEs and start-ups. The projects will be completed around 2032, with the first novel products expected to be introduced to the market as early as 2025.
The IPCEI ME/CT concerns research and development projects covering microelectronics and communication technologies across the whole value chain, including:
Thus, the projects will enable digital and green transformations by:
The IPCEI involves 68 projects from 56 companies of all sizes, including SMEs and start-ups, from the following 14 Member States: Austria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. These direct participants will closely cooperate through more than 180 envisaged cross-border collaborations.
Over 30 associated participants are also involved in the projects, including universities, research organisations and companies located in the following 5 additional Member States: Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal and Slovenia; together with Norway.
Moreover, there is an estimated amount of 600 indirect partners, representing companies or organisations that hold collaboration agreements with direct participants and can therefore benefit from the various dissemination activities.
Under EU State aid rules, the Commission approves different IPCEIs to allow Member States to financially support large-scale transnational projects of strategic significance for the Union and its common objectives. In so, these projects must overcome market failures and enable breakthrough innovation in key sectors and technologies and infrastructure investments, with positive spill-over effects for the EU economy at large.
Specifically, the new IPCEI on microelectronics:
Several Member States have included their participation in the IPCEI ME/CT in their Recovery and Resilience Plans, which grants them the possibility to partly fund their projects through the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
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