PENTA is a EUREKA Cluster in micro- and nano-electronics that will support the vision, strategy and planned implementation contained in the European Industrial Strategic Roadmap for Micro- and Nano-Electronic Components and Systems as prepared by the Electronic Leaders Group.
The rate of change in the field of micro- and nano-electronics continues to increase providing both immense opportunity and high risk to European companies. The Electronic Leaders Group established by former European Commission VP Kroes, has defined a strategy for maintaining and enhancing European leadership in micro- and nano-electronic components and systems. The Cluster is designed to support this strategic roadmap and its related implementation plan in key areas of micro- and nano-electronics based systems.
First calls will open early 2016.
An annual call cycle for project proposals will be installed, with transparent processes and timelines, and clear communication to all public and private stakeholders. In order to maintain overall programme efficiency in alignment with national support schemes, unsolicited project proposal may be accepted throughout the calendar year.
The programme will aim at high predictability and low cycle times for every step until project completion, thereby minimising the time it takes to turn 'project ideas' into 'project goal achievement'. A two-step process is foreseen, featuring a Project Outline and a Full Proposal phase. Typically, project execution should start less than nine months after Project Outline submission.