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Industrial initiative for the exploitation of micro- and nano-technologies

Supporting the development of products and systems exploiting micro- and nano-technologies, including enabling technologies, manufacturing and equipment for all application domains, by capitalizing on the success of eurimus.

EURIMUS (E! 1884; 1998-2003) built a widespread network of co-operation in the field of microsystems in Europe, which shares experience and resources in a European partnership. The aim of EURIMUS II is to support the development of products and systems exploiting Micro- and Nano-Technologies (hereafter MNT), including enabling technologies, manufacturing and equipment for all application domains. EURIMUS II will be complementary to existing European and national programmes and will offer a route to fast market growth through European co-operation. Three strategic objectives define the mission of EURIMUS II: * Assist in the expansion of the European microsystems industry through: - Increasing the share of European companies in the growing global microsystems market, - Creating new products and market segments using MNT, - Triggering scale sparing by encouraging the reuse of key MNT components across projects in Europe. * Sustain the worldwide competitiveness of the European industry through: - Identifying breakthroughs in MNT, - Supporting leading edge developments in these areas, - Reaching faster time to market. In so doing, EURIMUS II will match the objectives of EUREKA in the field of this fast growing market. * Complement existing R & D programmes such as the EUROPEAN COMMISSION Framework Programme (FP6) and national research programmes. EURIMUS II bridges a gap in the existing MNT R & D programmes: - FP6 has dedicated MNT activities, but limited funding has led to the acceptance of very few large integrated projects (approx. 1 in 6) and some important thematic domains remain uncovered. - National MNT R & D programmes exist in some countries and play an important role for national industries, but they do not allow trans-national co-operation, which is necessary to really increase European competitiveness. - Discussions to improve complementarities between EURIMUS II and FP6/IST are under progress but have to take into account that EURIMUS is by nature more industry focused and more short/medium-term to market. Some FP6 instruments, such as ERA-NET for the coordination of national programmes or article 169, could also complement EURIMUS II activities but are not expected to be widely implemented in the short term. These strategic objectives reflect the vision and the high-level economic and political goals set forth by the EURIMUS board for EURIMUS II, in agreement with the national funding authorities. These objectives must be defined and detailed in more a more practical in order to be useful at the level of industry. The partners involved are applying for EUREKA status for the EURIMUS II programme, as described in the EURIMUS II Yellow Book. This Book explains the rationale and strategy, the industrial core competence activities and the simple structure upon which EURIMUS II is based. Experience from EURIMUS has of course been used to improve, where necessary, the EURIMUS II procedures. This programme is open to participation from other partners in EUREKA members having the required expertise, experience and background information to undertake the work in a specific cooperative project. Keywords: microsystems, microtechnology, embedded nanotechnology, packaging, enabling technologies, manufacturing, equipment.
Acronym: 
EURIMUS II
Project ID: 
3 190
Start date: 
31-12-2003
Project Duration: 
30months
Project costs: 
500 000 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.