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EUREKA Cluster E!9911


EUREKA's High Level Group met in Switzerland beginning of July and granted a label to PENTA, a new EUREKA Cluster for micro and nanoelectronics enabled components and systems that supports the vision, strategy and implementation of programmes as envisaged by the Electronic Leaders Group1. More particularly, it will address the whole electronics value chain and will encourage the participation of innovative European SMEs in the programme.


PENTA will closely cooperate with other EUREKA clusters like ITEA3 and EURIPIDES2.  In addressing the whole value chain, its scope includes components,  sub-systems as well as end-user systems. In this context, the objective of the new Cluster will be to support priorities jointly identified by Industry and Public Authorities, through an understanding of rapidly changing market needs.


Initially, the focus of projects will be on applications in automotive, healthcare and production technologies. In all applications it is recognised that security, connectivity and energy efficiency are essential crosscutting contributors. It is also understood that semiconductor processes, equipment, materials and tools are instrumental in all technologies. Implementation of the programme will result in an improved European presence in key electronic markets with economic, employment and social benefits to European companies and citizens.


Complementary to, but differentiated from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking2, PENTA will be a flexible and agile programme. It will identify opportunities, quickly assess national governmental support and operate with a short, but effective, approval process. With its focus on smaller, faster and flexible projects, the new Cluster will provide an opportunity to take advantage of rapidly developing markets and their related value chains.


Openness and inclusivity will be at the core of the Cluster. 'Openness' will be visibly demonstrated at all levels, offering equal opportunities to all interested participants. 'Inclusivity' will be ensured through a range of activities centred on the creation of a 'Market Place'. It will bring visibility of the innovation that exists across Europe to the key electronics value chains and catalyse the formation of partnerships to take advantage of, and commercialise, these capabilities. Managed information exchange and networking will allow the efficient formation of focussed, well resourced, consortia developing leading edge technologies and applications. A special emphasis will be placed on SME involvement, to ensure Europe takes advantage of their innovative attitude and opportunity for rapid growth.


The first PENTA call for project proposal is expected to open in first quarter 2016. Initially, the Cluster is scheduled to run for 5 years.






Related documents:


PENTA White Paper


PENTA Press Release



Contact person:


Peter Connock,

Spokesperson of the PENTA Core Group


+44 1233 73 2322