Links to European Technology Platforms

ETP's, Materials Associations in Europe & other useful links

ETP for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies EuMaT
EuMaT was launched in order to assure optimal involvement of industry and other important stakeholders in the process of establishing of R&D priorities in the area of advanced engineering materials and technologies. EuMaT should improve coherence in existing and forthcoming EU projects, in the field of materials R&D.

The Alliance for Materials (A4M) is promoted by the European Materials Platform (EUMAT). A4M Materials provide solutions for tomorrow’s challenges - memorandum

ETP for Sustainable Chemistry SUSCHEM
SusChem is the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry. It was created in 2004 as a joint initiative between Cefic, DECHEMA, EuropaBio, GDCh, ESAB and RSC with the main objective to revitalise and inspire European chemistry and industrial biotechnology research, development and innovation in a sustainable way. SusChem addresses challenges that are specific to Research and Innovation in the European chemical industry and in the industrial biotechnology industries. It favours a value-chain vision, in full coordination with other industries and ETPs and in connection to the societal challenges expressed in the Innovation Union and in Horizon2020.

ETP for European Steel ESTEP
ESTEP brings together all the major stakeholders in the European steel industry. ESTEP’s ambition is to maintain and reinforce the global leadership of the EU steel industry. This means using research and innovation to develop new products and processes that will foster competitiveness while meeting both growth and environmental targets.



ETP for Micro- and NanoManufacturing MINAM 
MINAM includes more than 600 members from 36 countries and is continuously growing. The platform acts as an exchange forum for the topics of industrial micro and nano manufacturing: materials, equipment, components. It aims to support industry growth in this new field by the development of a common R&D and education strategy and by enabling close cooperation of e.g. SME, Industry, Research Institutions, NGOs and Public Bodies.

The mission of the Manufuture ETP is to propose, develop and implement a strategy based on Research and Innovation, capable of speeding up the rate of industrial transformation to high-added-value products, processes and services, securing high-skills employment and winning a major share of world Manufacturing output in the future knowledge-driven economy.

European Science Foundation ESF
The European Science Foundation (ESF) is committed to promoting the highest quality science in Europe to drive progress in research and innovation. ESF has had an enormous and lasting impact on the science community within Europe and beyond. With over 45 years’ experience in all areas of research, ESF was originally set up as a coordinating body for Europe’s main research funding and research performing organisations. In that time, the Foundation has supported over 2,000 programmes and networks, gathering more than 300,000 scientific stakeholders from 186 countries through funding from 80 Member Organisations in 30 countries.

The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative EMIRI
EMIRI represents more than 60 organizations (industry, research, associations) active in Advanced Materials for clean energy & clean mobility technologies. The association contributes to industrial leadership of developers, producers and key users of Advanced Materials by shaping an appropriate innovation, energy and industrial policy framework at European level.




EUREKA cluster Metallurgy Europe
European industry, academia and funding agencies now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a vibrant, well-coordinated and large-scale ‚Metallurgy Europe Research‘ Programme that can design, develop and deploy the next set of revolutionary alloys and composites for key industrial applications, including energy, renewables, mobility and health.

CleanSky2 JTI
Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.

European Council for Automotive R&D  EUCAR
EUCAR is the European Council for Automotive R&D of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. EUCAR facilitates and coordinates pre-competitive research and development projects and its members participate in a wide range of collaborative European R&D programmes. The European automobile manufacturers are the largest private investors in R&D in Europe with over €57 billion investment per annum. EUCAR members are BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda R&D Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. EUCAR is legally part of ACEA with independent decision-making for R&D.

The MATCH project (Materials Common House) was initiated to strengthen and deepen the Alliance4Materials strategy with a further increased stakeholder network. The project was coordinated by Italian Centro Sviluppo Materiali and the whole consortium consisted of 19 partners, including FEMS, from nine countries representing the six related European Technology Platforms and several major European material research organisations. The project started in January 2015 and continued for 30 months until June 2017. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646031.

Additional Materials Associations

EIT Raw Materials
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship. knowledge base multifunctional materials 
The European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials AISBL (KMM-VIN) is a self-sustainable organisation which promotes and facilitates cooperative research and development activities of its Members in advanced structural and functional materials.

ELCA lightweight materials  
ELCA (European Lightweight Cluster Alliance) is a collaborative initiative that aims to accelerate the adoption of lightweight materials in strategic industries. Mobility is the initial target but other lightweight-related industrial markets will be targeted as well, including energy, health care, defence and building.

EERA – Energy Research Alliance 
The European Energy Research Alliance is the largest energy research community in Europe. It is a membership-based, non-profit association and brings together 250 universities and public research centres in 30 countries. EERA's joint research programmes cover the whole range of low-carbon technologies as well as systemic and cross-cutting topics.

CFPC – Carbon fibre technology cluster 
The Cluster activity under aims to bring together EC funded projects to enable the sharing of ideas, results and concepts, contributing to the EU Strategic Research Roadmaps and to use the synergistic effect to improve the dissemination and exploitation of the project results and enhance their impact.

EARPA – Automotive research partners 
EARPA is the association of automotive R&D organisations. It brings together the most prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout Europe. Its membership counts at present 49 members ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities.

EMMC – Materials Modelling Council 
The non-profit Association, EMMC ASBL, was created in 2019 to ensure continuity, growth and sustainability of EMMC activities for all stakeholders including modellers, materials data scientists, software owners, translators and manufacturers in Europe. The EMMC considers the integration of materials modelling and digitalisation critical for more agile and sustainable product development.

EAA – European Aluminium Association 
European Aluminium, founded in 1981 and based in Brussels, is the voice of the aluminium industry in Europe. The EAA actively engage with decision makers and the wider stakeholder community to promote the outstanding properties of aluminium, secure growth and optimise our metal’s contribution to meeting Europe’s sustainability challenges.

ECTP – Innovation built environment 
The European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP) is a leading membership organisation promoting and influencing the future of the Built Environment.

ECP4 – European composites, plastics and polymer processing platform 
The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform is an industry-driven collaboration that unites members from 13 countries amongst the top-level European research institutions, regional plastic clusters, and EU-level industrial organisations of plastics and composites converters. 

EUBIA – Biomass industry association 
The European Biomass Industry Association, was established in 1996 as an international non profit association in Brussels, Belgium. The organisation represents the interest of its members, SMEs, Research Institutes and Universities working on the field of biomass across Europe. 

European Cluster of Ceramics
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is an action of the Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs funded under COSME launched by DG GROW of the European Commission in 2016. The ECCP provides networking and information support for clusters and their members aiming to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through trans-national and international cooperation.

ECERS – European Ceramic Society
The European Ceramic Society (ECerS) is a non-governmental, non-profit federation of national ceramic societies each representing the ceramists of a member country. The ECerS (see Statutes) was established in 1987 in order to coordinate and promote the study of ceramics.

European Commission websites

Cordis Europe EU Research Projects and Results
Including News & Events, the magazine Research*EU, CORDIS has a rich and structured public repository with all project information held by the European Commission such as project factsheets, participants, reports, deliverables and links to open-access publications.

EU Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation framework programme
The Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached in March and April 2019 a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019. Presentation outlining Horizon Europe in 23 languages.