ECSEL JU - What we do

The ECSEL Joint Undertaking - the Public-Private Partnership for Electronic Components and Systems – funds Research, Development and Innovation projects for world-class expertise in these key enabling technologies, essential for Europe's competitive leadership in the era of the digital economy.

Through the ECSEL JU, the European industry, SMEs and Research and Technology Organisations (represented by industry associations) are supported and co-financed by 30 ECSEL Participating States and the European Union.

Learn more about the role of the Industry Associations

ECSEL JU launches annual Calls for Proposals for research, development and innovation projects. You can find information about open Calls, and about projects that were selected from previous Calls, on the respective pages.

The Public-Private Partnership keeping Europe at the forefront of technology development.

Electronic components and systems (ECS) are a pervasive Key Enabling Technology, impacting all industrial branches and almost all aspects of life. A smartphone, a smart card, a smart energy grid, a smart city, even smart governance; everything “smart” is based on integrating semiconductor chips running embedded software. They provide the fabric on which the internet runs; they give life to portable phones and tablets; they drive driverless cars and trains, fly airliners, drones and satellites. In modern times, no national economy can win in the global competition without mastering this technology, with unparalleled systemic and strategic impact.

The ECSEL JU Objectives

  • Contribute to the development of a strong and globally competitive electronics components and systems industry in the European Union;
  • Ensure the availability of electronic components and systems for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, keeping Europe at the forefront of technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, strengthening innovation capabilities and creating economic and employment growth in the Union;
  • Align strategies with Member States to attract private investment;
  • Maintain and grow semiconductor and smart system manufacturing capability in Europe;
  • Secure and strengthen a commanding position in design and systems engineering;
  • Provide access for all stakeholders to a world-class infrastructure for design and manufacturing;
  • Build a dynamic ecosystem involving Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), strengthening existing clusters and creating new clusters.


  • Three associations (EPoSS, AENEAS and ARTEMIS Industry Association*) representing the actors from the areas of micro- and nano-electronics, smart integrated systems and embedded/cyber-physical systems. You can learn more about the role of the Associations in ECSEL JU on this page.
  • the European Union (through the Commission);
  • Member States and Associated Countries to the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 on a voluntary basis;

ECSEL JU was established through a COUNCIL REGULATION.

(* On 14/10/2021, ARTEMIS-IA changed its name to Inside Industry Association).

ECSEL Participating States are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and Switzerland. (As of 1/2/2020, the UK left the European Union and is consequently no longer a member of the ECSEL JU).
Map of participating countries

(The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the European Union concerning the legal status of any country, territory or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries).