Entering in its last year of funding, and in the view of the new European research programme Horizon Europe, the Governing Board of ECSEL JU has commissioned Deloitte and VVA, Valdani Vicari & Associati, to undertake a study that will provide an independent analysis of the relevance and benefits of ECSEL JU funded actions, since its creation in 2014. The two-party consortium was selected following a public procurement procedure.
The results of the study were presented to the public on the 20th of February 2020, gathering representatives of the European Commission as well as permanent representation delegates of several European countries. The presentation of study methodology and results carried out by Deloitte and VVA was followed by three presentations from key ECSEL JU beneficiaries – Paul Boudre from SOITEC, France; Mateusz Bonecki of DAC, Poland; and Hubert Karl Lakner from Fraunhofer IPMS in Germany.
The report provides a synthetic view of the findings of the study, reflecting a wide range of data collection activities and data sources, including stakeholders’ interviews, desk research and online survey analysis. In addition to data collection, the consortium has also carried out a project analysis covering all ECSEL JU funded actions, an analysis of the key features of the ECS market, and a network analysis linking all projects participants together. The results of this complex research show that ECSEL JU has led to “significant achievements both at the economic and societal level”.