ITEA is the EUREKA Cluster programme supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services (SiSS). SiSS are a key driver of innovation in Europe’s most competitive industries, such as automotive, communications, healthcare and aerospace.
There is a wide consensus that change and disruption will be permanent features in society from now until 2030, with the way of living and doing business becoming fundamentally different from what it is today. In 2030 the world population will reach the magic number of 8 billion people, only 23% of whom will live in Europe and the Americas, so it is important to adopt a global view. In positive terms, this development should be seen as ‘8 billion opportunities’.
Digital Technology has a major role to play in mastering the changes. And it is within this domain of Digital Technology that ITEA is addressing innovation in Software, IT Services, Internal IT and Embedded Software, collectively denoted as ‘Software innovation’. For Europe, an industry strong in Software Innovation is a prerequisite for maintaining global competitiveness and in securing high-value jobs in Digital Technology and in other, more traditional industries that are dependent on Digital Technology.
ITEA stimulates projects in an open community of large industrial players, SMEs, universities, research institutes and user organisations. As ITEA is a EUREKA Cluster, the community is founded in Europe based on the EUREKA principles and is open to participants worldwide.
ITEA’s mission is to be the recognised partner for European industry, optimising support for companies and R&D actors active in ITEA projects in the area of SiSS, thus making best use of funding made available by the ITEA supporting countries.
The current and third instalment of the ITEA programme, ITEA 3, is built upon the rich heritage of ITEA 1 and 2. Based on this heritage, several improvement priorities were set for ITEA 3, offering an even more dynamic approach. ITEA 3:
In a nutshell ITEA focuses on: