Today, cities occupy approximately 2% of the earth’s surface.

The need for these cities to become increasingly intelligent is growing.
Why? Just imagine… by 2050, 70% of the world population will live in one.

Innovative solutions for Smart Cities and Enabling Technologies are key.

None of these solutions would be possible without Nanoelectronics.

With Nanoelectronics at the heart of CATRENE, CALL 8 will gather a strong group of projects that aim to make smart cities: even smarter; as well as more comfortable; efficient; and green while at the same time developing strong enabling technologies.

* Important Note: Projects showing a high level of innovation that are outside of this focus, but in line with the ambitions of the VMS and the White Book, can also be submitted to Call 8.

The recent EUREKA programme CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics) will effect Technological Leadership for a competitive European ICT industry. It is the ambition of Europe and the European companies to deliver nano-/microelectronics solutions that respond to the needs of society at large, improving the economic prosperity of Europe and reinforcing the ability of its industry to be at the forefront of the global competition.

CATRENE builds on the successful previous EUREKA programmes JESSI, MEDEA, and MEDEA+ in fostering the continued development of a dynamic European ecosystem with the critical mass necessary to compete at a global level in high technology industries.

CATRENE is a four-year programme, started 01 January 2008, which has been extended until the end of 2015. This is in line with the changing landscape of the semiconductor industry as well as the present view on technology evolution and the time span over which most of the major applications will develop. Resources required will be annually around 2,500 person-years, equalling about € 4 billion for the extended programme.