Through TAFTIE (The European Network of Innovation Agencies) a group of 25 organisations from 23 European countries has established an intense collaboration in the field of the implementation of national technology Programmes. This is to the benefit of both their governments and regular customers.
The Association allows the national organisations to learn best practices from an analysis of how other members run their affairs. It also enables them to collaborate at a European level. This is of utmost importance since the landscape for industrial R&D has extended trends already visible in Europe earlier on.
For larger firms competition is now clearly global. The pressure is for R&D to become globalised as well. The location of new R&D investment in Europe therefore is under heavy pressure now.
On the one hand there is the challenge produced by the proximity of a major market like the US with its high quality science base. On the other there is the modern Defi Americain in the form of the huge Chinese marketplace with its extreme low labour costs. This creates a strong incentive for European governments to act together and to create a more favourable environment for research and innovation.
In the SME sector it is now recognised that the dynamism of the smaller company is a key element of a successful economy. This trend is important for large firms too. We have a new ecology of industry in which corporate venturing, outsourcing of R&D to SMEs, specialised labs and universities has grown threefold. At the same time innovation increasingly requires close links with customers and suppliers, and with regulators who shape the market. To keep in pace with these developments and with phenomena like these open innovation systems the kind of cooperation TAFTIE offers to Members is even more important.
|TAFTIE'S Member Organisations|
|Agencia de Inovacao||Portugal|
|Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial||Spain|
|CTI||The Swiss Innovation Agency||Switzerland|
|Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation||Denmark|
|ENTERPRISE ESTONIA||Enterprise Estonia||Estonia|
|ENEA||Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, I'Energia e l'Ambiente||Italy|
|Enterprise Ireland (EI)||Enterprise Ireland (EI)||Ireland|
|FFG||The Austrian Research Promotion Agency||Austria|
|IWT||Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie||Belgium|
|MATIMOP||The Israeli Industry Center for R&D||Israel|
|MITA||Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology||Lithuania|
|National Agency for Innovation||Agenzia per la diffusione delle tecnologie per l’innovazione||Italy|
|NIH||The National Office for Research and Technology||Hungary|
|Nl Agency||Agentschap voor Duurzaamheid en Innovatie||Netherlands|
|Polish Agency for Enterprise Development||Poland|
|RANNIS||The Icelandic Centre for Research||Iceland|
|RCN||The Research Council of Norway||Norway|
|TA CR||The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic||Czech Republic|
|TEKES||Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation||Finland|
|TSB||Technology Strategy Board||UK|
|TTGV||Türkiye Teknoloji Gelistirme Vakfi||Turkey|
|VDI/VDE-IT||VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH||Germany|
|VINNOVA||Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.||