What is ICOS

ICOS is a three-year Coordination and Support Action (CSA) from the European Commission, part of Horizon Europe. It is an ambitious project in the framework of the European strategy of semiconductors.

The EU Chips Act

Our project aims to support the growth of the European Semiconductor and Semiconductor-based photonics industry, through focused international research cooperation.

ICOS will play a significant role in helping our continent regain sovereignty and leadership in that domain, in line with the objectives set out by the EU Chips Act.

Motivated by recent events

The strategic importance of semiconductors and the dependence of Europe from other regions of the world were evidenced by the recent international crises: it is time to put Europe back on the map!

Thus, in this context, ICOS aims to identify and support the establishment of the most promising scientific collaborations by targeting all or some of the current leaders in the sector, worldwide..

From SWOT analysis to cooperation initiatives

The project will start with an exhaustive analysis of the value chains of semiconductors for electronics and photonics, the strengths and gaps of European and International industries in this area.

The next generation and emerging technologies, especially in advanced computation and functionalities will be identified, and the most interesting countries for International Cooperation will be determined.

Based on the obtained results, ICOS will then highlight the research subjects likely to benefit the most to the European strategic goals, and translate them into proposals for future bilateral or multilateral research initiatives, as well as practical cooperation modalities.

Coordinated by Francis Balestra – GINP/CNRS, Director of the SiNANO Institute, it was officially launched on 19 January 2023 with its kick-off meeting held in Brussels.