LONDON The European Commission has set a budget of 63 million euro (about $80 million) for organic electronics research under the Information Society Technologies (IST) part of the Framework Program 7 of collaborative research, according to a report from the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) meeting held recently in Helsinki, Finland.
Marc Boukerche of the European Commission said that a budget of 63 million euro would be available for the organic and large area electronics and display systems parts of the 2007 FP7 IST Work program, according to the OSA Direct newsletter of market research firm Cintelliq Ltd. (Cambridge, England).
Putting organic electronics prospects in perspective information and communications technologies (ICT) overall is expected to receive a budget of 9 billion euros (about $12 billion) and be the largest part of the Information Society Technologies budget, which itself is only a part of FP7.
The expected outcome of item number IST 2007.3.2 which labels Organic and large area electronics is the development of large area technologies for manufacturing, enabling "in-foil" integration and low-cost applications, the report said.
According to the report, Boukerche called said that following technology areas were part of the research plan: printable processes and corresponding equipment and materials, flexible interconnects and device encapsulation, device architecture and design, logic, memory, RF, sensing, photovoltaics, OLEDs, energy scavenging and power management.
The expected applications include: e-paper, flexible displays, RFID tags, lighting, sensors, lab-on-chip, systems-in-foil, and sheet batteries.
A call for organic electronic collaborative research proposals is expected to close in April or May of 2007, the report said.