Dear ITEA Innovation Community,
This is a joyful and happy moment for all of us. This special edition of the ITEA Magazine
celebrates the launch of ITEA 4 in the Eureka Clusters Programme (ECP).
ITEA 4 is now more than a plan, it is a real, continuous research and innovation programme that
has one purpose agreed by all stakeholders: to create impact to enable Sustainable Growth
through Innovation. I am very grateful to our dedicated ITEA Community and the Public
Authorities for their continued and inspiring support and valuable contribution to make ITEA 4
ITEA 4 is the Eureka Cluster on Software innovation in the Eureka Clusters Programme (ECP), a
renewed Eureka instrument. And collaboration, which has always been an important ambition of
ITEA, has a new concept with ECP: collaboration among Eureka Clusters through Joint Calls. Frans
Verkaart and Jan Jonker tell you more about the ECP and how it is designed to make stronger
connections among Clusters for greater impact.
At the start of ITEA 4, we would like to cherish the impact of ITEA created by the ITEA Community
over more than 20 years. Yes, ITEA 4 will build on ITEA’s strong roots. ‘Enhancing from
Established Roots’ reflects on the great achievements of ITEA projects on 19 different aspects,
and the ‘Success stories’ of Assume and Reflexion reinforce this impact. Additionally, important
ITEA 3 highlights have been presented in this magazine in the overview ‘ITEA 3 measured in
Moving from ITEA 3 to ITEA 4 is an important moment for us and for the ITEA Community. That’s why
a new ITEA 4 style has been designed presenting flexibility, dynamism, freshness and openness. I
hope you will enjoy this new design and I invite you to find out the story behind it in the
article ‘ITEA 4 styling’.
By having continuous dialogue with Public Authorities, the ITEA 4 impact plan is designed to
facilitate a better response to the requirements and needs of countries. And interaction with
industry identifies the urgent needs of industry. It is at the meeting point of the industry and
Public Authorities that this impact plan was built. This magazine presents a summary; the
complete version will soon appear on our website.
Several new concepts developed for ITEA 4 have already been launched before its start. For
example, the Smart City and Cyber Security Advisory Boards were established to strengthen ITEA’s
customer orientation. And the new challenge, Smart Energy, that was introduced was also the
focus of this year’s international customer workshop. Summaries of these initiatives can be
found in this magazine as well.
ITEA 4 is an exciting new beginning for all of us and we are very happy to share this memorable
moment with you. ITEA has been creating impact since its beginning. As Sustainable Growth is an
ambition of ITEA 4, this ambition also applies to ITEA itself, too. The sustainability of ITEA
can only be made possible thanks to your continuous support and sharing the joy of creating
I hope you enjoy the celebration of ITEA 4 in this magazine and I wish you all a good read.