Through TAFTIE (The European Network of Innovation Agencies) a group of 32 organisations from 28 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 Network 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
Organisation Complete Name Country
ANI Agência Nacional de Inovação Portugal
Bpifrance   France
Business Finland   Finland


Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial Spain


Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants  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
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen Belgium
HAMAG-BICRO Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments Croatia


Innovation Fund Serbia


ISERD The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate for ERA Israel
Innovate UK   UK
Innovation Norway    
Innosuisse The Swiss Innovation Agency Switzerland
Innovirus   Belgium
Invitalia   Italy
Luxinnovation National Agency for Innovation and Research Luxembourg
MITA Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology Lithuania
NKFIH National Research, Development and Innovation Office Hungary
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland Netherlands


Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Poland
PtJ Project Management Jülich Germany
RANNIS The Icelandic Centre for Research Iceland


The Research Council of Norway                              


SIEA   Slovak Innovation & Energy       Agency   Slovakia
SPIRIT Slovenia   Slovenia
TA CR The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
TTGV Türkiye Teknoloji Gelistirme Vakfi Turkey
VDI/VDE-IT VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH Germany
Vinnova Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems. Sweden