The European Commission has a call for proposals to receive funding to study what their role should be in 450mm. Specifically, the proposals, which were due on July 1, 2010, have an objective:
“To define the role of public authorities (European Commission, Governments of Member States and Regions) for the establishment of 450 mm manufacturing capacities, including related value chain aspects, and overall their role in keeping semiconductor manufacturing and advanced nanoelectronics technologies in Europe. Finally, the link of newly established 450 mm manufacturing with existing manufacturing capacities and its impact on them should be analysed.”
The full call for proposals can be found on the Nanoelectronics Initiative’s site.