The purpose of this project is to prepare a feasibility study on a monitoring mechanism (an Observatory) to follow-up, measure and appraise the deployment of Key Enabling Technologies in the EU. Moreover, the contractor should execute a pilot launch of the developed monitoring mechanism for a period of 6 months. The ultimate objective is to provide EU, national and regional policy makers with information to better develop and implement industrial policies regarding the deployment of KETs. Further, it should provide stakeholders with relevant information on the impact of KETs on the competitiveness of the industrial sectors in the EU, with reference to that of other competing economies (e.g. USA, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Switzerland and Canada). The work includes three packages:

  1. Conducting a feasibility study with detailed proposals regarding the governance, structure, measurement methods, definition of performance indicators and screening methods of the "KETs monitoring mechanism"
  2. Developing a website designed for the purpose of disseminating the information gathered by the "KETs monitoring mechanism"
  3. Launching a pilot run of the "KETs monitoring mechanism", with the aim of demonstrating the application of the methodology and indicators as presented in the work package 1 for a test period of six months.

ZEW’s contribution to the project concentrates on the operational definition of the six KETs and to develop and measure patent-based indicators.

Selected Publications


Van de Velde, Els , Christian Rammer, Marcel de Heide, Fabien Pinaud, Arnold Verbeek, Birgit Gehrke, Kristof Mertens, Pieterjan Debergh, Paula Schliessler, Frans van der Zee and Maurits Butter (2012), Feasibility study for an EU Monitoring Mechanism on Key Enabling Technologies, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Union. Download


Europäische Kommission, DG Enterprise and Industry , Brüssel , BE

Project duration

07.11.2011 - 06.11.2012