The main purpose of TAFTIE is to encourage international co-operation between its member organisations and to assist companies' participation in international innovation and R and D projects. It is particularly keen to encourage SME's to take part in such projects.
There are several European programmes designed to foster international high- technology collaboration. Member organisations can guide companies and research institutes to the most appropriate Programme. These programmes include EUREKA, the EU's Framework Programme or the COST Programme.
Through TAFTIE companies can be guided to the Programme best suited to their individual requirements. The association also allows national technology programmes to be strengthened and expanded at the international level.