Whereas most Digital Agenda-oriented research carried out by the EU is focused on meeting the specific needs of industry and society, Europe cannot afford to not invest in longer-term research, as that is where tomorrow's innovations will come from.
Hence the EU's emerging technologies research, which focuses on forward-looking ideas that are high-risk, but high pay-off. The research is therefore highly cooperative and multidisciplinary, and looks at the big questions essential to achieving a major impact. Quite remarkable results have already been achieved in areas as diverse as personalised medicine, disease prevention, autonomous smart devices for everyday life and machines capable of human interaction.
In particular, research is funded through: