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Study on cross-cutting KETs (Ro-cKETs)

Combining cross-cutting Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) will be essential for the future economic growth, competitiveness and innovation of Europe. To tap into the potential offered by this, in 2013 the European Commission launched the RO-cKETs study (Methodology, work plan and roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities in Horizon 2020). The study outlines how the combination of different KETs can contribute to addressing the challenges facing European industry, economy and society.

What are cross-cutting KETs?

Whilst individual KETs have huge potential for innovation, combinations of KETs offer even greater possibilities for technological development and the chance to create new markets. ‘Cross-cutting KETs’ refers to the integration of different KETs in a way that creates value beyond the sum of the individual technologies.

The integration of different KETs is a vital part of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Over the course of Horizon 2020, around 30% of the budget allocated to KETs will go to cross-cutting KETs activities.

Background to the study

The main scope of the study was to produce a methodology and a proposal for a cross-cutting KETs roadmap and work plan for the European Commission, which will provide input to the preparation of the cross-cutting KETs part of future Horizon 2020 work programmes.

The study is designed to help the Commission to identify the most promising areas of innovation for cross-cutting KETs that address clear industrial and market needs in a broad range of industrial sectors. The study is based on desk research, interviews, workshops with industrial stakeholders and policy makers, and the validation of findings through surveys involving KETs experts and industrial stakeholders. Work began in early 2013 and was finalised in 2014.

The results: A roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities

The roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities identifies potential innovation fields of industrial interest. The roadmap was developed by looking at real market needs and industrial challenges in a broad range of sectors relevant to the European economy.

The roadmapping activity explored innovation areas in terms of products, processes or services where cross-fertilisation between KETs could provide an added value. The market needs for each of those innovation areas was taken into account, as well as their societal and economic context.

Cross-cutting KETs activities are expected to fulfill two main requirements:

  • They are expected to bring together and integrate different KETs and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of technological development.
  • They are expected to contribute significantly to restoring growth in Europe and creating jobs in industry, while tackling today’s major societal challenges.

Taking the demand side as a starting point, cross-cutting KETs activities will generally include activities closer to market and applications. The study focused on identifying potential innovation areas of industrial interest, implying Technology Readiness Levels of between 4 and 8.

This exercise does not intend to substitute any other existing roadmap, but rather intends to complement other roadmapping activities by providing a focus on developments that might be implemented benefitting from the combination of different Key Enabling Technologies in a way that creates value beyond the sum of the individual technologies.

The overall roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities comprises 117 innovation fields of industrial interest which are organised into 13 specific roadmaps.

Each roadmap displays the key fields of interest for industrial innovation with the highest potential for cross-cutting KETs developments relevant to that domain. Cross-sectorial development opportunities and the short to medium-term timelineevelopments are also included.

Click on a specific roadmap to access the innovation fields.

 

Electronics and Communication Systems

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Chemical processes, chemicals, chemical products and materials

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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CHEMICAL PROCESSES, CHEMICALS, CHEMICAL PRODUCTS & MATERIALS (2020 AND BEYOND)
CHEMICAL PROCESSES, CHEMICALS, CHEMICAL PRODUCTS & MATERIALS (TODAY)

Manufacturing and automation (including robotics)

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Energy (including energy generation, storage, transmission and distribution)

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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ENERGY (2020 AND BEYOND)
ENERGY (TODAY)

Transport and mobility (including road, rail, marine and air transport as well as logistics, besides Space)

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Construction

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Civil security (including dual use applications)

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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CIVIL SECURITY (2020 AND BEYOND)
CIVIL SECURITY (TODAY)

Exploitation of dual use opportunities

Whilst already described within the framework of the specific domains to which these innovation fields pertain, besides benefitting from the cross-fertilization of Key Enabling Technologies, some innovation fields comprised in this roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities might also have a dual-use potential, thus they could also be of a high interest to defence and security industries. The following roadmap view depicts the specific innovation fields that could exploit dual-use opportunities. A colour code as well as a label are used in order to locate these innovation fields within the framework of the specific domain to which they pertain.

CIVIL SECURITY AND DUAL USE (2020 AND BEYOND)
EXPLOITING DUAL-USE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CIVIL SECURITY
CIVIL SECURITY AND DUAL USE (TODAY)

Mining, quarrying and extraction

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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MINING, QUARRYING AND EXTRACTION (2020 AND BEYOND)
MINING, QUARRYING AND EXTRACTION (TODAY)

Environment (including water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation)

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Health and healthcare

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

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Training, education and edutainment

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EDUTAINMENT (2020 AND BEYOND)
TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EDUTAINMENT (TODAY)

Textiles

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Agro-Food

The combination of different KETs is deemed to be of highest benefit to the innovation fields comprised in the roadmap below.

By clicking on an innovation field, you can access a dedicated file describing the relevant information retrieved throughout the study such as challenges, potential markets, expected impact and the results of the patent scenario analysis.

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Contacts

European Commission

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Unit KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability
Email: GROW-F3@ec.europa.eu

Lead Partner

Mr Guido Chiappa (Project coordinator)
D'Appolonia S.p.A.
Email: guido.chiappa@dappolonia.it