Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology

Research and Innovation to strengthen Europe's industrial capacities and business perspectives, including Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) part of Horizon 2020 will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors. Horizon 2020 will have a strong focus on developing European industrial capabilities in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs).

This part of the programme covers different areas :

Activities of the work programme will address the whole innovation chain with technology readiness levels spanning the crucial range from medium levels to high levels preceding mass production, and helping to bridge the gaps ("valley of death") in this range. These activities will be based on research and innovation agendas defined by industry and business, together with the research community, and have a strong focus on leveraging private sector investment.

For the higher technology readiness levels, dedicated support will therefore be provided for larger-scale pilot lines and demonstrator projects to facilitate industrial take-up and commercialisation. There will be a strong focus on the contribution of Key Enabling Technologies to societal challenges.

Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs)

They will be used extensively for the implementation and deployment of the KET. They will allow industry to directly participate in the definition and implementation of research and innovation priorities.

The three cPPPs for this part programme are :

Horizon Prize for clean air

This €3 million challenge prize addresses the issue of air pollution in cities. The challenge is to develop innovative, design-driven material solutions that will reduce the concentration of particulate matter in the air.

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06/10/2015 - 02:00
Strasbourg, France ,

This event dedicated to Key Enabling Technologies will target upcoming calls for Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials, Biotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, including Energy efficiency in Buildings (PPP EeB), Factories of the Future (FoF) and Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE).

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From 15/07/2015 - 02:00 to 17/07/2015 - 02:00
Heraklion, Crete, Greece,

The EU INFRASTRUCTURE project, QualityNano, is nearing completion and will hold its final conference on 15-17 July 2015 in Heraklion (Crete). The local host for the meeting is the FORTH institute. This conference is jointly organised with the EU-funded project NanoReg, which is already in its second year and addresses the crucial question of regulatory research in the nanosafety area. Read more

Project stories

23/06/2015 - 13:11

Cleaning and maintaining art can reveal the original beauty of a work. But the chemicals and products used must not cause long-term damage to the artefacts, conservators’ health or the environment. An EU-funded project has developed a new class of nanotech-based products that provides safer, greener conservation than conventional products. Read more

15/06/2015 - 20:01

Tiny components of products such as smartphones can require manufacturing tolerances of a few nanometres. EU-funded research has led to a new generation of industrial measuring machines and commercial applications that strengthen the dominance of European SMEs in nano-metrology. Read more

19/05/2015 - 18:18

Heart attacks leave scars on the cardiac muscle — and if the scar is large, it can gradually weaken the organ’s ability to pump blood. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate the damaged tissue. An EU-funded project has set out to advance the state of the art. Read more


01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more