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The Key Enabling Technologies Programme

Addressing the principal challenges facing European industry is one of the key responsibilities of the Key Enabling Technologies Programme. The transformation of the European industry from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry is its main objective.

Developed in consultation

The Work Programmes outline how societal challenges are addressed under the Industrial Technologies programme. In designing the Work Programmes, the EU refers to existing foresight studies, roadmaps and running projects, and consults with:

After this process, the Work Programme is formally adopted by the European Commission and the Programme Committee, which comprises representatives from all EU Member States.

Horizon 2020

On 30 November 2011, the Commission adopted its proposal for Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014 to 2020. Three major parts of Horizon 2020 support "Excellent science”, “Societal challenges” and “Industrial leadership”.

The 'Industrial leadership" part includes most activities currently covered by the NMP Theme of FP7 and will foster leadership in enabling and industrial technologies, with a robust approach to industrial innovation and an integrated approach to the Key Enabling Technologies.

Help and advice

Tailored support

National Contact Points (NCPs) are available in EU Member States, associated countries and third countries to provide guidance, practical information and assistance to people applying for funding across all Framework Programmes.

National Contact Points project, NMP TEAM

The NCPs project, NMP Team, has a Partner Search Tool that will help you to find a project to join, or to connect with a suitable partner for your collaboration.


Frequently Asked Questions

Research Enquiry Service

Questions about research in Europa, about Horizon 2020, the EU's main research funding instrument, or about calls for research proposals ? Submit your question to the Research Enquiry Service.

Other support services

Other support services on the Participant Portal

Ongoing Research

The CORDIS database contains details of individual RTD projects financed wholly or partly from the budget of the European Union



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Key Enabling Technologies

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Horizon 2020


Help and Advice


6 May 2015 Key Enabling Technologies for Regional Growth: synergies between Horizon 2020 and ESIF

6 October 2015 EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies in Horizon 2020

All Key Enabling Technologies Events

Success Stories

A selection of articles about EU funded Research & Innovation projects from across Europe.