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Synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon 2020

Find out how it works. presentations from the 26 March 2014 info day.


Unleashing the potential of Crowdfunding in the European Union

Crowdfunding is an emerging alternative source of financing that responds to the needs of small start-ups that cannot access bank finance. The EC's Communication on crowdfunding (27/3/2014) aims at unleashing its potential to support Europe's return to sustainable economic growth. Find out more about crowdfunding


Leadership in enabling and industrial Technologies (LEIT)
First calls published – Discover the research topics for 2014 – 2015 !

The “Leadership in enabling and industrial Technologies (LEIT)” is part of Horizon 2020 - the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014 to 2020.

Leadership in enabling and industrial Technologies focusses on new opportunities in nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing and processing. (*)

The first Work Programme for 2014-2015 will be implemented through research and innovation calls, which have been published on 11 December 2013.

The final adopted Work Programme and the calls for proposals are published on the Participant Portal.

(*) ICT and Space are also part of LEIT but are covered by separate Work Programmes.


Adoption of Horizon 2020 proposals - Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies

On 30 November 2011, the Commission adopted its proposal for Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, to span the period from 2014 to 2020.

This includes three main pillars - excellent science, industrial leadership, and societal challenges. The second pillar on ‘Industrial Leadership’ aims to make Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation. The proposed budget is 17.9 billion Euro (at constant 2011 prices). A large part of this pillar consists of activities to support leadership in enabling and industrial technologies. Key enabling technologies (KET), defined as micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing, are a major component. A proposed budget of EUR 6.663 billion is allocated to KETs, of which EUR 4.293 billion goes to the three technologies making up the present NMP Theme of FP7.

The Horizon 2020 proposal places much emphasis on innovation, to underpin competitiveness across a range of existing and emerging industries and sectors. Special attention will be paid to cross-cutting activities between the different enabling technologies, and also between these technologies and their applications to address societal challenges.

Horizon 2020 may be implemented partly through public-private partnerships (PPPs), both to support industrial leadership and to address specific societal challenges. Thus, further support may be provided for PPPs supported under FP7, notably Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings and the European Green Cars Initiative, as well as new PPPs (under the industrial leadership and societal challenges priorities).

Note: because of the novel breakdown of cross-cutting activities and PPPs mentioned above, the proposed figures given here should not be compared directly to figures from FP7. Visit the Horizon 2020 website for more information.



Policy News : Commission adopts Second Implementation Report on the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009

The Report outlines key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Action Plan, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to future European nanotechnology policy. Detailed supporting information can be found in the accompanying Staff Working Document.