The Digitising Industry strategy reinforces the role of Public Private Partnerships to focus on key technologies and their implementation through federated projects. More than EUR 20 billion is to be invested until 2020 in the context of the Digital Single Market.

The European Commission has been investing heavily in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to enable a long-term, strategic approach to research and innovation and reduce uncertainties by allowing for long-term commitments.

In particular, Public Private Partnerships:

  • provide a legal structure to pool resources and to gather critical mass;
  • make research and innovation funding across the EU more efficient by sharing financial, human and infrastructure resources;
  • facilitate the creation of an internal market for innovative products and services;
  • enable innovative technologies to get faster to the market;
  • can provide the right framework for international companies to anchor their research and innovation investments in Europe;
  • enable the scale of research and innovation effort needed to address critical societal challenges and major EU policy objectives.

Public Private Partnerships reinforce the value chain of the digital sector, by fostering innovation in a digital single market.

Ongoing Public Private Partnerships

  • Cybersecurity

    to foster cooperation at early stages of the research and innovation process and to build cybersecurity solutions for various sectors, such as energy, health, transport and finance.

  • Photonics

    one of the key enabling technologies for our future prosperity and an essential element of many sectors, from energy and health, to everyday products like DVD players and mobile phones;

  • High Performance Computing

    plays a pivotal role in stimulating Europe’s economic growth and advancing European science;

  • Robotics

    is a key driver of industrial competitiveness and essential to address key societal challenges in areas such as demographic change, health and well-being, food production, transport and security;

  • Future internet

    aims to advance Europe's competitiveness in Future Internet technologies and to support the emergence of Future Internet-enhanced applications of public and social relevance;

    stimulates the development of network internet infrastructure to ensure advanced ICT services for all sectors and users;


    is a tripartite PPP in the area of electronic components and embedded software. It is supported with EUR 1.2 bn from the EU in Horizon 2020, EUR 1.2 bn from member states and from industry;

  • Factories of the Future

    aims at helping EU manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing the necessary key enabling technologies across a broad range of sectors. It will help European industry to meet increasing global consumer demand for greener, more customised and higher quality products through the necessary transition to a demand-driven industry with less waste and a better use of resources.