Candidate details

The full list of candidate European Partnerships in Horizon Europe is found in Annex 7 of the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.

The following are the candidate partnerships in the area of digital, industry and space.

European Partnership for High Performance Computing

The partnership aims by 2027

  • to develop, deploy, extend and maintain a world leading federated and hyper-connected supercomputing, quantum computing, service and data infrastructure ecosystem in the EU
  • support the autonomous production of innovative and competitive supercomputing systems based on indigenous European components, technologies and knowledge and the development of a wide range of applications optimised for these systems
  • widen the use of this supercomputing infrastructure to a large number of public and private users, and support the development of key skills that European science and industry need

Draft outline of partnership proposal (May 2019, update pending)


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European Partnership for Key Digital Technologies (KDT)

Electronic and photonic (light based technologies) components, and the software that defines how they work as part of a system, are the Key Digital Technologies. The overarching objective of the KDT partnership is to support the digital transformation of all sectors of the economy and society, make it work for Europe and address the European Green Deal.

By 2030, EU leadership in KDT will reinforce industrial strongholds having seized emerging opportunities to establish technological sovereignty and boost competitiveness.

Draft partnership proposal (January 2021)


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Partners: AENEAS Caroline Bedran, ARTEMIS Jan Lohstroh, EPOSS Wolfgang Gessner

European Partnership for Smart Networks and Services

The partnership aims to support technological sovereignty concerning smart networks and services in line with the EU industrial strategy and the 5G cyber-security toolbox. It will contribute to enabling the digital and green transitions, address the coronavirus crisis both in terms of technologies for health crisis response and of economic recovery.

It will enable European players to develop the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030. It will also allow that lead markets for 5G infrastructure and services can develop in Europe by coordinating 5G deployment with CEF2 Digital.

Draft partnership proposal (July 2020)


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Partners: 5G IA Colin Willcock, Nokia Werner Mohr

European Partnership on Artifical Intelligence, Data and Robotics

To deliver the greatest benefit to Europe from AI, data and robotics, this partnership will drive innovation, acceptance and uptake of these technologies. The partnership will boost new markets, applications and attract investment, to create technical, economic and societal value for business, citizens and the environment.

By 2030, European sovereignty is expected in the development and deployment of trustworthy, safe and robust AI, data and robotics, compatible with EU values and regulations.

Draft partnership proposal (June 2020)


Commission services: Kimmo RossiJuha HeikkiläCécile Huet

Partners: BDVA AISBL Thomas Hahn

European Partnership for Photonics

Photonics (light based technologies) is an essential building block for the digital transformation and for a green and healthy future in Europe. This partnership aims to speed up photonic innovations, securing Europe’s technological sovereignty, raising the competitiveness of Europe’s economy and ensuring long-term job and prosperity creation.

By 2030 Europe will have maintained leadership in core and emerging photonic technologies.

Draft partnership proposal (May 2020)


Commission services: Werner Steinhögl

Partners: VDI-Technologiezentrum GmbH / Photonics21 Secretariat

European Partnership for Clean Steel - Low Carbon Steelmaking

Aligned with the European Green Deal targets, the partnership supports EU leadership in transforming the steel industry into a carbon-neutral one, serving as a catalyser for other strategic sectors. By 2027 it will implement at least 2 demonstration projects leading to a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions and achieve technology readiness level 8 by 2030 in at least 12 areas funded by the partnership. The final ambition is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80-95% by 2050, ultimately achieving carbon neutrality.

Draft partnership proposal (July 2020)


Commission services: Alejandro Germán González González

Partners: ESTEP Klaus Peters

European Partnership on Metrology

The partnership will accelerate the global lead of Europe in metrology research. By 2030, it will create sustainable European metrology networks in highly competitive and emerging metrology areas able to compete with China and the US.

Europe will have a world-class metrology system, offering fit-for-purpose solutions supporting and stimulating new innovative products, responding to society's challenges and enabling effective design and implementation of regulation and standards underpinning public policies.

Draft partnership proposal (June 2020)


Commission services: Gustaf Winroth

Partners: EURAMET Duncan Jarvis

European Partnership Made in Europe

The partnership will be the driving force for sustainable manufacturing in Europe . It will contribute to a competitive and resilient manufacturing industry in Europe and affects many value chains. Another priority is circular economy and following a circular by design approach. The partnership will serve as a platform for aligning national and regional manufacturing technology initiatives. Strategic cooperation with key actors will be developed to ensure take-up of research results.

Draft partnership proposal (August 2020)


Commission services: Andrea Ceglia

Partners: EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association Željko Pazin

Processes4Planet – Transforming the European Process Industry for a sustainable society 

The partnership aims at circularity and an extensive decarbonisation of European process industries, with a strong focus on competitiveness. Within a cross-sectorial approach, it will develop and deploy the innovations needed for a profound transformation of process industries, e.g., cement, chemical, steel, to achieve the EU Green Deal targets by 2050.

Due to their resource and energy-intensive nature, the activities of the partnership will play a crucial role. Process industries will be frontrunners in the transition to carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050, by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels while increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

With the ultimate goal of zero landfilling and water discharge, circular models will be implemented across industrial sectors, value chains and with regions and cities.

Draft partnership proposal (June 2020)


Commission services: Lucía Fernández Macía

Partners: A.SPIRE Àngels Orduna-Cao

European Partnership for Globally competitive Space Systems

The vision is to support the competitiveness of the sector and reinforce EU capacity to access and use space.

The main objectives for 2030 are to contribute to

  • capturing 50% of the global accessible telecom satellite market
  • becoming the worldwide leader for Earth observation systems
  • reducing the cost/price of launch services by 50% by 2030
  • reaching a maturity of technology readiness level 6 in the fields of ecosystem for on-orbit operation 
  • doubling the accessible new services in the space transportation market available to European industry

Draft partnership proposal (May 2020)


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Partners: EARTO WG Space  Ana Maria Madrigal, Eurospace Jérémy Hallakoun, European Aeronautics Science Network, EASN Athanasios Dafnis, ESRESME4Space

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