Key enabling technologies
Fast and comprehensive changes in science and technology are transforming our economy, generating new markets and players.
Europe prioritises research and Innovation support for these 6 broad Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)
- advanced manufacturing
- advanced materials
- life-science technologies
- micro/nano-electronics and photonics
- artificial intelligence
- security and connectivity
These KETs drive innovation throughout the economy and cut across industries with a trend towards full convergence and integration.
They underpin Europe leadership across industrial value chains such as the automotive and industrial robotics and have the capacity to improve people’s health and safety and drastically reverse climate change.
At the same time, their growing complexity makes it more difficult for industry and SMEs to capture fully their innovation potential, which also requires an important understanding of non-technological aspects.
Industry and notably SMEs require access to the right technology infrastructures to quickly develop and test their innovations to successfully enter the market.