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)

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.

This is why the spreading of KETs such as AI are a priority in the new industrial strategy supported by Horizon Europe, the Digital Europe programme and  the European structural and investment funds.


  • Study20 September 2019

    Future technology for prosperity

    Future technology for prosperity
  • Working documentMay 2019Research and Innovation

    Technology Infrastructures

    Facilities, equipment, capabilities and support services where industrial players can find support to commercialise new products, processes and services
  • StudyApril 2018Research and Innovation

    Re-finding industry

    Defining innovation