Why the EU supports industrial research and innovation
Research and innovation in industrial key enabling technologies is essential to create wellbeing, prosperity and jobs across Europe within the means of our planet. That requires new policy action for value creation from research and innovation and the acceleration of the green and digital transformation of industry, strengthening its resilience and its base in Europe.
The new concept of Industry 5.0 recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industry worker at the centre of the production process.
Research and innovation is at the hearth of the renewed European Industrial Strategy, which paves the way to the green and digital transitions of EU industry. To accelerate the twin green and digital transitions, the Commission has proposed co-created transition pathways, including the development of ERA Industrial Technology Roadmaps and investments in research and innovation through Horizon Europe Partnerships with industry.
Public research and innovation investments will trigger private investments, which are monitored through the yearly Industrial Research and Development Scoreboard.
To strengthen innovation ecosystems for knowledge circulation and valorisation, ensuring that research and innovation have a positive impact on citizens, the European Commission and EU countries are jointly developing the new EU valorisation policy through the ERA Forum for transition and engaging all stakeholders through the EU Knowledge Valorisation Platform.
What we do for the European Commission's priorities
Industrial research and innovation has a direct impact on 3 of the 6 European Commission priorities.
European Green Deal
The European Green Deal provides an action plan to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy, to restore biodiversity and to cut pollution. Through Horizon Europe the European Commission is investing in sustainable technologies.
The European Partnership Processes4Planet aims at climate-neutral demonstrators by 2030 and will launch large hubs for circularity by 2025. The European Partnership Made in Europe targets circular processes, products and business models.
The Safe- and Sustainable-by-Design framework and criteria as well as the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) will be enablers for the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.
An economy that works for people
People and businesses in the EU can only thrive if the economy works for them. New disruptive technologies are fundamental for the development of prosperous economies, but they may cause societal challenges such as rising inequality or new digital business models that threaten traditional welfare states (e.g. the platform economy).
The EU must be prepared for the future of work putting people at the centre of its policies. The European skills agenda pursues a shift in upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) of the industrial workforce.
The Transitions Performance Index has the ambition to measure what counts for prosperity, motivating decision-makers to act towards sustainable, fair, just, empowering societies.
A Europe fit for the digital age
Digital technologies are profoundly changing people’s lives. The EU’s digital strategy aims to make this transformation work for people and businesses, while helping to achieve its target of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.
Research and innovation through the European Partnership Made in Europe will boost a circular and competitive European manufacturing industry through technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics.
Data interoperability and quality, as well as their structure, authenticity and integrity are key for the exploitation of the data value, especially in the context of AI deployment.
The European Partnership on Metrology ensures the accuracy, precision and access to data and its security. These are key features of the digital transition.
Calls for proposal in industrial research are mainly represented in cluster 4 of the pgroamme, Digital, Industry and Space
The EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) will run from 2014 to 2020
An intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial research and development aiming to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries
European regional development fund, European social fund, Cohesion fund, European agricultural fund for rural development, European maritime and fisheries fund
European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR)
Programme managed by the Commission, supporting research in the coal and steel sectors in Europe.
Collaboration and jobs
Researcher jobs in related fields
The EEN provides support to SMEs
Find partners for open calls for proposal and view profiles of organisations that have previously received funding through the funding and tenders portal
EIT manufacturing is an innovation community within the EIT that connects the leading manufacturing actors in Europe.
The European intellectual property helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP rights matters
This partnering tool supports potential applicants for NMBP Work Program 2018-2020 in finding partners and building a consortium for a project proposal
this programmes helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and successfully run a small business.
Projects and results
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects
Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more
Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes.
Scientific publications, tools and databases
A scoreboard that monitors and ranks countries based on their 4 transitions to fair and prosperous sustainability
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE