Why the EU supports industrial research and innovation
- provides 1 out of 5 jobs
- two thirds of private sector research and development investment
- generates 80% of EU exports
The Commission supports research and innovation in this area to accelerate industry's digital transformation, reach climate neutrality by 2050 and secure the EU's strategic autonomy in key enabling technologies.
This investment is about system change for the economic, environmental and socials transitions: it does not address individual sectors.
- securing leadership in key enabling and technologies
- bringing research results from lab to market by deploying research and innovation solutions that bring together end-users, scientists, innovators, businesses, educators, and civil society
- leveraging private investment through public funding
- reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce
The EU supports industrial research and innovation policy in 2 different ways .
The Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) part of Horizon 2020 is an investment which strengthens Europe’s global industrial leadership in manufacturing and environmental sustainability. It enables a vast array of applications in key enabling technologies and facilitates innovators in bringing their disruptive ideas to the market.
More about the EU's key enabling technologies policy.
Calls for proposal in industrial research are represented by the Key Enabling Technologies section in Horizon 2020
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
Gain easier access, via financial instruments, to loans, guarantees, counter-guarantees and hybrid, mezzanine and equity finance
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.