Partnerships with Industry and Member States

Through partnerships, Horizon 2020 pools Europe’s resources to tackle the biggest challenges, support competitiveness of sectors that deliver high quality jobs, develop closer synergies with national and regional programmes, and encourage greater private investment in research and innovation.

Innovation Investment Package

Ten partnerships with the industry and Member States were proposed as part of the Innovation Investment Package, and one more followed. The EU's contribution of €9 billion to the package will unlock a €10 billion investment from the private sector and €4 billion from Member States.

Public-Private Partnerships

Most of the funding will go to Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs). These are run as Joint Undertakings that organise their own research agenda and award funding for projects on the basis of open calls.

The new Joint Technology Initiatives are active in a number of areas of strategic importance for the EU:

  • Innovative Medicines 2 (IMI2): to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics (website | factsheet)
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH2): to accelerate market introduction of clean and efficient technologies in energy and transport (website | factsheet)
  • Clean Sky 2 (CS2): to develop cleaner, quieter aircraft with significantly less CO2 emissions (website | factsheet)
  • Bio-based Industries (BBI): to use renewable natural resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products (website | factsheet)
  • Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL): to boost Europe’s electronics manufacturing capabilities (website | factsheet)
  • Shift2Rail: to develop better trains and railway infrastructure that will drastically reduce costs and improve capacity, reliability and punctuality (website | factsheet)

A related type of initiative is

  • Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) 2020: to develop the new generation of European Air Traffic Management system that will enhance the performance of air transport (website | factsheet)

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Public-Public Partnerships

These partnerships allow EU Member States to draw up joint research programmes, in which the Union may participate.

The four joint programmes initially proposed under Horizon 2020 are:

  • European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership 2 (EDCTP2): new treatments for poverty-related diseases: (website)
  • The European Metrology Programme for Research and Innovation (EMPIR): new measurement technologies (website)
  • Eurostars 2: support for high-tech SMEs (website)
  • Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme: technologies empowering the elderly and disabled to live safely in their own homes (website)

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Contractual Public-Private Partnerships

Eight contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) of strategic importance for the European industry will leverage more than €6 billion of investments to be allocated through calls for proposals. Each euro of public funding is expected to trigger additional investments of between €3 and €10 to develop new technologies, products and services.

The eight contractual Public-Private Partnerships are:

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