Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Cross-cutting activities (focus areas)

This work programme part contains the following cross-cutting calls: (i) Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy, (ii) Internet of Things, and (iii) Smart and Sustainable Cities.

The cross-cutting call 'Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy' will boost economic growth and renew Europe's industrial capacities in a world of finite resources. It will demonstrate the economic and environmental feasibility of the circular economy approach, and at the same time give a strong impetus to the re-industrialisation of the EU.

In the circular economy, the creation of wealth and jobs is decoupled from the consumption of resources, and waste is minimised. The industrial side of this call is based on the contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) on 'Factories of the Future' (FoF) and 'Sustainable Process Industries' (SPIRE), with a strong element on industrial pilot lines for nanotechnology and advanced materials. The 'Factories of the Future' PPP helps EU manufacturing adapt to global competitive pressures and meet the increasing global consumer demand for greener, more customised and higher quality products. The SPIRE PPP (Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency) addresses industrial sectors with a high dependence on energy, raw materials and water.

Bridging LEIT priorities and Societal Challenges, the cross-cutting call 'Internet of Things' supports the combination of different technologies such as internet, components, big data, cloud or advanced computing and their integration in innovative use cases addressing major societal challenges. This will create major opportunities for innovation, help develop new markets and industries and will ensure greater impact of EU actions.

The cross-cutting call 'Smart and Sustainable Cities':

•  brings together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate the feasibility of developing and replicating at larger scale successful solutions for smart and sustainable cities in Europe;

•  focuses on creating urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, with smart electro-mobility and showcasing effective, innovative nature-based solutions.