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European Partnerships in digital, industry and space

Details of European Partnerships under Horizon Europe. Partnership proposals, contact details, details of partners. 

Partnerships in Horizon Europe

The aim of European Partnerships with EU and associated countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders is to deliver on global challenges and modernise industry.

The initial list of candidate European Partnerships in Horizon Europe is found in Annex 7 of the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.

The following are the partnerships in the area of digital, industry and space.

Details of partnerships

European Partnership for High Performance Computing

The partnership aims by 2027

  • to develop, deploy, extend and maintain a world leading federated and hyper-connected supercomputing, quantum computing, service and data infrastructure ecosystem in the EU
  • support the autonomous production of innovative and competitive supercomputing systems based on indigenous European components, technologies and knowledge and the development of a wide range of applications optimised for these systems
  • widen the use of this supercomputing infrastructure to a large number of public and private users, and support the development of key skills that European science and industry need

Draft outline of partnership proposal (May 2019, update pending)


Commission services: cnect-c2atec [dot] europa [dot] eu (cnect-c2[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)


European Partnership for Key Digital Technologies (KDT)

Electronic and photonic (light based technologies) components, and the software that defines how they work as part of a system, are the Key Digital Technologies. The overarching objective of the KDT partnership is to support the digital transformation of all sectors of the economy and society, make it work for Europe and address the European Green Deal.

By 2030, EU leadership in KDT will reinforce industrial strongholds having seized emerging opportunities to establish technological sovereignty and boost competitiveness.

Draft partnership proposal (January 2021)


Commission services: CNECT-A3atec [dot] europa [dot] eu (CNECT-A3[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Partners: AENEAS - bedranataeneas-office [dot] org (Caroline Bedran), ARTEMIS - jan [dot] lohstrohatartemis-ia [dot] eu (Jan Lohstroh), EPOSS - contactatsmart-systems-integration [dot] org (Wolfgang Gessner)


European Partnership for Smart Networks and Services

The partnership aims to support technological sovereignty concerning smart networks and services in line with the EU industrial strategy and the 5G cyber-security toolbox. It will contribute to enabling the digital and green transitions, address the coronavirus crisis both in terms of technologies for health crisis response and of economic recovery.

It will enable European players to develop the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030. It will also allow that lead markets for 5G infrastructure and services can develop in Europe by coordinating 5G deployment with CEF2 Digital.

Draft partnership proposal (July 2020)


Commission services: cnect-e1-snsatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (cnect-e1-sns[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Partners: 5G IA - colin [dot] willcockat5g-ppp [dot] eu (Colin Willcock), Nokia - werner [dot] mohratnokia [dot] com (Werner Mohr)


European Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics

To deliver the greatest benefit to Europe from AI, data and robotics, this partnership will drive innovation, acceptance and uptake of these technologies. The partnership will boost new markets, applications and attract investment, to create technical, economic and societal value for business, citizens and the environment.

By 2030, European sovereignty is expected in the development and deployment of trustworthy, safe and robust AI, data and robotics, compatible with EU values and regulations.


Commission services: kimmo [dot] rossiatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Kimmo Rossi)juha [dot] heikkilaatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Juha Heikkilä)cecile [dot] huetatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Cécile Huet)

Partners: BDVA AISBL - hahn [dot] thatsiemens [dot] com (Thomas Hahn)


European Partnership for Photonics

Photonics (light based technologies) is an essential building block for the digital transformation and for a green and healthy future in Europe. This partnership aims to speed up photonic innovations, securing Europe’s technological sovereignty, raising the competitiveness of Europe’s economy and ensuring long-term job and prosperity creation.

By 2030 Europe will have maintained leadership in core and emerging photonic technologies.


Commission services: CNECT-PHOTONICS-PARTNERSHIPatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Werner Steinhögl)

Partners: VDI-Technologiezentrum GmbH / Photonics21 secretariatatphotonics21 [dot] org (Secretariat)


European Partnership for Clean Steel - Low Carbon Steelmaking

Aligned with the European Green Deal targets, the partnership supports EU leadership in transforming the steel industry into a carbon-neutral one, serving as a catalyser for other strategic sectors. By 2027 it will implement at least 2 demonstration projects leading to a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions and achieve technology readiness level 8 by 2030 in at least 12 areas funded by the partnership. The final ambition is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80-95% by 2050, ultimately achieving carbon neutrality.


Commission services: alejandro-german [dot] gonzalez-gonzalezatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Alejandro Germán González González)

Partners: ESTEP - klaus [dot] petersatestep [dot] eu (Klaus Peters)


European Partnership on Metrology

The European Partnership on Metrology is an institutionalized partnership established in 2021 by a decision of the European Parliament and the Council and managed by European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET). It will be co-funded by participating states (including nearly all EU Member States) and the EU with an expected budget of over €660 million. It is the successor of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). 

This partnership aims to accelerate Europe's global lead in metrology research by establishing self-sustaining European Metrology Networks. It seeks to support new innovative products to respond to societal challenges such as health, environment and climate change and enable effective design and implementation of necessary regulation and standards. 

Steering Group 

The Steering Group is an advisory body of the Metrology Partnership established in accordance with Metrology Decision. It gives advice to the Metrology Partnership on the emerging priorities for metrology research at European level and on how to increase the impact of its research on European industry, economy and society.

The group will also monitor scientific achievements in specific sectors. All recommendations made by the Steering Group shall be made publicly available on the website of the European Commission.

The Steering Group is an advisory body of the Metrology Partnership established in accordance with Metrology Decision. It gives advice to the Metrology Partnership on the emerging priorities for metrology research at European level and on how to increase the impact of its research on European industry, economy and society.

Metrology partnership steering group members


Commission services: Edoardo [dot] MASCALCHIatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (MASCALCHI Edoardo)

Partners: EURAMET - mikko [dot] merimaaateuramet [dot] org (Mikko Merimaa)


European Partnership Made in Europe

Made in Europe is a Horizon Europe co-programmed public-private partnership running for 7 years with a budget of €1.8 billion in total. The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) represents the private side in the partnership. Made in Europe is successor to the Factories of the Future Partnership which has been run under the Horizon 2020 programme.   

Made in Europe seeks to increase the number and attractiveness of jobs in manufacturing, while securing the environmental, economic and social sustainability for future generations in Europe. The Partnership will contribute to a competitive, green, digital, resilient and human-centric manufacturing industry in Europe. It will be at the centre of a twin ecological and digital transition, being both a driver and subject to these changes. The 2030 vision for the partnership is to reinforce the global position Europe’s manufacturing industry in terms of competitiveness, productivity, and technology leadership.

Memorandum of understanding (July 2021)


Commission services: Nicholas [dot] Deliyanakisatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Nicholas Deliyanakis) 

Partners: EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association Zeljko [dot] Pazinateffra [dot] eu (Željko Pazin)


Processes4Planet – Transforming the European Process Industry for a sustainable society

P4Planet is a Horizon Europe co-programmed partnership with an overall budget of €2.6 billion, €1.3 billion from Horizon Europe and €1.3 billion for the private partners. It is the successor to the Horizon 2020 SPIRE Partnership. The partnerships private partners are represented by A.SPIRE, with brings together more than 150 members.  

P4Planet‘s ambition is to make European energy intensive process industries circular and climate neutral by 2050 and enhance their global competitiveness.

At least 10 leading sectors of the European Process Industry will be engaged in the implementation of the partnership. These include cement, steel, ceramics, chemicals, engineering, minerals and ores, non-ferrous metals, water, refineries, and pulp or paper.

The partnership works on emerging technologies and on the scaling up of already developed technologies at higher technology readiness levels (TRLs) to deliver expected CO2 emission reductions by 2030 and achieve their full impact by 2050. Proactive and continuous engagement with EU countries, regions, civil society, other research and innovation partnerships and initiatives, and other relevant stakeholders is crucial. 


Commission services: RTD-E3-PROCESSES4PLANETatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (RTD-E3-PROCESSES4PLANET[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Partners: A.SPIRE - aoratspire2030 [dot] eu (Àngels Orduna-Cao)


European Partnership for Globally competitive Space Systems

The vision is to support the competitiveness of the sector and reinforce EU capacity to access and use space.

The main objectives for 2030 are to contribute to

  • capturing 50% of the global accessible telecom satellite market
  • becoming the worldwide leader for Earth observation systems
  • reducing the cost/price of launch services by 50% by 2030
  • reaching a maturity of technology readiness level 6 in the fields of ecosystem for on-orbit operation 
  • doubling the accessible new services in the space transportation market available to European industry

Draft partnership proposal (May 2020)


Commission services: DEFIS-B2-SPACE-RESEARCHatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (DEFIS-B2-SPACE-RESEARCH[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Partners: EARTO WG Space  anamaria [dot] madrigalatcsem [dot] ch (Ana Maria Madrigal), Eurospace jeremy [dot] hallakounateurospace [dot] org (Jérémy Hallakoun), European Aeronautics Science Network, EASN dafnisatsla [dot] rwth-aachen [dot] de (Athanasios Dafnis), infoatesre-space [dot] org (ESRE)chairmanatsme4space [dot] org (SME4Space)

Partnerships in other areas


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Presentation1 September 2022
European partnerships for the digital and industrial transition

The infographic is published in the context of the report on the Performance of European Partnerships: Biennial Monitoring Report (BMR) 2022 on partnerships under Horizon Europe. This infographic focuses on introducing European Partnerships in Horizon Europe's cluster 4 and their contribution to the EU's digital and industrial transition.