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Key enabling technologies policy

How the Commission invests in specific technologies to help industry in Europe.

Key enabling technologies

Fast and comprehensive changes in science and technology are transforming our economy, generating new markets and players.

Europe prioritises research and Innovation support for these 6 broad Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)

These KETs drive innovation throughout the economy and cut across industries with a trend towards full convergence and integration.

They underpin Europe leadership across industrial value chains such as the automotive and industrial robotics and have the capacity to improve people’s health and safety and drastically reverse climate change.

At the same time, their growing complexity makes it more difficult for industry and SMEs to capture fully their innovation potential, which also requires an important understanding of non-technological aspects.

Industry and notably SMEs require access to the right technology infrastructures to quickly develop and test their innovations to successfully enter the market.

This is why the spreading of KETs such as AI are a priority in the new industrial strategy supported by Horizon Europe, the Digital Europe programme and  the European structural and investment funds.


  • Study

This publication takes stock of the key recommendations and presents five technological frameworks that have potential to create economic and societal prosperity


  • Working document
  • Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Facilities, equipment, capabilities and support services where industrial players can find support to commercialise new products, processes and services


  • Study
  • Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

The European Commission appointed the high-level strategy group on industrial technologies to assess, discuss, and recommend support for research and innovation in the area of key enabling technologies, also in view of future research and innovation programmes.