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Industrial research and innovation

Why the EU supports industrial research and innovation

Strategy and policy

Research and innovation in industrial key enabling technologies is essential to create wellbeing, prosperity and jobs across Europe within the means of our planet. That requires new policy action to create value from research and innovation and accelerate the green and digital transformation of industry, strengthening its resilience and its base in Europe.

Industry 5.0 recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industry worker at the centre of the production process.

Research and innovation is at the heart of the renewed European Industrial Strategy, which paves the way to the twin green and digital transitions of EU industry. To accelerate theses transitions, the Commission proposes co-created transition pathways, including developing ERA Industrial Technology Roadmaps and investing in research and innovation through Horizon Europe Partnerships.

Public research and innovation investments will trigger private investments, which are monitored through the yearly Industrial Research and Development Scoreboard.

The European Commission and EU countries are jointly developing the EU valorisation policy through the ERA Forum for transition and engaging all stakeholders through the EU Knowledge Valorisation Platform. This will strengthen innovation ecosystems for knowledge circulation ensuring that research and innovation results have a positive impact on society.

Advanced materials manifesto and Chips Act

The Manifesto on Advanced Materials is an initiative taken by a group of high level representatives from industries, research organisations, universities and designers presented to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth on 7 February 2022. The views expressed in the publication are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission

The Manifesto invites the Commission and other stakeholders to establish a strategic roadmap, to launch an agile and inclusive governance for research and innovation on advanced materials and to translate it into a novel European strategic research and innovation agenda for the next generation of advanced materials.

The European Chips Act will allow the EU to invest in the development and production of next generation semiconductors and strengthen European strategic autonomy as currently the European market for semiconductors is heavily dependent on third-country suppliers

Commission priorities 

Industrial research and innovation has a direct impact on 3 of the 6 European Commission priorities: A European Green Deal, An Economy that works for People, A Europe fit for the digital age.

Read more about what we do for the European Commission's priorities.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposal in industrial research are mainly represented in cluster 4 of the programme, Digital, Industry and Space


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

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Find partners for open calls for proposal and view profiles of organisations that have previously received funding through the funding and tenders portal

European IP Helpdesk

The European intellectual property helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP rights matters

Erasmus for young entrepreneurs

This programme helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and successfully run a small business

Projects and results

Horizon 2020 dashboard

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Innovation Radar

Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes

Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

Präsentation24 Januar 2023
ERA industrial technology roadmap for circular technologies and business models

Infographic for the full policy report of our second ERA roadmap for circular technologies in textile, construction and energy-intensive industries. 

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Infoblatt11 März 2020
A European industrial strategy

The transition to more sustainable and digital industries offers major opportunities, but requires both public and private investment, and a strong pipeline of research and innovation to develop the needed solutions. We need a renewed partnership with industry, national and regional authorities...

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Recommendation for safe and sustainable chemicals published

Research and innovation news alert: Today, the Commission adopted a recommendation and its annex to promote research and innovation for safer and more sustainable chemicals and materials as an important step to increase the protection of human health and the environment against hazardous substances.