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Research and innovation

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.

The European Chips Act will allow the EU to invest in the development and production of next generation semiconductors and strengthen our strategic autonomy as the European market for semiconductors is currently 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

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

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

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

Projects and results

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

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

Success stories

Scientific publications, tools and databases

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

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