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Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies

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  The objective is to maintain and build global leadership in enabling technologies and space research and innovation, which underpin competitiveness across a range of existing and emerging industries and sectors.

The activities under 'Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies' will be primarily based on research and innovation agendas defined by industry and business, together with the research community and have a strong focus on leveraging private sector investment.

The approach shall include both agenda-driven activities and more open areas to promote innovative projects and breakthrough solutions. Emphasis shall be on R&D, large-scale pilots EN 43 EN and demonstration activities, test beds and living labs, prototyping and product validation in pilot lines. Activities shall be designed to boost industrial competitiveness by stimulating industry, and in particular SMEs, to make more research and innovation investment. 

Leadership Horizon

1. Information and communication technologies

  • A new generation of components and systems: Engineering of advanced and smart embedded components and systems
  • Next generation computing: Advanced computing systems and technologies
  • Future Internet: Infrastructures, technologies and services
  • Content technologies and information management: ICT for digital content and creativity
  • Advanced interfaces and robots: Robotics and smart spaces
  • Micro- and nanoelectronics and photonics

These six activity lines shall also include ICT specific research infrastructures such as living labs for large-scale experimentation, and infrastructures for underlying key enabling technologies and their integration in advanced products and innovative smart systems,including equipment, tools, support services, clean rooms and access to foundries for prototyping.

2. Nanotechnologies

  • Developing next generation nanomaterials, nanodevices and nanosystems
  • Ensuring the safe development and application of nanotechnologies
  • Developing the societal dimension of nanotechnology
  • Efficient synthesis and manufacturing of nanomaterials, components and systems
  • Developing capacity-enhancing techniques, measuring methods and equipment

3. Advanced materials

The objective of advanced materials research and innovation is to develop materials with new functionalities and improved in-service performance, for more competitive products that minimise the impact on the environment and the consumption of resources.

  • Cross-cutting and enabling materials technologies
  • Materials development and transformation
  • Management of materials components
  • Materials for a sustainable and low-carbon industry
  • Materials for creative industries
  • Metrology, characterisation, standardisation and quality control
  • Optimisation of the use of materials

4. Biotechnology

The objective of biotechnology research and innovation is to develop competitive, sustainable and innovative industrial products and processes and contribute as an innovation driver in a number of European sectors like agriculture, food, chemical and health.

  • Boosting cutting-edge biotechnologies as a future innovation driver
  • Biotechnology-based industrial processes  (e.g. chemical, health, mining, energy, pulp and paper, textile, starch, food processing)
  • Innovative and competitive platform technologies

5. Advanced manufacturing and processing

The specific objective of advanced manufacturing and processing research and innovation is to transform today's industrial forms of production towards more knowledge intensive, sustainable, trans-sectoral manufacturing and processing technologies, resulting in more innovative products, processes and services.

  • Technologies for Factories of the Future
  • Technologies enabling Energy-efficient buildings
  • Sustainable and low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive process industries
  • New sustainable business models

6. Space

The specific objective of space research and innovation is to foster a competitive and innovative space industry and research community to develop and exploit space infrastructure to meet future Union policy and societal needs.

Space is an important, but frequently invisible enabler of diverse services and products crucial to modern day society, such as navigation, communication, weather forecasts, and geographic information. Policy formulation and implementation at European, national and regional levels increasingly depend on space-derived information.

  • Enabling European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector
  • Enabling advances in space technologies
  • Enabling exploitation of space data
  • Enabling European research in support of international space partnerships
  • Specific implementation aspects (in consultation with stakeholders from European space industry, SMEs, academia, and technology institutes)
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