Industrial Leadership

Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership pillar aims at speeding up development of the technologies and innovations that will strengthen tomorrow's businesses.

Making Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation (including eco-innovation), innovative European SMEs together with universities and research centers are supported  in order to grow up into world-leading companies.

Within this framework Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) chapter provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on

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  • Information and communications technology (ICT),
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  • Nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and
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  • Space
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Under these three main areas Key Enabling Technologies  - KET    are financed mainly.

The emphasis for LEIT actions will be on:

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  • Research and innovation to strengthen Europe's industrial capacities and business perspectives, including SMEs,
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  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs),
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  • Cross-cutting KETs,
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  • Seizing the ICT opportunities,
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  • Contributions to solving Societal Challenges and to Focus Areas,
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  • Cross-cutting aspects, like international cooperation and responsible research and innovation.
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The involvement of industrial participants, and of SMEs in particular, is crucial in maximising the expected impact of the actions.

Under LEIT Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot - a fully-bottom-up measure promoting close-to-the-market innovation activities, is financed.