Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Speficic Programme Part II 'Industrial Leadership' 2014-2020 HORIZON 2020 Closed!


The general objective of Horizon 2020 is to contribute to building a society and an economy based on knowledge and innovation across the Union by leveraging additional research, development and innovation funding and by contributing to attaining research and development targets, including the target of 3 % of GDP for research and development across the Union by 2020. It shall thereby support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and other Union policies, as well as the achievement and functioning of the European Research Area ERA).
Part II 'Industrial leadership' shall strengthen industrial leadership and competitiveness in accordance with the priority Industrial leadership' set out in point (b) of Article 5(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 by pursuing the following specific objectives:
  • Boosting Europe's industrial leadership through research, technological development, demonstration and innovation in the following enabling and industrial technologies Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies").
  • Enhancing access to risk finance for investing in research and innovation ("Access to risk finance").
  • Increasing innovation in SMEs ("Innovation in SMEs").




The successful mastering, integration and deployment of enabling technologies by European industry is a key factor in strengthening Europe's productivity and innovation capacity and ensuring Europe has an advanced, sustainable and competitive economy, global leadership in high-tech application sectors and the ability to develop effective and sustainable solutions for societal challenges taking into account, inter alia, user needs. Innovation activities will be combined with R&D, as an integral part of the funding.

1.1. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  • Anewgeneration of components and systems: Engineering of advanced, embedded and energy- and resource-efficient components and systems
  • Next generation computing: Advanced and secure computing systems and technologies, including cloud computing
  • Future Internet: Software, hardware, infrastructures, technologies and services
  • Content technologies and information management: ICT for digital content and for cultural and creative industries
  • Advanced interfaces and robots: Robotics and smart spaces
  • Micro - and nanoelectronics and photonics: Key enabling technologies related to micro- and nanoelectronics and to photonics, covering also quantum tech­nologies

1.2. Nanotechnologies

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

1.3. Advanced materials

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

1.4. Biotechnology

  • Boosting cutting - edge biotechnologies as a future innovation driver
  • Biotechnology - based industrial products and processes
  • Innovative and competitive platform technologies

1.5. Advanced Manufacturing and Processing

  • Technologies for Factories of the Future
  • Technologies enabling energy - efficients y stems and energy - efficient buildings with a low enviromental impact
  • Sustainable, resource - efficient and low - carbon technologies inenergy - intensive process industries
  • New sustainable business models

1.6. Space

  • Enabling European competitiveness, non - dependence and innovation of the European space sector
  • Enabling advance sin space technologies
  • Enabling exploitation of space data
  • Enabling European research in support of international space partnerships
  • Specific implementation aspects


Horizon 2020 will set up two facilities (the 'Equity facility' and the 'Debt facility'), composed of various windows. The Equity facility and the SME window of the Debt facility will be implemented in interdependence with COSME, as part of two Union Financial Instruments that provide equity and debt to support R&I and growth of SMEs.

  • Debt facility
  • Equity facility


  • Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument
  • Specific support



European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 74.316,90 Million EUR (Global Budget)