The Industrial Leadership pillar of Horizon 2020 will make Europe a more appealing location to invest in research and innovation. Industrial Leadership seeks to stimulate the growth potential of European companies, targeting SMEs in particular.
Dedicated support is available for a range of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs):
- Advanced manufacturing and processing
- Advanced materials
- Information and Communication Technologies
The pillar provides support for cross-cutting actions to capture the accumulated benefits from combining several of these technologies.
The Industrial Leadership theme also facilitates access to risk finance, stimulating private investment and venture capital in research and innovation; and aims to strengthen the participation of smaller companies by offering support for innovative SMEs across the EU.
This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.
The goal is to make Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation (including eco-innovation) by promoting activities where businesses set the agenda. It will provide major investment in key industrial technologies, maximise the growth potential of European companies by providing them with adequate levels of finance and help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.