The emphasis of the LEIT part of the Work Programme is on areas of R&D and innovation with a strong industrial dimension, where mastering new technological opportunities will enable and drive innovation. The activities included have been primarily developed with reference to relevant industrial roadmaps, including those of European Technology Platforms and associations involved in contractual public-private partnerships signed with the European Commission. The involvement of industrial participants, and of SMEs in particular, is crucial in maximising the expected impact of the actions.
A key element is the support for the development and deployment of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) – micro-and nano-electronics, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology and photonics, enabling innovation in all key industrial sectors. To help reap the opportunities of the industrial transformation, this part of the Work Programme is making a substantial investment in advanced manufacturing. Beyond this direct support, a number of activities across this Work Programme are dedicated to support EU manufacturing. Complementing this approach, the part of Horizon 2020 on Future and Emerging Technologies includes support for KETs at lower Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) than in the LEIT part. Further support for manufacturing and KETs comes from the Societal Challenges, notably Energy, Transport and Environment.
The funded projects will be outcome-oriented, developing key technology building blocks, bringing solutions closer to the market, and paving the way for industrial and commercial implementation, including in areas of societal challenges. Proposers are asked to demonstrate how the exploitation of results will lead to the expected impact and contribute to the European economy.
Several research and innovation activities in this part of the Work Programme may be enhanced through a combination of funding sources, from other EU, national or regional programmes (supported or not by the European Structural and Investment Funds3), and from financial instruments. Consortia are encouraged, where appropriate, to use synergies with structural funds (ESIF) in the context of smart specialisation, or to mobilise funding from other available instruments, to pilot and deploy their technologies
(N.B. All draft work programmes are made public before the adoption of the work programme 2018-2020 to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.)