The aim of Pillar 2 in Horizon 2020 is to support European industries in a number of areas of priority. Priority areas include: Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnology; Advanced Materials; Biotechnology; Advanced Manufacturing and Processing; and Space. In addition, there are a number of cross-thematic areas: Factories of the Future, Energy Efficient Buildings; and Sustainable Process Industries. Within these areas, funding is allocated to various ‘calls’. The majority of the calls in Pillar 2 are Research and Innovation Actions, Innovation Actions, or Support Actions. Each call has quite specific aims and parameters. The most effective way of finding funding within this pillar is to decide which area(s) your research fits and then read the individual work programme to see which calls are applicable.
Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) includes the parts of Horizon 2020 focusing on new opportunities for industrial leadership in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), ICT and Space. These are areas of key industrial competences determining Europe’s global competitiveness. Aiming at new and breakthrough technologies, this part of the programme will contribute to boosting competitiveness, creating jobs and supporting growth. It helps to achieve the EU Industrial policy goals, in particular the goal to bring industry’s weight in the EU’s GDP back to 20% by 2020. It also represents an important component of the EU Strategy for Key Enabling Technologies. A more detailed document on LEIT is available from the Commission's website.
Work programmes of primary interest to WIT include Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (Nanotech), and Space. See details below.
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