Industrial Leadership

The Industrial Leadership Pillar is the most industry and innovation focused part of Horizon 2020. It aims to boost the attractiveness of Europe as a region for investment in industry-led science and innovation, and to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's economies.

Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT)

Within the Industrial Leadership pillar, the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) strand provides funding for research and innovation in several sectors with relevance to industry, including ICT, Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Manufacturing and Space. These thematic areas are carried over from the FP7 Co-operation Programme themes ICT, NMP and also include elements of the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) theme.

Within LEIT, there is a focus on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and the programme also includes a number of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the areas outlined above, including photonics and sustainable process industries.Although the main focus of LEIT is on strengthening Europe's industrial and business capacities and business perspectives, universities will also be able to take part. Most funded projects will be consortiums involving different countries and partners.

LEIT is split into three Work Programmes:

Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)

Within KETs funding is provided for collaborative projects focused on developing Europe's industrial capacities and business prospective, as well as on industry participation, although the collaboration with universities is supported.

KETs covers the following fields:

  • Nanotechnologies and advanced materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing

You can learn more about KETs features from UKRO Factsheets.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

ICT funding opportunities in LEIT provide support for Research & Innovation Actions and Innovation Actions ant the projects containing Coordination and Support Actions and public procurement. ICT covers six challenges:

  • New generation of components and systems
  • Advanced Computing
  • Future Internet
  • Content technologies and information management
  • Robotics
  • ICT KETs: Micro- and nano-electronic technologies/Photonics.

There are also some other calls relating to cross-cutting ICT activities and innovation, as well as cybersecurity and international cooperation actions on specific topics. You can learn more detailed information on ICT features from UKRO Factsheets.


This programme aims to foster a cost-effective competitive and innovative space industry (and including SMEs) and research community to develop and exploit space infrastructure. The calls are covering the following prioritized fields:

  • Applications in Satellite Navigation (Galileo),
  • Earth Observation (including space enabled applications and tools for access to space data),
  • Protection of European assets in and from space (including space weather, Near Earth Objects and Space Debris),
  • Competitiveness of European Space Sector (Technology and Science).

You can learn more details about Space Programme from UKRO Factsheets.

Access to Risk Finance

The 'Access to Risk Finance' part of Horizon 2020 targets to "help companies and other types of organisation engaged in research and innovation (R&I) to gain easier access, via financial instruments, to loans, guarantees, counter-guarantees and hybrid, mezzanine and equity finance". It is administered by the EIB and other banks via loans and guarantees.

You can learn more information about funding, eligibility and other relevant details from UKRO Factsheets.

Innovation in SMEs

Horizon 2020 will provide a dedicated SME instrument, targeted at all types of innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalize.

It will be provided for all types of innovation, including non-technological and service innovations. The objective is to help filling the gap in funding for early stage high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas, stimulate break-through innovations and increase private-sector commercialization of research results.

You can learn more detailed information about 'Innovation in SMEs' part of Horizon 2020 from UKRO Factsheets.



Published Dec. 17, 2014 9:48 AM - Last modified Nov. 7, 2017 10:48 AM