€6.6 billion for Industrial Technologies

Engineering and manufacturing technologies stand at the forefront of the next generation of innovations.

The six foundational industrial technologies prioritised under Horizon 2020 are micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. Investment in these fields, which the European Commission expects will pay off in the form of more skilled, high-paying jobs, is €6.6 billion, or 8.5% the seven-year Horizon 2020 budget.

In an interview, Jürgen Rüttgers, former science and technology minister in Germany, who heads a High-level Strategy Group on Industrial Technologies reporting to the European Commission, argues that artificial intelligence should get extra EU attention. “We are very strong in [the AI] field, and we don’t always see that we are strong,” he said. The European Commission needs to increase investment in research on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity if it wants to compete in a new technological race with the US and China.

Industrial technology makes production faster, simpler and more efficient. The automation reduces the involvement of people, thus eliminating the possibility of human errors and improving the product quality. Robots and automated devices in factories increase the level of personnel safety by substituting them with automated machines in hazardous working conditions.

Do you want to apply for Horizon 2020 funding for industrial technologies and you don’t know how to start? Dial the number 0114 230 8401 and talk to the experienced specialists at MSC R&D who will support you in the application process.