Horizon Europe Proposal Represents Ambition for Factories of the Future
For EFFRA the Horizon Europe proposal, published today by the European Commission, represents both ambition and continuity for the EU’s Factories of the Future partnership.
While the absence of a dedicated industry pillar is surprising (compared to Horizon 2020), industry’s inclusion in the Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness pillar aligns with the importance of industry to Europe’s economy, environment and society.
EFFRA recognises the important and positive approach indicated by the inclusion of a Digital and Industry cluster within the Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness pillar, particularly in the context of the ongoing transformation of manufacturing (i.e. industry 4.0). In particular, EFFRA strongly supports the proposed allocation of €15 billion is to be allocated to the Digital and Industry cluster.
Horizon Europe’s emphasis on support for research and innovation projects with a significant demonstration/piloting aspect represents a continuation of the highly successful approach currently used within the Factories of the Future partnership.
In line with its ongoing Factories of the Future dissemination activities, EFFRA is ready to assist the European Commission with its Horizon Europe communications activities to further raise public awareness of the importance of EU funded research and innovation.
EFFRA is currently preparing its strategic research agenda for Factories of the Future within Horizon Europe.