Industrial Leadership

The pillar Industrial Leadership aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. The programme consists of three specific objectives:

  • "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space. The focus will be on interactions and convergence across and between the different technologies and their relations to societal challenges. User needs have to be considered in all these fields.
  • "Access to risk finance" aims to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for R&D and innovation-driven companies and projects at all stages of development. Together with the equity instrument of the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) (2014-2020) it will assist the development of Union-level venture capital.
  • "Innovation in SMEs" will provide SME-tailored support to encourage all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalise across the single market and beyond.
Note: Switzerland currently is not eligible for Access to risk finance and Innovation in SMEs programs.