Cluster 4 Horizon Europe: Industry, Digital and Space

9 June 2021

Horizon Europe focuses among other things on addressing global issues. Six clusters, making up Europe’s second Pillar ‘Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness’, are central to this. Are you, as an entrepreneur, investing in a green and digital transition? Then check your opportunities within Cluster 4: Industry, Digital and Space.

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Cluster 4: the green and digital transition

Horizon Europe builds further on the strategic plans of the EU and aims, among other things, at the green and digital transition. The EU is eager to invest in what it calls ‘the twin transition’. The objective is to obtain and maintain a strong, industrial and technological position. Global competitiveness is also considered one of the key targets, and the climate objectives play an important role in this regard. Sustainable initiatives and projects aimed at a cleaner industry will be encouraged.

Stimulating technologies

With Horizon Europe, the EU wishes to stimulate emerging technologies. In this way, the EU aspires to obtain a stronger and international position in the field of data processing and computing. The climate plans are ambitious as well: the EU strives to become the first continent to be completely climate-neutral, which is why Cluster 4 will focus on circularity, climate change and climate adaptation. The intended objectives are stated as follows:

  1. Climate-neutral, circular and digitalised production
  2. More autonomy in strategic value chains aimed at a resilient industry
  3. Leading data and computer technologies, worldwide
  4. Digital and emerging technologies which contribute to the Green Deal and enhance the competitiveness
  5. Autonomy in the development, set-up and usage of worldwide ‘space based’ infrastructures, services, applications and data
  6. A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies.

How these objectives will be realised, is left mainly to collaborating companies and knowledge institutions. In the context of sustainability ambitions, the following issues are likely to play an important role: AI, robotics, photonics, advanced and high-performance computing, next generation internet, big data, and advanced materials.

Do you wish to know more?

Do your business activities match the challenges mentioned above? Would you like to brainstorm about the possibilities for grants offered by Horizon Europe and potential collaboration partners that might be of interest to you? Then please contact Roy Hoven, manager Subsidiefocus, by calling +31 (0)73-6465475 or send Roy an email

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