Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space

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Over Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space

The investments of the Horizon Europe Digital, Industry and Space Cluster 4 are created to realise the overarching vision of Europe that shapes competitive and trusted technologies for a European industry with global leadership in key areas by enabling production and consumption respecting the boundaries of our planet and maximising the benefits for all parts of society in the variety of social, economic and territorial contexts in Europe.

The Cluster 4 is about upholding EU’s strategic interests and guaranteeing security of supply: Europe’s prosperity and economic competitiveness, and its ability to autonomously source and provide crucial raw materials, technologies and services that are safe and secure for industry.

Europe must develop and deploy technologies and reshape its industries and services, ensuring that industry can become the accelerator and enabler of this necessary change. This is critical not only to be able to compete globally, but also to protect its citizens, deliver services and products of the highest quality, and preserve its values and socio-economic model.

Possibilities with Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space

The Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space Cluster has defined six specific destinations and areas of impact that projects should contribute to:

  • Destination 1 – Climate-neutral, circular and digitised production: Aimed at Global leadership in clean and climate-neutral industrial value chains, circular economy and climate-neutral digital systems and infrastructures (networks, data centres), through innovative production and manufacturing processes and their digitisation, new business models, sustainable-by-design advanced materials and technologies enabling the switch to decarbonisation in all major emitting industrial sectors, including green digital technologies. Accelerating the twin green and digital transitions will be key to building a lasting and prosperous growth, in line with the EU’s new growth strategy, the European Green Deal.
  • Destination 2 – Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry: Industrial leadership and increased autonomy in key strategic value chains with security of supply in raw materials, achieved through breakthrough technologies in areas of industrial alliances, dynamic industrial innovation ecosystems and advanced solutions for substitution, resource and energy efficiency, effective reuse and recycling as global competitiveness and resilience are two sides of the same coin.
  • Destination 3 – World leading data and computing technologies: Globally attractive, secure and dynamic data-agile economy, by developing and enabling the uptake of the next-generation computing and data technologies and infrastructures (including space infrastructure and data), enabling the European single market for data with the corresponding data spaces and a trustworthy artificial intelligence ecosystem. As data becomes the new fuel of the economy and a key asset to address our societal challenges, the EU cannot afford to have the data of its businesses, public sector and citizens stored and exploited largely outside its borders.
  • Destination 4 – Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the Green Deal: Open strategic autonomy in digital technologies and in future emerging enabling technologies, by strengthening European capacities in key parts of digital and future supply chains, allowing agile responses to urgent needs, and by investing in early discovery and industrial uptake of new technologies. Electronic and photonic components, and the software that defines how they work, are the key digital technologies that underpin all digital systems.
  • Destination 5 – Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services applications and data: Reinforcing the EU’s independent capacity to access space, securing the autonomy of supply for critical technologies and equipment, and fostering the EU's space sector competitiveness.
  • Destination 6 – A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies: Through a two-way engagement in the development of technologies, empowering end-users and workers, and supporting social innovation. The rapid adoption of new technologies offers an immense potential for improved standards of living, safer mobility, better healthcare, new jobs, or the personalisation of public services. At the same time, it presents risks such as skills mismatches, digital divides, customer lock-in, or serious breaches of security or privacy.

Requirements for Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space

There are three primary requirements for a project to be eligible for support from Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space:

  • Height of Innovation - the project/technology must be novel and solve a European problem in digital, industry and/or space.
  • Elaborated business case and exploitation strategies, including large market potential and/or socioeconomic impact - min. 100M EUR over 5 years.
  • The project requires collaboration by at least three partners from three Horizon Europe countries.

Aankomende deadlines

Zie hier de aankomende deadlines voor Horizon Europe: Digital, Industry and Space. Houd er rekening mee dat u 1-2 maanden nodig heeft voor de voorbereiding van de aanvraag.

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2021

Scope: Proposals are expected to demonstrate how AI, data, robotics and automation solutions can support workers in their daily tasks, improving working conditions (both physical and social) and work performance/efficiency, while considering safety, security and resilience, as appropriate. The added value to the application field should be demonstrated by qualitative and quantitative industry/production or service relevant KPIs, demonstrators at TRL 6-7, benchmarking and progress monitoring processes.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:

  • A new human-centred paradigm to keep people away from unsafe and unhealthy jobs via collaborative embodied (physical) AI, engaging and empowering end-users and workers, regardless of their gender, age or background.
  • Human-centric AI supporting professionals in trustworthy hybrid decision-making and optimising their tasks.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-10

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2021

Scope: The actions under this topic are expected to provide practical, robust and scalable tools to improve the interoperability, quality, and integrity of data and metadata, in the context of other topics of the heading “Data sharing in the common European data space”. The data management tools and systems should support a holistic approach of the data life cycle and comply with accountability, fairness and confidentiality as well as the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) for data and metadata management.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Provide new secure and energy-efficient data management tools improving the usability and discoverability of data in different contexts, covering data provenance, synthetic data generation, data quality management (such as data cleaning, validation, enrichment, co-creation, identification of bias and correlations), improving data interoperability, metadata management (automated ways of labelling and describing data, data linkage), and ensuring data security, privacy and integrity, especially in the context of data spaces.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DATA-01-03

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2021

Scope: Proposals are expected to integrate and optimise AI, data and robotics solutions in order to demonstrate, by addressing use-cases scenarios in actual or highly realistic operating environments, how they can directly contribute to the Green Deal. The proposed methodology should be supported by industry or service relevant KPIs, making the case for the added value of such technologies, and demonstrating scalability, and deployment potential.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to set outcomes, among others:

  • Innovative AI, data and robotics solutions for resource optimisation and minimisation of waste in any type of sector (from agri-food, to energy, utilities, transport, production, etc.), reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions including exploitation of all data and information sources contributing to optimising applications for a greener planet.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-09

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2021

Scope: Develop trustworthy AI technology, key for acceptance, to take full advantage of the huge benefits such technology can offer, and demonstrate the benefits in particular applications. This will require improvement in transparency: explainability, accountability and responsibility, safety, expected levels of technical performance (accuracy, robustness, level of ‘intelligence’ and autonomy, etc.) which are guaranteed/verifiable and with corresponding confidence levels.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to set outcomes, among others:

  • World-class transparent, explainable, accountable and trustworthy AI, based on smarter, safer, secure, resilient, accurate, robust, reliable and dependable solutions.
  • Improved AI solutions aiming to meet the industrial requirements in terms of autonomy, accuracy, safety, repeatability, robustness, resilience, security, etc.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-01

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2021

Scope: Proposals are expected to make technological breakthroughs in the development of functional electronics technologies to address the challenges and opportunities associated with green and digital transformation. Eco-design principles, in particular reduction of energy and resource consumption should be taken into account. The emphasis of this topic will be on the advancement in the area of flexible, printed and organic electronics as low-cost/light- weight/less energy intensive approach to complement inorganic-based mainstream semiconductors.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to set outcomes, among others:

  • Development of new concepts, designs and technologies in electronics to support and enable circular economy and sustainability.
  • Development of next generation components and systems that will deliver climate-neutral digital solutions for a wide range of sectors.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-31

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2021

Scope: Proposals are expected to develop technologies and systems that significantly enhance the cognitive ability of robots from the current state of the art to achieve greater levels of interaction and autonomy.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to at least one of the following expected outcomes:

  • Smarter robots with improved capabilities, functionalities (including complex functionalities such as manipulation of delicate, irregular, dynamic or deformable objects, navigation in un-controlled and variable or challenging and harsh environments, and continuous human-physical interactions) and an increased level of autonomy over the current state of the art, necessary to address real-world problems, while ensuring safety and reliability.
  • Smooth and trustworthy (including safety and reliability) human-robot collaboration through advanced reactivity and mutual understanding, and human-centric automated adaptation of robots in human-robot interactions.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-11

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2021

Scope: Proposals should focus on interdisciplinary R&D between academic research, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and industry (including SMEs) to address medium term challenges in spintronic components and devices.

Proposals should aim at demonstrating a fully functional prototype of a spintronic device operating in relevant environment conditions (TRL 4-5) to show how it will unlock the full potential of the field in several specific and high potential application areas.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to among others:

  • Disruptive spin-based hardware components and devices, with significant progress towards the wafer-scale integration to provide industry compatible solutions for memory, sensing, imaging, communication and computation.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-14

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2021

Scope: Proposals to develop ultra-dynamic photonic components and subsystems for data communication, using for example new optical wavelength bands, space division multiplexing, new integration schemes, optical switching and new switching paradigms, as solutions for time-deterministic and time-sensitive networks. They should also enable ultra-dynamic reconfiguration on the optical layer and mitigate amplifier power transients, while saving energy, improving bandwidth efficiency, and guaranteeing low deterministic latencies across the network. Emerging solutions, e.g. based on free space optical communication may be explored as well.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to set outcomes, among others:

  • Reliable and low latency communication with guaranteed service quality for the digital transformation of industrial processes.
  • Reduced power consumption to some pico-Joule per bit through the broader use of optical networking technologies, interconnects, and integrated optical communication components.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-06

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2021

Scope: Evolving photonic integration is opening up a wealth of opportunities in many application areas by enhancing functionality and spectral coverage, facilitating new applications in biomedical, environmental and industrial fields, making devices more power-efficient and bringing ground-breaking technologies within reach of entrepreneurial SMEs.

Expected Outcome: Proposal results are expected to contribute to set outcomes, among others:

  • New generations of photonic integrated circuits and devices.
  • Strengthening industrial capability of photonic device fabrication by integration and miniaturisation of technologies.

CALL ID: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-07

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