Digital, Industry and Space

This cluster contains funding calls which focus on supporting key enabling technologies that are strategically important for Europe’s industrial future.

Introduction to Digital, Industry and Space

The overarching vision behind Cluster 4 is that of Europe shaping competitive and trusted technologies for a European industry. Developing global leadership in key areas, this will build towards a digital, low-carbon and circular industry that will form the foundation of advances and innovation to the global challenges affecting society. Digital and industrial technologies, including in space, are the foundation of all sectors of the economy and society. To support a competitive Europe and to be a global leader, research and innovation investment is needed to strengthen Europe’s industrial base and enhance its resilience and flexibility both in terms of technologies and supply chains. 

  • A key underpinning element of the Horizon Europe programme, digital covers a wide range of topics and use cases across 3 destinations (and external partnership calls). Strategic aims include:

    Strengthening European capacities in key parts of digital and future supply chains. allowing agile responses to urgent needs, and investing in early discovery and industrial uptake of new technologies. 

    Developing the next-generation computing and data technologies and infrastructures enabling the European single market for data with the corresponding data spaces and a trustworthy artificial intelligence ecosystem.

    A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies, with a two-way engagement in the development of technologies, empowering end-users and workers, and supporting social innovation.

  • Industry calls focus on 2 main destinations, strategic aims include:

    Circular economy, clean and climate-neutral industrial value chains, digital systems and infrastructures (networks, data centres), through innovative manufacturing processes and 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. 

    Industrial leadership and increased autonomy in key strategic value chains with security of supply in raw materials, through breakthrough technologies, dynamic industrial innovation ecosystems and advanced solutions for substitution, resource and energy efficiency, effective reuse and recycling and clean primary production of raw materials, including critical raw materials and leadership in circular economy.

  • Space technology and data is an integral part of our daily lives and forms a key component of technologies and applications across all sectors. To advance this use, the space calls focus on developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data. This includes Europe’s capacity to access space, securing the autonomy of supply for critical technologies and equipment, as well as space science and security. The space calls in Cluster 4 are split across two overarching themes; space based technology infrastructure and services, and applications. The applications call is managed by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), and the call topics can be found under the section ‘Other Actions’ in the work programme or on the EUSPA Horizon Europe webpages.

Funding Areas

  • manufacturing and process industry technologies
  • key digital technologies including quantum technologies
  • emerging enabling technologies
  • advanced materials
  • artificial intelligence and robotics
  • electronic systems and photonics
  • next generation internet
  • human factors across industry and digital, extended reality
  • advanced computing and big data
  • circular industries including raw materials
  • low carbon and clean industries
  • space technology, infrastructure and applications

Work Programme summary and download

This Work Programme outlines the Digital, Industry and Space Cluster funding opportunities.


Horizon Europe funding opportunities

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Digital, Industry and Space Partnerships

EU Partnerships related to this Cluster are:

Smart Networks and Systems (SNS) – the €900m successor to 5G calls in H2020. SNS is targeted at advanced 5G and 6G development. Topics are open to UK participation (a small number for 6G Industry Association members, UK organisations can join). No calls currently open.

Key Digital Technologies (KDT) – the €1.8Bn successor to ECSEL (Horizon 2020). This focuses on Electronic Components and Systems. The second call has just opened, UK organisations remain eligible to apply (funding rates may vary from Horizon Europe).

Metrology – €650m programme, working with key metrology organisations (including UK), Calls to include Green Deal, Health, Digital Transformation, Fundamental Metrology, Integrated European Metrology, Industry needs, Pre-normative and Knowledge transfer and capacity building.

High Performance ComputingThe EuroHPC JU allows the European Union and the EuroHPC JU participating countries to coordinate their efforts and pool their resources to make Europe a world leader in supercomputing.

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