Contractual public-private partnerships in Horizon 2020
For research and innovation in the manufacturing, construction, process industry and automotive sectors
The new EU research framework programme, Horizon 2020, may be implemented through public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the case of research and innovation activities of strategic importance to the Union’s competitiveness and industrial leadership or to address specific societal challenges. Initially launched as part of the European economic recovery plan in 2008, the three research public-private partnerships (PPPs) on factories of the future, energy-efficient buildings and green cars have now proved that they can help the manufacturing, construction and automotive sectors, and in particular... the relevant SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving their technological base. Under Horizon 2020, the successors of these three PPPs and the new SPIRE initiative on sustainable process industry will now become contractual public-private partnerships. The Horizon 2020 work programme for 2014-2015 already includes opportunities for research and innovation activities under those four contractual PPPs, to develop clean technologies for Europe’s industrial competitiveness, in order to ensure economic growth and job creation.