Industrial Leadership

Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) supports research, development and demonstration of a number of interdisciplinary and strategic technologies that support advances in a broad range of societal challenges. The aim is new and breakthrough technologies in order to boost competitiveness, creating jobs and support growth. The emphasis is on areas of research and innovation with a strong industrial dimension where mastering new technological opportunities will enable and drive innovation. Projects will to a large degree be implemented through public-private partnerships.

Funding opportunity
Specific calls for proposals are constantly published within the following Key Enabling Technologies:

  1. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): This includes research and innovation within a new generation of components and systems such as Micro-Nano-Bio Systems, Cloud Computing, Software, Information Management and Robotics.
  2. Nanotechnologies: Development and application of next-generation nanomaterials, nano-devices and nano-systems to solve human and physical challenges.
  3. Advanced Materials: Research and innovation in materials ensuring efficient and sustainable industrial production, and research and development of new and innovative techniques and systems to create new business opportunities.
  4. Biotechnology: The objective is to make it possible for the European biotechnology industry to develop new innovative products and processes to meet industry and community needs.
  5. Advanced Production and Process Technologies: The goal is to promote sustainable industrial growth, develop and integrate future flexible manufacturing systems. This includes a focus on energy efficient systems and materials as well as inter-sectoral collaboration.
  6. Space Technology: The objective is to maintain a global leadership position in space by safeguarding and developing a competitive space industry and research environments, which increases innovation between space and non-space-based sectors.

The Commission is constantly publishing specific calls within each of the six areas above, we recommend that you read the open calls on the Participant Portal or contact us for a free Grant Scan analysis identifying your funding opportunities for your specific research and innovation projects.

The overall budget available is listed for each specific call, and the Commission specifies the expected contribution from the EU in the call text. Typical research projects are in the range of €3-6m, with a few larger projects between €6-9m. The Commission is requesting different types of projects, overall distinguished between the following types and associated funding rates:

  • Research and Innovation Action (RIA): Activities aiming to establish new knowledge or explore the feasibility of a new technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose, they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment). Funding rate: 100% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting)
  • Innovation Actions (IA)Activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose, they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication). Funding rate: Normally 70% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting). Non-profit beneficiaries may be reimbursed at 100%.
  • Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) Accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies). Funding rate: 100% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting).

Eligibility criteria

Different eligibility criteria’s might apply depending on addressed call, please refer to the specific call text. Most calls require the participation of at least three partners from three different EU or EU associated countries, and the Commission expects consortia of 5-8 legal entities (universities, companies, government agencies).

Evaluation criteria

Proposals are typically evaluated based on the following three criteria’s:
  1. Scientific and / or technological quality (Excellence)
  2. Expected impacts (Impact)
  3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation (Implementation)

The evaluators grade each proposal from zero to five points for each of the above criteria with the score of three as the minimum threshold. Only top-ranked proposals reaching the established topic threshold may be invited for grant negotiations.

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