Since the turn of the millennium, the European Commission has actively supported large-scale partnerships with high tech industry sectors, such as the Clean Sky programme and Innovative Medicines Initiative, to address issues of specialisation and funding and to bring R&D outputs closer to market.
More recently, a new strategic platform has emerged – named Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). This enables EU member states and industries to make huge joint investments in strategic value chains, without risk of being blocked by the Commission’s directorate-general for competition. A first IPCEI worth €1.75 billion has already been announced for microelectronics, with a second in the pipeline in the battery sector.
As the Strategic Planning process gets under way for Horizon Europe, significant questions remain about the objectives and modalities of the next generation of industrial R&D partnerships. This Science|Business Network roundtable, with senior figures from the European Commission, will discuss latest developments in this vital domain and the future prospects for industry to contribute to the long-term goals of the next Framework Programme.