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Pillar: Industrial Leadership

Horizon 2020 second pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow’s businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.


It consists of three specific objectives:


1. Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies

It shall provide dedicated support for research, development and demonstration on the following priorities:

  • ICT

  • nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing

  • space.


2. Access to risk finance

It shall aim to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for R&D and innovation-driven companies and projects at all stages of development. Together with the equity instrument of the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, it shall support the development of Union-level venture capital.


3. Innovation in SMEs

It shall stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalize across the single market and beyond. The activities shall follow a business-driven agenda.



€ 15.507 million

Further information:

Industrial Leadership website

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