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Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas)

Despite the majority of the calls for proposal that normally refer to a unique specific programme from the three pillars of Horizon 2020, the Work Programme 2016-2017 “Cross-cutting activities” contains the focus area calls, which means transverse calls, addressing more topics.

These calls address those political relevance and social concern areas that can boost their impact through a stronger integration of different work programmes, especially LIETs and Societal Challenge.

The Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas) WP includes three main calls which aim to gather transverse research topics to the Horizon 2020 priorities:
  • Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart and Sustainable Cities

Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy
In a world of limited resources, the goal of this call is to promote the economic growth and European industrial skills through the economic and environmental feasibility of the “circular economy” approach. This approach is based on the development of a more efficient economy in the use of resources and the severe reduction of waste.

This call has a strong focus on nanotechnologies and advanced materials and is based on Public-Private Partnerships. The following topics are:
  • The 'Factories of the Future' (FoF) help the European manufacturing sector to compete on the global market and reach the increasing demand of more ecological, customized and quality products.
  • The SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency), addressing industrial sectors strictly connected to energy, raw materials and water.
  • The PILOTS that aim to provide nanotechnologies and materials to clients and citizens, innovative strategies and a strong approach from the concept to the product.
  • The CIRCs point to favor the economic, environmental and social wellness through an eco-innovative approach to promote new ways of production and use.

Internet of Things

The target of this call is supporting different technologies combination such as internet, big data, cloud or advanced computing and their integration for innovative use in societal challenge. This variety of technology and tools previously experimented in controlled environment, is later applied to real life with the scope of achieving advanced solutions of great socio-economic potential. This will create more market and industries innovation and development opportunities, with a heavy impact on European actions.


Smart and Sustainable Cities

This focus area wants to gather cities, industries and citizens to demonstrate business and models solutions, which can be scaled-up. It will be possible to show measurable benefits on energy efficiency and resources and create new markets and jobs. The goal includes the creation of urban areas based on clean energy, electrical mobility and eco-innovative solutions.

Available budget

'Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy':
2016: PILOTS (40 M€); FOF (160 M€); SPIRE (74 M€); CIRC (86.5 M€)
2017: PILOTS (48 M€); FOF (118 M€); SPIRE (80 M€); CIRC (70 M€)

'Internet of Things':
2016: IOT (104 M€)
2017: IOT (35 M€)

'Smart and Sustainable Cities':
2016: SCC (120 M€)
2017: SCC (111.5 M€)

Useful links:

Participant Portal

Horizon 2020 official website

Work Programme 2016-2017

Cross-cutting activities (focus area)