Digital, Industry and Space (Cluster 4)
Cluster 4 ‘Digital, Industry and Space’ aims to enhance European capacity in key enabling technologies. Research and development on digital, industry and space technologies are combined to support a competitive, green, digitalized and circular European industry.
As a result, actions under this cluster will support key enabling technologies that are strategically important for Europe’s industrial future. The European Commission has selected 6 focus areas or destinations that reflect these strategic domains:
Destination 1: Climate neutral circular and digitised production - Which addresses the twin green and digital transition of the manufacturing and construction sectors. It also focuses on the green, flexible and digital way to build and produce goods. It contributes to climate neutral, circular and digitalized energy intensive industries.
Destination 2: Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry - This includes research on raw materials, advanced materials, circular value chains.
Destination 3: World leading data and computing technologies - With a strong focus on High performance computing, cloud technology and data solutions.
Destination 4: Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the Green Deal - Being the most extensive, this goal is supported by research on quantum, graphene, robotics, micro-nano electronics through the KDT JU, beyond 5G communication through the SNS JU and complemented with low TRL research in new key enabling technologies.
Destination 5: Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data - The research is focusing on competitiveness of space systems, reinforcement our capacity to access to space, further development of infrastructures, services and applications for Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. It also contributes to SSA, GOVSATCOM and quantum and to space entrepreneurship ecosystems.
Destination 6: A human-centered and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies - The main challenges are clustered around: AI based on trust, an Internet of Trust, eXtended Reality and systemic approaches to make the most of the technologies within society and industry.