Horizon Europe (2021-2027) will be based on two legal acts: one laying down its structure, rules for participation and dissemination, the other containing the Specific Programme that sets out thematic clusters and the broad lines of action for future research and innovation activities.
In the Pillar II, we can found six different Clusters to be targeted.
Cluster 1, ‘Health’
Cluster 2, ‘Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society’
Cluster 3, ‘Civil security for Society’
Cluster 4, ‘Digital, Industry and Space’
Cluster 5, ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’
Cluster 6, ‘Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
Green Sciences for Sustainable Development Foundation aims to give a good contributions in particular for Cluster 4, 5 and 6.
FOCUS ON CLUSTER 4
Cluster 4 addresses the following EC priorities:
- An Europe fit for the Digital Age;
- a stronger Europe in the world;
- a European Green Deal - climate-neutral, circular and clean industry;
- an Economy that Works for People.
Key R&I Orientations
- MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
- Technology-driven innovations; - digital industrial platforms, benefitting automotive/aerospace, health/food processing;
- circular economy, “zero-waste” manufacturing, de- and re-manufacturing;
- bio-integrated manufacturing through biomachining, biomimetics, biomechanics, bio-inspired;
- a “new way to build”, for construction with lower environmental footprint.
- KEY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
- Electronics and photonics components and systems, software technologies and connectivity platforms;
- New materials (such as graphene, flexible substrates);
- Low-power electronics and alternative processing concepts, like neuromorphic, that map cognitive processes into electronic circuits, quantum information processing and open-source hardware;
- Distributed intelligence, integrated smart multisensor-based systems (body, home, automotive etc.);
- Edge computing, advances in modelling and simulation (e.g. digital twins), low-energy computation;
- ADVANCED MATERIALS
- Disruptive materials science providing solutions at the industrial scale;
- Lightweight, functional, smart materials;
- Advanced materials for challenges related to health, fire performance and sustainability of building materials;
- Innovative materials by design;
- Innovation ecosystem of materials technology infrastructures (open innovation testbeds and pilot lines);
- Safe, sustainable and competitive new materials within the circular economy, including regulatory and standardisation aspects.
- EMERGING ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
- NEXT GENERATION INTERNET
- ADVANCE COMPUTING AND BIG DATA
- A GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE SPACE SECTOR
- CIRCULAR INDUSTRIES
- Design of circularity enabled products, implementation of circular supply chains;
- Product life extension through predictive maintenance, repair, re-use, and refurbishment leading to value loops at European scale;
- Advanced solutions and conditions for the sustainable exploration;
- Efficient processes to handle mixed waste sources;
- LOW-CARBON AND CLEAN INDUSTRIES
- Innovative technologies for process and heat electrification, switch to decarbonised energy and feedstock, usage of hydrogen, CO2 capture and usage, catalysis and artificial photosynthesis, waste heat recovery, materials for re-use and recycling;
- Integration across value chains and new business models for avoiding waste and emissions;
- Co-located plants and industrial symbiosis amongst plants, adapting production to energy and resource flows;
- Closed-loop system, based flows of resources, energy and information supported by AI-based technologies;
- Hubs for Circularity, industrial and public facilities achieving circularity and carbon neutrality.