By 2020 which technology would be leading

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The second focus of Horizon 2020 is aimed specifically at industrial research. Industry and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important drivers for innovation and competitiveness. You will be supported and networked here.

The following funding instruments are available in this focus:

  1. Leading role in basic and industrial technologies (Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - LEIT), includes the key technologies that are particularly important for innovations as well as industrial technologies.
  2. Access to Risk Finance has two facilities that facilitate access to loans, guarantees and equity finance for investments in risky research and innovation projects.
  3. For the last programming period of Horizon 2020, 2018-2020, the Extended European Innovation Council (EIC) was launched as a pilot. Essential and already established instruments with a pronounced innovative character are bundled and continued in the EIC. These include the EIC Pathfinder Pilot (based on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)), the EIC Accelerator Pilot (formerly an SME instrument), Fast Track to Innovation and the EIC prizes.