Roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities in Horizon 2020
Overview - Study
On 26 June 2012, the European Commission tabled its strategy to boost the industrial production of innovative products, goods and services based on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The strategy aims to keep pace with the EU’s main international competitors, restore growth in Europe and create jobs in industry, at the same time addressing today’s major societal challenges. According to this strategy, KETs are defined as ‘knowledge intensive technologies associated with high R&D intensity, rapid innovation cycles, high capital expenditure and highly skilled employment. They enable process,... goods and service innovation throughout the economy and are of systemic relevance. They are multidisciplinary, cutting across many technology areas with a trend towards convergence and integration. KETs provide the technological building blocks that enable a wide range of product applications. They already play an important role in the R&D, innovation and cluster strategies of many industries and are regarded as crucial for ensuring the competitiveness of European industries in the knowledge economy. KETs are therefore at the core of the EU’s Industrial Policy flagship initiative, as confirmed in the communication ‘For a European Industrial Renaissance’.