Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 digital, industry and space

Published on:
12 March 2021
Last checked on:
31 October 2023

The Horizon Europe framework programme cluster 4 aims to enhance European capacity in key enabling technologies. Research & development on digital, industry and space technologies are combined to support a competitive, green, digitised and circular European industry. 

This cluster’s vision is about Europe shaping competitive and trusted technologies for a European industry with global leadership in key areas, enabling production and consumption to respect the boundaries of our planet, and maximising the benefits for all parts of society in the variety of social, economic and territorial contexts in Europe.

Cluster 4 projects result in:

  • An increased technological independence of the European Union, and
  • A secured progress in the transformation of our economy, the workplace and society.

Calls for proposals

The Cluster 4 work programme 2023-2024 includes various calls for proposals. These calls ask for project proposals that contribute to the realisation of 6 goals:

  • Climate-neutral, circular and digitised production - Which addresses the twin green and digital transition of the manufacturing and construction sectors. It also focusses on the green, flexible and digital way to build and produce goods. It contributes to climate neutral, circular and digitalized energy intensive industries.
  • Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry - This includes research on raw materials, advanced materials, circular value chains
  • World-leading data and computing technologies - With a strong focus on High performance computing, cloud technology and data solutions. R&D on High Performance Computing is facilitated through the EUROHPC JU
  • Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and the European 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
  • Open strategic autonomy to develop, deploy and use 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.
  • A human-centred, 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.

View the webinar Cluster 4

On Tuesday 24 October 2023 we hosted the webinar Horizon Europe Cluster 4: Digital, Industry, Space. Did you miss the webinar or do you wish to watch it again? Then view it on our YouTube channel.

Find a suitable call

The European Commission publishes the calls for proposals. In the Funding & Tender portal of the European Commission you can see which calls are open for proposals. In this portal you will also find all important documents with the rules for participation. You submit your proposal via the Funding & Tender portal.

Questions about Cluster 4 or need help with your proposal?

Contact our advisors if you need advice on how to apply for funding or how to develop your project proposal.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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