EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion in the green and digital transition

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 01 March 2021

European Partnerships are provided by Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme (2021–2027).

Their aim is to accelerate the development and uptake of new innovative solutions across different sectors by mobilising public and private resources, and also to contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal and strengthen the European Research Area. Partnerships are open to a wide range of public and private partners, such as industry, universities, research organisations, bodies with a public service mission at local, regional, national or international level, and civil society organisations (including foundations and NGOs).

Last week the Commission proposed the setup of 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or industry.

The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive. The EU will provide nearly €10 billion in funding that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment. This, combined contribution is expected to mobilise additional investments to support the transition, and create long-term positive impacts on employment, the environment and society.


The proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships aim to improve EU preparedness and response to infectious diseases, develop efficient low-carbon aircraft for clean aviation, support the use of renewable biological raw materials in energy production, ensure European leadership in digital technologies and infrastructures, and make rail transport more competitive.

The ten Partnerships are:

  • Global Health EDCTP3
  • Innovative Health Initiative
  • Key Digital Technologies
  • Circular Bio-based Europe
  • Clean Hydrogen
  • Clean Aviation
  • Europe's Rail
  • Single European Sky ATM Research 3
  • Smart Networks and Services
  • Metrology

Read the full press release and find out more about these partnerships here.

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