A private Science|Business Network roundtable (14:00 – 16:30 CET)
In one form or another, public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been a central component of the EU’s research framework programmes since the mid-1980s. From Clean Skies to the Innovative Medicines Initiative, they have been one of the most important mechanisms to get industry, science and governments to cooperate and invest in strategic high tech sectors, and to bring advanced R&D solutions closer to market.
Despite inevitable bumps in the road and delays, the latest iteration of PPPs – an anticipated 49 European Partnerships through to 2030 – has begun to take shape. Cutting-edge work programmes are emerging, in areas from low carbon steel production and zero-emission transport to the open science cloud and AI, data and robotics – all supported by billions of euros from Horizon Europe. New efforts are being made by the Commission to ensure effective synergies, both between partnerships and with other funds and programmes. And policy ambitions, as usual, are sky high, as underlined by internal market commissioner Thierry Breton: “With the new partnerships Europe is coming at the forefront of global technological developments, building key industrial capacities and accelerating its twin green and digital transitions. [They] will help put Europe on a path towards climate-neutrality by 2050 and a circular economy.”
No pressure, then. As Horizon’s roll-out gathers momentum, therefore, it is a timely moment to take stock of the foundations being laid and progress made to date. Are European R&D stakeholders mobilising en masse behind the new initiatives? Is the scale of industrial support and funding above or below expectations? What are the stumbling blocks to bringing more companies and RTOs on board? Are SMEs happy with the level of access and value proposition for engagement? And what remaining challenges need to be overcome to get the remaining partnerships off the ground?
In this members-only meeting, the Science|Business Network will convene with senior figures from the European Commission and Parliament to discuss latest developments in this vital area of Horizon Europe, and the future prospects for industry to contribute to its long-term goals.