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Industry, Aerospace

Since the first industrial revolution, industry has been an engine of European prosperity. Industrial development has had a tremendous impact on society, transforming both the way industry produces new products and services and the way we live, work and learn.

Research and technological innovation in industry are essential to create welfare, prosperity and employment. This is why new policy measures to create value from research and innovation are needed to accelerate the green and digital transformation of industry, i.e. to work along the lines of Industry 4.0, and even Industry 5.0, on which work has already started.

Industry, including manufacturing, processing and construction, is one of the main drivers of the European economy. However, investment in R&D&I at European level is much lower than in other world powers.
Therefore, we are facing one of the major objectives of this new period: to invest in research in this sector in order to develop a modern, competitive, sustainable and digital industrial network; to promote innovation in products, processes and technology. At Zabala Innovation we have submitted 4,687 proposals in this area and have managed to fund 3,077, with a success rate of almost 70%.

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Engine of prosperity

Since the first industrial revolution, industry has been an engine of European prosperity.

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EU Green Innovation

Recent events have made the need to accelerate the green transition to ensure, among other things, energy efficiency and autonomy, as well as greater control of strategic value chains, more evident. At the same time, industry resilience, i.e. the ability to continue operations during unforeseen crises or despite disruptions in value chains, is crucial to ensure the long-term sustainability of the transition.

Research and innovation are now at the heart of the renewed European Industrial Strategy, which paves the way for the green and digital transition of EU industry. To accelerate this transition, the Commission proposes co-created transition pathways including the development of Industrial Technology Roadmaps and investment in research through Horizon Europe actions.


The industry is framed within Horizon Europe Cluster 4, whose overall underlying vision is to achieve a Europe of competitive and trusted technologies for a European industry with global leadership in key areas, enabling production and consumption to respect the limits of our planet, maximising the benefits for all parts of society in the variety of social, economic and territorial contexts in Europe. This will constitute a competitive, digital, low-carbon and circular industry. It will also secure the sustainable supply of raw materials, develop advanced materials and provide the basis for breakthroughs and innovation in global societal challenges.

Undoubtedly, in the area of industry, it is a significant challenge with all the development in recent years to address the education and training of technical people to cope with the changes in the labour market. The evolution of industry demands new skills and knowledge, so education in sectors such as technology, sustainability and digitalisation is necessary.