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Robotics

The EU actively promotes research, job creation and innovation through better and safer robots, while safeguarding ethical aspects of the progress achieved.

The importance of robotics lies in its wide-ranging impact on Europe's capacity to maintain and expand a competitive manufacturing sector with millions of related jobs at stake. Robotics also offers new solutions to societal challenges from ageing to health, smart transport, security, energy and environment.

The European Commission's focus is on building on our continuous effort to develop a strong scientific base for pushing the limits of the technology, and exploiting such results in real world applications.

Why fund robotics research & innovation?

  • Essential for productivity and competitiveness
  • Reindustrialisation, ageing workforce
  • Essential to address societal challenges
  • Health, ageing population, environment, security
  • Growth potential
  • Service markets, double-digit growth
  • Autonomous systems transforming ICT, automotive and other sectors
  • Key driver of digital innovation

Robotics is a fast developing market increasingly driven by the development of novel and improved products in areas as diverse as manufacturing, search, rescue and retrieval, inspection and monitoring, surgery and healthcare, homes and cars, transport and logistics, agriculture, and many more.

The rapid increase in the use of robots in our homes and at work, in hospitals and industrial environments provides an inspiring vision about how they can benefit society as a whole. And, how priorities to stimulate robotics should be defined at this point in their evolution, to best develop the potential for growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.

European Action

Through a portfolio of over 120 research projects and coordination actions, the European Commission has progressively built up a solid base of knowledge-sharing and cooperation across the entire robotics stakeholder community. This base now includes a public-private-partnership on robotics called SPARC.

This work is undertaken in close collaboration with the robotics community, including Member States programmes, industry, universities and research institutions.

Latest

PRESS RELEASE |
Coronavirus: 100th EU disinfection robot delivered to European hospitals

On 28 June the 100th disinfection robot was delivered, part of the Commission's action to supply these to hospitals across the EU to help them cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency Clinical Hospital Bagdasar-Arseni in Bucharest is receiving the robot today and six other hospitals in Romania are set to have one delivered in the coming days, thus benefitting from these robots' ability to disinfect a standard size patient room in as quickly as 15 minutes by using ultraviolet light.

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New European Partnerships launched to deliver on the EU's ambitions for the Digital Decade

To boost research and innovation investments in digital, the Commission has launched new European Partnerships together with industry and academia, under the Horizon Europe programme.
The Partnerships will pursue innovative solutions on a large scale, pooling in efforts, resources and investments which will generate long-term positive impact, boost European competitiveness and technological sovereignty, as well as create jobs and growth.

PRESS RELEASE |
Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures

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