Cluster 4 is the heart of a new wave of innovation. Combining physical and digital technologies, will create huge opportunities for EU industry. Also it will improve the quality of life for EU citizens. 

Horizon Europe programme and Cluster 4 is designed to help entrepreneurs, scientists who have innovative ideas to put them into practice. In today’s world, digital, industry, and space have a strong impact on our future and the future of our planet.

Europe is seeking economic, ecological, and digital recovery. Most important to achieve this it must develop its activities in digitalization, industry, and space. Technological development is a key element to remain visible on the global stage. 

Cluster 4 – what do you need to know?

The aim of Cluster 4 is to develop, exploit the potential of digitalization, industry, and space to improve the world by creating new innovative technologies and solutions. Cluster 4, which presents a budget of €3,501.02 million, aims to lever European competitiveness and growth among the industrial, digital, and space-based sectors.

Progress in digital and industrial technologies, including in space, shape all sectors of the economy and society. They transform the way industry develops, create new products and services, and are central to any sustainable future. 


Digital and Industry, space

Digitalization, industry, and space are three sectors that have a direct impact on the future of our planet. First, digitalization is a key driving force. It involves investing in priority areas such as trusted artificial intelligence, next-generation internet, high-performance computing, photonics, quantum technologies, robotics, and micro-and nanoelectronics is becoming increasingly important for the strength of our economy and has a direct impact on the functioning of society. 

Another important aspect is industrial development. It affects the economic situation and the position of Europe on the world stage. The Cluster 4 strategy focuses on the use of digitalization in industry, which can result in innovative ideas and new technologies that will develop both sectors at the same time.

The final point concerns space. Conducting research and spatial observations gives more scope for areas such as transport, new technologies, or navigation. This can also be linked to the increasing digitization of equipment and its use in industry.

As we can see, digital, industry, and space come together. Cluster 4 gives opportunities to researchers and companies that have innovative ideas on how to use this and these ideas will be funded, by Horizon Europe programme.

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Green transformation and digital transformation begins

It is also worth noting that Cluster 4 is not only about investing in digitalization and new technologies, it is also about combating the pollution of our planet. Cluster 4 supports green movements, this can also be seen in the main 6 destination:

  • Climate-neutral, circular, and digitized production
  • Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry
  • World-leading data and computing technologies
  • Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the Green Deal
  • Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying, and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications, and data
  • A human-centered and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

Cluster 4 is not only about new technologies, it is above all about using new technologies to improve the way we function in the world, but also to protect our planet from the growing environmental crisis. With the help of digitalization, we can achieve more in a much shorter time. 


If you have an innovative idea that fits in with Cluster 4 politics and energy, you should take an interest in the new Calls 2022 and apply.

QiEurope will help you through the application process and all the steps to funding. 

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