Autonomous vehicles, 6G mobile and an expansion of the Innovative Medicines Initiative to take in medical devices, diagnostics, vaccines and biopharmaceuticals are on the list of public-private partnerships. Six existing partnerships march on, with fresh objectives.
The European Commission has suggested major new industrial research partnerships on driverless cars and the 6G mobile internet and said it wants to expand the scope of the Innovative Medicines Initiative to cover healthcare technology more broadly while launching a new EU partnership for healthcare in Africa.
The proposals are part of a recently-circulated list of suggestions put forward for consideration by member states, as part of the planning process for Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research programme.
Industrial partnerships are a major area of EU research spending, and among the largest are eight joint undertakings. The new list of 11 includes obvious replacements for all eight – though with major changes to two of them – plus three new ones in self-driving cars, mobile data networks, and health in Africa.
Alongside the list is a collection of files giving details of each potential partnership. The suggestions are preliminary and could change substantially before being drafted as legislation. None of them include budget proposals.