In the Public Private Partnership in Robotics (PPP), the European robotics industry, research, academia and the European Commission have joined together to launch a new research, development and innovation programme in order to strengthen the competitive position of the European robotics industry and to foster the excellence of its science base.

The objective of the PPP is to provide a platform for the industrial and academic community to develop a common roadmap for robotics in Europe and to identify the means to realise this roadmap with public support.
The initiative includes actions covering the full innovation cycle, from research to industry-led R&D down to testing and piloting in real settings of innovative robotic technologies. It also includes actions to ensure a faster uptake of innovations, such as support for pre-commercial procurement in areas of public interest (security, healthcare, etc.).

The public side is represented by the European Commission – Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology while the privat part is euRobotics aisbl. This organisation currently has over 200 members from all sectors within the European robotics community (are you interested in becoming a member of the robotics community?).

The outcomes of the consultations between the different parties within the PPP resulted in a Strategic Research Agenda for Robotics in Europe, integrated into the Horizon 2020 work programme.

The SRA provides a high level strategic overview of the European robotics community, and it is complemented by the multi-annual roadmap. The roadmap is a more detailed technical guide identifying expected progress. It provides an analysis of the medium term research and innovation goals for the robotics community, including also the legal aspects.

The members of euRobotics are working in topic groups spanning across different domains, such as agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing.

To know more about the PPP, please read the euRobotics leaflet.