EIT Digital Innovation Areas


The 8 Action Lines


The Mission of EIT Digital is to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and an improved quality of life. EIT Digital focuses investments on a limited number of innovation areas, also known as Action Lines, in order to concentrate its efforts on Digital breakthroughs with high impact. These have been selected with respect to European relevance and leadership potential. The eight research-based innovation Action Lines are the following from 2014:


  • Cyber-Physical Systems: European leadership in production and infrastructures
    Cyber-physical systems (CPS) enable the physical world to merge with the virtual, leading to an Internet of things – devices, services, and data. Using sensors, the embedded systems monitor and collect data about physical processes, such as the steering of a vehicle, energy consumption or human biological functions. The systems are networked, making the data globally available. Cyber-physical systems make it possible for software applications to directly interact with events in the physical world.
  • Future Cloud: A secure data and service infrastructure for Europe
    Cloud-based solutions become the backbone of European economy and society. Many services are based on Cloud, and several businesses and critical infrastructures become increasingly dependent on it. Overall, the speed of change in Cloud-technologies and services continues to be impressive and the main transformation is driven by the Trusted Cloud and Big Data integration, as visible in the Future Cloud’s high-impact initiative: Trusted Cloud.
  • Health & Wellbeing: Prevention through the quantified self
    Sustain a healthy lifestyle in Ambient Assisted Living and Active Healthy Ageing – suggests the motto of the action line. With an ageing population and a growing consumer empowerment, the call for a user-centric approach towards Health and Wellbeing is imperative. Innovative ICT solutions are capable of supporting the shift to this user-centric approach. The EIT Digital’s Health and Wellbeing action line strives to act on this ambition by offering ICT-based solutions that respond to the consumer demand for self-monitoring:  the ‘quantified-self’. The focal areas of the Health and Wellbeing activities are:
  1. Cognitive Wellbeing – Enabling people to create optimum balance in life to deal with the challenges of everyday life.
  2. Physical Wellbeing – Healthy consumption and physical activity. Supporting people in promoting their health by improving what, when and how they eat and drink.
  3. Social Wellbeing – Encouraging interaction with other individuals or health professionals to induce a healthier lifestyle.
  • Privacy, Security & Trust: A protected blended life
    The Privacy, Security & Trust action line is about understanding how information technologies impact the privacy of individuals, and developing new privacy-preserving and securing technologies for its protection. The action line has three priority areas:
  1. Secure and Privacy-aware E-authentication and Digital Identity Management
  2. Protection of Data Privacy in Online and Mobile Applications, Services and Communications
  3. Mobile Cyber-Security, Addressing Malicious Software in Mobile and Online Applications
  • Smart Energy Systems: Defining Europe’s future energy market
    The European Union’s objectives regarding climate change and energy policy will be reshaped by 2020 and afterwards, most of our electricity infrastructure will be transformed. The Smart Energy Systems action line focuses on both decentralized ICT infrastructures and user-centric services by involving smart users, in order to come up with technologies for optimizing energy efficiency. Smart Energy Systems focuses on ICT as the key enabler for Smart Grid innovation, and mobilizes a strong network of European partners from industry to academia which is capable of improving user involvement, business models and ICT-enabled technical infrastructures.
  • Smart Spaces: Blending the physical world and the virtual world
    Smart spaces refer to built environments such as apartments, offices, museums, hospitals, schools, malls, university campuses, and outdoor areas that are enabled for co-operation of smart objects and systems. Prime business scenarios include smart retail environments and public areas providing better service to customers, and also home and office environments making living and working more comfortable and more efficient.
  • Urban Life and Mobility: Informed citizens and revolutionised urban mobility
    Urban Life and Mobility concerns ’Smart’ Cities and ’Smart’ Citizens, and the emergence of new behaviours – the way people move, work, entertain, socialize – that these bring about. Living in a blended life in a connected world, ubiquity is now a reality and instantaneity is a strong daily expectation, due to the use of smartphones and mobile applications. With social networking, crowdsourcing, live information, we have the chance to turn from passive and consumer-minded individuals to active, collaborative and sharing-oriented citizens. Enabling a sustainable mobility, improving urban information management, preserving privacy and addressing trust issues, these are the main challenges of the Urban Life and Mobility action line.


Last modified: June 21, 2016