Strategic Engagements

Smart Networks
and Services

The Horizon Europe Smart Networks and Services partnership aims to support technological sovereignty concerning smart networks and services, in line with the EU industrial strategy and the 5G cyber-security toolbox. It will contribute to enabling the digital and green transitions, address the coronavirus crisis both in terms of technologies for health crisis response and of economic recovery.

It will enable European players to develop the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030. It will also allow that lead markets for 5G infrastructure and services can develop in Europe by coordinating 5G deployment with CEF2 Digital.

NESSI has identified the software-related challenges SNS will face and has been working with stakeholders in the SNS partnership to identify and recommend research and innovation topics to be included in the work programme.


To deliver the greatest benefit to Europe the AI, Data and Robotics partnership in Horizon Europe will drive innovation, acceptance and uptake of these technologies. The partnership will boost new markets, applications and attract investment, to create technical, economic and societal value for business, citizens and the environment.

By 2030, European sovereignty is expected in the development and deployment of trustworthy, safe and robust AI, data and robotics, compatible with EU values and regulations.

Without software there is no AI. It is important to identify both the specificities of AI software and what AI can bring to software engineering. NESSI is working with stakeholders in the AI, Data and Robotics partnership to ensure that research and innovation topics for software technologies feature strongly in the work programme.

Key Digital Technologies

The Key Digital Technologies (KDT) are electronic and photonic components, and the software that defines how they work as part of a system. The overarching objective of the Horizon Europe KDT partnership is to support the digital transformation of all sectors of the economy and society, make it work for Europe and address the European Green Deal. By 2030, EU leadership in KDT will reinforce industrial strongholds having seized emerging opportunities to establish technological sovereignty and boost competitiveness.

NESSI is working with stakeholders in the KDT Partnership in Horizon Europe to identify and recommend research and innovation topics for advanced software technologies.