Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme aims at developing radically new technologies by exploring novel and high-risk ideas building on scientific foundations. It promotes research beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted and fosters novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards powerful new technologies, some of which could develop into leading technological and intellectual paradigms for the decades ahead.

In particular, it funds interdisciplinary collaborations that seek genuine cross-fertilisation and deep synergies between the broadest range of advanced sciences (physical sciences, information sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities,…) and cutting-edge engineering disciplines (chemical, physical, biological, computational, geospatial, …) in order to turn new knowledge and high-risk ideas into a viable basis for radically new technologies. Thus, research in FET is complementary to incremental research as well as to the European Research Council, which itself is aiming at excellent individual researchers while FET supports collaborative research projects to open up new and promising fields of research, technology and innovation.

The combination of a game-changing long-term vision and technological concreteness positions FET research between blue-sky science on the one hand, and research driven by societal challenges or by industrial competitiveness on the other.

The FET work programme 2018-2020 consists of three major lines of activity in which calls for proposals will be launched:

  • FET Open – novel ideas for radically new technologies. (part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot)
  • FET Proactive – boosting emerging technologies (not part of EIC pilot)
  • FET Proactive – topics that are also part of the EIC pilot
  • FET Proactive – topics that are not part of the EIC pilot
  • FET Flagships – tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenge (not part of the EIC pilot)

The FET programme lines that are also part of the EIC pilot are also known as the EIC Pathfinder.

The EIC pilot was launched on 27th October 2017 as part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. It aims to support top-class innovators, start-ups, small companies and researchers with bright ideas that are radically different from existing products, services or business models, are highly risky and have the potential to scale up internationally. The EIC Work programme gives explanation about the following programmes:

SME Instrument

Fast Track to Innovation pilot (FTI)

Future and Emerging Technologies - Open (FET Open) and parts of Proactive (FET Proactive)

EIC Horizon Prizes

Open and forthcoming calls of all EIC call topics can be found on the participant portal through this link (or by a filtered search on EIC on the participant portal).

More information about all the Innovation in SMEs programmes (in Industrial Leadership programme – second pillar) can be found here.

Other FET related topics can be found in the Horizon 2020 cross-cutting activities 2018-2020 work programme. For battery research 246 million euros is reserved in 2019 and 2020. Calls on the topic High Performance Computing can be found in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking work plan.

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