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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:
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. The Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot 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.
All information related to the EIC pilot can be found on the dedicated EIC pilot programme page on this website.
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 (work programme and dedicated programme page also available under related links). Calls on the topic High Performance Computing can be found in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking work plan (related links).
The number of proposals that was submitted for the calls FETPROACT-EIC-07-2020 and FETPROACT-EIC-08-2020 was in total 236 - 149 proposals for 07 and 87 for 08 – of which 18 proposals are eligible for funding – 13 for 07 and 5 for 08. Under these 18 proposals are four with a Flemish partner: IMEC, partner in project “DIGIPREDICT... read more
The number of proposals that was submitted for this call was 902 of which 58 are eligible for funding, of which two with a Flemish coordinator and eight with a partner: - Universiteit Antwerpen, coordinator, and IMEC partner in “BAM - Super Bio-Accelerated Mineral weathering: a new climate risk hedging reactor technology” - IMEC... read more
FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020 118 proposals were submitted at the FET Innovation Launchpad bottom-up call FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020 (CSA-LS) in the EIC Pilot with the deadline of 14 October 2020. The allocated budget is EUR 3 M€ for this last cut-off in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Source: Funding and Tender Portal &nbs... read more
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched three consultations to gather input from stakeholders and to inform their future activities. EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) post-2020 New EIT Action to support the innovation capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) EIT Community – Open and Inclusive... read more
Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.
With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.
The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.read more
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