FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) Open is a scheme covering all topics and research areas. It aims at bringing together the brightest European minds at an early stage of research to pave the way for innovations, radical new ideas and novel technologies that challenge current thinking. FET Open is now part of the EIC Pathfinder pilot.

Research and Innovation Actions

FET Open calls for collaborative research and innovation actions that satisfy the FET Open 'gatekeepers'. These actions should comprise:

  • a radical vision
  • a breakthrough technological target
  • an ambitious interdisciplinary research

Coordination and Support Actions

FET-Open facilitates Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). The goal is to create the best possible conditions for responsible collaborative research on FET. This is done by strengthening new FET research communities and by stimulating the take-up of FET research results. The impact of the programme on science and society is also assessed.

FET Innovation Launchpad Actions (CSA)

In addition, FET Open also offers FET Innovation Launchpad grants to fund further innovation related work, i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original projects. The funding will be used to verify and substantiate the innovation potential of ideas arising from FET projects and to support the next steps in bringing them closer to the market.

New in the work programme 2018 - 2020

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot phase brings together a package of measures under Horizon 2020 to support innovators and entrepreneurs. In particular, SMEs participating in FET-Open projects can benefit of networking, coaching and mentoring as foreseen in the EIC Work Programme.

Facts and figures can be found in the Infographic on the participation in Horizon 2020 FET projects.

Examples of funded projects

Atomic was yesterday: time measurement goes nuclear

The ambitious goal of the RIA project nuClock is to build the most precise clock in the world. Already atomic clocks are used in satellite navigation, telecommunications, high-speed mobile networks and even banks. These clocks operate on the energy difference between two quantum states of an electron, usually the outmost electron in a Caesium atom. NuClock's radical approach is to shift measurement from the atomic level to the quantum states of the atomic nucleus. This will result in a much higher precision compared to today's best atomic clocks.

Big data for policy making

The RIA project IBSEN intends to develop a global societal simulator with a potentially huge impact on research and policymaking. The approach will yield both explanatory and predictive models from large-scale experiments (1000+participants) and their resulting massive ICT data. This will allow to study and predict human behaviour under real world conditions to tackle the ever more complex problems for our global society.

My brain meets yours

CSA project Brainhack wants to tackle the question of what is going on in the brain through hackathons and other learning and exchange events between artists, scientists and Brain/Neural Computer Interaction (BNCI) technology providers. The project provides a platform to link scientists, developers and artists interested in exploring our minds and the technological possibilities of observing it.

All funded projects

2014/2015 call for proposals: first, second and third cut-off.

2016/2017 call for proposals: first, second and third cut-off.

2018/2020 call for proposals: first cut-off.

FET-Open innovation Launchpad 2016/2017: first and second cut-off.