Future and Emerging Technologies

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

The FET programme funds visionary groundbreaking research to develop radically new technologies. In FP7 this programme was a part of the ICT work programme, but in Horizon 2020 it is open for all research domains.

There are three types of activities within this part:

  1. FET open: funding projects on new ideas for radically new future technologies in a very early stage. The characteristics of a good FET open proposal are: Long-term vision, Breakthrough S&T target, Foundational, Novelty, High-risk, Interdisciplinary.
    1. Download the report of an NCP-workshop on FET-Open together with the European Commission
    2. Read the blog post from Timo Hallantie, Head of FET Open Unit: "What it takes to succeed in FET Open".
  2. FET Proactive nurtures emerging themes, seeking to establish a critical mass of European researchers in a number of promising exploratory research topics. This supports areas that are not yet ready for inclusion in industry research roadmaps, with the aim of building up and structuring new interdisciplinary research communities.
  3. FET Flagships are 1-billion, 10-years initiatives where hundreds of excellent European researchers unite forces to focus on solving an ambitious scientific and technological challenge, like understanding the Human Brain or developing the new materials of the future, such as Graphene.

 Find more information on the FET website of the European Commission.