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Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

The mission of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is to build a bridge from new knowledge to new technologies.

FET actions are expected to initiate radically new lines of technology through unexplored collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering. The FET programme has three complementary lines of action to address different methodologies and scales, from new ideas to long-term challenges:

  • FET Open  funds projects to explore new ideas for radically new future technologies. The ideas should be the first step towards a radically new long-term vision. This can involve a wide range of new technological possibilities, inspired by cutting-edge science, unconventional collaborations or new research and innovation practices.

The next collection dates are 24.2.2019; 18.9.2019 and 13.5.2020.

  • 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.


  • FET Flagships  are 1-billion, 10-year 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 

Please contact the Local Contact Point, Research Advisors at your Faculty or Department or RCNs National Contact Points for information on calls for proposals, work programmes, relevant publications and policy documents, EU funded FET projects and the FET Advisory Group.

Especially FET open was oversubscribed in the past, this has changed slightly now with a success rate of around 10% for the last call. Nevertheless we recommend thorough discussions about the FET gatekeepers to stand a chance.

From 2018 FET became part of the preparatory phase towards the establishment of the European Innocvation Council EIC.

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