The scheme acts as an easy entry point by being open in terms of themes. It aims at foundational breakthroughs that can open radically new directions for all Technologies in the future.
In FP7 (2007-2013), FET Open was linked to Information and Communication Technologies. It launched a total of 142 Strategic Targeted Research Projects (STREP) and 14 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) requesting a total amount of funding of 284 M€. Take a look at the snapshot about FET in FP7.
Looking to the future, the latest work programmes (2011 to 2013) introduced two new objectives specifically aimed at giving leadership to Young Researchers and high-tech research-intensive SMEs. As young researchers will be the future leaders in science, technology and innovation, FET aims to empower them to jointly explore radical directions that may not fit within current academic research agendas. Likewise, high-tech, research-intensive SMEs are instrumental for pushing forward alternative visions and for turning novel research results into a competitive advantage for creating new markets. FET aims to increase their role in cooperative research to further enhance their disruptive innovation potential and to unlock longer-term scientific and industrial leadership.
The HIVE project is probing the limits of non-invasive computer-to-brain interfaces. One of the goals is to try to produce perceptions through stimulating the brain. What would it be like to have these perceptions? Will it someday be possible, for example, to watch movies through directly stimulating the brain? Projects such as HIVE hold the promise of a future coming of age of technologies for fluent brain-computer and computer-mediated brain-to-brain interaction. Current research is focussing on new electromagnetic non-invasive stimulation paradigms to design and implement more powerful and controllable brain stimulation technologies, based on electromagnetic modeling and experimentation.
The ARTIST project is exploring the limits of computer miniaturization. How small can we go? Could we process information with molecules? Can we bridge the world of molecules with the world of microelectronics. The efforts could lead to completely new nanoscale information processing technology such as future memory chips with super high capacity. In this direction, a number of scientists working on the project recently succeeded in taking a “picture” of the individual bonds between carbon atoms. This world first was featured on the front cover of Science magazine in September 2012.
The ICTECOLLECTIVE project is investigating societal change as new forms of communication appear. More than ever today, individuals, society, and ICT are deeply intertwined in a dynamic feedback process, where individuals adopt new communication channels to form and join groups that change in identity and size, and restructure the whole society. A fundamental challenge is to gain useful understanding of driving forces and mechanisms of social ICT so as to inform society, policy-making and industry.
More details about FET Open projects are available.