FET provides a unique combination of high risk, long term, multidisciplinary and collaborative frontier research, which lays the foundations for radically new, next generation technologies. It converts proofs of concept into industrial applications and systems.
FET-supported research goes beyond the conventional boundaries of ICT and ventures into uncharted territories, increasingly relying on convergence with different scientific disciplines, such as instance, biology, chemistry, nano- and molecular science, neuro- and cognitive science, ethology, social science, economics, and with the arts and humanities.
FET consists of three complementary schemes which work together towards a common mission of nurturing new & emerging foundational trends in future ICT:
- FET Open supports a bottom-up approach for exploring novel and visionary ideas.
- FET Proactive fosters transformative ICT research through a set of focused thematic initiatives.
- FET Flagships are visionary, large-scale, science-driven research initiatives that tackle grand scientific and technological challenges.
Under Horizon 2020 ("H2020"), the EU's proposed research & innovation funding programme for 2014-2020, FET will have an expanding role, forming part of the pillar of the programme known as "Excellence in Science". The attraction of the approach is such that the Commission plans to open it up to all areas of EU-funded research.