The FTI pilot is the only fully-bottom-up measure in Horizon 2020 promoting close-to-the-market innovation activities that is open to all types of participants. FTI aims to reduce the time from idea to market and to increase the participation in Horizon 2020 of industry, SMEs and first-time industry applicants.
FTI also aims to nurture trans-disciplinary and cross-sector approaches. All kinds of innovation actors can work together to develop sustainable innovations addressing societal needs or areas under 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' and, at the same time, create viable business opportunities. This is why FTI projects must be business-driven and clearly demonstrate a realistic potential for quick deployment and market take-up of innovations.
On offer is a maximum EU contribution of €3M per proposal with time-to-grant of around 6 months.
Proposals for funding must be submitted by consortia comprising between three and five legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Within each consortium there must either be an allocation of at least 60% of the budget to industry participants or the consortium must include a minimum of two industry participants in a consortium of three or four partners, or three industry participants in a consortium of five partners.
Launched on 6th January 2015, proposals can be submitted at any time during the two-year pilot with ranking following three cut-off dates in 2016: March 15, June 1 and October 25 (17:00 Brussels time). The 25 October 2016 cut-off is the last of the pilot FTI scheme. Discussions are underway on the FTI scheme's future as part of a wider debate on the 2018-2020 Work Programme for Horizon 2020. A decision on FTI will be taken in the course of 2017, taking into account an assessment of the results of the FTI pilot in 2015, an evaluation of the scheme overall and the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.
SMEs and first-time industry applicants are particularly invited to submit proposals.
More information about the FTI pilot can be found on the Horizon 2020 website