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Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are multi-disciplinary, knowledge and capital-intensive technologies. They cut across many diverse sectors providing the basis for significant competitive advantage for the European industry, and stimulate growth and the creation of new jobs.

The specific objectives of biotechnology research and innovation under “Industrial Leadership” are

  • to develop competitive, sustainable, safe and innovative industrial products and processes, and
  • to contribute as an innovation driver in a number of European sectors like agriculture, forestry, food, energy, chemical and health as well as bioeconomy.

A strong scientific, technological and innovation base in biotechnology will support European industries securing leadership in this key enabling technology. This position will be further strengthened by integrating the safety assessment and management aspects of the overall risks in the deployment of biotechnology.

Examples of the rising importance of biotechnology are in industrial applications including biopharmaceuticals, food and feed production and bio-chemicals, of which the market share of the latter is estimated to increase by up to 12% - 20% of chemical production by 2015. In Europe's biopharmaceutical sector, already some 20% of the current medicines are derived from biotechnology, and up to 50% of new medicines.

A number of the so-called twelve rules of Green Chemistry are also addressed by biotechnology, due to the selectivity and efficiency of bio-systems. Against this background, harnessing the potential of biotechnology processes and bio-based products could lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions which is estimated to range from between 1 to 2.5 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year by 2030.

Key sources of innovation are at the interface between biotechnology and other enabling and converging technologies, in particular nanotechnologies and ICT, with applications such as sensing and diagnosing.


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Events

From 24/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

The RE.WORK Technology Summit will gather experts to learn about future technologies and discuss their impact on science and society. The Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the European Commission will be part of the discussion. Dedicated tracks on robotics and deep learning will run in parallel. Read more

From 28/06/2015 - 02:00 to 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Leiden, The Netherlands,

This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration. Read more

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This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

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14/11/2014 - 19:11

Understanding the brain and its various pathologies could benefit millions of people. At the same time, progress in neuroscience is increasingly dependent on advanced technologies. This kind of synergistic cross-disciplinarity is a hallmark of FET research. Read more

10/11/2014 - 17:35

This year's Nobel Prize laureate Prof. E. Moser is leading the FET GRIDMAP project which aims to better understand the processes used by the mammalian brain to generate and read spatial information. Prof. E. Moser is joining the prestigious list of 9 Nobel Prize laureates that chose the FET programme to collaborate with the best scientists in Europe on ambitious scientific endeavours. Read more

01/10/2014 - 15:31

In May 2014, FET launched a consultation to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain. Nearly 500 contributions have been received, suggesting new topics, or further refining previously identified topics.This first analysis provides an overview of the material received, with short description of the ideas (as stated by their respective authors) and putting them in context of some others. Read more

Project stories

13/11/2014 - 12:13

Professor Michela Chiappalone is a neuroscientist at the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). She is also the coordinator of the BRAIN BOW FET Open project aiming to connect in vitro neuronal assemblies to an artificial system for restoring the lost neuronal functionality. In this interview she tells us about her experience, as a researcher involved in a FET project. Read more

13/11/2014 - 11:46

Can we crack the code used by neurons to encode and transmit information? Can we use our knowledge of the neural code to improve the communication between brain and machines? These are the questions that SI-CODE addresses, aiming to make a big leap forward in improving the understanding of the code used by neurons to transmit information with potential applications in innovative brain machine interfaces (BMIs). Read more

24/06/2014 - 18:59

AGROCOS is a pioneering European project which is using modern scientific techniques to explore the ancient – and still largely untapped - richness of nature to develop new products for the agrochemical and cosmetics industries. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

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