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Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) go beyond what is known! Visionary thinking can open up promising avenues towards powerful new technologies.

The visionary aspects and exploratory characteristics of FET might make it sound like a kind of magic, but the mission of FET is actually very concrete: to turn Europe's excellent science base into a competitive advantage.

FET actions are expected to initiate radically new lines of technology through unexplored collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering. It will help Europe grasp leadership early on in those promising future technology areas able to renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that can make a difference for society in the decades to come.

Under Horizon 2020, FET actions have been allocated a provisional budget of 2 696 million euro.

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 on new ideas for radically new future technologies, at an early stage when there are few researchers working on a project topic. This can involve a wide range of new technological possibilities, inspired by cutting-edge science, unconventional collaborations or new research and innovation practices.
  • 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-years 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.
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Events

From 18/10/2016 - 02:00 to 20/10/2016 - 02:00
Elsinore, Denmark,

The H2020 project ESCAPE aims to develop world-class, exascale, computing capabilities for numerical weather prediction (NWP) and future climate models. In October, the project will hold its first workshop, relevant for EU projects involving High Performance Computing for weather, climate, ocean/sea, Earth System Modelling communities. It will include dissemination and training sessions. Read more

From 07/09/2016 - 02:00 to 10/09/2016 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

This international conference brings together researchers dealing with swarm intelligence to share ideas on current developments and applications and to present their latest research. ANTS2016 welcomes paper submissions on any aspect of swarm intelligence. Read more

From 23/07/2016 - 02:00 to 27/07/2016 - 02:00
Manchester (UK),

The EuroScience Open Forum is an international conference dedicated to broadly defined science and innovation. For the first time, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is organising two sessions at ESOF dedicated to science and policy related to FET. Read more

Multimedia

24/02/2016 - 16:01

Flora Robotica develops and investigates relationships between robots and natural plants. The project explores the potentials of plant-inspired robots, and aims at growing artificial plants. Read more

26/11/2014 - 12:13

Many scientists point out that the goal of social sciences is not simply to understand how people behave in large groups, but to understand what motivates individuals to behave the way they do. Could this fundamental insight be transformed in a step forward towards the solution of important societal challenges like traffic congestion or the sustainability a fully electrified transportation system? Among others, those are the questions that DATASIM project tried to address. Read more

24/11/2014 - 12:44

Chalmers University of Technology, the coordinator of the Graphene Flagship project Chalmers will launch its massive open online course on graphene. The course will be free of charge and accessible to anyone with a computer. The teacher is Jie Sun, Assistant Professor in the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory of the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. Read more

News

21/04/2016 - 02:00

This edition of the FET Newsletter brings the latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies research, projects, funding opportunities in 2016 and it reports on workshops & conferences and future events. Read more

13/04/2016 - 15:24

In a blog post, Thierry Van der Pyl, Director "Excellence in Science" at the European Commission, highlights significant milestones passed by both FET Flagship projects. At the end of March the Human Brain Project (HBP) consortium released the first version of its six ICT Platforms. The Graphene Flagship started a new operational phase under Horizon 2020. At a kick-off seminar, 6 Partnering Projects for HBP and 13 for the Graphene Flagship are being presented. Read more

13/04/2016 - 11:34

Europe has the competence and skills to engage in the global competition towards Exascale Supercomputing. To fully benefit from the opportunities of the digital single market, Europe must strengthen the fundamental research on which digital transformation is based and build a stronger European High Performance Computing (HPC) ecosystem. Read more

Featured Projects

13/05/2016 - 18:31

In an ever more complex and expanding world social sciences still have to rely on data from experiments with very limited numbers of participants. FET project IBSEN promises to change this with a viable simulation tool which takes account of real world conditions. Read more

13/04/2016 - 12:40

How can Future and Emerging Technologies projects get their research results closer to the market? FET2RIN provides answers. Read more

09/12/2015 - 12:33

With today’s technology, supercomputers of the future would consume the amount of energy needed to power a little town. To allow the further development in exascale supercomputing without that extremely energy-intense trade-off, Exa2green developed a set of energy efficient High-Performance Computing (HPC) components, tools and algorithms. Read more

Publications

30/09/2015 - 12:46

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Advisory Group has produced a report which proposes to put FET at the nucleus of the European Innovation Council. Read more

25/09/2015 - 17:40

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever programme for research and innovation, and it has got off to an excellent start. This brochure presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals that closed by 1 December 2014. Read more

24/09/2015 - 20:03

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. This publication presents the full set of Key Performance and Cross-Cutting Issues Indicators for Horizon 2020, including those for the European Institute of Technology and EURATOM. Read more

Press Release

13/10/2015 - 18:51

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives." Read more

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

05/12/2014 - 18:33

Today (5 December 2014) the European Union and Switzerland signed a comprehensive international agreement associating Switzerland to parts of Horizon 2020, Research and Training Programme of Euratom and the ITER project. This will see Switzerland participate in project consortia in eligible programmes on an equal footing with EU Member States, while financially contributing to these programmes with an estimated €400 million until the end of 2016. Read more