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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 15/03/2015 - 01:00 to 18/03/2015 - 01:00
Lausanne (CH),

The aim of the second Human Brain Project Education Workshop is to introduce the new concept of biological signature of diseases for Future Medicine and the methods for creating multi-level biological models of brain diseases. Read more

From 12/03/2015 - 01:00 to 13/03/2015 - 01:00
Barcelona, Spain,

The International Workshop on Organic and Graphene ELECtronics and SPINtronics will focus on the design and exploitation of organic- and graphene-based electronic and spintronic devices. Read more

Multimedia

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

17/11/2014 - 11:28

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called BIG BRAIN. Read more

07/11/2014 - 17:36

Understanding user's reactions to data visualisations will help and enhance user's abilities to understand information in big sets of data. Read more

News

11/12/2014 - 10:28

With Flagships, the EC proposes a new PARTNERING MODEL for long-term European co-operative research. This model is built around a large Core Project and several Partnering Projects. The FET Flagship Model is the implementation and Governance Model of the Flagship projects in Horizon 2020. The FET Flagship Staff Working document published by the EC sets out the future working arrangements and governance for the two Flagships under way. Read the overviews & check out the presentations below. Read more

25/11/2014 - 11:35

The newsletter reports on FET related funding opportunities, conferenes & workshops, major results & achievements of FET projects & initiatives & reports. Read more

17/11/2014 - 13:45

Taking stock of progress in energy applications for graphene and related materials, researchers and industrialists recently came together to listen, learn and exchange ideas. The Graphene Connect – Energy Applications workshop, which took place in Dresden from 20-21 October 2014, was organised by Europe’s Graphene Flagship project. Read more

Project stories

16/12/2014 - 16:04

Graphene is the strongest, most impermeable and conductive material known to man. Graphene sheets are just one atom thick, but 200 times stronger than steel. The European Union is investing heavily in the exploitation of graphene’s unique properties through a number of research initiatives such as the SEMANTICS project running at Trinity College Dublin. Read more

19/11/2014 - 19:43

Soft robotics technologies are becoming a major focus of robotics and hold great promise to become a cutting-edge for the development of systems for a wide range of new applications especially in those areas previously forbidden to rigid robots. RoboSoft is a FET Open Coordination Action that aims to bring together and consolidate the soft robotics community to enable the accumulation and sharing of crucial knowledge needed for scientific and technological progress in this field. 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

Publications

14/10/2014 - 14:54

The "STAC report" was presented to President Barroso in October 2014 at "The future of Europe is science" Conference in Portugal. This foresight report outlines some key opportunities for Europe that could be provided by science and technology, looking ahead to the year 2030. Read more

12/09/2014 - 13:17

The report presents the outcomes & discussions from our 3rd FET2020 Conference held in Budapest(Hungary 26/06/2014, and which had the objective of discussing aspects related to increasing the engagement and participation within FET projects in Horizon 2020. Of particular interest was how to increase participation of both the scientific and industrial communities of those Member States with a relatively low participation rate in FET projects in FP7, namely the majority of the EU13 Member States. Read more

16/09/2014 - 14:02

The European Commission published today a report on its ambitious science and technology Flagships. The report draws the lessons from setting up the first two such Flagships, Graphene and the Human Brain Project, each representing an investment of EUR 1 billion. It also sets out the future working arrangements for the two Flagships underway. Read more

Press Release

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

10/03/2014 - 12:06

Research in the next generation of technologies is key for Europe’s competitiveness. This is why €2.7 billion will be invested in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) under the new research programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). This represents a nearly threefold increase in budget compared to the previous research programme, FP7. FET actions are part of the Excellent science pillar of Horizon 2020. Read more

21/11/2013 - 16:28

The Human Brain Project: The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the European Union with an estimated budget of EUR 1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch.

With more than 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world on board and hundreds of scientists in a myriad of fields participating, the Human Brain Project is the most ambitious neuroscience project ever launched. Its goal is to develop methods that will enable a deep understanding of how the human brain operates. Read more

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