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FET-Proactive - emerging themes and communities

Opening Date 11-12-2013
Publication date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 01-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Total Call Budget €35,000,000 Main Pillar Excellent Science
Status Closed OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Knowing, doing, being: cognition beyond problem solving FETPROACT-2-2014

Specific challenge: This initiative addresses the interdisciplinary fundamentals of knowing, thinking, doing and being, in close synergy with foundational research on future artificial cognitive systems, robots, smart artefacts and large scale cyber-physical systems. It aims at renewing ties between the different disciplines studying knowledge (especially beyond the 'declarative' and static action oriented kind of knowledge), cognition (e.g., perception, understanding, learning, action) and related issues (e.g., embodiment, thinking, development, insight, knowledge as a social construct, identity, responsibility, culture…) from various perspectives (e.g., physical, biological, neuronal, behavioural, social, epistemological, ecological). The aim is to enable new synergies with engineering disciplines on smart and self-organising materials, embedded systems, robotics, hybrid systems or smart infrastructures and cities to take artificial cognitive systems beyond the level of dull task execution or repetitive problem solving.

Scope: Proposals must address at least one of the following elements:

•                New concepts and paradigms in cognitive systems such as new approaches to embodiment, learning, motivation, autonomy, knowledge and mind, not limited to prior anthropocentric or bio-mimetic models. Proposals will aim to demonstrate these paradigms in robust performance of future robotic systems (possibly nano-, micro-, multi-, hybrid- or unconventional ones) in challenging changing environments, possibly co-habited with or linked to biological systems, and over long periods of time.

•                Integrative studies of knowing, thinking, doing and being that bridge between low-level (e.g., neuronal, physiological) and high-level (e.g., belief, intention, identity) descriptions. These multidisciplinary studies are expected to go well beyond addressing the perception-action loop, and to tackle issues such as development, experience, understanding, empathy, memory, attention, the emergence and development of self, social belonging and culture. They are to be researched in close synergy with technological experiments, for instance in computational neuroscience, intelligent materials, robotics, cyber physical settings or large scale simulations that incorporate, test and refine insights gained.

•                Approaches for understanding the long-term development of individual and social knowledge and identities, especially in highly heterogeneous and dynamic settings (reflecting aspects of e.g., diversity, urban change, migration, social and gender divides, multiculturalism, inter-disciplinarity, etc.). Proposals are expected to take into account the role of technologies and infrastructures in this, as well as how these facilitate or hamper societal changes.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

•                New foundations for future robotics and other artificial cognitive systems with clear progress beyond current capabilities and design concepts.

•                A deeper understanding of non-performative aspects of development and interaction in mixed human/technological settings.

•                Improved understanding of the impacts of the technologically enhanced environments on the human behaviour, at the individual and collective levels

•                Understanding the origins and development of synergies and divides in socio/technical contexts and ways to influence them.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following addtions:

    Part B is strictly limited to 16 A4 pages and shall consist of:
    - A single A4 title page with acronym, title and abstract of the proposal.
    - Maximum 15 A4 pages consisting of an S&T section (section 1), an Impact section (section 2) and an Implementation section (section 3). 
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: FET support interdisciplinary research positioned between research driven by science and research driven by societal challenges or by industrial competitiveness. FET research aims at accelerating the transition from upstream research to technology development. Due to this specific nature of FET research, FET applies specific evaluation criteria.

    Thresholds and weights are set for each criterion, as indicated in the table below. A proposal failing to achieve any of these threshold scores will not be funded.

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 1 "Excellence":
    * Clarity of targeted breakthrough and its specific science and technology contributions towards a long-term vision.
    * Novelty, level of ambition and foundational character.
    * Range and added value from interdisciplinarity.
    * Appropriatness of the research methods.
    Threshold for this criterion: 4/5
    Weight for this criterion: 60%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 2 "Impact":
    * Importance of the new technological outcome with regards to its transformational impact on technology and/or society.
    * Quality of measures for achieving impact on science, technology and/or society.
    * Impact from empowerment of new and high potential actors towards future technological leadership.
    Threshold for this criterion: 3.5/5
    Weight for this criterion: 20%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation":
    * Quality of the workplan and clarity of intermediate targets.
    * Relevant expertise in the consortium.
    * Appropriate allocation and justification of resources (person-months, equipment, budget).
    Threshold for this criterion: 3/5
    Weight for this criterion: 20%

    Specific evaluation procedure:
    At consensus stage, the consensus score for each evaluation criteria will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators and the consensus report will comprise a collation of the comments from individual reports, or extracts from them.

    The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: See eligibility conditions above.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of the evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    For this topic you must use the specific proposal template Part B of "FET Proactive / Research and Innovation Actions"
    For this topic, in addition to the standard criteria, specific evaluation subcriteria (indicated above) apply. These are contained in the specific evaluation form of "FET Proactive / Research and Innovation Actions"
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  9. Additional information material for this topic
    Overview presentation and more
    Overview web page with additional background presentations


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Flash Call Info en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 2. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Example of administrative forms and template for the Technical Annex. For this call, you must use a specific template for parts 1 - 3 of the Technical Annex. en
  • Specific evaluation form for FET-Proactive en
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en

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