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TOPIC : FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking

Topic identifier: FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
07 November 2017
Cut-off dates: 16 May 2018 17:00:00
24 January 2019 17:00:00
18 September 2019 17:00:00
13 May 2020 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Future and Emerging Technologies
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

to lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This topic also encourages the driving role of new actors in research and innovation, including excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020 from across Europe.

Scope:

proposals are sought for cutting-edge high-risk / high-impact interdisciplinary research with all of the following essential characteristics ("FET gatekeepers"):

  • Radical vision: the project must address a clear and radical vision, enabled by a new technology concept that challenges current paradigms. In particular, research to advance on the roadmap of a well-established technological paradigm, even if high-risk, will not be funded.
  • Breakthrough technological target: the project must target a novel and ambitious science-to-technology breakthrough as a first proof of concept for its vision. In particular, blue-sky exploratory research without a clear technological objective will not be funded.
  • Ambitious interdisciplinary research for achieving the technological breakthrough and that opens up new areas of investigation. In particular, projects with only low-risk incremental research, even if interdisciplinary, will not be funded.

The inherently high risks of the research proposed shall be mitigated by a flexible methodology to deal with the considerable science-and-technology uncertainties and for choosing alternative directions and options.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 3 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:
  • Scientific and technological contributions to the foundation of a new future technology
  • Potential for future social or economic impact or market creation.
  • Building leading research and innovation capacity across Europe by involvement of key actors that can make a difference in the future, for example excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs or first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020[1].
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

[1]First time participation here refers to the individuals involved, not their institution or organisation.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.

 

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the FET-Open RIA specific proposal template in the submission system.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

Excellence

Adherence to the "FET gatekeepers" as described in the call text:

  • Clarity of the radical vision of a science-enabled technology and its differentiation from current paradigms.
  • Novelty and ambition of the proposed science-to-technology breakthrough that addresses this vision.
  • Range of and added value from interdisciplinarity for opening up new areas of research; non-incrementality of the research proposed.
  • High-risk, plausibility and flexibility of the research approach.

Threshold: 4/5, Weight: 60%

Impact

  • The extent to which the outputs of the project would contribute to the expected impacts listed in the work programme under this topic.
  • Effectiveness of measures and plans to disseminate and use the results (including management of IPR) and to communicate about the project to different target audiences.

Threshold: 3.5/5, Weight: 20%

Quality and efficiency of the implementation

The following aspects are taken into account:

  • Coherence and effectiveness of the research methodology and work plan to achieve project objectives and impacts, including adequate allocation of resources to tasks and partners.
  • Role and complementarity of the participants and extent to which the consortium as a whole brings together the necessary expertise.

Threshold: 3/5, Weight: 20%

The following specific page limits apply. Sections 1 to 3 of the part B of the proposal should consist of a maximum of 15 A4 pages. The limits will be clearly shown in the "proposal templates" in the Participant Portal electronic submission system. Sections that are not subject to limits will be indicated.

A proposal that, according to the evaluator's assessments, does not convincingly satisfy all FET gatekeepers as described under this topic will be declared out of scope. The communication to the applications will include the evaluators' assessments, or relevant extracts from them.

At consensus stage, the consensus score for each evaluation criteria will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators. The consensus report will comprise a collation of the comments from individual reports, or extracts from them. The final review panel will decide on the final score based on its consensus discussions. The panel will also decide on any additional comments, possibly including advice not to resubmit the proposal.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months after the corresponding cut-off date.

Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months after the corresponding cut-off date.
 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific FET-Open RIA proposal template
Specific FET-Open RIA evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

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.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
2. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) WP 2018-20
17. European Innovation Council (EIC) WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

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To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.

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Topic FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking - FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020
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