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TOPIC : FET Innovation Launchpad

Topic identifier: FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
07 November 2017
Cut-off dates: 16 October 2018 17:00:00
08 October 2019 17:00:00
14 October 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:

This topic aims at turning results from FET-funded projects into genuine societal or economic innovations.


Short individual or collaborative actions focused on the non-scientific aspects and the early stages of turning a result of an ongoing or recently finished project funded through FET under FP7 or Horizon 2020[1] into a genuine innovation with socio-economic impacts. The precise link with the relevant FET project and the specific result for which a FET Innovation Launchpad proposal is intended, are to be explicitly described in the proposal. This topic does not fund research or activities that are/were already foreseen in the original FET project. Activities proposed should reflect the level of maturity of the result to be taken up. They can include the definition of a commercialisation process, market and competitiveness analysis, technology assessment, verification of innovation potential, consolidation of intellectual property rights, business case development. Proposals can include activities with, for instance, partners for technology transfer, licence-takers, investors and other sources of financing, societal organisations or potential end-users. Limited low-risk technology development (for instance for demonstration, testing or minor adjustment to specific requirements) can be supported as long as it has a clear and necessary role in the broader proposed innovation strategy and plan.

The Commission considers that proposals for actions no longer than 18 months and requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 0.1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Expected Impact:
  • Increased value creation from FET projects by picking up innovation opportunities.
  • Improved societal and market acceptance of concrete high-potential innovations from FET projects.
  • Stimulating, supporting and rewarding an open and proactive mind-set towards exploitation beyond the research world.
  • Contributing to the competitiveness of European industry/economy by seeding future growth and the creation of jobs from FET research.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation

[1]Research and Innovation Actions funded under any call in the FET work programmes under Horizon 2020 for 2014-2015, for 2016-2017, and for 2018-2019-2020; projects funded under the FET part of any of the LEIT-ICT work programmes under FP7. See the Call Conditions for specific eligibility conditions.

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. Additional eligibility and admissibility conditions for FET Innovation Launchpad are described in the Work Programme part "European Innovation Council (EIC)".


Proposals must build on results from an ongoing or recently finished project, funded as a result of call in any FET topic under FP7 or Horizon 2020 and clearly identified in the proposal. For a project to be considered "recently finished" in the context of this call topic its actual end date must be at most one year before the deadline for proposal submission to this topic. For a project to be considered "ongoing" in the context of this call topic the deadline for proposal submission to this topic must be within the period limited by the contractual start date and end date of the project.

Proposals must include a declaration by the coordinator of the necessary rights and ownership of results to be exploited, as described in the proposal. Applicants that are not the owner of the result to be taken up in the proposal must provide a letter from the relevant beneficiary or beneficiaries of the previous FET project that own(s) the result that confirms the existence of the necessary agreements with the coordinator of the current proposal, including on IPR.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the FET-Innovation Launchpad proposal template.


3. Evaluation:

The following specific page limits apply. Sections 1 to 3 of the part B of the proposal should consist of a maximum of 7 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.

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.

For deciding the priority order for proposals with the same score, the procedure for Innovation actions will apply.


The following aspects are taken into account:

  • Clarity and quality of the innovation idea and its link with the previous or ongoing FET project indicated in the proposal.
  • Concreteness of objectives and their pertinence for moving the output of FET research through the initial steps of a process leading to a commercial or social innovation.
  • Suitability and necessity of the proposed activities to reach the stated objectives, including their complementarity to actions already foreseen or expected from the previous or ongoing FET project.

Threshold: 3/5, Weight: 40%


Contributions to the impacts listed under this topic in the work programme:

  • Added innovation potential with respect to the FET project from which this innovation originates.
  • Extent of economic and/or societal benefits resulting from this innovation as identified in the proposal.
  • Suitability of measures for taking the innovation beyond the research world, including through engagement with prospective exploitation partners, other stakeholders, users or society.

Threshold: 3.5/5, Weight: 40%

Quality and efficiency of the implementation

The following aspects are taken into account:

  • Quality of workplan and management.
  • Relevance of expertise in the consortium.
  • Appropriate allocation of resources (person-months).

Threshold: 3/5, Weight: 20%

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):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template for FET Innovation Launchpad actions
Specific evaluation form for FET Innovation Launchpad actions
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

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

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.


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Topic FET Innovation Launchpad - FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020
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