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TOPIC : Fast Track to Innovation Pilot

Topic identifier: FTIPilot-01-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: IA Innovation action
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
02 December 2015
Cut-off dates: 15 March 2016 17:00:00
01 June 2016 17:00:00
25 October 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Fast Track to Innovation Pilot
Topic Updates
  • 10 August 2016 11:31

    List of Beneficiaries - June 2016 cut-off

    Please note that an overview of the evaluation results (flash call info - June 2016 cut-off) is now available under the Call 'Additional documents' tab.

  • 10 August 2016 11:11

    List of Beneficiaries - June 2016 cut-off

    Please note that an overview of the evaluation results (flash call info - June 2016 cut-off) is now available under the Call 'Additional documents' tab.

  • 10 August 2016 10:30

    List of Beneficiaries - June 2016 cut-off

    Please note that an overview of the evaluation results (flash call info - June 2016 cut-off) is now available under the Call 'Additional documents' tab.

  • 01 August 2016 16:24

    Please note that an overview of the evaluation results (flash call info - June 2016 cut-off) is now available under the Call 'Additional documents' tab.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Innovation is fostered when new ideas can emerge and easily translate into socio-economic value. Working together, partners with complementary backgrounds, knowledge and skills, and in new and established value-chains, can turn these ideas into sustainable innovative products, processes and services that both address societal challenges and/or are highly competitive in global markets. FTI aims to accelerate this commercialisation process by providing extended funding opportunities through an open and agile scheme nurturing bottom-up ideas from innovative constituencies across Europe.


The FTI pilot supports projects undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including stages such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real world/working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting. It targets relatively mature new technologies, concepts, processes and business models that need a last development step to reach the market and achieve wider deployment. To this end, if a proposal involves technological innovation, the consortium must declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, where appropriate [1] . Projects can be interdisciplinary.

Proposals must relate to any field under the specific objective "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority "Societal challenges"[2].

Proposals should specify the intended outcome of the project and describe its key performance indicators/success criteria.

Proposals must also include a business plan clearly describing the market potential (potential users/customers and benefits for them; targeted European/global markets, etc.), the business opportunities for participants, measures to enhance the probability of eventual commercial take-up and a credible commercialisation strategy that identifies next steps and specifies other actors to be involved. Particular attention should be paid to IP protection and ownership and to the possibility of commercial exploitation ('freedom to operate').

The expected impact should be clearly described in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Factors such as time sensitivity and the international competitive situation should be considered in the light of the technology/innovation fields and industry sectors concerned. Possible impacts on sustainability or climate change, in particular, or on other cross-cutting objectives of Horizon 2020[3], should also be highlighted.

Consortia must involve participation from industry. Universities, research and technology organisations and further innovation actors may also participate. Actors that can play a key role in the commercialisation process are encouraged to take part, such as cluster organisations, end-users, industrial associations, incubators, investors, or the public sector. First-time industry applicants[4] and SMEs are particularly welcome.

Expected Impact:
  • Fast development, commercial take-up and/or wide deployment of sustainable innovative solutions (products, processes, services, business models etc.) in enabling and industrial technologies and/or for tackling societal challenges.
  • Time to initial market take-up no later than 3 years after the beginning of the FTI project. In very well-justified cases linked to the specific characteristics of a particular innovation field or industry sector, the time to initial market take-up could be longer.
  • Enhanced competitiveness and growth of business partners in the consortium, measured in terms of turnover and job creation.
  • Increased industry participation, including SMEs, and more industry first-time applicants to Horizon 2020.
  • Leveraging more private investment into research and/or innovation.
  • Where appropriate, addressing transnational value-chains and/or EU-wide or global markets.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation

[1]For a definition of TRL, see Part G of the General Annexes.

[2]For proposals which fall under the "Secure Societies" societal challenge, an additional specific procedure may apply (see Participant Portal – H2020 Grant Manuals – Horizontal issues – Security Issues).

[3]Please see Article 14 of the Horizon 2020 Regulation:

[4]In the context of the FTI pilot, a "first-time industry applicant" means a legal entity that is a private, for-profit organisation that has obtained a PIC (Participant Identification Code) for the first time under Horizon 2020. See step 4 of

Topic conditions and documents

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

List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Note also that 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 (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan Hong Kong &Macau, India)

Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

At least three and maximum five legal entities can participate in a project. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

At least one of the following minimum conditions shall be met:

- at least 60% of the overall budget of the proposal must be allocated to consortium partner(s) from industry
- the minimum number of industry participants must be 2 in a consortium of 3 or 4 partners, and 3 in a consortium of 5 partners.

The maximum EU contribution per project is EUR 3 million.

Proposals shall relate to any field under the specific objective 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority 'Societal challenges'.

A proposal shall include a business plan.

Only applications involving entities all of whom are established in the EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020 are eligible.A maximum of 5 legal entities can participate in a project. At least one of the following minimum conditions shall be met:

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.


Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions: 

The criterion 'Impact' will be evaluated first, followed by 'Excellence' and 'Implementation'.

The threshold for the criterion 'Impact' will be 4. The overall threshold, meaning the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.

The final consensus score of a proposal will be the average of the individual scores of the individual evaluators. The consensus report will comprise the individual reports or key extracts from them. Where appropriate.

Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

For proposals with the same score, any further prioritisation will be based on the following factors applied in the following order: value of 'Impact' criterion; size of budget allocated to SMEs; number of first-time industry applicants; number of industry participants; gender balance among the personnel named in the proposal as primarily responsible for carrying out the research and/or innovation activities.

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome: maximum 3 months after the corresponding cut-off date.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 6 months after the corresponding cut-off date.

Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below. 


Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

Classified information

Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

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.

- 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.

Additional documents:

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Fast Track to Innovation Pilot

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes

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


Additional documents

  • List of Beneficiaries en
  • Flash call info - June 2016 cut-off en
  • Flash Call info - October 2016 cut off en

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