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FET Open

FET Open is a light, topic-agnostic and deadline free scheme specifically designed to be open and continuously responsive to novel and fragile ideas that challenge current thinking, whenever they arise and wherever they come from.
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The scheme acts as an easy entry point by being open in terms of themes. It aims at foundational breakthroughs that can open radically new directions for all Technologies in the future.

In FP7 (2007-2013), FET Open was linked to Information and Communication Technologies. It launched a total of 142 Strategic Targeted Research Projects (STREP) and 14 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) requesting a total amount of funding of 284 M€. Take a look at the snapshot about FET in FP7.

Looking to the future, the latest work programmes (2011 to 2013) introduced two new objectives specifically aimed at giving leadership to Young Researchers and high-tech research-intensive SMEs. As young researchers will be the future leaders in science, technology and innovation, FET aims to empower them to jointly explore radical directions that may not fit within current academic research agendas. Likewise, high-tech, research-intensive SMEs are instrumental for pushing forward alternative visions and for turning novel research results into a competitive advantage for creating new markets. FET aims to increase their role in cooperative research to further enhance their disruptive innovation potential and to unlock longer-term scientific and industrial leadership.

Examples of funded projects

My brain meets yours

The HIVE project is probing the limits of non-invasive computer-to-brain interfaces. One of the goals is to try to produce perceptions through stimulating the brain. What would it be like to have these perceptions? Will it someday be possible, for example, to watch movies through directly stimulating the brain? Projects such as HIVE hold the promise of a future coming of age of technologies for fluent brain-computer and computer-mediated brain-to-brain interaction. Current research is focussing on new electromagnetic non-invasive stimulation paradigms to design and implement more powerful and controllable brain stimulation technologies, based on electromagnetic modeling and experimentation.

How small can we go?

The ARTIST project is exploring the limits of computer miniaturization. How small can we go? Could we process information with molecules? Can we bridge the world of molecules with the world of microelectronics. The efforts could lead to completely new nanoscale information processing technology such as future memory chips with super high capacity. In this direction, a number of scientists working on the project recently succeeded in taking a “picture” of the individual bonds between carbon atoms. This world first was featured on the front cover of Science magazine in September 2012.

New communication, new society?

The ICTECOLLECTIVE project is investigating societal change as new forms of communication appear. More than ever today, individuals, society, and ICT are deeply intertwined in a dynamic feedback process, where individuals adopt new communication channels to form and join groups that change in identity and size, and restructure the whole society. A fundamental challenge is to gain useful understanding of driving forces and mechanisms of social ICT so as to inform society, policy-making and industry.

More details about FET Open projects are available.

Last updated on 19/06/2015 - 12:10


Jens Kelm's picture
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Athanasios Dimoulas's picture
Athanasios DIMOULAS
2D-NANOLATTICES is the European project investigating the properties and behaviors of silicene, the graphene’s “cousin”. This new material could make revolutionary progress in nanoelectronic devices and integrated circuits
Andrew Houghton's picture
Last week, the Future was in Portugal ! To be exact, in Lisbon, in the Centre for the Unknown, of the Champalimaud Foundation. The Centre was hosting the high-level conference: "The Future of Europe is Science", marking the completion of the term of office of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso.
Barbara Mazzolai's picture
Can we be inspired by plants for a new generation of technology? I believe so, and I'm putting all my effort into this new research line.
Aymard De Touzalin's picture
Can the plants inspire future technologies? Sure! Plants are just incredibly smart: they adapt to the most adverse environmental conditions, they have unmatched drilling capabilities, they have a unique capacity to sense, they move and even communicate when facing threats… but the most fascinating is that they do it all without having a brain!
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