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FET Proactive

FET Proactive initiatives constitute clusters of interacting and collaborating projects.
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The thematic initiatives, defined in wide consultations with research communities, are focused on novel and non-conventional topics that aim to spearhead research and support maturing of new multidisciplinary research communities. Proactive initiatives involve a set of complementary and collaborating projects, supporting building of new multidisciplinary research communities and enhancing Europe’s innovation potential.

In FP7 (2007-2013), FET Proactive supported 31 Integrated Projects (IP), 92 Strategic Targeted Research Projects (STREP) and 31 Coordination and Support actions (CSA) for a total funding of 480 M€. In FP7, FET-Proactive has launched 24 initiatives whose ambition was to address key scientific challenges, structure and support community building, shape the European Research Area along with Member States, and contribute to a common research and innovation framework for Europe’s future technologies and industrial applications nucleated in ICT. Take a look at the snapshot about FET in FP7.

The thematic areas supported by FET Proactive in FP7 are represented as addressing key challenges along three main axes:

  • Computing & Communication
  • Interacting with the environment
  • ICT and Beyond

Examples of funded projects

Meet the robot octopus

Ever stopped to think how amazing octopuses are? Although their bodies have no rigid structures, they can bend in many directions and vary their body stiffness to manipulate with care and precision objects which, invariably, end up in their mouths! A group of engineers and biologists have taken inspiration from this marvel of nature to try to replicate octopus-like morphological characteristics in a robotic octopus prototype. The goal is to build a robot capable of moving across different surfaces, squeezing into small apertures, and manipulating objects using all eight legs. Watch this space, and look out, the robotic octopus is coming!

Computing with bacteria

The BACTOCOM project aims at building a simple computer, using bacteria rather than silicon. Microbes may be thought of as biological “micro-machines” that process information about their own state and the world around them. They can communicate with other bacteria, by leaving chemical trails, or by directly exchanging genetic information. BACTOCOM aims to evolve new functional structures based on the latter mechanism, in order to gain insight into biological systems. This, in turn, may suggest new methods for silicon-based computing.

Towards the quantum computer

The AQUTE project is developing quantum technologies based on atomic, molecular and optical systems for scalable quantum computation and entanglement-enabled technologies like metrology and sensing. AQUTE has been in the news recently as one of the project partners, Serge Haroche from Collège de France, was just awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum optics.

More details about FET Proactive initiatives and areas are available.

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


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John Gallagher's picture
The energy footprint of computers, from power-hungry server farms to billions of frequently charged smartphones, tablets and smart watches, is now an important part of the global energy consumption picture. The ENTRA project is building tools for the energy-aware programmer who needs to write energy-efficient code.
Silvestro Micera's picture
Silvestro MICERA
Continuous and intensive multi-disciplinary research is the secret of innovative solutions able to change our lives
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.
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Jonathan FREEMAN
Ethical guidelines for the CEEDs project, which is developing novel, integrated technologies to support human experience, analysis and understanding of very large datasets
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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