In February 2016, several online consultations were launched to gather input for the preparation of the next work programme for 2018-2020 which is already under preparation and will take shape in spring 2017. More than 80 ideas for new technologies were submitted and nearly 500 comments posted. Detailed analysis of all received inputs is ongoing and will be completed after summer.

The public consultation on FET Proactive has gathered 59 contributions (and some 300 comments) for future proactive initiatives. They cover a broad range of topics: decentralised media and information services, bio-medical technologies, new components (notably spin-based), complex adaptive systems, science and art, global systems science, new computational paradigms, energy, sustainability, geology, cosmology, smart materials, robotics, HPC and HCI. With few exceptions they have the potential for proactive initiatives. We are currently analysing this in more detail, using also the results of the FET CSA Observe (also on the consultation website), which has done an independent horizon scanning for new developments and trends in science and technology.

There has been a strong response to the FET Flagship consultation; 24 ideas for new FET Flagships were submitted. Stakeholders representing a wide range of research and application areas have seized the opportunity to contribute their ideas. The large majority of these ideas reflect or represent the views of large research communities and scientific societies, networks of Universities, research institutions, and private organisations. They address emerging grand challenges in areas such as ICT, health, energy, earth-sciences and climate change, the life sciences. The submitted ideas are now being analysed in detail in the context of the WP 2018-2020 preparation. We strongly encourage you to provide comments on-line to the submitted ideas.

The consultation on mathematics for Horizon 2020 has proven a great success with 180 comments received, showing that mathematics are at the core of science and innovation. New ways to employ existing mathematics, and even new fields of mathematics, are required to tackle the big data challenge and to extract the wealth of information that lies within. HPC and its development towards exascale, not to mention quantum computing, are fields where mathematics play a key role. Modelling, simulation and optimisation (MSO) has also proven to be a field of crucial importance. A blogpost by Anni Hellman presents the next steps of the mathematics consultation process.

A session on mathematics will be organised during the ICT Proposers Day on 26-27 September in Bratislava. The session aims to bring together mathematicians and potential proposers for topics where mathematics are needed, such as those relating to simulation, modelling, requiring creation of algorithms or big data analytics.