The European Commission has adopted and published the updated work programme for Horizon 2020, including the part on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). From now until the end of Horizon 2020, nearly 1 B€ will support high-risk interdisciplinary research on the technologies of the future.

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The update provides full detail on the calls and topics for the rest of 2019 and 2020, notably for FET Proactive, international cooperation on HPC (with Latin America) and Quantum (with the US, Canada and Japan), a topic for complementary research under the Quantum Flagship, a topic for training and education and an ERA-Net Cofund on Quantum Technologies, and a pilot line for graphene and related 2D materials.
 
The update also details the integration of FET-Open and parts of FET-Proactive in the European Innovation Council (EIC) Enhanced pilot. FET-Open (EUR 362,5 M€) is the place to submit early stage research on ideas for radically new technologies. The success rate in FET-Open is now well above 10%, making it a highly competitive but attractive part of the EIC. Note also that the FET Innovation Launchpad is included in the Lump Sum pilot for its 2020 deadline, which will greatly simplify the grant for the applicants.
 
FET Proactive has several topics that are also included in the EIC Enhanced Pilot. With this update the FET-Proactive budget for 2019 has been increased with 45.4 M€ as additional budget (now up to 113,4 M€) for climate change related research and transition activities under EIC/FET Proactive. To accommodate this, the call deadline has been postponed for the following topics: Human-Centric AI, Implantable autonomous devices and materials, and Breakthrough zero-emissions energy generation for full decarbonisation. There is also an increased budget for the FET transition to innovation activities (up to EUR 26 million).
 
FET Proactive will continue in 2020 with a call for 68 M€, again integrated in the EIC Enhanced Pilot on the following topics: future technologies for social experience, sub-nanoscale science for nanometrology, digital twins for the life-sciences, and environmental intelligence. A FET Proactive topic on Neuromorphic computing technology is also planned for 2020 with a budget of 15 M€. In total FET-Proactive will have a budget of 196,4 M€.
 
As far as FET Flagships are concerned, there will be a remaining 2019-2020 budget of 355,5 M€ with a complementary call on Quantum Computing, a training and education and ERA-Net Cofund for Quantum Technologies, and an International Cooperation on Quantum Technologies (with US, Canada and Japan). HBP and Graphene flagships will also  be funded in 2019 with 150 M€ each. A new pilot line on graphene and related 2D materials will also be funded with 20 M€
 
Finnaly, a large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies is included in the budget (47 M€) and detailed in the update of the Cross Cutting part of the Horizon 2020 work programme.
 
For more details on FET and EIC calls for the rest of H2020 please check:

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