The Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) programme invests in transformative frontier research and innovation with a high potential impact on technology, to benefit our economy and society.

FET provides a unique combination of high risk, long term, multidisciplinary and collaborative frontier research, which lays the foundations for radically new, next generation technologies. It converts proofs of concept into industrial applications and systems.

In H2020, FET is open to all areas of future and emerging technologies, not centred on ICT.

FET consists of three complementary schemes which work together towards a common mission of nurturing new emerging foundational trends in future technologies:

  • FET Open supports a bottom-up approach for exploring novel and visionary ideas.
  • FET Proactive fosters transformative research through a set of focused thematic initiatives.
  • FET Flagships are visionary, large-scale, science-driven research initiatives that tackle grand scientific and technological challenges.

Brochure on FET "From great science to thrilling technology".

Under Horizon 2020, the EU's research innovation funding programme for 2014-2020, FET has an expanding role, forming part of the pillar of the programme known as Excellent Science, and being open to all technology areas.

FET Open and FET Proactive are now part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot specifically within the EIC Pahtfinder Pilot

The EIC pilot will run as part of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2019 and 2020, and the draft work programmes for FET and the EIC pilot in 2019-2020 are already available. Once the pilot phase is over, in 2021 the EIC will become a full-fledged reality under Horizon Europe.

The EIC Pathfinder pilot builds on FET Open and FET Proactive and focuses on deep tech – the development of entirely new technologies driven by ground-breaking scientific research bringing together the worlds of science, technology and society in new ways. With a budget of over €700 million, the Pathfinder pilot scheme will fund between 150 and 200 collaborative projects. Its goal will be to make European researchers’ most promising and creative tech ideas a reality and help Europe compete on a global scale.

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