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FET Open

FET Open is a light and topic-agnostic scheme for all research areas. The programme aims at bringing together the brightest minds from all over Europe and beyond at an early stage of research to pave the way for ground-breaking innovations, radical new ideas and novel technologies that challenge current thinking.

Research and Innovation Actions

The bigger part of FET-Open focuses on Research and Innovation Actions (RIA). In 2014, the previously ICT-centered programme was opened to all disciplines. Since then the number of applications has been continuously high for each call underlining the fierce competition in the programme. Only truly excellent proposals that exhibit what it takes to succeed in FET-Open will have a chance to get funding.

Coordination and Support Actions

FET-Open also facilitates Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). The goal is to create the best possible conditions for responsible collaborative research on FET.  The actions will strengthen new FET research communities. They will also stimulate the take-up of FET research results and assess the impact of the programme on science and society.

Innovation Launchpad

In 2016 the Innovation Launchpad was added to the FET-Open call. The funding is awarded to help the many brilliant ideas resulting from FET-research get closer to the market.

FET Open at a glance

Facts and figures from the 2014/2015 call can be found on the FET Open infographic.

Examples of funded projects

Atomic was yesterday: time measurement goes nuclear

The ambitious goal of the RIA project nuClock is to build the most precise clock in the world. Already atomic clocks are used in satellite navigation, telecommunications, high-speed mobile networks and even banks. These clocks operate on the energy difference between two quantum states of an electron, usually the outmost electron in a Caesium atom. NuClock's radical approach is to shift measurement from the atomic level to the quantum states of the atomic nucleus. This will result in a much higher precision compared to today's best atomic clocks.

Big data for policy making

The RIA project IBSEN intends to develop a global societal simulator with a potentially huge impact on research and policymaking. The approach will yield both explanatory and predictive models from large-scale experiments (1000+participants) and their resulting massive ICT data. This will allow to study and predict human behaviour under real world conditions to tackle the ever more complex problems for our global society.

My brain meets yours

CSA project Brainhack wants to tackle the question of what is going on in the brain through hackathons and other learning and exchange events between artists, scientists and Brain/Neural Computer Interaction (BNCI) technology providers. The project provides a platform to link scientists, developers and artists interested in exploring our minds and the technological possibilities of observing it.

All funded projects

2014/2015 call for proposals: first, second and third cut-off

2016/2017 call for proposals: first cut-off



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Timo Hallantie's picture
FET-Open is an extremely popular programme. The number of applications has been continuously rising since the previously ICT-centered programme was opened to all disciplines in 2014 within the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme. Now that all the proposals from the first truly open FET-Open call 2014/2015 have been evaluated, it is time to take stock.
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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