The Future & Emerging Technologies programme (FET) focuses on research beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted and supports novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards radically new technological possibilities. Encouraging researchers from different disciplines to work together on new technologies in specific themes is the essence of FET Proactive.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
In Horizon 2020, FET Proactive initiatives involve a set of complementary and collaborating projects, building new multidisciplinary research communities and enhancing Europe’s innovation potential. In addition to research, FET Proactive activities also include:
In the work programme 2016-2017, FET Proactive consists of 3 initiatives under the topic Boosting emerging technologies:
FET Proactive also encompasses 3 initiatives under the topic High Performance Computing (HPC), implementing part of the European HPC strategy.
The 7th Framework programme (FP7) was the European Union's Research and Innovation funding programme for 2007-2013. While the current programme is Horizon 2020, there are many projects funded under FP7 which are still running.
In FP7, FET Proactive supported numerous initiatives whose ambitions were 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. The thematic areas supported by FET Proactive in FP7 are represented as addressing key challenges along three main axes:
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