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Future & Emerging Technologies (FET)

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 FP7, FET-supported research went beyond the conventional boundaries of ICT and ventures into uncharted territories, increasingly relying on convergence with different scientific disciplines, such as instance, biology, chemistry, nano- and molecular science, neuro- and cognitive science, ethology, social science, economics, and with the arts and humanities.

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.

Infographic about FET in FP7.

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.

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Thomas Skordas's picture
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, for their landmark contribution to nanotechnology. All three laureates are former participants in EU-supported research projects and Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage participated in the MOLDYNLOGIC project funded under FP6 by the Future & Emerging Technologies programme.
Thomas Skordas's picture
The Future and Emerging Technology Programme proves once more its value in stimulating farsighted research as INTRINSIC-ID, one of its former participant, wins the Innovation Radar Prize.
Thomas Skordas's picture
The two Future and Emerging Technologies Flagships of Horizon 2020, The Human Brain Project and Graphene, have recently received additional funding from the European Commission for the next 2 years of their 10-year journey which started in 2013.
Thomas Skordas's picture
I am glad to inform you that the EU and the US have announced a collaborative research scheme in the area of graphene and related materials.
Michael Wimmer's picture
Michael WIMMER
Completely ordinary photos are being transformed into clean, high-resolution 3D worlds thanks to algorithms from the Harvest4D consortium.
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.
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
April is a busy month for the Future and Emerging Technologies Flagships with many important milestones: Partnering kick-off events, seminars, HPB platform release, a new web portal and the start of Graphene Phase 2!
Paul Verschure's picture
“Wir wissen nur dass wenn wir hier rauskommen, das wir alles dass wir hier erlebt haben in die Welt hinaus schreien müssen, anders kann man nicht leben”
Michael Madary's picture
Michael MADARY
What happens to us when we interact with an avatar in a virtual environment? How can we know who is "behind" this avatar, and whether this experience will influence our behavior in the "natural" world? Those are some possible issues we explored from an ethical point of view within the VERE project.
Paul Verschure's picture
Researchers discover a new approach towards neurorehabilitation through the combination of art and science, stubbornness, perseverance, teamwork and Future and Emerging Technologies.
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
In the coming days, the Commission will launch the interim evaluation of the two FET Flagships, the Human Brain Project (HBP) and Graphene. The evaluation will be held by a panel of high-level experts. Their goal will be to analyse the capability of the Flagships in delivering their long-term objectives. The recommendations of the evaluation panel will help fine-tuning the current implementation of the Flagships and their governance model and pave the way for future FET Flagships.
Roberto Viola's picture
Roberto VIOLA
New technologies have a huge positive impact on human lives. Already today, mechanical limbs connected to the nervous system and exoskeletons – innovative devices that impaired people wear in order to support their mobility and dexterity – can enhance physical performance and help by-pass disability. BNCIs (brain-neural computer interfaces) help people with severe disabilities regain control over everyday life; participate in society, and work. This is why we support new technologies. And we will keep on doing it.
Koen Bertels's picture
The intertwining of different disciplines is not only beneficial but often necessary for research to thrive.
Cecilia Laschi's picture
Cecilia LASCHI
The marvel of an octopus, the dream of robots made differently, soft and dexterous! OCTOPUS opens the way to a new research field.
Yasser Omar's picture
Yasser OMAR
Did you know that quantum effects play a role in photosynthesis? Find out how we can exploit this further, in the near future.
Kasper Hornbæk's picture
Elements of user interfaces for computers and mobile devices go 3D! Have a look at the videos showing new ways of interacting; it is like playing with physical objects.
Jens Kelm's picture
High pressure in the pharmaceutical industry to decrease development time and costs has led to significant advancements to improve pre-clinical drug assessment. The “Body on a Chip”(BoC) develops interconnected 3D microtissues in a format compatible with existing assays to improve the relevance and speed of pre-clinical drug safety assessment.
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
The Human Brain Project Flagship call for systems and cognitive neuroscience community to join the project's next phase, under Horizon 2020
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
The Commission held last January the first annual review meeting of the Graphene Flagship, assisted by 14 independent experts in Brussels. The aim of the review was to assess the work of the Flagship in its first year of activities, covering the scientific and technological progress of the project as well as health and safety aspects and the Consortium's coordination and management.
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
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
Human Brain Project: first assessment, recommendations and challenges ahead.
John Gallagher's picture
The energy footprint of computers, from power-hungry server farms to billions of frequently charged smartphones, tablets and smart watches, is now an important part of the global energy consumption picture. The ENTRA project is building tools for the energy-aware programmer who needs to write energy-efficient code.
Silvestro Micera's picture
Silvestro MICERA
Continuous and intensive multi-disciplinary research is the secret of innovative solutions able to change our lives
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.
Robert Madelin's picture
Core ingredients for the Human Brain Project (HBP): openness, inclusive collaboration and good governance.
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Jonathan FREEMAN
Ethical guidelines for the CEEDs project, which is developing novel, integrated technologies to support human experience, analysis and understanding of very large datasets
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!
Jose Fernandez-villacanas's picture
The Human Brain Project (HBP) sailed off and is now currently underway. Scientists from 135 different groups from the whole world got together in Lausanne from 7th to 10th October 2013 to celebrate the official launch of the project.
Paul Hearn's picture
Alessandro Moschitti, Assistant Professor at the Information Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Trento - Italy, speaks about his experiences on the Watson Jeopardy! Challenge, with Paul Hearn, Scientific Officer from the Future and Emerging Technologies Programme at the European Commission.
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