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.
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.
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.
Facts and figures from the 2014/2015 call can be found on the FET Open infographic.
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.
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.
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.
2016/2017 call for proposals: first cut-off