Why should interdisciplinary high-risk research on disruptive technologies be supported?

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    28 March 2018 - updated 3 years ago
    Total votes: 13

This topic was discussed during the workshop “European Parliament European Leadership through Disruptive Technologies: Future and Emerging Technologies Towards 2030” organized by the European’s Parliament ITRE Committee and the EFFECT project. The event took place on the 7th of March at the European Parliament (Brussels) and brought together parliamentarians, EU officials, industry experts, scientists, academics, members of the FET Advisory Group and the Horizon 2020 FET Flagship Interim Evaluation Committee.

Discussion focused on how to best maintain Europe’s position as the cradle of science-driven technologica innovation, and on how to ensure to secure solid prospects for FET, in the post-H2020 EU research and innovation programme (FP9).  An overview of key findings and recommendations defined during EFFECT event are available  in the Brief Conclusion.

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The deadline for giving inputs to this consultation is May the 31st, 2018.

If you want to know more about the observations that came from the workshop you can watch the video-interviews with the speakers and read these resources.

Views of some of the speakers on why FET interdisciplinary high-risk research on disruptive technologies should be supported.  

“I think adequate funding for Future and Emerging Technologies is characteristic of growth and innovation policies” Patrizia Toia – Vice-Chair ITRE Committee

 “The role of FET is also building a community of researchers with multidisciplinary skills that is able to bring the latest knowledge into new frontiers” Khalil Rouhana, DG CONNECT

 “For start-ups or SMEs it is hard to allocate budget in the early stages of high risk projects. Here is where Future and Emerging Technologies are jumping in, giving possibilities to small companies to research what may change the world in the future” – Olivier Frey, inSphero

 "Mobile internet is something imagination has created. There is a need to allow researchers to think about crazy ideas that can change the world. Not ideas that are in a ivory tower, but thinks that can have an impact”- Paul Lukowicz, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

 “If we want that our industry in Europe to play a leading role in innovation, we must invest in basic research but also in the transformation of research into technologies. That means taking high risks and have high benefits. It is not possible to have high benefits, high values without taking risks” - Maria Chiara Carrozza, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa

FET in numbers:

The importance of the FET programme is well summarised by the following figures: around 25% of FET projects lead to patent applications within three years of completion; roughly 40% include partners from high-tech research small and medium enterprises; one in eight lead to a start-up company within three years of finishing.



EFFECT Brief Conclusion

The Future &Emerging Technologies (FET) programme

FET projects portfolio

From great Science to thrilling Technology, European Commission

FET Open booklet, Research Executive Agency

Funding — Awareness — Scale — Talent (FAST): Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation, European Commission

Visionary and collaborative research in Europe: Pathways to impact of use-inspired basic research, FET Traces Coordination and Support Action

The Future of FET, FET Advisory Group

Graphene Flagship leaflet

Human Brain Project leaflet

Quantum Technologies factsheet

FETFX web platform