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FET Proactive

From CYBERHAND FET project to real applications: the bionic hand!
FET Proactive helps new research communities to be developed by encouraging researchers from different disciplines to work together on new technologies in specific domains.

In addition to research, FET Practive activities also include:

  • generating a research roadmap for the area,
  • developing appropriate educational materials, and
  • disseminating results to raise the general awareness of the new technology benefits.

In the Work Programme 2014-2015, FET Proactive consists of 3 initiatives under the "Emerging themes and communities" call, and for a fourth one, under the dedicated "Towards exascale high-performance computing" call, implementing part of the HPC strategy elaborated in the context of the HPC Public-Private Partnership by ETP4HPC.

Emerging Themes and Communities

Following a public consultation during 2012-2013, the following 3 topics have been selected for inclusion in the 2014-15 work programme. The related call closed on 01/04/2014, learn more about the 13 selected projects.

'Global Systems Science' (GSS)

GSS aims to help integrate the abundance of data on social, economic, financial, technological, and ecological systems available today and elaborate societal responses across policy domains and cross-cutting authorities.

This will result in radically improve the way in which scientific knowledge can stimulate, guide, and help evaluate policy and societal responses to global challenges like climate change, global financial crisis, global pandemics, and growth of cities – urbanisation and migration.

'Knowing, doing and being: cognition beyond problem solving'

The goal is to establish new foundations for future robotics and other artificial cognitive systems with clear progress beyond current capabilities and design concepts.

This initiative aims at renewing ties between the different disciplines studying knowledge, cognition and related issues (e.g., embodiment, , development, insight, identity, responsibility, culture…) from various perspectives (e.g., neural, physical, social, ecological), to artificial cognitive systems beyond the level of dull task execution or repetitive problem solving.

This should establish new foundations for future robotics and other artificial cognitive systems with clear progress beyond current capabilities and design concepts.

'Quantum simulation'

This initiative challenges the research community to develop solutions using quantum technologies that will ultimately address real world problems, with a potential for disruptive change. It focuses on quantum simulation to address problems that are fundamentally beyond the reach of classical computing, e.g. in quantum materials science or the life sciences.

It is expected that once a topic is sufficiently mature, research in the area will be transferred to the LEIT or Societal Challenges sections of Horizon 2020. Topics for FET Proactive are predefined in the Work Programme.


High-Performance Computing

The 'Towards Exascale High-Performance Computing' topic aims to deliver a broad spectrum of extreme scale High Performance Computing (HPC) systems and to develop a sustainable European HPC Ecosystem.


FET Newsletter:


From 20/10/2015 - 02:00 to 22/10/2015 - 02:00
Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Portugal,

ICT 2015, the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 20-22 October 2015. Save the date in your calendar and do not miss the opportunity to "Innovate, Connect, Transform" with us! Read more

From 28/07/2015 - 02:00 to 30/07/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

FET will be present at the SAI Conference with a talk presenting what FET is and the future funding opportunities. Read more

From 11/03/2015 - 01:00 to 13/03/2015 - 01:00
Aula der Wissenschaft - Hall of Science, Vienna Austria,

Researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs and business people from all over Europe come together at this event to discuss topics and contents which also have an immediate impact on the roadmapping process for Robotics in Europe. Read more


17/11/2014 - 11:17

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called Big Brain. Read more

07/11/2014 - 17:36

Understanding user's reactions to data visualisations will help and enhance user's abilities to understand information in big sets of data. Read more

06/11/2014 - 12:07

This bionic hand is a direct result of 10 years of EU-(and national) funded research. This science-fiction like prototype was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who said "To feel what you're doing again is an amazing feeling. It's so close to be like a natural hand". Read more


26/02/2015 - 11:10

Development of graphene and related materials (GRM) for medicine is considered an area of immense potential and a rich playground for fundamental and applied sciences. The utilisation of GRM and their properties in specific medical applications constitutes a key remit in the next H2020 phase of the Graphene Flagship.......
Deadline for response: 6th March 2015 Read more

27/01/2015 - 12:30

The Graphene Flagship launches an open invitation for Expression of Interest for new industrial partners to be incorporated under the Horizon 2020 phase. Read more

12/01/2015 - 13:25

In this newsletter Thierry Van der Pyl, Director of "Excellence in Science" at DG CONNECT, summarises the achievements in FET for this first year in H2020, in parallel with EC policies development, and looks at the challenges ahead of us. We also report on FET related funding opportunities, conferenes & workshops, major results & achievements of FET projects & initiatives & reports. Read more

Project stories

20/02/2015 - 11:55

Dr. Vyacheslavs Kashcheyevs is a physicist and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Latvia. He is also a partner of the SiAM FET Proactive project. In 2013, he was one of the 40 “Young Scientists’2013” invited to the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (the “summer Davos” by World Economic Forum). In this interview, he tells us more about his experience as a researcher, and as being involved in a FET project. Read more

19/02/2015 - 11:22

Biological visual organs have unique capabilities for the processing of information not matched by electronic devices.The SEEBETTER Future and Emerging Technologies project works in finding ways to bridge this gap and the development of "silicon retinas". Read more

29/01/2015 - 01:00

Diamonds – highly desirable lumps of carbon. But while their use to jewellers is well known, their hidden secrets are being revealed by the DIADEMS project. By modifying the structure of a diamond crystal, the project creates a new material that could be used in applications, from the creation of smart medicines to the next generation computers. The EU project is helping Europe stay at the forefront of research into atomic scale sensors. Read more


14/10/2014 - 14:54

The "STAC report" was presented to President Barroso in October 2014 at "The future of Europe is science" Conference in Portugal. This foresight report outlines some key opportunities for Europe that could be provided by science and technology, looking ahead to the year 2030. Read more

12/09/2014 - 13:17

The report presents the outcomes & discussions from our 3rd FET2020 Conference held in Budapest(Hungary 26/06/2014, and which had the objective of discussing aspects related to increasing the engagement and participation within FET projects in Horizon 2020. Of particular interest was how to increase participation of both the scientific and industrial communities of those Member States with a relatively low participation rate in FET projects in FP7, namely the majority of the EU13 Member States. Read more

15/06/2014 - 13:01

The COFET project aims to support the future development of the FET programme within Horizon 2020 based on a dialogue between science, policy, industry and society. Three conferences will address three different topics, with this report presenting the outcomes and discussions from our Conference held in Pisa, Italy on the 30th and 31st January 2014, and which was focused on all aspects of outreach and stakeholder engagement. The ultimate objective was to move FET projects, and potentially the FET Programme, beyond the traditional view of dissemination and towards a more holistic value driven view encompassing outreach, engagement and citizen science. Read more

Press Release

05/12/2014 - 18:33

Today (5 December 2014) the European Union and Switzerland signed a comprehensive international agreement associating Switzerland to parts of Horizon 2020, Research and Training Programme of Euratom and the ITER project. This will see Switzerland participate in project consortia in eligible programmes on an equal footing with EU Member States, while financially contributing to these programmes with an estimated €400 million until the end of 2016. Read more

10/03/2014 - 12:06

Research in the next generation of technologies is key for Europe’s competitiveness. This is why €2.7 billion will be invested in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) under the new research programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). This represents a nearly threefold increase in budget compared to the previous research programme, FP7. FET actions are part of the Excellent science pillar of Horizon 2020. Read more