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FET Proactive

From CYBERHAND FET project to real applications: the bionic hand!
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 2016-2017, FET Proactive consists of 3 initiatives under the topic "Boosting emerging technologies" and 3 initiatives under the topic "High Performance Computing" (HPC), 
implementing part of the European HPC strategy.

Boosting emerging technologies

The preparation of the FET Work Programme 2016-2017 took various inputs into account, and this FET Proactive call consists of 3 initiatives: Emerging themes and communities, FET ERANET Cofund and FET ERANET Cofund in Quantum Technologies.

Emerging Themes and Communities

The aim is to mature four novel areas and themes by working towards structuring emerging communities and supporting the design and development of transformative research themes.

Area 1: Future technologies for societal change

  • Being human in a technological world
  • New science for a globalised world

Area 2: Biotech for better life

  • Intra- and inter-cell bio-technologies
  • Bio-electronic medicines and therapies
  • Cognitive neuro-technologies

Area 3: Disruptive information technologies

  • New computing paradigms and their technologies
  • Quantum engineering
  • Hybrid opto-electro-mechanical devices at the nano-scale

Area 4: New technologies for energy and functional materials

  • Ecosystem engineering
  • Complex bottom-up construction



The challenge is to support the maturation of novel research topics and structuration of the corresponding communities in the FET domain, in complementarity and synergy with the FET actions directly funded by the Commission, and while fostering cross-fertilisation and synergies between the supported topics and communities.

ERANET Cofund in Quantum Technologies

Research on quantum technologies in Europe is currently funded through several targeted initiatives at European, national and regional level. The aim is to foster synergy between these initiatives in the area of quantum technologies in order to create collaborations among the best groups in Europe and fostering broader partnerships around them to spread excellence and to broaden the European footprint of this emerging technology area.


High-Performance Computing

HPC aims at the next steps for leveraging the existing European strengths for building the next generation of extreme performance computing and taking advantage of the new opportunities created from the transition from peta to exascale computing. The ultimate goal is to achieve world-class extreme scale computing capabilities in platforms, technologies and applications.

The FET Proactive call "High Performance Computing" has 3 initiatives:

  • co-design of HPC systems and applications
  • transition to exascale computing
  • exascale HPC ecosystem development


FET Newsletter:


From 07/09/2016 - 02:00 to 10/09/2016 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

This international conference brings together researchers dealing with swarm intelligence to share ideas on current developments and applications and to present their latest research. ANTS2016 welcomes paper submissions on any aspect of swarm intelligence. Read more

From 18/07/2016 - 02:00 to 22/07/2016 - 02:00
Edinburgh (UK) ,

The Convergent Science Network (CSN) for Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (FET Proactive Co-ordination Activity) is co-organising the 5th edition of the Living Machines conference. This event will focus on biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and demonstrations of state-of-the-art living-machine technologies. The all for papers, satellite events and sponsors is now open. Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Submission deadline is March 11th, 2016. Read more

From 06/06/2016 - 02:00 to 09/06/2016 - 02:00
Durban, South Africa,

QuEBS 2016 will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussions to researchers from biology, chemistry and physics. The workshop will offer a platform to exchange new ideas and to show the latest developments in the field of quantum biology. Read more


19/06/2015 - 10:58

Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. It is the first time that a large HPC system based on mobile embedded technology has been deployed and made fully operational to a scientific community. 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


29/01/2016 - 18:33

Swarms of robots with emergent behaviours, evolving and shape-changing robots, or new multifunctional robots? This area is pushing science and engineering of robots beyond fiction. Read more

29/01/2016 - 18:26

Global System Science 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. Read more

27/01/2016 - 01:00

Latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies research, funding opportunities in 2016, latest project news, reporting on workshops & conferences and future events. Read more

Project stories

09/12/2015 - 12:33

With today’s technology, supercomputers of the future would consume the amount of energy needed to power a little town. To allow the further development in exascale supercomputing without that extremely energy-intense trade-off, Exa2green developed a set of energy efficient High-Performance Computing (HPC) components, tools and algorithms. Read more

29/10/2015 - 22:50

An artificial society of robots inspired by marine biology will bring a number of benefits for underwater technology, and help to protect the waterways of Venice from further damage. Read more

14/04/2015 - 23:05

Össur, a company with headquarters based in Iceland and whose mission is to improve people's mobility, is a partner in two FET projects, BIOMOT and SYMBITRON. Learn more about those projects and how Össur contributes to them. Read more


30/09/2015 - 12:46

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Advisory Group has produced a report which proposes to put FET at the nucleus of the European Innovation Council. Read more

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

11/03/2015 - 11:18

Latest news on FET research on funding opportunities, evaluation results, new H2020 FET projects starting, Flagship news, focus on German participation in FET projects....and more. 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