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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 European HPC strategy.

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

A part of the European HPC strategy is implemented under FET Proactive. 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.

The call closed on 25 November 2014 and 21 selected projects are in grant agreement preparation.


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 24/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

The RE.WORK Future Technology Summit will gather experts to learn about future technologies and discuss their impact on science and society. The Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the European Commission will be part of the discussion. 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


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


20/05/2015 - 02:00

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

19/05/2015 - 17:59

The Human Brain Project (HBP) calls for new partners from the systems and cognitive neuroscience community; its integration in the next phase is crucial for the progress of the project and essential for finalising the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) and unlocking the H2020 funding of the Flagship. Read more

12/03/2015 - 01:00

The Commission held last January the first annual review meeting of the Graphene Flagship, assisted by 14 independent experts in Brussels. This review covers the period 1/10/2013 - 30/9/2014. Read more

Project stories

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

04/03/2015 - 12:01

CIMPLEX project will develop novel modeling, computational and ICT tools needed to predict and influence disease spread and other contagion phenomena in complex social systems. Read more

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


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

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

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