FET Open

EIC FET Open supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. It also funds coordination and support actions for such high-risk forward looking research to prosper in Europe, and FET Innovation Launchpad Actions aiming at turning results from FET-funded projects into genuine societal or economic innovations.


Research and Innovation Actions (RIA))

FET Open calls for collaborative research and innovation actions that satisfy the FET Open 'gatekeepers':

  • Radical vision
  • Breakthrough technological target
  • Ambitious interdisciplinary research



The constantly high number of proposal submissions (more than 3000 since 2014) underlines the fierce competition for funding in the programme. Only truly excellent proposals have a chance to get funding (read the blog post from Timo Hallantie, Head of FET Open Unit: "What it takes to succeed in FET Open").

Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)

FET-Open also facilitates Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). The goal is to create the best possible conditions for responsible collaborative research on FET. This is done by strengthening new FET research communities and by stimulating the take-up of FET research results. The impact of the programme on science and society is also assessed.

FET Innovation Launchpad Actions (CSA)

In addition, FET Open also offers FET Innovation Launchpad grants to fund further innovation related work, i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original projects. The funding will be used  to verify and substantiate the innovation potential of ideas arising from FET projects and to support the next steps in bringing them closer to the market.

New in the work programme 2018 - 2020:

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot phase brings together a package of measures under Horizon 2020 to support innovators and entrepreneurs. In particular, SMEs participating in FET-Open projects can benefit of networking, coaching and mentoring as foreseen in the EIC Work Programme.

FET Open at a glance


Funded projects

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FET Open call 2014-15:
FET Open call 2016-17:
FET Innovation Launchpad call 2016-17:




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