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TOPIC : FET Innovation Launchpad

Topic identifier: FETOPEN-04-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
01 March 2016
Cut-off dates: 29 September 2016 17:00:00
27 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Future and Emerging Technologies
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

FET projects often generate new and sometimes unexpected opportunities for commercial or societal application. This topic aims at funding further innovation related work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original project) to verify and substantiate the innovation potential of ideas arising from FET funded projects and to support the next steps in turning them into a genuine social or economic innovation.


Short and focused individual or collaborative actions to take out of the lab a promising result or proof-of-concept that originated from a FET-funded project and to get it on the way to social or economic innovation through new entrepreneurship or otherwise. The action will support the transformation of that specific research result into a credible offering for economic or social impact, by exploring the feasibility of an exploitation path and by coordinating and supporting the assembling of the right knowledge, skills and resources and thus serves as a launch pad for exploitation.

This call topic is focused on the early innovation stages from results of an ongoing or recently finished project[1] funded through FET under FP7 or H2020. The complementarity and precise link with the relevant FET project is to be explicitly addressed in the proposal by clearly stating the nature and origin of the results to be taken up, and by adding a confirmation of any necessary agreements with owners or right holders of those results to move towards their exploitation. This call topic does not fund additional research, nor does it fund activities that are/were already foreseen in the relevant FET project. Activities to be funded should be fit-for-purpose (e.g., tailored to the level of maturity of the result to be taken up) and can include, among others, the definition of a commercialisation process to be followed, market and competitiveness analysis, technology assessment, consolidation of intellectual property rights and strategy, scenario and business case development, developing contacts and support relevant activities with for instance, industrial transfer partners, potential licence-takers, investors, societal organisations or potential end users.

By focusing on the very early stage of the innovation path, the scope of this call includes situations where an SME or other suitable entrepreneurial context may not yet exist.

The Commission considers that proposals for actions no longer than 18 months and requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 0.1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals of different duration.

Expected Impact:
  • Increased innovation potential from FET projects by picking up expected as well as non-anticipated innovation opportunities.
  • Creation of concrete and closer-to-market high-potential innovations from FET projects.
  • Stimulating, supporting and rewarding an open and proactive mind-set towards exploitation beyond the research world in Europe.
  • Seeding future growth and the creation of jobs from FET research.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

[1]For a project to be considered 'ongoing or recently finished' in the context of this call topic its end date must be at most one year before the deadline for proposal submission to this topic.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong & Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan). 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the FET-Innovation Launchpad proposal template.

3. Evaluation :

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: The criteria, scoring and threshold are described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 1 "Excellence":  

 The following aspects will be taken into account, to the extent that the proposed work corresponds to the topic description in the work programme:

  • Clarity and quality of the innovation idea and its link with the previous or ongoing FET project indicated in the proposal.
  • Concreteness of objectives and their pertinence for moving the output of FET research through the initial steps of a process leading to a commercial or social innovation.
  • Suitability and necessity of the proposed activities to reach the stated objectives, including their complementarity to actions already foreseen or expected from the previous or ongoing FET project.

Threshold 3/5, Weight 40 %

Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 2 "Impact" :

The following aspects will be taken into account, to the extent to which the outputs of the project should contribute at the European and/or International level:

Contributions to the impacts listed under this topic in the workprograme:

  • Added innovation potential with respect to the FET project from which this innovation originates.
  • Extent of economic and/or societal benefits resulting from this innovation as identified in the proposal.
  • Suitability of measures for taking the innovation beyond the research world, including through engagement with prospective exploitation partners, other stakeholders, users or society.

Threshold 3.5/5, Weight 40%

Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 3 :"Quality and efficiency of the implementation".

The following aspects will be taken into account:

  • Quality of workplan and management.
  • Relevance of expertise in the consortium.
  • Appropriate allocation and justification of resources (person-months).

Threshold 3/5, Weight 20%

3.2 Specific evaluation procedure: The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in part H of the General Annexes. The following exceptions apply:

Due to the nature of the FETOPEN-01-2016-2017 call, specific page limits apply. Part B of the proposal should consist of a cover page plus up to a maximum of 7 A4 pages. The limits will be clearly shown in the ‘proposal templates’ in the Participant Portal electronic submission system. Sections which are not subject to limits will be indicated.
At consensus stage, the consensus score for each evaluation criteria will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators and consensus report will comprise a collation of the comments from individual reports, or extracts from them. Final scores and any additional comments are decided by the final panel review.

3.3 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

 Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months after the corresponding cut-off date.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months after the corresponding cut-off date. 


Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic: 


Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template for FET-Open research and innovation actions 
Specific evaluation form for FET-Open research and innovation actions
H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

Classified information

Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.


Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
• The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
• Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
• Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.
The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual


Additional documents

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs)
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes


Additional documents

  • H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017_27-09-2017_percentages_en.pdf en

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