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TOPIC : FET-Open research projects

Topic identifier: FETOPEN-RIA-2014-2015
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
11 December 2013
Cut-off dates: 30 September 2014 17:00:00
31 March 2015 17:00:00
30 September 2015 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: Supporting a large set of early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research projects is necessary for the successful exploration of new foundations for radically new future technologies. Nurturing fragile ideas requires an agile, risk-friendly and highly interdisciplinary research approach, expanding well beyond the strictly technological disciplines. Recognising and stimulating the driving role of new high-potential actors in research and innovation, such as women, young researchers and high-tech SMEs, is also important for nurturing the scientific and industrial leaders of the future.

Scope: Proposals are sought for collaborative research with all of the following characteristics:

•                Long-term vision: the research proposed must address a new, original or radical long-term vision of technology-enabled possibilities that are far beyond the state of the art and currently not anticipated by technology roadmaps.

•                Breakthrough S&T target: research must target scientifically ambitious and technologically concrete breakthroughs that are arguably crucial steps towards achieving the long-term vision and that are plausibly attainable within the life-time of the proposed project.

•                Foundational: the breakthroughs that are envisaged must be foundational in the sense that they can establish a basis for a new line of technology not currently anticipated.

•                Novelty: the research proposed must find its plausibility in new ideas and concepts, rather than in the application or incremental refinement of existing ones.

•                High-risk: the potential of a new technological direction depends on a whole range of factors that cannot be apprehended from a single disciplinary viewpoint. This inherent high-risk has to be countered by a strongly interdisciplinary research approach, where needed expanding well beyond the strictly technological realm.

•                Interdisciplinary: the proposed collaborations must be interdisciplinary in the sense that they go beyond current mainstream collaboration configurations in joint science- and technology research, and that they aim to advance different scientific and technological disciplines together and in synergy towards a breakthrough.

This call is open to early-stage research on any new technological possibility.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: Proposals must aim at one of the following two impacts:

•                Initiating a radically new line of technology by establishing Proof-of-Principle of a new technological possibility and its new scientific underpinning, or

•                Kick-starting an emerging innovation eco-system of high-potential actors around a solid baseline of feasibility and potential for a new technological option, ready for early take-up.

The active involvement of new and high-potential research and innovation players, which may become the European scientific and technological leaders of the future, is encouraged. Impact is also sought in terms of take up of new research and innovation practices and, more generally, from making leading-edge science and technology research more open, collaborative, creative and closer to society.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

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.

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:
    Part B is strictly limited to 16 A 4 pages and shall consist of
    - A single A4 title page with acronym, title and abstract of the proposal.
    - Maximum 15 A4 pages consisting of an S&T section (section 1), an Impact section (section 2) and an Implementation section (section 3)

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: FET support interdisciplinary research positioned between research driven by science and research driven by societal challenges or by industrial competitiveness. FET research aims at accelerating the transition from upstream research to technology development. Due to this specific nature of FET research, FET applies specific evaluation criteria.

    Thresholds and weights are set for each criterion, as indicated in the table below. A proposal failing to achieve any of these threshold scores will not be funded.

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 1 "Excellence":
    * Clarity of targeted breakthrough and its specific science and technology contributions towards a long-term vision.
    * Novelty, level of ambition and foundational character.
    * Range and added value from interdisciplinarity.
    * Appropriatness of the research methods.
    Threshold for this criterion: 4/5
    Weight for this criterion: 60%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 2 "Impact":
    * Importance of the new technological outcome with regards to its transformational impact on technology and/or society.
    * Quality of measures for achieving impact on science, technology and/or society.
    * Impact from empowerment of new and high potential actors towards future technological leadership.
    Threshold for this criterion: 3.5/5
    Weight for this criterion: 20%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation":
    * Quality of the workplan and clarity of intermediate targets.
    * Relevant expertise in the consortium.
    * Appropriate allocation and justification of resources (person-months, equipment, budget).
    Threshold for this criterion: 3/5
    Weight for this criterion: 20%

    Specific evaluation procedure:
    At consensus stage, the consensus score for each evaluation criteria will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators and the consensus report will comprise a collation of the comments from individual reports, or extracts from them.

    The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

    3.3 Guidance on the evaluation of innovation. social sciences and humanities and other aspects of H2020 proposals

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please see eligibility conditions above.

  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of the evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

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

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    For this topic you must use the specific proposal template Part B of topic FETOPEN-1-2014/2015 "FET-Open research projects"
    For this topic, in addition to the standard criteria, specific evaluation subcriteria (indicated above) apply. These are contained in the specific evaluation form of topic FETOPEN-1-2014/2015 "FET-Open research projects"
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

  8. 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. 


Additional documents

  • Flash Call Info for call H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015_March 31_2015_en en
  • Flash Call Info for call H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015_en en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 2. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Specific evaluation form for Research and innovation actions in FET-OPEN en
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en
  • How to complete your ethics Self-Assessment en

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