Call for proposals for FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-2 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.
The “Excellent science” priority aims to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union's science base and to consolidate the ERA in order to make the Union's research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale. It consists of four specific objectives, and this call for proposal is focused on:

"Future and emerging technologies (FET)" supports collaborative research in order to extend Europe's capacity for advanced and paradigm-changing innovation. It shall foster scientific collaboration across disciplines on radically new, high-risk ideas and accelerate development of the most promising emerging areas of science and technology as well as the Union-wide structuring of the corresponding scientific communities. The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies that will renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  1. FET Observatory: identifying new opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and visionary technology of any kind, combining evidence from FET (e.g., portfolio analysis) and other sources, as well as by broad and open stakeholder engagement, in particular through on line tools.
  2. FET Communication: collecting, aggregating and disseminating information from the entire range of FET projects and activities, and using an appropriate mix of channels and formats, including activities to reach stakeholders well beyond the research communities (including the public at large), and visibility at well-selected events.
  3. FET Exchange: structuring an emerging FET-relevant topic and the interdisciplinary communities around it. This shall include research roadmapping, stimulating learning and exchange (possibly with related initiatives worldwide) involving the appropriate range of disciplines and actors such as young researchers and high-tech SMEs, and broader stakeholder engagement.
  4. FET Conference: supporting the organisation of the third European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (see The conference shall foster a dialogue between science, policy and society on future and emerging technologies, showcase progress, seed new ideas across disciplines and involve high-potential actors that can reshape the future. Proposals will address pre-conference communication, the local organisation, participant assistance and post-conference follow-up. The event shall take place late 2015 or early 2016.
  5. FET Prizes: Identifying suitable areas in which prizes and competitions can boost FET research and increase its impact. Actions shall aim to identify a diversity of such areas, investigating for each of them the rationale, competition objectives, target communities (possibly including youngsters) and organisational aspects of running the competitions.
  6. FET Impact: Assessing the direct and indirect impacts of the FET programme on the science and technology landscape and its perception by individuals and society. Proposals must indicate a framework of key performance indicators, a systematic assessment methodology and perform the required data collection and analysis, in line with the overall mission of FET.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 3,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 September 2014 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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