FET Open - Novel ideas for radically new technologies H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017 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.


This call aims to support the early stages of joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. The call is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged and thus targets mainly the unexpected. A bottom-up selection process will build up a diverse portfolio of projects. In order to identify and seize opportunities of long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society, the early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, wherever they come from, will be essential. The FET-Open call also seeks for coordination and support activities to turn Europe into the best place in the world for responsible collaborative research and innovation on future and emerging technologies that will make a difference for society in the decades to come.

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

  • FETOPEN-01-2016-2017:FET-Open research and innovation actions
  • FETOPEN-02-2016:FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions
  • FETOPEN-03-2017:FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions
  • FETOPEN-04-2016-2017:FET Innovation Launchpad

European community funding

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

  • 88,20 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 11 May 2016 - 5 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 1)
  • 17 January 2017 - 4 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 2)
  • 27 September 2017 - 3 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 3)
  • 29 September 2016 - 4 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 4)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

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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