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FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking


FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking

: FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020

Specific Challenge:

to lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This topic also encourages the driving role of new actors in research and innovation, including excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020 from across Europe. 

Scope:

proposals are sought for cutting-edge high-risk / high-impact interdisciplinary research with all of the following essential characteristics ("FET gatekeepers"): 

  • Radical vision: the project must address a clear and radical vision, enabled by a new technology concept that challenges current paradigms. In particular, research to advance on the roadmap of a well-established technological paradigm, even if high-risk, will not be funded.
  • Breakthrough technological target: the project must target a novel and ambitious science-to-technology breakthrough as a first proof of concept for its vision. In particular, blue-sky exploratory research without a clear technological objective will not be funded.
  • Ambitious interdisciplinary research for achieving the technological breakthrough and that opens up new areas of investigation. In particular, projects with only low-risk incremental research, even if interdisciplinary, will not be funded.

The inherently high risks of the research proposed shall be mitigated by a flexible methodology to deal with the considerable science-and-technology uncertainties and for choosing alternative directions and options. 

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 3 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:

  • Scientific and technological contributions to the foundation of a new future technology
  • Potential for future social or economic impact or market creation.
  • Building leading research and innovation capacity across Europe by involvement of key actors that can make a difference in the future, for example excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs or first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020[1].

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
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. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.

 

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the FET-Open RIA specific proposal template in the submission system.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

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.

Deadline:   16 May 2018 17:00:00 Brussels time , 24 January 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 18 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 13 May 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time.

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Deadline:   16 May 2018 17:00:00 Brussels time , 24 January 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 18 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 13 May 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

 

Deadline:   16 May 2018 17:00:00 Brussels time , 24 January 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 18 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time , 13 May 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time