Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) mission statement is to turn Europe’s excellent science base into a competitive advantage. Its aimed at supporting novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards radically new technological possibilities. FET actions are expected to initiate radically new lines of technology through unexplored collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering, while researching beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted.
It will help Europe grasp leadership early on in those promising future technology areas able to renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that can make a difference for society in the decades to come.
The FET programme has 3 complementary lines of action to address different methodologies and scales, from new ideas to long-term challenges:
- FET Open funds projects on new ideas for radically new future technologies at an early stage. This can involve a wide range of new technological possibilities, inspired by cutting-edge science, unconventional collaborations or new research and innovation practices.
- FET Proactive nurtures emerging themes, seeking to establish a critical mass of European researchers in a number of promising exploratory research topics, with the aim of building up and structuring new interdisciplinary research communities.
- FET Flagships are 1-billion, 10-years initiatives where hundreds of excellent European researchers unite forces to focus on solving an ambitious scientific and technological challenge.