Part of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) work programme, the aim of FET-Open is to encourage the emergence of radically new and high-risk technology ideas. Even though there is no pre-defined topic, proposals are expected to target a novel and radical science-to-technology breakthrough, within an interdisciplinary setting. FET-Open calls are known to be highly competitive, with success rates close to 5%. Nonetheless, an increased budget (from 110.5 million euro in 2017 to 203 million euro in 2020) is set to alleviate the effects of oversubscription and minimise the risks of underfunding. One novelty compared to the previous years is the integration of this call into the European Innovation Council Pilot. This should allow FET-Open participants to have access to assistance, networking and financing possibilities that can accelerate the market uptake of FET research results. The project funding can still amount to 3 million euro, while the size of the consortium is usually between 4 and 6 partners. The next deadlines are scheduled for 16 May 2018 and 24 January 2019.
FET-Open also includes calls for coordination and support for conducting FET-related communication activities, stimulating impact of FET, and analysing the emergence of new technologies. From three to four of such actions are expected to be funded with an amount of 0.5 to 0.7 million euro each. The success rates are usually about 25%. The only deadline for these actions is scheduled for 11 April 2018. The last component of the FET-Open programme is the so-called FET Innovation Launchpad. It aims at turning results from FET-funded projects into innovations with socio-economic impact. Activities with partners in the areas of technology transfer, technology investment and potential end-users are typically funded under this programme. The duration of these actions is limited to 18 months and EU contribution will not exceed 100’000 euro per project. The cut-off dates are scheduled for October 2018, 2019 and 2020.
- Supporting researchers in writing compelling project proposals
- Executing contract negotiations with the European Commission
- Implementing project management efficiently in EU funded projects
- Delivering and coordinating dissemination and communication activities